St. Lawrence String Quartet
For six seasons now, the St. Lawrence String Quartet has held regular Sunday-afternoon concerts at Stanford University, where musicians Geoff Nuttall, Scott St. John, Lesley Robertson and Christopher Costanza teach and serve as ensemble-in-residence. This season wraps up on April 18, with a concert at 2:30 p.m. in Dinkelspiel Auditorium.
At this performance, two guests will join the quartet on stage: bassist Anthony Manzo and pianist Pedja Muzijevic. The program gets off to a waltzing start with "Die Werber," op. 103, by the Austrian violinist-composer Josef Lanner. Also featured will be Benjamin Britten's String Quartet No. 2 in C Major, op. 36; and Franz Schubert's Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 66 ("Trout").
Tickets are $40-$46 for adults and $10 for Stanford students, with other discounts available for other students, groups and people ages 18 and under. Go to http://livelyarts.stanford.edu or call 650-725-ARTS.
Young readers in Nicaragua will be the beneficiaries of an evening of music in Portola Valley. The Picasso Ensemble hosts a benefit concert at 7 p.m. next Tuesday, April 20, incorporating guest performers and local composers.
Music featured on the program includes songs by composer and Menlo School teacher Karen Linford — with the lyrics (some in Spanish) written by students from Mariano Castro Elementary School in Mountain View. The program also includes San Francisco composer Alexis Alrich's chamber work "California Trees," and music by Dvorak, Susan Brown and Manuel deFalla.
Performing musicians are: violinist Susan C. Brown, cellist Victoria Ehrlich, pianist Josephine Gandolfi, mezzo soprano Wendy Hillhouse, guest singer LaDoris Cordell and guest percussionist Deanne Tucker.
Concert proceeds will go to the Children's Library of Pueblo Nuevo, Nicaragua, which was founded by Kristina Underdal Mundera, a teacher at Escondido Elementary School at Stanford.
Suggested donations for admission are $15 general and $10 for students. The event is at Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-493-5046.
Romanian Film Festival
Film directors, writers and actors will join academics at Stanford University this weekend for a Romanian film festival titled "Censorship and (R)evolution." Events include screenings of recent feature films, shorts and documentaries, as well as discussion and Q&A sessions.
The free public event starts at 6 p.m. April 16, with opening remarks by Dana Beldiman, honorary consul of Romania in San Francisco; Jim Rosapepe, former U.S. ambassador to Romania; and Pavle Levi, Stanford assistant professor of film and media studies. The first screening starts at 6:25, with the 20-minute 2007 Gabriel Sarbu film "Life's Hard."
Screenings and other events continue through Sunday evening. Films to be shown include Cristian Mungiu's "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days," which won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film in 2007. It's scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 17.
Guest speakers include Gabriel Pintilei, screenwriter of the 2008 film "Elevator," which was directed by George Dorobantu. The 85-minute movie will be shown at 2:25 p.m. on Sunday, April 18, with a Q&A with Pintilei following. A closing-night reception for the festival is set for 8 p.m. Sunday.
Most events are in Braun Corner, 450 Serra Mall, Building 320, with a few others elsewhere on campus. Details are at http://www.rofilmfestival.com .