Proteus String Quartet to offer exciting mix of masterworks, Nov. 21

The Proteus String Quartet – quickly emerging as a dynamic addition to the performing arts scene in New England – will perform in its first concert of the season on Monday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Nazarian Center’s Sapinsley Hall.

Since its debut concert in December 2010, Proteus has presented a diverse repertoire of masterworks, rarities and electrifying showpieces. An ever-expanding audience has enthusiastically welcomed the quartet’s eclectic fare, brought to life with imaginative and impassioned interpretations.

The concert program:
• Quartet K. 589 in B Flat Major – W.A. Mozart
• “Spider Dreams” – David Balakrishnan (Turtle Island String Quartet)
• Prelude – George Gershwin
• “Four for Tango” – Astor Piazzolla
• Quartet #3, Opus 67 in B Flat Major – Johannes Brahms

Members of the quartet – all on the music faculty at RIC – are professionals from different musical worlds who find creative common ground in chamber music.

• John Sumerlin, violin, 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 orchestras in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Europe.

• Samuel Breene, violin, has performed throughout the United States and in Germany, Canada, Israel and Haiti. Breene, who is also a music historian, holds a PhD in musicology from Duke University. He 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, viola, 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, cello, 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.

Admission is $25, with discounts for senior citizens. Free for RIC students, faculty and staff.