Summer String-In Concerts

West Long Branch, NJ -  Monmouth University is pleased to announce that the Simon String Quartet and colleagues will again present free classical chamber music concerts as part of its Summer String-In workshop.  The first concert is scheduled for Tuesday, July 30, at 8 p.m. in Wilson Auditorium.  The second concert takes place on Thursday, August 1, at 8 p.m. in Wilson Auditorium. 

The Simon String Quartet (Fiona Simon and Sebu Sirinian, violins; Lisa Suslowicz, viola; David Bakamjian, cello) is “a special group of four seasoned performers whose passion for chamber music infuses their collaboration with energy and dynamism.”  Led by Fiona Simon, a member of the New York Philharmonic, its 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 to many different parts of the world. 

The Summer String-In, now in its ninth year, is an intensive week-long music workshop for adult amateur string players that take place on the campus of Monmouth University. 

On Tuesday, July 30, at 8 p.m., the Simon Quartet will perform Janáček's Quartet No.1 – also known as the "Kreutzer Sonata" after Tolstoy's short story -- and Beethoven's monumental and highly spiritual Quartet in C# Minor, Op. 131.

On Thursday, August 1, at 8 p.m., they will be joined by two other Summer String-In faculty members – violist Kimberly Foster-Wallace and cellist Joseph Kimura – to play Mendelssohn's riveting Quintet No. 2 in Bb Major, Op. 88, and Russian romantic composer Reinhold Glière's Sextet No. 3 in C Major.