String quartet performs Sunday in Newburyport

Courtesy photoThe Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet performs Sunday at 3 p.m. in St. Anna’s Chapel at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 166 High St., Newburyport.

NEWBURYPORT — “Centennial Celebrations: The Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet in Concert” will be presented Sunday at St. Anna’s Chapel at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 166 High St.

The event begins at 2:30 p.m. with a preconcert talk by Anna Winestein, executive director of Ballets Russes Arts Initiative of Boston. The concert starts at 3 p.m.

Founded in 1939, the Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet of St. Petersburg is the oldest operating quartet in Russia. The quartet, which last appeared in Newburyport is 2017, is performing in honor of the 175th birthday of its namesake, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and the upcoming 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth.

The concert begins with Beethoven’s Quartet No. 11, “Serioso,” followed by an intermission and then music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

The members of the Rimsky Korsakov String Quartet – Mikhail Bondarev (violin), Ekaterina Belisova (violin), Alexei Popov (viola) and Anton Andreev (cello) – are graduates of the Saint Petersburg Conservatory. Since 1989, the group has regularly toured in Europe, the U.S. and Canada.

Seating in the chapel is limited to 120 people. Tickets are $28 to $45 and available at https://rimskyquartet.eventbrite.com or at the door (cash/check only). VIP tickets include a reception with the artists.

For more information, call 978-465-5351.

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