String Theory To Present Final Concert Of The Season Thursday

Friday, April 11, 2014

String Theory at the Hunter will welcome Grammy award-winning violist Kim Kashkashian, cellist Marcy Rosen, and the Johannes String Quartet to the stage for its final concert of the season on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. 

Founded by Artistic Director Gloria Chien in 2009, String Theory is a chamber music series presented in partnership with the Hunter Museum of American Art and Lee University. Musicians from around the world join Dr. Chien to perform in the intimate setting of the Hunter. 

The evening’s performance will feature Brahms’ String Quartet No.2 in a, Op.51, No.2, and Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), Op.4.

Review for the performers:

Internationally recognized violist Ms. Kashkashian studied the viola with Karen Tuttle and legendary violist Walter Trampler at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore. She has taught viola and chamber music at New England Conservatory since 2000.

In 2012, Ms. Kashkashian received a Grammy Award in the “Best Classical Instrumental Solo” category for “Kurtág and Ligeti: Music for Viola” on the ECM Records label. She is a regular participant at the Verbier, Salzburg, Lockenhaus, Marlboro, and Ravinia festivals and as a soloist has appeared with the great orchestras of Berlin, London, Vienna, Milan, New York, and Cleveland, and in recital at the Metropolitan Museum of New York, Kaufmann Hall, and New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, among others.

Ms. Rosen has been referred to as “one of the intimate art’s abiding treasures” by Los Angeles Times music critic Herbert Glass. She has performed in recital and with orchestras throughout Canada, England, France, Japan, Italy, Switzerland, and all 50 of the United States. In recent seasons she has given master classes and appeared on stage in Beijing and Shanghai, China, the Seoul Arts Center in Korea and in Cartagena, Colombia.

Ms. Rosen has collaborated with the world’s finest musicians including Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, Andras Schiff, Mitsuko Uchida, Peter Serkin, Isaac Stern, Robert Mann, Sandor Vegh, Kashkashian, Jessye Norman, Lucy Shelton, Charles Neidich and the Juilliard, Emerson, and Orion Quartets. She is a founding member of the ensemble La Fenice, a group comprised of Oboe, Piano and String Trio, as well as a founding member of the world renowned Mendelssohn String Quartet.

The Johannes String Quartet brings together the first American to win the Paganini Violin Competition in 24 years, Soovin Kim; a Concert Artists Guild Competition winner, Jessica Lee; the principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, C.J. Chang; and the principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Peter Stumpf. Their collaboration was forged at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont, and shaped and mentored by the Guarneri String Quartet.

In addition to its recent broadcasts on Performance Today and St. Paul Sunday, along with a Carnegie Hall debut, the Johannes String Quartet has had successes with audiences and critics alike in Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington D.C., among others. 

“Art Connections” will take place at 5:30 p.m. prior to the concert. Former Hunter Museum chief curator Ellen Simak and Maestro Robert Bernhardt, conductor emeritus of the Chattanooga Symphony, will explore works from the Hunter Museum collection that relate to the music featured in the concert to follow.

Individual concert tickets are $25 for Hunter members, $35 for non-members, $10 for students with a valid student ID and $25 for groups of 20 or more people. 

For more information on String Theory at the Hunter or to purchase tickets, call 267-0968 or visit www.stringtheorymusic.org.


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