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Tokyo String Quartet to Perform at the Marine Biological Laboratory, July 31

WOODS HOLE, MA—The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) will hold its annual Chamber Music Concert on Sunday, July 31 at 7:00 pm in the Lillie Auditorium on MBL Street, Woods Hole. This year the MBL is pleased to present The Tokyo String Quartet. The Tokyo String Quartet has captivated audiences and critics alike since it was founded more than thirty years ago at the Julliard School of Music.

The Quartet will be performing the following program: Mozart Quartet, K. 465 Dissonance, Hayashi, Hikaru Lament, and Beethoven Quartet in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1. Concert Ticket Prices range from $25 to $100 per person.

A candlelit dinner is available after the concert on the MBL's Swope Center terraces. Dinner tickets are $45 per person. Contact the MBL’s Communications Office at 508-289-7423 for more information about the concert and dinner and to order tickets, or visit www.mbl.edu.

One of the supreme chamber ensembles of the world, the Tokyo String Quartet is comprised of violist Kazuhide Isomura, a founding member of the group, second violinist Kikuei Ikeda, who joined the ensemble in 1974, cellist Clive Greensmith, formerly Principal Cellist of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, who joined in 1999, and first violinist Martin Beaver who joined the ensemble in 2002.

The Tokyo String Quartet has released more than thirty landmark recordings, including the complete quartets of Beethoven, Schubert and Bartók. The ensemble’s recordings of works by Brahms, Debussy, Dvorák, Haydn, Mozart, Ravel and Schubert have earned numerous honors, including seven Grammy nominations. The Quartet has been featured on PBS’s Sesame Street and Great Performers, CNN This Morning and CBS Sunday Morning, as well as on the soundtrack for the Sidney Lumet film Critical Care.

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The Marine Biological Laboratory is an internationally known, independent, nonprofit research and educational institution. It conducts the highest level of original research and education in biology, including the biomedical and environmental sciences. MBL hosts research programs in cell and developmental biology, ecosystems studies, molecular biology and evolution, neurobiology, behavior, global infectious diseases and sensory physiology. Its intensive graduate-level educational program is renowned throughout the life sciences. Founded in 1888, the MBL is the oldest private marine laboratory in the western hemisphere.