It was the late 60's or early 70's, I can remember which. Folk rock, protest songs were everywhere and were the dominant popular music of the day. The city and campus were full of energy and confidence. I was a student at the U of A (mathematics). Every Friday at noon the University of Alberta String Quartet (Thomas Ralston, Lawrence Fisher, Michael Bowie, Claude Kenneson) performed a free, sit-on-the-floor concert in what was called the music listening room at the Students' Union Building. The place was always full; there was an incredible mix of different types of people. They listened intently and the music was challenging. I remember hearing all six Bartok string quartets there. It was both energizing and grounding to use an expression of the era. I was glad to be in this city.
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