Music for Youth will open the 2012 season of its free Young Persons' Concerts with a performance by The Voxare String Quartet 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave., Southport.

The quartet, formed in 2008 at New York City's Juilliard School of Music, is comprised of Emily Ondracek-Peterson and Alina Zhdanova, both on violin; Erik Peterson on viola; and Adrian Daurov on cello.

The group, often chosen by The New York Times as its "Classical Pick of the Week," has been noted for adventurous programming, technical prowess and passionate performances, according to a release from Music for Youth. It has been quartet-in-residence at Bargemusic, a chamber music venue on Brooklyn's waterfront, and is in residence at Columbia University and Dartmouth College.

Call 203-938-3843 or email pcum@optonline.net to register for free master classes in violin, viola and cello after the concert, geared for ages 5 to 17. Door prizes will be offered.

Upcoming Young Persons' Concerts, sponsored by Music for Youth and Pequot Library, include performances by clarinetist Narek Arutyunyan, 2010 Young Concert Artists International Auditions winner, Saturday, Feb. 11; and Calefax, a reed quintet from Amsterdam, Saturday, March 3.

For information, visit.www.musicforyouth.net.