String Theory To Continue Virtual Performance

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

String Theory at the Hunter, in partnership with Lee University and the Hunter Museum of American Art, will present the second installment of String Theory @ Home, a virtual performance for all to view. The event will premiere on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., following a pre-concert Backstage Pass at 6 p.m. to visit with the artists.

The all-star ensemble returns with two of Schubert’s iconic works for the second part of this concert. Violinist Jennifer Frautschi, violist Paul Neubauer, and cellist Edward Arron form a trio performing Schubert’s String Trio in B-flat Major. Bassist Thomas Van Dyck and Artistic Director Gloria Chien join the trio to bring to life Schubert’s much-loved Trout Quintet as part of the String Theory @ Home concert.

Ms. Frautschi, a two-time Grammy nominee and Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, has garnered worldwide acclaim as a musically adventurous violinist with a wide-ranging repertoire. According to the Chicago Tribune, “Frautschi is molding a career with smart interpretations of both warhorses and rarities.” Equally at home in the classic and contemporary repertoire, her recent seasons have featured innumerable performances and recordings of works ranging from Brahms and Schumann to Berg and Schoenberg.

Mr. Neubauer’s musicality and effortless playing led the New York Times to call him “a master musician.” Appointed principal violist of the New York Philharmonic at age 21, he has appeared as a soloist with over 100 orchestras. A two-time Grammy nominee, Mr. Neubauer has recorded on numerous labels including Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, RCA Red Seal, and Sony Classical. He is the artistic director of the Mostly Music series in New Jersey and is on the faculty of The Juilliard School and Mannes College.

Mr. Arron has garnered recognition worldwide for his elegant musicianship, impassioned performances, and creative programming. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Mr. Arron made his New York recital debut in 2000 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Since that time, he has appeared in recital, as a soloist with major orchestras, and as a chamber musician throughout Asia, Europe, and North America.

Mr. Van Dyck, an avid chamber musician, joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s double bass section in 2013 and has played chamber music around the world. He is a recipient of the Maurice Schwarz Prize at Tanglewood and the Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Prize. He is a founding member of the Grammy-nominated chamber orchestra A Far Cry and a current member of East Coast Chamber Orchestra that tours under Frank Salomon Management. In addition to enjoying a diverse performing career, Mr. Van Dyck is on the faculty of the New England Conservatory.

Dr. Chien is the co-artistic director of Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, Oregon, as well as the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vermont, along with her husband, Soovin Kim. For the last decade, she was the director of the Chamber Music Institute at Music@Menlo. Dr. Chien frequently appears with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and is a Steinway Artist. She also serves as an artist-in-residence at Lee University.

There will be no fee for the String Theory @ Home concert, and all are invited to view.

The performance will premiere online on the String Theory website, Facebook, and YouTube. It will also be rebroadcast on television at WTCI-TV Channel 45 on Sunday, April 25, at 4 p.m. and on radio WSMC 90.5 FM on Sunday, May 2, at 4 p.m.

String Theory was founded in 2009 by Chien to expose new audiences to chamber music, invigorate the local classical music scene, and cultivate a future generation of music lovers.

For more information about the performance or String Theory, visit stringtheorymusic.org/.


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