Just in time for Brian Wilson’s August 5 Hard Rock Live concert (which I sacrilegiously and purposely left off this month’s top music events list), Miami-based classical string quartet Baby B Strings offer up their version of one of the Beach Boys’ best.
Baby B Strings is three former University of Miami music students — Belinda Ho (violin), Joshua Shepard (viola), Tony Seepersad (violin) — and current Cane Pilar Suter (cello). Ho formed the group in 2007 as a non-traditional outlet for pop-meets-classical interpretation.
“We like to play in unconventional spaces,” says Ho, who runs a monthly concert series at the Lotus House Shelter and has bowed her violin everywhere from Jackson Memorial Hospital to Churchill’s (in many ways, the opposite of a hospital).
“I like to take classical music out of its traditional context and make music accessible in everyday settings,” Ho says. “The juxtaposition is really interesting, and the reaction I get from people who don’t normally go to classical concerts is completely different. Seeing live string quartets is something that a lot of people don’t get a chance to experience.”