String Theory At The Hunter Continues Thursday

Concert Features Compositions By Korngold And Kirchner

Monday, December 10, 2012

The fourth season of String Theory at the Hunter continues Thursday with two rarely heard compositions— Erich Wolfgang Korngold's "Suite for Two Violins, Cello and Piano Left Hand" and Leon Kirchner's "Piano Trio No.2."  

The works, which were written 63 years apart, share the lush lyricism of the late romantic era, echoing the shadings of the great Mahler and Strauss, according to Gloria Chien, String Theory artistic director.

Two acclaimed violinists, Sean Lee and Kristopher Tong will be joined by renowned cellist and chamber musician, Rafael Popper-Keizer, hailed by the New York Times as “imaginative and eloquent.” 

Kirchner’s writes of his “Piano Trio II,” a single-movement work written at the request of the Laredo-Robinson-Kalichstein Trio, “I subconsciously reviewed the course that music had taken in the last several decades…my music seemed to recapitulate the past in an effort to empower an alternative future…my fantasy of course.”

Korngold composed this suite for an unusual combination of instruments as a commission by pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who had lost his right arm in the World War I and also commissioned many master works for the piano left hand. Korngold, a prodigy named after Mozart and declared by Mahler “a genius” at age 9, later became known as a film composer in Hollywood, and won two Academy Awards, including one for Errol Flynn’s, “The Adventures of Robin Hood.” 

The evening begins at 6 p.m. as Patrick Castillo, director of Artistic Planning of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, offers insights into the evening’s program. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m.

String Theory at the Hunter is a chamber music series presented by the Hunter Museum of American Art and Lee University and created by Artistic Director Gloria Chien.  

String Theory at the Hunter brings world-class chamber musicians to Chattanooga to perform in the Hunter Museum lobby. This season’s schedule features six concerts.  

Season tickets are still available by calling the Hunter at 267-0968. To learn more or to purchase individual concert tickets visit http://stringtheorymusic.org/. Concert tickets are $25 for Hunter Museum members, String Theory donors; $10 for students with valid ID; Non-Member Price: $35. (A $5 fee is applied to all tickets sold at the door.)

Upcoming Concerts in the 2012-13 String Theory Season

Thursday, Jan. 17: String Theory proudly welcomes back David Shifrin, Wu Han and David Finckel, revered artists who are the past and present Artistic Directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. David Shifrin will be joined in the Jan. 17 concert by audience favorite, the Miro String Quartet, in a program that includes Brahms's beloved Clarinet Quintet.  

Thursday, Feb. 14: Wu Han and David Finckel, along with Philip Setzer, violinist for the Emerson String Quartet, will perform Mendelssohn's Trio in D Minor as well as Dvorak's "Dumky" trio in the Feb. 14, 2013 concert. 

Thursday, March 14: Shmuel Ashkenasi is hailed as a "genuine talent and profoundly gifted" violinst. As first violinist of the Vermeer Quartet, he received five Grammy nominations. Don't miss him in the March 14, 2013 concert.

Thursday, April 11: The season finale on April 11, 2013, will highlight 10 virtuoso musicians from The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the only full-time professional chamber orchestra in the U.S. This program will be tailored and curated by guest speaker, Patrick Castillo, Senior Director of Artistic Planning at The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.


Christmas With The Metropolitan Bells Performances Announced

The Metropolitan Bells is an advanced community handbell ensemble consisting of 15 auditioned ringers from the greater Chattanooga area, plus the director.  They perform on seven octaves of Malmark bells and seven octaves of Malmark choir chimes.   Established in 1993,The Metropolitan Bells was the vision of founding director, Ken Cochrane.  Under his ten years ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Teen Blues Band Chosen To Attend International Blues Challenge

The Chattanooga teen blues band, 6th Street Blues, has been selected to represent the Smokey Mountain Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge. 6th Street Blues is made up of John Hooper (16, Heritage High School, bass), Aaron Carney (17, home schooled, guitar), Chelsea Ketchersid (16, Heritage High School, vocals), and Roland Pullen (15, Heritage High School, ... (click for more)

2 Juveniles Arrested For Arson In Sevier County Fires

An investigation by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, National Park Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office has resulted in charges being placed against two people in connection with the deadly wildfires in Sevier County.  Last week, at the request of 4 th  District Attorney General ... (click for more)

Shannon Whitfield Already At Work Eliminating Sole Commissioner Post In Walker County; Process To Take 4 Years

Shannon Whitfield is already at work eliminating the position he won by a landslide in the recent election. Mr. Whitfield, who takes over at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 1 after a 16-year reign by Bebe Heiskell, noted, however, that it is a four-year process. He said the two House members and local senator are working with him on legislation that must first be approved. That should ... (click for more)

Vehicle Emissions Testing Causes More Pollution Than It Prevents - And Response

While a noble cause to make sure vehicles are operating efficiently with the minimum amount of pollutants, a simple analysis makes it somewhat evident the VET program in Chattanooga causes more pollution that it prevents.  Though I don't know how many vehicles are tested on an annual basis, if you assume an average round trip of 10 miles to the nearest testing station (five ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: You Can’t Sue You

The Hamilton County School Board will convene an hour earlier tomorrow to discuss “facilities” and the question of the hour is “Which ones?” Several communities are actively studying pulling away from the county’s Department of Education and the stew is thickening by the day. Now comes the revelation that school board attorney Scott Bennett has sent an email to the town of Signal ... (click for more)