George Lopez, an accomplished pianist and musician, is wrapping up the first year of his two-year tenure as an artist-in-residency with a concert featuring the acclaimed Esterhazy string quartet.

The Esterhazy Quartet, based out of the University of Missouri, is revered for its performance of new string quartet works.

"They are one of the best quartets in the U.S.," said Lopez. "This is my first time playing with them and they're a very exciting group to work with."

Lopez's good friend, Professor of Composition at Berklee College of Music Andrew List, composed the first two pieces on the evening's program.

"Andrew is someone who's helped me a lot in my career," said Lopez. "I wanted to give him an opportunity to be heard by the Bowdoin community."

The first piece is a lyrical string quartet, while the second, entitled, "From The Temple of Dendera," is described as "Twelve Etudes for Piano Inspired by the Egyptian Zodiac."

The final half of the program will be Robert Schumann's Piano Quintet, Opus 44 in E-flat Major, which Lopez spoke of enthusiastically.

"The Schumann piece is a great closing piece for a concert," said Lopez. "I wanted to do something really grand to give Bowdoin an exciting and substantial event."

The George Lopez and Esterhazy Quartet Concert begins tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Studzinski Auditorium. The event is open to the public free of chrage, no tickets necessary.

-Compiled by Tasha Sandoval.