RIC faculty string quartet debuts Dec. 15

The Proteus String Quartet, featuring members of RIC’s music faculty, makes its debut in a concert on Wednesday, Dec. 15, at 8 p.m. in the Nazarian Center’s Sapinsley Hall.

The concert program includes the Arriaga Quartet #1 in D Minor, Beethoven Op. 59 #3 in C Major and Dvorak Quartet in A Flat Major, op. 105.

The quartet, which is in residence at the college, is comprised of RIC string faculty members:

• John Sumerlin has been on the RIC faculty since 1989. Previously, he was founder of the Harrington String Quartet, (finalist in the Banff International String Quartet Competition), and first violinist with the American, Dallas, Cincinnati, Honolulu, and Santa Fe Opera orchestras.He has appeared in recitals and as soloist with orchestra in the US, Canada, Mexico, and Europe.

• Samuel Breene has performed throughout the United States and in Germany, Canada, Israel and Haiti. Breene, who pursues a dual career as a music historian, holds a PhD in musicology from Duke University. He has taught at New York University and the University of Pennsylvania before coming to RIC in 2009. He has been the recipient of a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, a CLIR Mellon Fellowship and a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship.

• Susan Culpo is known to Rhode Islanders as the daughter of Aurora Curran, renowned string teacher in Cranston Public Schools. Culpo plays with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and Boston Pops Esplanade orchestras, and is assistant principal viola with the Rhode Island Philharmonic. With the BSO, she has traveled from Tanglewood to Europe and Asia.

• Steven Laven appears with the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Boston Baroque, Boston Symphony and Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. Laven has held titled positions in the Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera and Omaha Symphony Orchestras.

The Proteus String Quartet will next appear in concert on April 11, 2011.

Free admission.

Rehearsal photo gallery