published Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Romance with strings attached

Violinist Philip Setzer, pianist Wu Han and cellist David Finckel will perform in the String Theory series at the Hunter Museum of American Art.
Violinist Philip Setzer, pianist Wu Han and cellist David Finckel will perform in the String Theory series at the Hunter Museum of American Art.
Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

What: String Theory concert

When: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14; preceded by Musical Dialogue at 6 p.m.

Where: Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View

Admission: $25 Hunter members and String Theory donors; $35 nonmembers; $10 students with valid ID (plus $5 fee for tickets sold at door)

Phone: 432-267-0968

Website: stringtheory

String Theory continues its fourth season of chamber music with a romantic concert by Philip Setzer (violin) and duo David Finckel (cello) and Wu Han (piano) Feb. 14, at the Hunter Museum of American Art.

Series organizers are billing the concert as an opportunity to take your Valentine to Lincoln Center without leaving town.

The program begins with a Musical Dialogue at 6 p.m. led by the series' artistic director, Gloria Chien, who will interview the guest artists. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. and will feature Mendelssohn's Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 49, and Dvorak's Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor: The Dumky Trio.

Setzer is a founding member of the Emerson String Quartet, which has received eight Grammy Awards, three Gramophone Awards and the Avery Fisher Prize. He is a tenured professor of violin and chamber music at Stony Brook University in New York and has been a regular faculty member of the Isaac Stern Chamber Music Workshops at Carnegie Hall and the Jerusalem Music Center.

Finckel and Han were chosen Musical America's 2012 Musicians of the Year. Beyond the duo's recital activities, Finckel also serves as cellist of the Emerson String Quartet.

Finckel and Han have served as artistic directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 2004 and were recently named artistic directors of Chamber Music Today, a festival held annually in Korea. They also are the founders and artistic directors of Music@Menlo, a chamber music festival and institute in Silicon Valley that has garnered international acclaim. In 1997, they launched ArtistLed, classical music's first musician-directed and Internet-based recording company.

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