QUILCENE — Concerts in the Barn will hold its second weekend of free performances, continuing its third season.
This year, Concerts in the Barn feature the Carpe Diem String Quartet.
As in previous years, all concerts are free to the public Saturday and Sunday and no tickets are required.
The farm opens to visitors at noon each concert day. At 1 p.m., the barn doors at 7360 Center Road will open so patrons can reserve their seats, either on comfortable pews or hay bales in the loft. Concerts begin at 2 p.m.
The Quartet will perform the breathtaking works of Finnish composer Rautavaara and Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg (interspersed with a Haydn quartet).
Next weekend, the Quartet will take on the momentous works of Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky, two Russian giants in the composing world — with a romantic interlude of a Mendelssohn quartet between these giant opuses.
Two members of the musical ensemble are well-known to patrons who have been coming to the farm for a decade or more — first violinist Charles Wetherbee and violist Korine Fujiwara. Joining them are second violinist Marisa Ishikawa and cellist Gregory Sauer.
For the past 35 years, thousands of concertgoers have flocked to the farm — now known as Trillium Woods Farm — to hear the world’s greatest chamber music musicians perform the world’s greatest chamber music in this distinctly pastoral setting.
Inside the milking shed, patrons can purchase cider from Finn River Cidery and wines from Joe Euro’s The Wine Seller. Profits from all these beverages will go to fund Jefferson Youth and Music groups.
Free bottled water also is available.
For more information, go to www.concertsinthebarn.org or call 360-732-0732.