I've always been a huge fan of chamber music, especially string quartets, and today I'm writing about the free concerts the Evergreen String Quartet is giving around Portland, the Oregon coast and Seattle. My daughter is a violist who lives in Manhattan, and loves to visit the Northwest in summer. She put together this tour with a few of her friends, two of whom still live in the Pacific Northwest. The Quartet's goal is to bring music to people who don't get the chance to hear classical music very often. Venues include hospitals, the Newport Aquarium, the Portland library, and a homeless shelter. They'll be playing at Westlake Park through King-FM's Out to Lunch series, at 12 on Tuesday, July 14th. Visit Rose Hashimoto's website for a full schedule of their tour, which begins today in Portland.