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For Immediate Release: May 4, 2010
Contact: Gina Hebert, 508-289-7725; ghebert@mbl.edu

Tokyo String Quartet to Perform at MBL Gala, August 1 in Woods Hole

Tokyo String Quartet
WOODS HOLE, MA—The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is pleased to announce the 2010 MBL Gala to be held Sunday, August 1 in Woods Hole. The event, presented by Shawmut Design and Construction, will feature the renowned Tokyo String Quartet.

The Gala kicks off at 5:30 PM with a waterfront gourmet dinner on the MBL’s Swope Center terrace located at 5 North Street, Woods Hole and will be capped off by a special 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 education programs.

The Tokyo String Quartet has captivated audiences and critics alike since it was founded 40 years ago. Regarded as one of the supreme chamber ensembles of the world, the quartet—Martin Beaver and Kikuei Ikeda (violins), Kazuhide Isomura (viola) and Clive Greensmith (cello)—has collaborated with a remarkable array of artists and composers, built a comprehensive catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings, and established a distinguished teaching record. Performing over a hundred concerts worldwide each season, the quartet has a devoted international following that includes the major capitals of the world and extends to all four corners, from Australia to Estonia, to Scandinavia and the Far East.

Tickets for the dinner and concert are sold separately. Dinner reservations are $110 each and will be sold until 5:00 PM on July 23. 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.

Ticket and program information is available by contacting the MBL’s Communications Office at 508-289-7423 or by visiting www.mbl.edu/gala. Information on the Tokyo String Quartet is available at www.tokyoquartet.com.


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.