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Endicott College presents Fridays in the Rose: Vermillion Strings, Friday, October 14

When:              Friday, October 14th, 201612:00 to 12:50 PM

Location:         Rose Performance Hall, Endicott College, 376 Hale St. Beverly MA

Admission:       Free, with a light appetizer reception to follow

October 6, 2016Endicott College will host Fridays in the Rose: Vermillion Strings in the Rose Performance Hall in the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts on Friday, October 14th 2016 from 12:00 to 12:50 PM. Admission is free and open to the public with a light appetizer reception to follow.

At the Fridays in the Rose series, each performance is designed to give audiences a taste of the sublime in just enough time to listen and grab a bite during lunch hour. Vermillion Strings is a trio of acclaimed musicians from the Greater Boston area, based out of Salem, MA: Ashley Offret, violin; David Cabral, viola; and Marshunda Smith, cello.

David Cabral typically plays viola in Vermillion Strings, which he co-founded, but plays many other instruments including cello, violin, oboe, English horn, guitar and harp! The group allows him to share his passion for chamber music.

“Making serious chamber music can be very difficult and it’s not easy to find people who mesh well together both personally and artistically, Cabral said. “When people see us perform, they see not only our ability but also our passion for music and that we have great affection for each other, all of which enhance our performances.”

Marshunda Smith, originally from Tennessee, comes from a family tradition of music. She started playing cello in 6th grade because of a teenage crush, but ended up falling in love with the cello instead. While pursuing her Master’s degree, Smith began taking part in local orchestras. She likes teaching to inspire young musicians.

Ashley Offret plays violin for Vermillion Strings, but also is an adept pianist and teacher. Her Master’s degree is in Music History and she gives teaching lectures in the greater Boston area regularly. As a member of Vermillion Strings, she pursues her passion for chamber music and collaboration with great musicians and colleagues.

“Music is so much more enjoyable when created with friends,” Offret said.

Currently, Offret is the String Director of Salem/Marblehead School of Music, director of strings at the Marblehead Community Charter Public School, as well as Concertmaster for Orchestra on the Hill (Ipswich.) She has also performed with Bangor Symphony Orchestra, Maine Pro Arte, Nashua Symphony, Cape Ann Symphony and Symphony by the Sea.

If you have any questions regarding Fridays in the Rose: Vermillion Strings, or any of our programming in the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts at Endicott College, please contact Rebecca Kenneally, Chair of the Performing Arts Department at 978-232-2397 or

Endicott College students have opportunities to explore their interests in dance, music and theater. The School of Visual and Performing Arts sponsors the Jazz Band, Dance Ensemble, Endicott Singers, the student a cappella group ECHO, Rock Band, and the Chamber Ensemble. Furthermore the School maintains special relationships with the Boston Ballet, Boston Children’s Theatre and Symphony by the Sea.

The Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts, now celebrating its seventh year, supports a variety of studies and performance venues with facilities that include: a 250-seat recital hall with professional quality acoustics; a 100-seat black box theatre for drama, dance, technical theatre workshops and performances; a museum quality art gallery for visiting art exhibits, gallery talks and community shows; a student art gallery; separate painting, photography, printmaking, ceramics, and woodshop studios; Macintosh computer labs for graphic design and visual communications; music, theater and dance practice and rehearsal rooms; a shooting studio for photography; and lounges with facilities for public receptions.