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Mu­sic Moun­tain’s La­bor Day week­end cel­e­bra­tion in­cludes ben­e­fit concert

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - FRONT PAGE -

FALLS VIL­LAGE >> Mu­sic Moun­tain con­tin­ues its 88th season with a holiday week­end of mu­sic this week­end with per­for­mances by the Shang­hai String Quar­tet.

The Shang­hai String Quar­tet’s Satur­day night per­for­mance will in­clude Men­delssohn: String Quar­tet in E Flat Ma­jor, Opus 12; Yi-Wen Jiang: Se­lec­tions from Chi­na­song; and Brahms: String Quar­tet in C Mi­nor, Opus 51 #1. The quar­tet’s most pop­u­lar disc, Chi­na­song, is a col­lec­tion of Chi­nese folk songs ar­ranged by Vi­o­lin­ist Yi-Wen Jiang re­flect­ing on his child­hood mem­o­ries of the Cul­tural Rev­o­lu­tion in China.

On Sun­day, join the Shang­hai String Quar­tet with guest artist Qing Jiang, pi­ano, as they present a spe­cial concert fea­tur­ing Beethoven: String Quar­tet in B Flat Ma­jor, Opus 18 #6; Beethoven: String Quar­tet in E Mi­nor, Opus 59 #2; and Brahms: Pi­ano Quar­tet in G Mi­nor, Opus 25.

Renowned for its pas­sion­ate mu­si­cal­ity, im­pres­sive tech­nique and mul­ti­cul­tural in­no­va­tions, the Shang­hai Quar­tet has be­come one of the world’s fore­most cham­ber en­sem­bles. Its el­e­gant style melds the del­i­cacy of East­ern mu­sic with the emo­tional breadth of West­ern reper­toire, al­low­ing it to traverse mu­si­cal gen­res in­clud­ing tra­di­tional Chi­nese folk mu­sic, mas­ter­pieces of West­ern mu­sic and cut­ting-edge con­tem­po­rary works.

Formed at the Shang­hai Con­ser­va­tory in 1983, the Shang­hai 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 been reg­u­lar per­form­ers at many of North Amer­ica’s lead­ing cham­ber mu­sic fes­ti­vals. Ad­di­tion­ally, the Quar­tet has an ex­ten­sive discog­ra­phy of more than 30 record­ings, rang­ing from the Schu­mann and Dvo­rak pi­ano quin­tets with Ru­dolf Buch­binder to Zhou Long’s Po­ems from Tang for string quar­tet and orches­tra with the Sin­ga­pore Sym­phony (BIS).

The Shang­hai Quar­tet now serves as Quar­tet-in-Res­i­dence at the John J. Cali School of Mu­sic, Mont­clair State Univer­sity, En­sem­ble-in-Res­i­dence with the Shang­hai Sym­phony Orches­tra, and vis­it­ing guest pro­fes­sors of the Shang­hai Con­ser­va­tory and the Cen­tral Con­ser­va­tory in Bei­jing.

Praised by the New York Times as a “fiery mu­si­cian” whose play­ing is “vig­or­ous and pas­sion­ate,” pi­anist Qing Jiang en­joys a di­verse ca­reer in solo, cham­ber, and con­tem­po­rary mu­sic.

A dy­namic cham­ber mu­si­cian, Jiang has col­lab­o­rated with many lead­ing artists and cham­ber en­sem­bles and has worked di­rectly with con­tem­po­rary com­posers. She has ap­peared in Lin­coln Cen­ter, Carnegie Hall, Jor­dan Hall, Stein­way Hall, and the Is­abella Gard­ner Mu­seum, as well as in the UK’s Snape Malt­ings Hall, and China’s Cen­tral Con­ser­va­tory in Bei­jing. Com­mit­ted to ed­u­cat­ing the next gen­er­a­tion, Jiang is cur­rently As­sis­tant Pro­fes­sor

of Pi­ano at Buck­nell Univer­sity.

Cham­ber mu­sic con­certs con­tinue with Amer­net String Quar­tet with Vivek Ka­math, Vi­ola on Sept. 10, and the Juil­liard String Quar­tet on Sept. 17.

To down­load a ticket or­der form visit www. mu­sic­moun­tain.org or call 860-824-7126.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHO­TOS

Mu­sic Moun­tain con­tin­ues its 88th season with a holiday week­end of mu­sic this week­end with per­for­mances by the Shang­hai String Quar­tet.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHO­TOS

On Sun­day, join the Shang­hai String Quar­tet with guest artist Qing Jiang, pi­ano, for a ben­e­fit concert.

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