Portland String Quartet to perform two concerts

The Portland String Quartet will perform at Saint Joseph's College on Monday, July 30, and Monday, Aug. 6. The performances, held in conjunction with its first-ever summer workshop residency at Saint Joseph's, will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Viola George Auditorium at Alfond Hall.

The Portland String Quartet has been performing, teaching and recording since 1969. The group has released 17 albums featuring music from Bach to contemporary, toured internationally, and won critical acclaim from The New York Times, The Washington Post and many other newspapers and publications around the world.

The program for July 30 includes "String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 76, No. 4 (The Sunrise)" by Joseph Haydn; "Lullaby for String Quartet" by George Gershwin; and "String Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 68" by Dimitri Shostakovich. The August 6 concert will feature "Shaker Variations for Cello and Viola" (2007) by Elliott Schwartz; "Serenade for Two Violins and Viola" by Zoltan Kodaly; and "String Quartet in F Major" by Maurice Ravel.

Tickets are $20, $18 for seniors and free for students 21 and under, and will be sold at the door (no advance sales or reservations; cash or checks only). Call 893-7723 or 893-7845 for more information or visit www.portlandstringquartet.org.

The Portland String Quartet's summer workshop students will perform a free concert on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. in Viola George Auditorium at Saint Joseph's College. They will play works by Mendelssohn, Haydn, Beethoven, Chadwick, Brahms, Dvorak, Bloch, Shostakovich and Debussy. The concerts present the major repertoire that the student ensembles will prepare during the 32nd Annual Portland String Quartet Workshop, held this year for the first time at Saint Joseph's College. The summer workshop is a two-week session of intensive chamber music study and performance for a select group of students from all over the country.

The group's members were awarded Honorary Doctor of Music degrees by Colby College in 1986, and they served as Artists-in-Residence there for 19 years. Currently, they are Artists-in-Residence at LaSalle University in Philadelphia.

Committed to passing on their legacy in the arts, they offer workshops nationally and internationally and actively teach at their home studios in Portland, Maine . They also teach teamwork dynamics in their music workshops and for business schools, based on their 38 years of experience practicing "the delicate art of cooperation."

July 16, 2007 Contact: Charmaine Daniels at (207) 893-7723 or e-mail cdaniels@sjcme.edu