• What: ChamberFest
• When and where: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, in Squires Recital Hall, and Wednesday, Jan. 16 in the Chapel, Lee University, Cleveland, Tenn.
• Admission: $10 adults, $5 seniors and students. Tickets available in Dixon Center box office (open 3-6 p.m.)
• Phone: 423-614-8343 (tickets); 423-614-8243 (information on masterclasses)
• Jan. 17: David Shifrin, Miro String Quartet and Gloria Chien in String Theory at Hunter Museum of American Art. Call 267-0968 for ticket information.
Lee University will present one of America's most celebrated clarinetists and an award-winning string quartet as part of its Presidential Concert Series on Jan. 15-16. The two performances, called ChamberFest, will take place in Squires Recital Hall (Tuesday) and the Chapel (Wednesday).
Concert pianists Gloria Chien and Ning An, Lee faculty members, will welcome guest artists David Shifrin, clarinet, and the Miró String Quartet.
In addition to the concerts, the guest artists will hold master classes, open to the public, on both days. On Tuesday, Shifrin will hold a master class in the Chapel from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The quartet will hold its master class in the Squires Recital Hall from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Shifrin is one of only two wind instrument players to have been awarded the Avery Fisher Prize since the award's inception in 1974. He collaborates often as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Shifrin has appeared with numerous symphonies, performing extensively across the nation. He served as artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Yale and later Yale University's annual concert series at Carnegie Hall, as well as artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
The Miró Quartet, one of America's highest-profile chamber groups, was hailed by The New York Times as possessing "explosive vigor and technical finesse." In its second decade, the quartet maintains an active international touring schedule, while also teaching chamber music as the faculty string quartet-in-residence at the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin.