Surf and Sounds Chamber Music Quarter on the Duck Amphitheater stage. (LtoR) Katy Hyun, Elizabeth Vonderheide, Jacob Fowler, Luke Fleming.

Sometimes something unexpected comes our way on the Outer Banks that is a reminder of what an amazing place this is to live or visit. That happened this evening.

The Duck Town Park is a pretty amazing little stretch of greenery along the sound. Tucked away from the the noise of NC12, down a side path, the Duck Amphitheater is shaded beautiful outdoor setting for a musical performance. At 7:00 p.m. this evening, as the sun was setting sun over Currituck Sound backlit the stage, the Surf and Sounds Chamber Music Quartet took the stage.

Brought to the Outer Banks by the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series, the four musicians that performed tonight were as good as any musicians anywhere. 

The cicadas provided an interesting counterpoint to the music, but nothing could diminish the beauty of a Hayden string quartet played to perfection or the genius of Claude Debussy.

This was a classic string quartet—two violins, viola and cello, and the professional backgrounds of the musicians, which includes world tours and performances with some of the most prestigious concert symphonies, became apparent as they performed.

The Chamber Music Series has two more performances scheduled on the Outer Banks. Neither one, unfortunately, outdoors. Tomorrow night—Thursday—they’ll be at the Blue Point in Duck and Friday evening at the Dare County Arts Council Gallery in Manteo.