Brilliantly Communicative Ying Quartet at PSU March 4

February 23rd, 2010 by Adam

Silver Series of Performing Artists


Plymouth, N.H.—The Silver Series of professional performers at Plymouth State University will present the Ying Quartet in a single performance at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 4 at the Silver Center for the Arts.

The Ying Quartet occupies a position of prominence in the classical music world, combining brilliantly communicative performances with a fearlessly imaginative view of chamber music in today’s context.

The program includes “Quartet in A Major, Op. 41, No. 3” by Robert Schumann; “Quartet No. 2,” “Intimate Letters” by Leos Janacek and “Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3” by Ludwig van Beethoven.

As quartet-in-residence at the Eastman School of Music, the Ying Quartet teaches in the string department and leads a rigorous, sequentially designed chamber music program.

From 2001-2008, the Ying Quartet has also been the Blodgett Artists-in-Residence at Harvard University.

Now in its second decade as a quartet, Ying has established itself as an ensemble of the highest caliber in many of the world’s most important concert halls, from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House.

At the same time, their belief that concert music can also be a meaningful part of everyday life has also drawn the foursome to perform in the workplace, schools, juvenile prisons and the White House.

Ying Quartet’s constant quest to explore the creative possibilities of the string quartet has led it to an unusually diverse array of musical projects and interests.

For several years the quartet presented a series called “No Boundaries” at Symphony Space in New York City that sought to re-imagine the concert experience. Collaborations with actors, dancers, electronics, a host of non-classical musicians, a magician and even a Chinese noodle chef gave new and thoughtful context to a wide variety of both traditional and contemporary string quartet music.

During the summers, the Ying Quartet’s activity is primarily centered at music festivals. They are presently ensemble-in-residence at the Aspen Music Festival and also have performed and taught for several summers at the Bowdoin International Music Festival. The Quartet’s 2008-2009 season featured performances at Carnegie Hall and McGill University’s Haydn Festival, in addition to appearances with the Billy Childs Sextet.

Tickets for the performance are $30 for adults, $28 for seniors and $15 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869.

For information about Silver Center events log on to silver.plymouth.edu.

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