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Tokyo String Quartet to be Featured at Marine Biological Laboratory Gala, August 10
Event to celebrate 20 Years of chamber music at the laboratory

MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) invites the public to the 2008 MBL Gala to be held Sunday, August 10, 2008 in Woods Hole. The event, featuring the renowned Tokyo String Quartet, will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Annual Chamber Music Concert at the MBL.

MBL Gala

The Gala kicks off at 5:30 PM with hors d’oeuvres and a gourmet dinner at the MBL’s Swope Center alongside Eel Pond in Woods Hole and will be capped off by a special performance from the celebrated Tokyo String Quartet at 8:00 PM in the MBL’s Lillie Auditorium. Proceeds will support the MBL’s renowned research and educational programs.

The Tokyo String Quartet has captivated audiences and critics alike since it was founded more than 30 years ago. Regarded as one of today’s supreme chamber ensembles, the Quartet performs over a hundred concerts worldwide each season and has a devoted following. This year’s concert program includes performances of Haydn Quartet in G major, Op. 76/1; Hosokowa Blossoming; and Beethoven Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130.

Tickets for the dinner and concert can be purchased separately. Dinner tickets are $100 each. Concert tickets range from $150 for preferred, patron tickets to $35 for general admission. Table host and corporate sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please note that dinner tickets will be sold until August 4. Concert tickets will be available until they are sold out.

Ticket information is available by contacting the MBL’s Communications Office at 508-289-7423 or by visiting the Gala web page.


The MBL is a leading international, independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to discovery and to improving the human condition through creative research and education in the biological, biomedical and environmental sciences. Founded in 1888 as the Marine Biological Laboratory, the MBL is the oldest private marine laboratory in the Western Hemisphere. For more information, visit www.MBL.edu.