published Friday, October 7th, 2011

The world on a string


What: "Four by Four: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center on Tour" for String Theory at the Hunter.

When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, with seating beginning at 6 p.m.; preceded by Artful Connections talk at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View.

Admission: $25 adults, $20 Hunter members and String Theory donors, $10 students with ID; $5 surcharge at the door.

Phone: 267-0968.


Chamber music, said Wu Han, is the ultimate in musical teamwork, a place to be inspired by others as well as provide inspiration.

"For education, it's one of the most fascinating programs to mount for musicians," said Han, the co-artistic director of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society. She will make a return appearance to Chattanooga this week, for her second year playing as part of String Theory, a chamber-music program founded by pianist and Lee University professor Gloria Chien.

Han, who became acquainted with Chien through Music@Menlo, a San Francisco-based chamber-music institute at which she is also co-artistic director, gives the Lee professor the "highest marks" of any young student she's worked with.

"She has the most fantastic sense of artistic vision and also has the most impeccable taste," Han said.

On Thursday, Han will appear at the Hunter alongside three talented young musicians: violinist Yura Lee, cellist Jakob Koranyi and violist Richard O'Neill. The opportunity to nurture young, talented musicians, she said, is a rare gift.

"I think each community is blessed if they are fortunate to have artists that will take their cultural lives to their own responsibility. That's rare and unusual."

Chamber music, specifically classical pieces written for small groups of musicians as opposed to a full orchestra, is a challenging and educational form of music, as it requires each musician to be familiar not only with his own part but also with the parts of others in order to be fully informed on the piece.

"It forms a very informed community. It's the perfect place to educate," said Han. "In order to do chamber music well, you have to have total control of your instrument. You have to be a leader. You have to be a supporter. You have to learn how to make constructive suggestions so you become effective in a group."

The program will feature Joseph Haydn's Trio in A Major for Piano, Violin and Cello; Antonin Dvorak's Quartet for Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano in E-Flat Major, Op. 87; and Jean Francaix's Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello."

Before the concert, Ellen Simak, chief curator of the Hunter Museum of American Art, and Bob Bernhardt, music director emeritus of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera, will lead a discussion on the connection between music and visual art.


Season subscriptions are $150, with discounts for Hunter members and String Theory donors.

Dec. 8: Cho-Liang Lin (violin), William VerMeulen (horn), Gloria Chien (piano)

Jan. 19: Jaime Laredo (violin), Sharon Robinson (cello), Gloria Chien (piano), Patrick Castillo (guest speaker)

Feb. 9: "What Makes It Great?" with Rob Kapilow, with Bella Hristova (violin) and Gloria Chien (piano)

March 8: Miro String Quartet featuring Daniel Ching (violin), William Fedkenheuer (violin), John Largess (viola), Joshua Gindele (cello) and Gloria Chien (piano)

April 19: Erin Keefe (violin), Meg Freivogel McDonough (violin), Kristopher Tong (violin), Sunmi Chang (violin/viola), Patrick Castillo (guest speaker), Sean Lee (violin/viola), Maiya Papach (viola), Daniel McDonough (cello) and Raman Ramakrishnan (cello)

about Holly Leber ...

Holly Leber is a reporter and columnist for the Life section. She has worked at the Times Free Press since March 2008. Holly covers “everything but the kitchen sink" when it comes to features: the arts, young adults, classical music, art, fitness, home, gardening and food. She writes the popular and sometimes-controversial column Love and Other Indoor Sports. Holly calls both New York City and Saratoga Springs, NY home. She earned a bachelor of arts ...

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