The South Florida Symphony presents the Blue Door String Quartet at the Josephine S. Leiser Opera Center on Monday, May 5, at 7:00 p.m.

Discover the sounds of Bernard Hermann, one of the most brilliant film composers of the 20th century, the writer of such classics as Psycho and Citizen Kane. Explore Tolstoy’s “Kreutzer Sonata” through the music of Janacek.  Experience the turbulent life of Smetana in his semi-autobiographical string quartet.

The program includes Bernard Hermann’s Echoes, Janacek’s String Quartet No. 1 “The sfs_1Kreutzer Sonata,” and Smetana’s String Quartet No. 1.  Whitney La Grange (violin), Mioi Takeda (violin), Arthur Dibble (viola), and Arthur Cook (cello) collaborate to bring classics of the chamber repertoire. Composed of premier musicians from the South Florida Symphony, the Blue Door String Quartet aims not only to perform, but to educate the audience about the music through Mr. Cook’s illuminating introductions.

Of their music, a critic wrote, “The Quartet is itself a tonic for local ears.  No symphony’s string section, no matter how skilled or well-rehearsed . . . , can play with the precision that these four string players generate. . . And when an opportunity to play expressively comes up, they invariably make the most of it.” (Solares Hill)

The evening will start with a complimentary reception at 7:00 p.m. catered by Lenore Nolan- Ryan Catering and Cooking School, followed by the performance at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30. For tickets and information, call 954-522-8445 or visit


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