The Griffon String Quartet will perform at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Ephraim on Friday, March 15.
The quartet is the result of a collaboration between Midsummer’s Music Ltd. in Door County, the Fine Arts Institute at East High in Green Bay, and St. Norbert College in De Pere. With a mission of enhancing student learning and academic achievement through increased exposure to—and participation in—music, the three-year program is embedding a professional resident string quartet—the Griffon String Quartet—into the classrooms of schools throughout Door and Brown Counties.
In addition to student outreach, the Griffon String Quartet plays concerts for all ages in venues across Door County and Brown County. The March 15 concert, which begins at 7:00 pm, includes Beethoven’s String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6; Joan Tower’s String Quartet No. 5, “White Water”; and Debussy’s String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10. A reception follows the concert for an opportunity to meet the musicians.
The four musicians are young, well-educated, energetic, and dedicated to the success of the program. Ryan Louie (cello) has toured extensively and has degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Blakeley Menghini (viola) is a 2018 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she earned her Doctoral of Musical Arts. Roy Meyer (violin) has a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Music degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa. Vinicius Sant’ Ana (violin) earned his Master of Music degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Tickets to the March 15 concert are $29 for adults, $10 for students, and free for children 12 and younger.
The Griffon String Quartet will play another concert with a new repertoire at 7:00 pm on Saturday, May 25, at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor. Combo pairs of tickets are available for the Mary 15 and May 25 concerts at $50 for adults and $18 for students.
Call Midsummer’s Music at 920-854-7088 to order tickets for these concerts, or purchase tickets at the door.
Midsummer’s Music was co-founded in 1990 by Jim and Jean Berkenstock, long-time Door County summer residents and, until retirement, principal orchestral players with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. The organization has drawn on the extraordinary talent of professional musicians and artist/faculty of universities throughout the Midwest. Offering chamber music for winds, strings, and piano performed in intimate settings throughout Door County, venues include art galleries, churches, and private homes. From such masters as Mozart, Schubert, and Dvořák to some lesser-known but very accomplished composers, each concert is an unforgettable musical experience.