The Howland Chamber Music Circle (HCMC) has turned to the Shanghai String Quartet, to open its 19th season of concerts at Beacon’s Howland Cultural Center. Renowned for its passionate musicality, impressive technique and multicultural innovations, the elegant style of the Shanghai Quartet melds the delicacy of Eastern music with the emotional breadth of Western repertoire, traversing musical genres, from traditional Chinese folk music and masterpieces of Western music, to cutting edge contemporary works. The quartet, consists of Weigang Li and Yi-Wen Jiang, violin; Honggang Li, viola and Nicholas Tzavaras, cello. For its performance at the Howland Center, the Quartet has chosen to play the String Quartet No.17 in B-flat major, K458 – “The Hunt”- by Mozart, the String Quartet No. 3 by Bela Bartok and Beethoven’ Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3 “Razumovsky”.
Formed at the Shanghai Conservatory in 1983, the Quartet has worked with the world’s most distinguished artists and regularly tours the major music centers of Europe, North America and Asia. The Quartet has made regular appearances at Carnegie Hall in chamber performances and with orchestra. Performances at many festivals and concert halls highlighted the Shanghai Quartet’s 25th anniversary season in 2008-2009, including appearances at Ravinia, Tanglewood, and Ottawa International Festivals, New York’s Metropolitan Museum and residencies at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and the Oregon Bach Festival. November 2008 brought the world premiere of Penderecki’s String Quartet No. 3, Leaves from an unwritten Diary at a special concert in Poland honoring the composer’s 75th birthday.
The concert will take place on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 4 p.m. at the Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main Street, Beacon and will be followed by a reception to meet the artists. Tickets are available by subscribing to a 4- to 8-concert series ranging from $110 to $185. Tickets to individual concerts are $30. Student tickets are $10. They can be ordered by calling 297-9243 or at the HCMC website.
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