Schedule of events:

3:30pm - 5:00 pm
in Room 1145
Lecture/demo with Rita Porfiris:  "A historical survey of chamber music of black composers”

FRIDAY, May 13:
10:00 am -12:00 pm OPEN REHEARSAL with QuartetES (with time for questions) in Geiringer Hall
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm CHAMBER MUSIC MASTER CLASS with Miller-Porfiris Duo in Lotte Lehmann
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Violin class in Room 1145
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Viola class in Lotte Lehmann

SUNDAY, May 15:
7:30 pm QuartetES (and MP2) Concert in Geiringer Hall
Music by Elena Ruehr, Sarah Gibson, Errollyn Wallen, Victoria Benito and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor  


Together since 2005, The Miller-Porfiris Duo has appeared across the United States, Central America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Committed to expanding the repertoire for violin and viola, they have commissioned and recorded over 14 new works by diverse living composers. Whole Note Magazine declared “you would have to go a long way to hear better duo playing than this.” Their fourth album, “Threaded Sky”,  was declared by American Record Guide“in the top ten of all albums I’ve ever reviewed.” For more information visit their website at

Since giving his Carnegie Hall concerto debut, ANTON MILLER has appeared throughout the United States and abroad as a soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, and pedagogue. He has performed over fifty violin concertos on four continents and has released many recordings. In addition to MP2, he is a member of QuartetES, and Professor of Violin at The Hartt School.

Violist RITA PORFIRIS performs internationally as a chamber musician, orchestral musician, and soloist. A former member of the Houston Symphony, she has been principal of the Indianapolis Symphony and more recently the Icelandic Symphony. Rita is Professor of Viola and Chair of Chamber Music at The Hartt School, and also a member of QuartetES.

The Miller-Porfiris Duo joins with UCSB Faculty Members Ertan Torgul and Jennifer Kloetzel to become QuartetES.

Established in 2017, QuartetES brings a diverse and engaging presence to the concert stage. They have been in residence at Point CounterPoint Chamber Music in Vermont, the Icelandic Chamber Music Festival and New Music for Strings in Reykjavik, and Bach at the Rock near Nashville, TN. In 2020-21 they commissioned 18 pieces by established as well as emerging composers, and look forward to 2 world premieres in the next season. Deemed “powerful, engaging, compelling” by international press, a recent appearance with Lincoln's Symphony was called a “smashing success” by the Lincoln Journal-Star.


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