Left to right:  Fanny Bray, David Marks, Erica Marks, Jethro Marks, Emily Marks, Vincent Marks, Mintje van Lier, Karen Dahl, Paolo Marks, Theo Marks and Ella Marks.

Erica Marks
Contributing Writer

The strains of Franz Schubert’s String Quintet drift off the porch of a 1700s log cabin in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. The music floats across the lawn where the audience is seated on blankets on this humid August evening.  This audience is younger than most classical music goers. More than half of them are under the age of 12, and some are starting to get a bit squirmy despite the beautiful sounds of the “Sublime Quintet,” as this piece is known.  It’s their fathers and uncles on the porch, the five brothers of the Marks family. 

Bare feet on the stone floor, beards and cut-off shorts, it’s not a typical look for a chamber music group. 

When they stand up to take a bow, you notice another striking family resemblance, they’re really tall.  They all attended Indiana University and were often asked if they played basketball. 

But, no.  They played violas and cellos. 

As classical musicians do, they spread out across the world to…

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