Lee University Contributed Photo / Clarinetist David Shifrin.

The next performance in the String Theory concert series will present legendary clarinetist David Shifrin and soprano Hyunah Yu, making her String Theory debut, with String Theory founder and pianist Gloria Chien.

The trio will perform lullabies, clarinet sonatas, German lieder and English songs on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Hunter Museum of American Art.

Prior to their concert, Art Connection will be held at 5:30 p.m. Former Hunter Museum chief curator Ellen Simak and Maestro Robert Bernhardt, conductor emeritus of Chattanooga Symphony & Opera and artist-in-residence at Lee University, will explore works from the museum collection that relate to the music featured in the evening's concert.

Chien founded String Theory in 2009 with the mission of exposing new audiences to chamber music, thereby cultivating a future generation of music lovers.

If you go

› What: String Theory

› Where: Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View

› When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11

› Admission: $35 Hunter Museum members, $45 nonmembers, $10 students with valid student ID and $25 for groups of 20 or more

› For more information: 423-414-2525


Winner of the Avery Fisher Prize, Shifrin is in constant demand as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician collaborator. He is a recipient of the Solo Recitalists' Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the 1998 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Music Academy of the West.

Shifrin served as artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for over 10 years, and has been the artistic director of Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, Oregon, since 1981. Beginning in October, Chien and her husband, violinist Soovin Kim, will succeed Shifrin as artistic directors for CMN.

Yu has garnered acclaim for her versatility in concert and opera roles, her work in chamber music and for her recorded and broadcast performances. She has appeared regularly throughout Asia, Europe and the United States. Yu was a prize winner at the Walter Naumburg International Competition and a finalist in the Dutch International Vocal and Concert Artist Guild International competitions.

Chien participated for 10 years at Music@Menlo, where she was appointed director of the Chamber Music Institute in 2010. She frequently appears with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and is a Steinway Artist. She also serves an artist-in-residence at Lee University.

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