From L to R: violinists John McGrosso and Julia Sakharova, cellist Kurt Baldwin, and violist Joanna Mendoza. (Photo courtesy of Arianna String Quartet)

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Kurt Baldwin and Julia Sakharova, two members of Arianna String Quartet, talk about their upcoming performances with the Sitka Summer Music Festival. They are nearing completion of recording all of Beethoven’s quartets.

In residence at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, the world renowned chamber ensemble was founded in 1992.The Arianna Quartet has appeared throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia, with frequent visits to Brazil and South Africa, and lead teaching workshops for other chamber ensembles.

Their members include violinists John McGrosso and Julia Sakharova, violist Joanna Mendoza and cellist Kurt Baldwin. Baldwin and Sakharova were joined by Ziull Bailey, the artistic director of the Sitka Summer Music Festival.

The quartet will perform today (6-25-15) at 12:30 for free and tomorrow (6-26-15) at 7:30 at Harrigan Centennial Hall. Tickets for the evening concert are available at Old Harbor Books, at the door, or online.