Final Strings on the Bay concert Tuesday

ESCANABA — Strings on the Bay concludes at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday at the Besse Center Theater in Escanaba. This final program of the summer features the True North Quartet, a string quartet group from the Ann Arbor area playing a program titled “Razzle-Dazzle.”

Violinists Paul Lundin, violist Joseph Deller and cellist Daniel Thomas return for their ninth year playing together for Manistique audiences. Violinist David Lamse joins them this year as their newest member.

Mezzo-soprano and oboist Kaycee Ware Thomas will join the group this summer to show off her diverse musical talent and skill. She will perform Ottorino Respighi’s “The Sunset” with the quartet and then join in for the ever-popular “Quartet in F” for oboe and strings by Mozart.

As an oboist, she earned a master’s degree from the University of Michigan and was then selected as an artist certificate candidate at Southern Methodist University. She has had positions with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra as assistant principal oboe and English horn from 2006-07 and the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra as second oboe from 2007-09.

She also was selected as the only American oboist to compete in the 2008 Prague Spring International Oboe Competition. As a mezzo-soprano, she has had apprenticeships at the Seagle Music Colony, Amarillo Opera, Opera in the Ozarks, the MasterWorks Festival and Light Opera of Oklahoma. Notable roles include Mary O’Fallin in the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s “Morning Star,” Prince Orlofsky in “Die Fledermaus,” Marcellina in “The Marriage of Figaro” and Dorabella in “Cos fan tutte.”

Ludwig Beethoven’s quartets are the pinnacle of chamber music. His three quartets dedicated to Count Andreas Razumovsky are among his best. True North Quartet will present the third of these great works, the C Major quartet, to finish the season in style.

Tickets for this performance are available on the Bay College website and at the box office of the Besse Center during business hours or just before the concert. Admission price is $5 for students and faculty and $10 for adults.

A reception will take place after the concert.

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