The UMass Lowell String Project
The UMass Lowell String Project

LOWELL -- In March, UMass Lowell's String Project music education program earned the Outstanding String Project of the Year award at the conference of the American String Teachers Association in Kentucky. The program, founded in 2001 to bring high-quality instruction in stringed instruments to Lowell's public school students, was recognized for its leadership in music education and for engaging the community through music.

The public will be able to hear the String Project in action at two free events. On Saturday, April 5, at 1 p.m., the String Project will perform at St. Anne's Church, 8 Kirk St., alongside New York-based string quartet Quattor Mahogany. And on Saturday, May 3, at 1 p.m., at UMass Lowell's Durgin Hall on South campus, 35 Wilder St., the String Project will offer its Spring Showcase, themed "A Little Party...," in celebration of the award. Durgin Hall is located at 35 Wilder St. on UMass Lowell's South Campus.

In addition, those attending the April 1 "Conversation with Meryl Streep" event at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell will hear musicians from the String Project perform in the lobby prior to the start of the program.

And on Thursday, April 3, the university will host a benefit for the String Project that will feature Quattor Mahogany. Seating is limited for this event, which will include a reception prior to the performance. For details, contact University Advancement at 978-934-2237.