Quartetto Cornetto, a new music group organized by pianist Orin Grossman, will present its debut concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at Fairfield University's Quick Center for the Arts, 1073 N. Benson Road.

Grossman, professor of visual and performing arts at the school, will perform with violinist Netta Hadari.

The performance will feature a program illustrating the influence of American music on European composers. They will play Maurice Ravel's "Sonata for Violin and Piano," complete with its "Blues" movement, and Igor Stravinsky's setting of "The Soldier's Tale," with its ragtime and jazz-influenced rhythms.

Grossman graduated magna cum laude in music from Harvard College and earned a doctorate in music from Yale University. He came to Fairfield University in 1975 as an assistant professor of fine arts.

Hadari, born in London to Israeli parents, holds bachelor's and master's degrees in music from Southern Methodist University and Yale University, respectively, and has had solo engagements all over the world. He teaches at his private violin studio in Fairfield, is an adjunct professor at Fairfield University and is conductor of the Greater New Haven Youth Orchestra.

Tom Zingarelli, the center's former executive director, will narrate and also play the part of the Devil in the Stravinsky piece.

Tickets, at $35, are available through the Quick Center box office at

203-254-4010 or online at www.quickcenter.com.