Sister Bay, Wis. (October 31, 2022) – In support of its mission to enhance student learning and academic achievement through increased exposure to – and participation in – music, the Griffon String Quartet, hailed for “superb playing, palpable chemistry, spirit, and emotional connection,” recently visited Sunrise Elementary School in Sturgeon Bay to play for students and introduce them to string instruments.
Sunrise Elementary currently does not have a strings program, making this experience a significant opportunity to build relationships with the school’s music program. The Quartet’s school programs bring the excitement of live performance to young audiences, combining concerts, demonstrations, and participation elements. The professional musicians weave interactive learning opportunities and educational substance in to 45-minute assemblies. Each workshop presents the string instrument family, allowing students to have the opportunity to hold and “play” the instruments while exploring the concepts of teamwork, communication, and problem-solving.
One of the most vibrant and engaging quartets of its generation, the Griffon String Quartet was formed in the fall of 2018 as a collaboration between Midsummer’s Music and the Fine Arts Institute at East High in Green Bay. It is a groundbreaking project to enrich the lives of children and adults throughout northeast Wisconsin with concerts, workshops, and music education outreach. Extraordinary musicians who have performed with orchestras and ensembles around the globe, 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 have 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.
For more information visit www.midsummersmusic.com.