The Midsummer’s Music resident string quartet performs Mozart and Dohnányi
Sister Bay, Wis. (November 6, 2020) – The Griffon String Quartet, hailed for “superb playing, palpable chemistry, spirit, and emotional connection,” will perform its premiere concert for its 2020/2021 season. The first of four scheduled streaming programs begins at 3:00 pm (CT) on November 15. This first program of the season will include Mozart’s Divertimento K.563, Dohnányi’s Serenade in C Major, Op. 10, and commentary from featured members Vini Sant’Ana, violin, Blakeley Menghini, viola, and Ryan Louie, cello. The concert can be accessed at www.midsummersmusic.com, the Midsummer’s Music Facebook page, and the Griffon String Quartet’s YouTube channel.
The Griffon’s December 20 program at 3:00 pm (CT) will include various works from its classical repertoire plus holiday favorites. Additional virtual performances will be presented in March and May 2021.
Along with community events and concerts, the Griffon String Quartet members continue online instruction with string students in Door County and Green Bay, and they provide weekly educational videos for children at the Boys & Girls Club of Door County. During the 2020/2021 Griffon season, the UW-Madison-based, world-renowned Pro Arte Quartet is providing mentoring services to the Griffon members to enhance personal and professional development.
One of the most vibrant and engaging quartets of their generation, the Griffon String Quartet was formed in the fall of 2018 as a collaboration between Midsummer’s Music, the Fine Arts Institute at East High in Green Bay, and St. Norbert College in De Pere. The quartet is a groundbreaking project to enrich the lives of children and adults throughout northeast Wisconsin through concerts, workshops, and music education outreach. Extraordinary musicians who have performed with orchestras and ensembles around the globe in the finest halls from Carnegie Hall and Brazil’s Teatro Municipal de São Paulo to Japan’s Suntory Hall, and won prestigious music competitions and awards, they are equally dedicated to music education and inspiring the next generation of music lovers. Each member of the Griffon String Quartet has advanced degrees and significant professional experience, both as educators and performers, and the ensemble has been recognized for “their youthful vigor, which is absolutely infectious!”
Midsummer’s Music was co-founded in 1990 by Jim and Jean Berkenstock, long-time Door County summer residents and principal orchestral players with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. What began as two concerts among friends has become one of the Midwest’s most anticipated chamber music series, bringing thousands of chamber music enthusiasts from around the globe to the magical Door County Peninsula.