String Theory at the Hunter, in partnership with Lee University and the Hunter Museum of American Art, will conclude Season 14 with the Brentano Quartet in concert on Tuesday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. The visiting artists will be joined by Gloria Chien, String Theory founder and artistic director, on piano.
This performance will pay tribute to Bohemian composer Antonín Dvorák and his American legacy, featuring spirituals such as Deep River; Go Down, Moses; and Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, along with Dvorák’s Quartet, and Schumann’s Piano Quintet.
The Brentano Quartet features Mark Steinberg, violin; Serena Canin, violin; Misha Amory, viola; and Nina Lee, cello, who have appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim. The quartet has performed across five continents in the world’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Library of Congress in Washington, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, and the Sydney Opera House.
The quartet members are currently artists-in-residence at the Yale School of Music, where they perform in concert each semester, work closely with students in chamber music contexts, and spearhead the instruction at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in the summers. They have given several master classes and workshops across the country and return annually to the Taos School of Music as visiting faculty.
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. She frequently appears with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and is a Steinway Artist.
Dr. Chien has had a 20-year relationship with Lee University, where she is currently an artist-in-residence.
Prior to the concert, Art Connections will take place at 5:30, giving attendees the opportunity to engage with the intersection of art and music in the Hunter galleries. Former Hunter Chief Curator Ellen Simak and Maestro Robert Bernhardt will compare works from the Hunter collection to the music featured in the concert.
Tickets are on sale now through April 11 and are $45 for general admission, $35 for Hunter members, and $10 for students and music teachers.
String Theory was founded in 2009 by Dr. Chien to expose new audiences to chamber music, invigorate the local classical music scene, and cultivate a future generation of music lovers.
To purchase tickets, or for more information, visit www.stringtheorymusic.org or call 414-2525