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A series of string quartet concerts will be held July 31 through August 11 at Colby College in Waterville. Two formal concerts by the Portland String Quartet are set for July 31 and August 7; two performances by participants in the 26th annual Portland String Quartet Workshop at Colby will be presented August 11. In addition master classes August 1-9 are open for anyone who wishes to listen.

The Portland String Quartet will perform Tuesday-evening concerts on July 31 and August 7. The 7:30 p.m. performances will be in Lorimer Chapel. Admission is $14 for adults and $12 for seniors. There is no charge for students 21 years old or younger. The program for July 31 includes String Quartet in F Major, Op.74, No. 2 by Franz Joseph Haydn; Searching for Blue, a work for computer and string quartet by Jonathan Hallstrom, associate professor of music at Colby; and String Quartet in F Major by Maurice Ravel. The August 7 concert will feature Capriccio by Felix Mendelssohn; String Quartet, Op. 11 by Samuel Barber and String Quartet in D Minor, “Death and the Maiden,” by Franz Schubert.

Portland String Quartet members Julia Adams, Stephen Kecskemethy, Ronald Lantz and Paul Ross are conducting their 26th annual summer string quartet workshop. The workshop attracts a select group of musicians from around the world who spend two weeks at Colby in July and August in an intensive schedule of rehearsals, coaching sessions and master classes. The participants’ final concerts will be at 2:30 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 11, in Lorimer Chapel. Those concerts are open to the public free of charge.

Also open to the public free of charge are the institute master classes held in Given Auditorium of the Bixler Art and Music Center on:
Wednesday, August 1, from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 2, from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Friday, August 3, from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 4, from 1-3 p.m.
Monday, August 6, from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 8, from 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 9, from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

For more information call Colby’s Office of Special Programs at 207-872-3386.

The Portland String Quartet, which has played together longer than any U.S. quartet except the Guarneri, was founded in 1969 and currently is celebrating its 31st season without a change in personnel. The quartet has established a reputation for strong performances on its international tours, and its recordings have won a variety of honors.