Lee To Host ChamberFest As Next Event In Concert Series

Monday, January 7, 2013

Lee University presents one of America’s most celebrated clarinetists and an award winning String Quartet in concert on Jan. 15 and 16.

The two performances, called “ChamberFest,” will take place in Squires Recital Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 15, and the Chapel on Wednesday, Jan. 16.  Both concerts will be at 7:30 p.m. 

ChamberFest features guest artists, David Shifrin, clarinet, and the Miró String Quartet, along with concert pianists and Lee faculty members, Gloria Chien and Ning An.

In addition to the concerts, Mr. Shifrin and the Quartet will hold masterclasses, open to the public, on both days. On Tuesday, Jan. 15, Mr. Shifrin will hold a masterclass in the Chapel from 2:30-4:30 p.m. while the Miro Quartet will hold its masterclass in the Squires Recital Hall, 2:30-4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16.

Mr. Shifrin is one of only two wind instrument players to have been awarded the Avery Fisher Prize since the award’s inception in 1974. He collaborates often as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Mr. Shifrin has appeared with numerous symphonies, performing extensively across the nation. He continues to broaden the repertoire for clarinet and orchestra by commissioning and championing the works of 20th and 21st century American composers.

Mr. Shifrin served as artistic director of the Chamber music Society of Yale and later, Yale’s annual concert series at Carnegie Hall, as well as artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

The Miró Quartet, one of America’s highest-profile chamber groups, was hailed by the New York Times as possessing “explosive vigor and technical finesse.” In its second decade, the quartet continues to captivate audiences and critics around the world with its startling intensity, fresh perspective, and mature approach. 

 They maintain an active international touring schedule, while also teaching chamber music as the faculty string quartet-in-residence at the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin. 

Ms. Chien, an internationally acclaimed pianist and associate professor of music at Lee, has been picked by the Boston Globe as one of the Superior Pianists of the year, “… who appears to excel in everything.” She is a prize winner of the World Piano Competition, Harvard Musical Association Award, as well as the San Antonio International Piano Competition, where she also received the prize for the Best Performance of the Commissioned Work. 

An avid chamber musician, Ms. Chien was chosen to join the roster of the Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center from 2012. She has been the resident pianist with the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston since 2000, a group known for its versatility and commitment to new music. Boston Herald praises her for “[playing] phenomenally.” In 2009, Ms. Chien was the founder and artistic director behind String Theory. 

Mr. An, assistant professor of music at Lee, made his concerto debut at the age of 16 performing the Rachmaninov Second Piano Concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra in 1993. He has since appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic and the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, among others. 

Mr. An's Carnegie Hall debut, an all-Chopin program presented by the Chopin Foundation of the United States in Weill Recital Hall, was praised in the New York Concert Review for the "almost sculpted clarity of his playing, and his ability to maintain balance and tension in large-scale dramatic forms. Ning An impresses with his developed musicianship, his discerning sense of form and style, his penetrating and illuminating interpretation, and his perfect technical command.” He was also the first prize winner of the 2006 Tivoli Piano Competition and third prize winner of the 2002 Paloma O’Shea Santander Competition.  

Mr. Shifrin, the Miro Quartet and Gloria Chien will also be performing on String Theory, the popular Chamber music series, on Thursday evening, Jan. 17, at the Hunter Museum of American Art.  For ticket information, call the Hunter at 267-0968. 

Tickets for ChamberFest are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and will be available at the Dixon Center Box Office Jan. 8-15 from 3–6 p.m. or by calling 614-8343.

For more information about the masterclasses, call Lee’s School of Music at 614-8243 or email music@leeuniversity.edu.



Mark Kelly Hall, Victoria Jones To Perform At The Tap House May 26

Mark Kelly Hall will bring his signature blend of Americana originals and favorites to the Tap House in St. Elmo on Saturday, May 26. The music will start at 7 p.m. Admission is free.   Mr. Hall has played a variety of venues, including the Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga, the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, a kindergarten in Minsk, a college in Honolulu and a church in Cape ... (click for more)

Sundays At Charles And Myrtle's Features Robin Grant

A new series, Sundays at Charles and Myrtle's Coffeehouse, will begin this Sunday with local jazz singer Robin Grant.  The show starts at 3 p.m. with a suggested donation of $10. Charles and Myrtle's Coffeehouse is inside Christ Unity Church at 105 McBrien Road.  Review for Robin Grant: Remember the days when you could understand the lyric to a song and it meant ... (click for more)

$2,060,705 Tennessee Cash Jackpot Won In South Pittsburg Friday Night

A Tennessee Cash player in South Pittsburg won a near-record jackpot of $2,060,705 on  Friday  night. A Knoxville Powerball player won $50,000  Saturday  night by matching four of the five white numbers drawn plus the red Powerball. No information is available about the winners until the prizes are claimed. The  $315.3 million ... (click for more)

2 People Injured In Motorcycle Accident On Highway 58

Two people were injured in a motorcycle accident on Highway 58 on Saturday. The two were thrown from the motorcycle when they collided with a Jeep that had stopped unexpectedly. One person was taken to the hospital in an ambulance, and the other by helicopter. Their injuries are thought to be non-life threatening at this time. (click for more)

Brown V. Board (1954) 64 Years Late: Our Schools At A Crossroads

May 17, 1954 is a date forever etched upon the annals of American history because on that pivotal day the Supreme Court would affirm in the decision of Brown v. Board (1954). “We conclude that in the field of public education the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.” This ruling overturned the infamous Plessy v. Ferguson ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Same Family Tree

When it was learned the UnifiEd Foundation was a left-wing crowd of political organizers rather than a group with the sole intent of bettering public education in Hamilton County, several other liberal groups fell under scrutiny and it is uncanny how many of the same few people are intertwined in a county of 360,000 people. Or, as one critic succinctly said, “They are all from ... (click for more)