Muir String Quartet, guest violist Marcus Thompson to perform Jan. 25

Muir String Quartet
The Muir String Quartet – a popular performer at RIC since 1993 – will open the spring 2010 Performing Arts Series with a classical concert featuring the works of Mozart, Mendelssohn and Beethoven. Internationally recognized violist Marcus Thompson will be the quartet’s special guest.

The concert will be held Monday, Jan. 25, at 8 p.m. in the Nazarian Center’s Sapinsley Hall.

Mozart’s Dissonant Quartet, K. 456; Beethoven’s The Harp, Op. 74; and Mendelssohn’s String Quintet in B Flat Major, Op. 87 will be performed.

Thompson’s performing career has taken him all over the Americas, Europe and the Far East. He currently lives in Boston, where he heads programs in chamber music and performance studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Thompson is also member of the viola faculty at New England Conservatory of Music as well as the artistic director of the Boston Chamber Music Society.

Currently in residence at Boston University, the Muir String Quartet has been performing throughout the U.S. and worldwide for 31 years and has long been established as one of America’s leading string ensembles. The New York Times says the Muir Quartet has “the sound, the depth and interpretive polish to rival the best in the world.”

The quartet also does benefit work for the Classics for Kids Foundation, which offers grants in support for string programs nationwide.

Tickets for the Muir String Quartet are $35. Discounts are available for seniors, children and RIC faculty/staff/students/alumni. Purchase tickets in advance with Visa or MasterCard by calling (401) 456-8144 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays; online at; or at the box office in the lobby of the appropriate performance venue, which will open for sales two hours before the performance begins.