Portland String Quartet concert

The world-renowned Portland String Quartet performs at Saint Joseph’s College on Monday, July 16, at 7:30 p.m., during its two-week residency at the Sebago Lake campus in Standish. The concert of chamber music will feature works by Haydn and Schubert and a special duo for violin and viola by László Weiner. The quartet has been performing together since 1969, and their lyrical and united musicianship has been called brilliant by The New York Times and “...a dialogue of the highest musical level” by the Washington Post.

Special guest violinist Mary Ellen Woodside received her undergraduate degree from the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Charles Castleman. She went on to study at London’s Guildhall with Yfrah Neaman. She is first violinist of the MEREL Quartet, based in Zurich, Switzerland, and among her many positions has served as a principal player with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich. She is among Europe’s most acclaimed chamber players and soloists and is known to thrill through her conviction and intensity. She is the niece of PSQ violist Julia Adams, and the two will perform the piece by Weiner, a Hungarian composer who suffered under anti-Jewish laws and was killed in a Nazi forced labor camp in 1944.

Tickets are $15 and available only at the door (no advance reservations) by check or cash. Tickets for seniors (65 and over) are $10 and students 21 or younger are free. Dinner is available for $9 before the concert at Café Bon Appétit in the dining hall on the ground floor of Mercy Hall. The concert takes place in Viola George Auditorium at Harold Alfond Hall.  893-7723.

May 21, 2012
Contact: Charmaine Daniels at (207) 893-7723 or e-mail cdaniels@sjcme.edu