The brilliant period-instrument Diderot Quartet and baritone Jesse Blumberg present songs of Johannes Brahms, along with Robert Schumann's Quartet in A major, Op. 41, No. 3 and Felix Mendelssohn's Quartet in F minor, Op. 80. The Diderot String Quartet--named after the prominent eighteenth-century French philosopher and Boccherini enthusiast Denis Diderot--came together in 2012 after having first met at Oberlin Conservatory and The Juilliard School. The four musicians share a background in historical performance and a passion for the string quartet genre; they quickly found the thrill of exploring the latter repertoire on period instruments to be irresistible. Diderot String Quartet brings a fresh approach to both familiar and lesser-known works of the 18th and 19th centuries. Baritone Jesse Blumberg is equally at home on opera, concert, and recital stages, performing repertoire from the Renaissance and Baroque to the 20th and 21st centuries. His performances have included the world premiere of The Grapes of Wrath at Minnesota Opera, Niobe, Regina di Tebe with Boston Early Music Festival, Bernstein’s MASS at London’s Royal Festival Hall, and appearances with Atlanta Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Utah Opera, and Boston Lyric Opera. Recital highlights include appearances with the Marilyn Horne Foundation and New York Festival of Song, and performances of Die schöne Müllerin and Winterreise with pianist Martin Katz. He has performed major works with American Bach Soloists, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Boston Baroque, Oratorio Society of New York, Apollo’s Fire, Charlotte Symphony, TENET/Green Mountain Project, and on Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series. Opera Today describes Jesse Blumberg as "one of America's great young baritones." Admission is $25 and can be purchased online at www.electricearthconcerts.org or at the door. Middle and high school students may attend for free.