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A series of string quartet concerts will be held July 29 through
August 9 at Colby College in Waterville. Two formal concerts by the
Portland String Quartet are scheduled for July 29 and August 5; two
performances by participants in the 28th annual Portland String Quartet
Workshop at Colby will be presented August 9.

  • The Portland String Quartet will perform Tuesday-evening
    concerts on July 29 and August 5. The 7:30 p.m. performances will be in
    Strider Theater of Runnals Building. Admission is $10 and there is no
    charge for students 21 years old or younger. The program for July 29
    includes Haydn’s “String Quartet in F minor, Op. 20, No. 5,” Schubert’s
    “String Quartet in E Maj., Op 125, No. 1” and Bartok’s “String Quartet
    No. 1, Op. 7.” The August 5 concert will feature Mozart’s
    “String Quartet in G Major, K.387,” emeritus music professor Peter Ré’s
    “String Quartet No. 1 (1956)” and Brahms’s “String Quartet in C minor,
    Op.51, No. 1.”

  • Participants in the Portland String Quartet’s 28th annual
    summer string quartet workshop will perform at 2 p.m. and at 7 p.m. on
    Saturday, August 9, in Strider Theater of Runnals Building. The
    concerts are open to the public free of charge. 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 Portland String Quartet includes violist Julia Adams, violinists
    Stephen Kecskemethy and Ronald Lantz and cellist Paul Ross. The group
    was founded in 1969 and currently is celebrating its 34th season
    without a change in personnel. The ensemble has played together longer
    than any U.S. quartet. The quartet has established a reputation for
    strong performances on its international tours, and its recordings have
    won a variety of honors.

    For more information about the Portland String Quartet Workshop, contact Colby’s Office of Special Programs at 207-872-3386.