SUNY Oswego’s new Ke-nekt’ chamber music series will begin with a performance by the Ying Quartet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, in the ballroom of Sheldon Hall on campus.
The quartet of Ying siblings consists of Timothy and Janet on violin, Phillip on viola and David on cello. For this performance, they will be joined by SUNY Oswego music faculty members Seung hee Yang on violin and Robert Auler on piano.
The concert will feature Ernest Chausson’s Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet, Op. 21, Felix Mendelssohn’s Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 44, No. 3 and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 5 in B-flat Major, Op. 92.
“It was go-for-broke playing, with marvelous sensitivity to detail,” the Vancouver Sun said of a Ying Quartet performance. The Los Angeles time raved about a show coming “as close to the ideal as possible, delivering chamber music of astonishing, refreshing exaltation and exhilaration.”
The Chicago-area natives’ road to fame went through the Iowa farm town of Jesup (population: 2000) when the Yings became the first artists in the National Endowment for the Arts Chamber Music Rural Residencies Program in 1992. They became involved in the community, performing for audiences ranging from six to 600 people, and the project drew the attention of media outlets including the New York Times and “CBS Sunday Morning.”
The Ying Quartet has continued to pursue innovative work ever since, including collaborations with dance, poetry and film during a visiting residency at Symphony Space in New York City. They also started LifeMusic, a continuing project supported by the Institute for American Music to develop string quartet pieces that are distinctly American.
The group currently serves as a quartet-in-residence at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, where they perform and train young musicians in creative presentation and communication. The Yings have been the Blodgett Artists-in-Residence at Harvard University since 2001 and have taught at Northwestern University and the Interlochen and Brevard music festivals.
Discount season passes for the six-concert Ke-nekt’ series cost $60 for adults, $40 for seniors and students and $20 for SUNY Oswego students. Tickets to only the Ying Quartet performance cost $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and $5 for SUNY Oswego students.
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(Posted: Sep 01, 2004)