A string quartet fresh off a London tour will perform in Evans on Saturday.
The Doric String Quartet performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center as the Symphony Orchestra Augusta brings back its signature Columbia County Music Series in 2012.
The Doric String Quartet, formed in 1998, first performed in the United States in 2011 by playing in New York and at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., said Symphony Orchestra Augusta Director of Education and Community Engagement Amy Montgomery.
“This is not a group that you would normally see performing in the U.S.,” she said.
Professionally trained as a quartet, the group is composed of cellist John Myerscough, violist Simon Tandree and violinists Jonathan Stone and Alex Redington.
Montgomery said the musicians will perform traditional, classical pieces, including works by composers Joseph Haydn, Bela Bartok and Franz Schubert.
The quartet will perform in Tennessee before making the trip to Evans and then travel back to Europe.
As part of the chamber concert series, each performing group spends time with elementary school pupils in Richmond and Columbia counties, Montgomery said.
Through demonstrations and lectures by professional musicians, the Symphony Orchestra Augusta’s educational residency program provides a once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunity for pupils, she said.
Also scheduled to perform as part of the eighth annual series is Wendy Cohen and Vonda Darr on Feb. 4, and the Georgia Guitar Quartet on March 3. Each concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center at the Columbia County Library.
“This series is very small and very intimate,” Montgomery said.
An average of 283 patrons attended each of the three concerts last year, she said.
“We feel like we’re getting a nice response from that community,” Montgomery said. “We’re committed to the series.”
Admission is $15, with $7 tickets available to students and military personnel. For ticket information or to find out more, call (706) 826-4705 or visit www.soaugusta.com.
Symphony Orchestra Augusta will return to the county in May for the Pops Under the Stars concert, which moves this year from University Health Care System’s Evans campus to the new Lady Antebellum Pavilion.