WEST LONG BRANCH – Free classical chamber music concerts will be held at Monmouth University this week by the Simon String Quartet and colleagues at Wilson Auditorium. The concerts are part of the university’s Summer String-In workshop.
The Simon String Quartet with violinists Fiona Simon and Sebu Sirinian, Lisa Suslowicz on viola and cellist David Bakamjian is a special group of seasoned performers whose passion for chamber music infuses their collaboration with energy and dynamism.
Led by Simon, a member of the New York Philharmonic, the members each combine careers in chamber music and orchestras, and as soloists and teachers. Although currently based in New York, where they individually perform with some of the most distinguished ensembles in the area, their performing careers have taken them all over the world.
The Summer String-In, now in its 10th season, is an intensive week-long music workshop for adult amateur string players that takes place on the campus of Monmouth University.
The concerts will be:
- On Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 8 p.m., the Simon Quartet will perform Haydn’s jocular Quartet in F Major, Op. 50, No 5, followed by Debussy’s richly textured Quartet, and finally, one of Mozart’s late masterpieces, the Quartet in B♭ Major, K. 589.
- On Thursday, Aug. 7, at 8 p.m., they will be joined by other Summer String-In faculty members – violist Kimberly Foster-Wallace and cellist Joseph Kimura – to play Dvorak’s Sextet in A Major, Op 48 and Dohnanyi’s Sextet in B♭ Major.