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Chamber Music Conversations from the Clark: Ying Quartet
Robin Scott, violin
Janet Ying, violin
Phillip Ying, viola
David Ying, celloProgram
Rogers Brubaker, Professor of Sociology, UCLA
String Quartet A Major, op. 20, no. 6Allegro di molto e scherzando
Fuga a 3 soggetti: Allegro
String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Major, op. 51, B. 92, “Slavonic”Allegro ma non troppo
Dumka: Andante con moto–Vivace
Romanza: Andante con moto
Finale: Allegro assai
Bruce Whiteman, Clark Librarian Emeritus
Robin Scott, Janet Ying, Phillip Ying, and David Ying of the Ying Quartet.To learn more about Chamber Music Conversations from the Clark and view videos from the series, visit: http://www.1718.ucla.edu/events/categories/music/
About the Artists
The Grammy Award-winning Ying Quartet occupies a position of unique prominence in the classical music world, combining brilliantly communicative performances with a fearlessly imaginative view of Chamber Music in today’s world. Now in its third decade, the Quartet has established itself as an ensemble of the highest musical qualifications. Their performances regularly take place in many of the world’s most important concert halls; at the same time, the Quartet’s belief that concert music can also be a meaningful part of everyday life has drawn the foursome to perform in settings as diverse as the workplace, schools, juvenile prisons, and the White House. In fact, the Ying Quartet’s constant quest to explore the creative possibilities of the string quartet has led it to an unusually diverse array of musical projects and interests.
The Ying’s ongoing LifeMusic commissioning project, created in response to their commitment to expanding the rich string quartet repertoire, has already achieved an impressive history. Supported by the Institute for American Music, the Ying Quartet commissions both established and emerging composers to create music that reflects contemporary American life. Recent works include Billy Childs’ Awakening; Lera Auerbach’s Sylvia’s Diary; Lowell Liebermann’s String Quartet No. 3, To the Victims of War; Sebastian Currier’s Next Atlantis; and John Novacek’s Three Rags for String Quartet. In August 2016 the Ying Quartet released a new Schumann/ Beethoven recording on Sono Luminus with the cellist Zuill Bailey; and in 2016–17 the five musicians toured with the Schumann Cello Concerto transcribed for cello and string quartet along with Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata, also reimagined for cello quintet.
The Quartet’s 2018–19 season featured performances with the jazz pianist Billy Childs, a tour of China, performances for the Philadelphia and Phoenix Chamber Music Societies, and performances in the group’s role as quartet-in-residence at the Bowdoin International Music Festival.
The Ying Quartet’s many other recordings reflect many of the group’s wide-ranging musical interests and have generated consistent, enthusiastic acclaim. The group’s CD “American Anthem” (Sono Luminus), heralding the music of Randall Thompson, Samuel Barber, and Howard Hanson, was released in 2013 to rave reviews; their 2007 Telarc release of the three Tchaikovsky Quartets and the Souvenir de Florence (with James Dunham and Paul Katz) was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Chamber Music Performance category.