Local audiences have another opportunity to enjoy the Ying Quartet in performance this season when the Eastman School of Music’s string quartet-in-residence appears at Kilbourn Hall at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17.
The recital will feature new works from composers Sebastian Currier and Lowell Liebermann which were commissioned by the Ying Quartet for its LifeMusic project. The program also includes Beethoven’s Quartet in A Minor, op. 132. The concert is the Ying Quartet’s second appearance as part of this season’s Eastman-Ranlet Series; the ensemble also performed with the Turtle Island String Quartet last fall.
LifeMusic is a multi-year commissioning project launched by the ensemble in 1999 to produce a distinctively American string quartet repertoire. Supported by the Institute for American Music, the project has introduced new quartets by a dozen composers. The first two of a projected series of LifeMusic recordings were released internationally on the Quartz label in 2004 and 2007.
Now in its second decade of performance, the Ying Quartet is composed of siblings Janet and Timothy, violin; David, cello; and Phillip, viola. The ensemble is acclaimed for its outstanding performances in festivals and concerts around the world as well as for its community outreach programs.
The Ying Quartet, who together with the Turtle Island String Quartet received a 2006 Grammy Award for best classical crossover album, is up for a Grammy again this year, this time in the best chamber music performance category for its album Tchaikovsky: Three String Quartets, Souvenir De Florence. The Grammy Awards will be presented Feb. 10 in Los Angeles.
Tickets to the Ying Quartet’s Feb. 17 concert are $18, $12, and $8 (discount with UR ID) and are available at the Rochester Philharmonic Box Office, 108 East Ave.; by phone (585) 454-2100; or online at esm.rochester.edu/concerts.
The remaining concert in this season’s Eastman-Ranlet Series features the Daedalus Quartet, winners of the 2001 Banff International String Quartet competition, on April 6.
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Sunday, February 17
Eastman-Ranlet Series: Ying Quartet
Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St.
Program includes new works commissioned from composers Sebastian Currier and Lowell Liebermann and Beethoven’s Quartet in A Minor, op. 132
Tickets $18, $12, $8 (discount with UR ID), at the Rochester Philharmonic Box Office, 108 East Ave.; by phone (585) 454-2100; or online at esm.rochester.edu/concerts.