Region has a unique classical music ensemble all its own

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – One thing extraordinarily uncommon is going on on the music scene in our space.

4 musicians are making historical past as live performance artists who train.

 It’s fantastic listening to the gorgeous taking part in of The Griffon String Quartet.

The skilled group performs usually in our space, usually totally free.

Of observe is a month-to-month informal live performance held at First Presbyterian Church in Inexperienced Bay.

The primary was held Oct. 27, and 7 extra probabilities lie forward to listen to the quartet and ask questions.

Listed here are the musicians, all with superior levels and broad expertise:

+ Viola: Blakeley Menghini (blake-lee men-ghee-knee).

+ Violin: Ji-Yeon Lee (gee-yun lee).

+ Cello: Ryan Louie.

+ Violin: Vinicius Sant’Ana (who goes by his nickname, Vinny, after which sant-ana).

These musicians are personable and energetic, and their performances are enjoyable to observe (my overview of a live performance).

The quartet has connections in Door County by Midsummer’s Music ( and Inexperienced Bay East Excessive College’s High quality Arts Institute and St. Norbert School in De Pere.

With the COVID-19 pandemic loosening, the group has man appearances within the works for educating and taking part in.

Notably, Midsummer’s Music co-founder Jim Berkenstock will characteristic the group in his program on music’s function in nurturing the mind.

Nothing like this group has existed in Northeastern Wisconsin, and there are lots of methods to expertise it. Right here is the most recent calendar:

+ “From Cradle to Grave: Music’s Unsung Duo with the Mind” presentation by Jim Berkenstock (extra on this system beneath).

Reside: November 8 – 3 p.m. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Sister Bay.

Digital: November 9 – 1 p.m., Mind Heart of Inexperienced Bay, www.braincentergb/better-together.

+ “Griffon String Quartet: B Double Sharp Program.”

November 11 – 11 a.m. Good Samaritan Society, Scandia Village, Sister Bay.

+ “Collect with the Griffon” mini live shows for seniors.

November 17; December 15; January 12, 2022; February 9, 2022; March 9, 2022; April 13, 2022; Could 11, 2022 – 11:30 a.m. First Presbyterian Church, Inexperienced Bay.

+ “Griffon String Quartet: Music for Meals” to assist the Door County Meals Pantry Coalition.

November 20, 2021 – 5:30 p.m., Kress Pavilion, Egg Harbor.

+ “Griffon String Quartet: Neighborhood Live performance for Sunshine Sources.”

December 10, 2021– 1 p.m., Sunshine Sources, Sturgeon Bay.

+ “Griffon String Quartet: Reminiscence Café – B Double Sharp Program.”

December 14, 2021– 1 p.m., Inexperienced Bay Botanical Backyard, Inexperienced Bay. 

+ “Griffon String Quartet Vacation Live shows.”

December 17– 5 p.m., SWY231, Sturgeon Bay.

December 18 – 2 p.m., Kress Pavilion, Egg Harbor.

December 19 – 2 p.m., Brown County Central Library, Inexperienced Bay.


Jim Berkenstock, president and creative director of Midsummer’s Music, will current “From Cradle to Grave: Music’s Unsung Duet with the Mind” at 3 p.m. November 8 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Admission is free, however tickets are wanted. Information: Be aware the November 9 digital presentation beneath.

In accordance of a press launch: The in-depth program is aimed toward associating music with mind performance in people of all ages. A bounty of latest analysis has led to new insights into how people course of, use and revel in music. We now know that infants (even prenatal) acknowledge sure musical parts nicely earlier than language comprehension begins. We additionally know that adults with late-stage dementia, who’re past most traditional technique of communication, are in a position to be reached in outstanding methods that may enhance their sense of contact, their habits, and emotions of well-being.

“From Cradle to Grave: Music’s Unsung Duet with the Mind” is an interactive exploration to reply such questions as, “Why do I take pleasure in music?” … “Do I’ve any hidden expertise?” … “Is there innate musicality in infants that persist all through life?” … “What hidden guarantees does music possess?” and “What musical secret did Einstein learn about and make use of?”

Find out how music works and the way we work, particularly from a musical standpoint. The presentation might be casual, informative and intriguing, and it is going to be enlivened by the expertise of The Griffon String Quartet.

The session will final about an hour and can embody a question-and-answer interval.

The November 8 program might be recorded for the November digital presentation at 1 p.m. from the Mind Heart of Inexperienced Bay as a part of its Visitor Speaker Sequence. To view the digital presentation, go to www.braincentergb/better-together to request free entry to this system.

Midsummer’s Music was co-founded in 1990 by Jim and Jean Berkenstock, long-time Door County summer season residents and principal orchestral gamers with the Lyric Opera of Chicago.


In its twelfth season, Music for Meals is a musician-led initiative to combat starvation, the place musicians carry out and select a neighborhood pantry assist. Viewers members donate to profit the pantry, and the pantry then creates meals for these in want.

The free live performance options the Griffon String Quartet taking part in picks from Danish String Quartet’s “Final Leaf” album, Astor Piazzolla’s dramatic “4 for Tango” and Ludwig van Beethoven’s “String Quartet No. 12 in E-Flat, Opus 127.” Attendees of the occasion November 20, starting at 5:30 p.m. on the Donald & Carol Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor, can deliver a nonperishable meals merchandise or make a financial donation to the Door County Meals Pantry Coalition on the door. Go to to order free tickets.

Music for Meals’s live shows have raised funds to create greater than 1.5 million meals. Even earlier than the Covid-19 pandemic, food-insecurity affected numerous Individuals, particularly these with kids and people who self-identified as Black, Latinx or Native American. Greater than 35 million folks in the US confronted food-insecurity in 2019, and Feeding America initiatives that 42 million folks – together with 13 million kids – could also be meals insecure in 2021. Extra details about Music for Meals, together with the areas and dates of different occasions, is out there at musicforfood.web.

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