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Viridian Strings returns to northern Michigan for annual summer concert tour

They're back! Cuna Kim, Kyle Stachnik, Oliver Leitner and Joseph Skerik brought music of Dvorak to IPR's Studio A ahead of a pair of performances in northern Michigan this weekend.

Viridian Strings only exists in northern Michigan in the summertime.

In Studio A, they talked about what it's like getting together here every year. They also gave a preview music they'll be performing on two concerts this weekend.

The idea for Viridian Strings started in 2018, but when they couldn't get to perform regularly during the pandemic, that gave them the push to start a group that came together annually.

Violinists Cuna Kim and Olivier Leitner, violist Joseph Skerik and cellist Kyle Stachnik of Viridian Strings performed the final movement from the Antonin Dvorak's String Quartet no. 12 "American" in Studio A.

They're presenting a concert called "Musical Monikers" featuring string quartets by Mozart, Dvorak and Prokofiev this weekend.

Friday, June 7 at 7 p.m.. they're onstage at the Alluvion in Traverse City, and Saturday, June 8 at 7 p.m. they'll be at the Oliver Art Center in Frankfort.

Viridian Strings will return to the region at the end of the summer for another pair of concerts in Traverse City and Frankfort.

Viridian Strings (L to R): Cuna Kim,
Viridian Strings (L to R): Cuna Kim, Kyle Stachnik, Oliver Leitner, and Joe Skerik at IPR in 2024

Kelley DiPasquale engineered this edition of Studio A.

Emily Duncan Wilson is IPR's digital content manager.

Nancy Deneen is the host of Music at Midday and Music by Request.