MANCHESTER >> Composers have been influenced and inspired by nature for centuries. The Manchester Music Festival string quartet will explore musical images of rising sun, moon light, birds singing and island landscapes by Haydn, Vivaldi, Debussy, Bloch and Dinicu.

Each spring MMF musicians visit local schools to play for smaller groups of children creating an atmosphere that promotes conversation and provokes imagination and creativity, while demonstrating the instruments and presenting a variety of classical composers.

During the week of April 4 violinists Joana Genova and Heather Braun, violist Ariel Rudiakov, and cellist Liam Veuve will perform in Manchester, Dorset, Bennington, Danby, Winhall and Jamaica schools.

Students from Burr and Burton Academy, Long Trail School and Maple Street School participating in the Dare to Compose! project will have a chance to work closely with the quartet and hear their pieces performed live.

The MMF quartet is offering two free concerts for the public; on April 8, AT 4 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library and on April 9, 11 a.m. at the Grafton Public Library.

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