published Thursday, April 17th, 2014

String Theory takes a final bow - April 17

Members of the Johannes String Quartet are, clockwise from top left, C.J. Chang (viola), Peter Stumpf (cello), Jessica Lee (viola) and Soovin Kim (violin).
Members of the Johannes String Quartet are, clockwise from top left, C.J. Chang (viola), Peter Stumpf (cello), Jessica Lee (viola) and Soovin Kim (violin).
Photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzuccio

IF YOU GO

■ What: String Theory concert.

■ When: 6:30 p.m. today, April 17; Art Connections program at 5:30 p.m.

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

■ Admission: $25 Hunter members and groups of 20 or more, $35 nonmembers, $10 students with ID.

■ Phone: 423-267-0968.

■ Website: www.stringtheorymusic.org.

The final String Theory concert of the season will feature six performers making their Chattanooga debuts: Grammy Award-winning violist Kim Kashkashian, cellist Marcy Rosen and the Johannes String Quartet.

The evening’s performance will feature Brahms’ String Quartet No. 2 in A, Op. 51, No. 2, and Schoenberg’s “Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night),” Op. 4.

They will take the stage at 6:30 tonight, April 17, at the Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View. The concert will be preceded at 5:30 p.m. by Art Connections. In this program, the Hunter’s former chief curator, Ellen Simak, and the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera’s conductor emeritus, Robert Bernhardt, will explore works from the museum collection that relate to the music featured in the concert to follow.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

■ Kim Kashkashian: The internationally recognized violist has taught viola and chamber music at New England Conservatory since 2000. She received a Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for “Kurtág and Ligeti: Music for Viola” in 2012.

■ Marcy Rosen: Referred to as “one of the intimate art’s abiding treasures” by Los Angeles Times music critic Herbert Glass, she is a founding member of the ensemble La Fenice, an oboe, piano and string trio, as well as a founding member of the world-renowned Mendelssohn String Quartet.

■ Johannes String Quartet: This ensemble brings together the first American to win the Paganini Violin Competition in 24 years, Soovin Kim; a Concert Artists Guild Competition winner, Jessica Lee; the principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, C.J. Chang; and the principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Peter Stumpf. Their collaboration was forged at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont and shaped and mentored by the Guarneri String Quartet.

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