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Firelands String Quartet to perform Sunday at James H. McBride Arboretum

By KELLY KELLER • Jun 20, 2018 at 7:00 PM

HURON — The Firelands String Quartet returns to the James H. McBride Arboretum at the BGSU Firelands campus for a free concert Sunday.

The concert, which starts at 4 p.m., is a summer ensemble concert by the Firelands Symphony Orchestra (FSO). The McBride Arboretum is located at 1600 Boos Road, Huron, and the rain venue is the Cedar Point Center at BGSU Firelands.

Grab a lawn chair or blanket and bring a picnic while enjoying a beautiful day outside listening to a well-rounded concert with a mix of classical and pop music. Use the south parking lot for convenient access to a shady spot.

The quartet consists of area musicians: Ron Brooker (violin), Monica Reineck (viola), Brian Shifflet (cello) and Alice Weiss (violin).

Brooker has been with the FSO, entering his 26th season. For 16 of those years he has been the concertmaster. Brooker is the first violinist in the Firelands String Quartet and has served as the music director for Huron Methodist Church for the past 16 years.

Also, Brooker has conducted ecumenical choirs in Huron, served as music director for several men’s walks in the Emmaus community. He also has played for many area high school musicals, the Huron Playhouse and Sandusky State Theatre.

Reineck holds principal viola positions with Firelands, Adrian and Ashland symphony orchestras and performs with the Ann Arbor Symphony and the Terra Community College String Ensemble. She is an active member of the community performing at the Huron Playhouse, musicals at the Sandusky State Theatre, as well as assisting at area high schools.

Shifflet currently teaches 25-plus private students at the Firelands Symphony School for the Arts and at his private studio in Port Clinton. Having been a student of the FSO school, he is passionate about continuing the excellent musical education being provided there. In addition to performing with the quartet, Shifflet is a member of the FSO and plays many gigs in the area including musicals, special events, churches and more.

Weiss spent her entire career as the orchestra director for grades five through 12 with Sandusky City Schools. She has been a violinist in the FSO from its inception and also currently teaches private students. Weiss is the business contact for the Firelands String Quartet and offers a consultation for upcoming quartet needs.

The free FSO ensemble concerts are made possible by a grant from the Erie County Community Foundation in collaboration with the James H. McBride Arboretum and BGSU Firelands.

For more concert information, refer to the Firelands Symphony Orchestra website at www.firelandssymphony.com.

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