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For Immediate Release: July 14, 2009
Contact: Gina Hebert, 508-289-7725; ghebert@mbl.edu

The Tokyo String Quartet. Photo Credit: Christian Ducasse

Tokyo String Quartet to be Featured at Marine Biological Laboratory Gala, August 9

MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is pleased to announce the 2009 MBL Gala to be held Sunday, August 9, 2009 in Woods Hole. The event, presented by Shawmut Design & Construction, will feature the renowned Tokyo String Quartet.

The Gala kicks off at 5:30 PM with a gourmet dinner at the MBL’s Swope Center alongside Eel Pond in Woods Hole and will be capped off by a performance from the celebrated Tokyo String Quartet at 8:00 PM in the Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole. 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 nearly 40 years ago. Regarded as one of today’s supreme chamber ensembles, the Tokyo String 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 D Major, Op 76, No. 5; Berg Quartet for Strings, Op. 3; and Mendelssohn Quartet in A minor, Op. 13.

Tickets for the dinner and concert are sold separately. Dinner reservations are $100 each and will be sold until 5:00 PM on July 31. Concert tickets range from $150 for preferred, patron tickets to $35 for general admission and will be available at the door or until sold out.

In addition to Shawmut Design & Construction, other Gala corporate sponsors include Tsoi/Kobus & Associates, Falmouth Toyota and Scion, and HUB International

Ticket information is available by contacting the MBL’s Communications Office at 508-289-7423 or by visiting www.mbl.edu/gala.


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 Americas.