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SHANGHAI QUARTET with

PAUL NEUBAUEr, viola Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music Presented in partnership with the Department of Music and the Cultural Affairs Committee.

Please silence all electronic devices before the performance begins. Recording of any kind is strictly prohibited.


PROGRAM BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No. 2 in G Major, Op.18 No.2 Allegro Adagio cantabile Scherzo: Allegro Allegro molto, quasi presto Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 6 in G Major, Op. 101 Allegretto Moderato con moto Lento Lento - Allegretto - Andante - Lento INTERMISSION Brahms: String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 111 Allegro non troppo, ma con brio Adagio Un poco allegretto Vivace, ma non troppo presto

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ABOUT THE SHANGHAI QUARTET

Weigang Li, violin Yi-Wen Jiang, violin Honggang Li, viola Nicholas Tzavaras, cello Renowned for its passionate musicality, impressive technique and multicultural innovations, the Shanghai Quartet has become one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles. Its elegant style melds the delicacy of Eastern music with the emotional breadth of Western repertoire, allowing it to traverse musical genres from traditional Chinese folk music and masterpieces of Western music to cutting-edge contemporary works. Formed at the Shanghai Conservatory in 1983, the Shanghai Quartet has worked with the world’s most distinguished artists and regularly tours the major music centers of Europe, North America and Asia. Recent performances have ranged from the International Music Festivals of Seoul and Beijing to the Festival Pablo Casals in France, Beethoven Festival in Poland, Yerevan Festival in Armenia and Cartagena International Music Festival in Colombia, as well as numerous concerts in all regions of North America. The Quartet has appeared at Carnegie Hall in chamber performances and with orchestra; in 2006 they gave the premiere of Takuma Itoh’s Concerto for Quartet and Orchestra in Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium. Among innumerable collaborations with noted artists, they have performed with the Tokyo, Juilliard and Guarneri Quartets, Yo-Yo Ma, Lynn Harrell, Menahem Pressler, Peter Serkin, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Wu Man and Chanticleer. They have been regular performers at many of the leading chamber music festivals in North America including Santa Fe and Ottawa. The Quartet has a long history of championing new music and juxtaposing Eastern and Western sounds. Important commissions and premieres include works by Lowell Lieberman, Sebastian Currier, Lei Liang, Marc Neikrug and Zhou Long. The 2011-12 season brought premieres of Bright Sheng’s Dance Capriccio for Piano Quintet with pianist Peter Serkin and Sweet Suite, a piano quintet by Stephen Prutsman. Dan Welcher’s Museon Polemos for double quartet will premiere in September 2012 with the Miro Quartet at the University of Texas at Austin. A concerto for string quartet and symphony orchestra by Korean composer by Jeajoon Ryu will premiere in 2013 as part of the quartet’s 30th Anniversary season.


ABOUT THE SHANGHAI QUARTET The Shanghai Quartet’s 25th anniversary season in 2008-9 featured world premieres from the three continents that comprise its artistic and cultural worlds: Penderecki’s String Quartet No. 3: Leaves From an Unwritten Diary, Chen Yi’s From the Path of Beauty, jazz pianist Dick Hyman’s String Quartet, and String Quartet No. 2 by Vivian Fung. Penderecki’s String Quartet was premiered at a special concert in Poland honoring the composer’s 75th birthday, followed by U.S. Premieres at Montclair State University and the Modlin Center and numerous subsequent performances worldwide. They will perform it again in Poland for the composer’s 80th birthday celebration in November 2013. Chen Yi’s From the Path of Beauty, commissioned with Chanticleer, was premiered in San Francisco, with performances at Tanglewood and Ravinia and in Beijing and Shanghai. The Shanghai Quartet has an extensive discography of more than 30 recordings. Releases range from the Schumann and Dvorak piano quintets with Rudolf Buchbinder to Zhou Long’s Poems from Tang for string quartet and orchestra with the Singapore Symphony (BIS). Delos released the Quartet’s most popular disc, Chinasong, in 2003: a collection of Chinese folk songs arranged by Yi-Wen Jiang reflecting on his childhood memories of the Cultural Revolution in China. The Shanghai Quartet recorded the complete Beethoven String Quartets for Camerata, a seven-disc project that was completed in 2009. The Quartet has participated in a diverse and interesting array of media projects, from a cameo appearance playing Bartok’s String Quartet No. 4 in Woody Allen’s film “Melinda and Melinda” to PBS television’s Great Performances series. Violinist Weigang Li appeared in the documentary “From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China,” and the family of cellist Nicholas Tzavaras was the subject of the 1999 film “Music of the Heart” starring Meryl Streep. The Shanghai Quartet currently serves as Quartet-in-Residence at Montclair State University in New Jersey, Ensemble-in-Residence with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and visiting guest professors of the Shanghai Conservatory and the Central Conservatory in Beijing.


