Music by the Delta String Quartet, a holiday fashion show, a delicious dinner and delectable chocolate treats are in store for those attending the Clay County Arts Council's annual Night of Chocolate event from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the R

Wednesday, December 7, 2005

Formed in 1995 in response to a need for chamber music at weddings, receptions and other functions, the Delta Chocolate 'Night' in Rector

String Quartet has performed throughout the Northeast Arkansas region and also was featured in the Discover the Delta chamber series sponsored by the Delta Symphony Orchestra and the Delta Heritage Initiatives.

Members include Rebecca Markowski, Paul Markowski, Elaine Bartee and Marcia Burns.

Rebecca Markowski is director of the Jonesboro Suzuki Institute and teaches approximately 60 violin students in the region. She performs with the Delta Symphony Orchestra, the Reeve Quartet, and at numerous churches and civic functions in the community. She received a Bachelor's in Performance from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore.

Paul Markowski, violist, is working on a degree in composition at Arkansas State University. He performs with the Delta Symphony Orchestra, the Reeve Quartet and the ASU Orchestra. His compositions have been featured at the Delta Blues Symposium, and he also arranges music for the string quartet.

Bartee is an elementary music specialist in the Jonesboro Public Schools and has a Master Level Certification in Orff Schulwerk from the University of Memphis. She performs with the ASU Orchestra, the Delta Symphony and at many churches and civic clubs in the community.

Burns is ELL teacher in the Jonesboro Public Schools and performs with the Delta Symphony Orchestra and the ASU Orchestra. She has a BME from the University of Nebraska and a Master's Degree in anthropology with an emphasis in ethnomusicology from the University of Texas.

Dinner, catered by the Traveling Whisk, will include chicken cordon bleu, honey glazed carrots, twice baked potatoes, broccoli and cheese, salad, hot rolls and a large selection of delectable chocolate treats, in addition to a chocolate fountain.

Tickets prices for the Night of Chocolate are $20 for Arts Council members and $25 for non-members.

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