Chestertown, MD, April 1, 2002 — The Washington College Concert Series closes its 2001-2002 season with a performance by the Mendelssohn String Quartet, Friday, April 12, 2002, at 8:00 p.m. in the College's Tawes Theatre, Gibson Performing Arts Center. This golden anniversary season of the Washington College Concert Series has been dedicated to cofounders Helen S. Gibson of Chestertown, wife of the late Daniel Z. Gibson, president of Washington College from 1950 to 1970, and the late Robert L. Forney of Chestertown, former chair of the concert series committee who supported it financially for many years.
In two decades of spirited playing and innovative programming, the Mendelssohn String Quartet has emerged as an ensemble with a distinct and energetic musical voice infused with a unique depth of interpretation. Touring North America and Europe annually, the quartet holds the esteemed position of Artist Faculty at the North Carolina School of the Arts and the appointment of Blodgett Artists-in-Residence at Harvard University. The members have a strong commitment to contemporary music and have given world premieres of works commissioned for and by them. The Los Angeles Times wrote, "The Mendelssohnians played with fierce physicality and emotional abandon, intelligent insight and supreme technique." According to the The Boston Globe: "Their infinitely varied articulations, gestures, colors and rhythmic ductility must be hard won but seem completely spontaneous. They are simply not to be missed."
Single admission tickets for the Washington College Concert Series are available at the Tawes Theatre box office before performances and are $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for youth 18 years of age and under. For more information and a program for the upcoming 2002-2003 season, contact the Washington College Concert Series, 300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown, MD 21620-1197, or call 410-778-7839.