ABOUT PAUL NEUBAUER PAUL NEUBAUER’s exceptional musicality and effortless playing distinguish him as one of this generation’s quintessential artists. Balancing a solo career with performances as an artist member of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Neubauer at age 21 was the youngest principal string player in the New York Philharmonic’s history. He is the chamber music director of the OK Mozart Festival in Bartlesville, Oklahoma as well as artistic director of the “Chamber Music Extravaganza” in Curaçao. Upcoming projects include the World Premiere of a new viola concerto by Aaron Jay Kernis with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra conducted by Roberto Abbado. He will appear in performances at Carnegie Hall and take part in a Sony Classical recording with the Emerson Quartet. Neubauer has also formed a trio with soprano Susanna Phillips and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, which performs a wide range of repertoire including salon style songs for voice, viola and piano. A two-time Grammy nominee, Neubauer’s recording of Joan Tower’s Purple Rhapsody with Timothy Russsell and the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, commissioned for him by seven orchestras and the Koussevitsky Foundation, was recently released by Summit Records. Other recorded works that were written for him include: Wild Purple for solo viola by Joan Tower for Naxos; Viola Rhapsody, a concerto by Henri Lazarof on Centaur Records; and Soul Garden for viola and chamber ensemble by Derek Bermel on CRI. His recording of the Walton Viola Concerto was recently re-released on Decca and his Schumann recital album with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott was recorded for Image Recordings. During his six-year tenure with the New York Philharmonic, Neubauer appeared as soloist with that orchestra in more than 20 performances. He has appeared with more than 100 orchestras throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the San Francisco, National, St. Louis, Dallas, Indianapolis, Puerto Rico and Cincinnati Symphonies, the Bavarian State Radio Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Hungarian Radio Orchestra, the Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn, the Kansas City Symphony, the English Chamber Orchestra, and the Knoxville Symphony. He has also appeared with the Stockholm Chamber Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Ensemble orchestral de Paris, Orquesta Filharmonica de Buenos Aires, Bournemouth Symphony, and the Taipei National Symphony. Other collaborations include performances with Andre Watts and Vladimir Feltsman at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; with Joshua Bell


and Steven Isserlis at London’s Wigmore and Queen Elizabeth Hall’s; and with Pinchas Zukerman, James Galway, Vladimir Spivakov and Alicia de Larrocha at the Mostly Mozart Festival. He has also collaborated with the Emerson, Juilliard, Cleveland, Fine Arts, Orion, Borromeo, Miami, and Brentano quartets. Neubauer’s musical activities are consistently creative. In a pair of highly acclaimed New York premieres, he performed Bartók’s Viola Concerto (which he helped to revise along with Bartók’s son, Peter and composer Nelson Dellamaggiore), and Max Bruch’s Double Concerto for Clarinet and Viola with clarinetist David Shifrin. He also gave the North American premiere of the Detlev Müller-Siemens Viola Concerto and Richard Suter’s Three Nocturnes for Viola and Orchestra. He has been featured as a special guest artist of the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center in performances of Viola Alone, and on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. He has toured the United States with pianist Christopher O’Riley, violinist Pamela Frank, and cellist Carter Brey. In addition to his many orchestral, recital, and festival appearances, Neubauer is accessible to a broad range of television and radio audiences through Live from Lincoln Center telecasts with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He has been featured on CBS’s Sunday Morning; in recital on PBS’s Front Row Center and In Concert; on Argentinean, Brazilian, and Mexican television as soloist with orchestras; on National Public Radio’s Performance Today and Morning Edition, on St. Paul Sunday Morning, as well as on international radio performances throughout the world. An active recording artist, Neubauer’s recordings with Delos include works by Quincy Porter and David Diamond, and Loeffler’s Two Rhapsodies. On New World Records he has recorded Bright Sheng’s Three Chinese Love Songs; with RCA Red Seal, Beethoven’s Serenades (with James Galway); with Argo, Aaron Jay Kernis’s Still Movement with Hymn; and on Sony Classical, Hindemith’s Octet for Winds and Strings. Among Neubauer’s numerous awards are First Prize in the Mae M. Whitaker International Competition, the D’Angelo International Competition, and the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition. He has been the recipient of a Solo Recitalist’s Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a special prize from the Naumburg Foundation, which awarded him an Alice Tully Hall recital debut. Moreover, the Epstein Young Artists Program has sponsored him and he was the first violist chosen to receive an Avery Fisher Career Grant. Born in Los Angeles and currently residing in New York City, Neubauer studied with Alan de Veritch, Paul Doktor, and William Primrose. He holds a Master’s Degree from The Juilliard School where he is now a member of the faculty. He also teaches at Mannes College.


Sun. April 7 • 7:30pm: Quartets Nos. 1, 3, & 5

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