The quartet will perform works by Haydn, Vivaldi, Mozart, Brahms and Mussorgsky, as well as pieces by Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder and Guns-N-Roses. The ensemble consists of area musicians — violinist Ron Brooker, violist Monica Reineck, cellist Brian Shifflet and violinist Alice Weiss.
The free Firelands Symphony Orchestra (FSO) ensemble concerts are made possible by a grant from the Erie County Community Foundation in collaboration with the James H. McBride Arboretum and BGSU Firelands. For more concert information, refer to the orchestra website at www.firelandssymphony.com.
Booker is entering his 29th season with the Firelands Symphony Orchestra; he served as the concert master for 19 years. He has conducted ecumenical choirs in Huron and been the music director for several men’s walks in the Emmaus community. Booker also has played for many area high school musicals, the Huron Playhouse and Sandusky State Theatre.
Reineck holds principal viola positions with the Firelands, Adrian and Ashland symphony orchestras and performs with the Ann Arbor Symphony and Terra Community College String Ensemble. She has played at the Huron Playhouse, musicals at the Sandusky State Theatre and assists at area high schools.
Shifflet currently teaches 25-plus private students at the Firelands Symphony School for the Arts as well as his private studio in Port Clinton. Having been a student of the FSO School, he said he is passionate about continuing the excellent musical education provided by the school. In addition to performing with the Firelands String Quartet, Shifflet is a member of the FSO and plays many area gigs including musicals, special events and churches.
Weiss spent her entire career as the orchestra director for grades five through 12 in Sandusky City Schools. She has been a violinist in the Firelands Symphony Orchestra from its inception and also currently teaches private students. Weiss, the business contact for the quartet, said she is happy to offer a consultation for the community’s upcoming quartet needs.