Shanghai Quartet at Peak Performances

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Montclair State University Quartet-in-Residence since 2002

Photo by Stephen Taylor

Shanghai Quartet

February 8, 2020 • 8:00pm Alexander Kasser Theater

Dr. Susan A. Cole, President Daniel Gurskis, Dean, College of the Arts Jedediah Wheeler, Executive Director, Arts + Cultural Programming

Montclair State University Quartet-in-Residence since 2002

Shanghai Quartet Weigang Li, violin Yi-Wen Jiang, violin Honggang Li, viola Nicholas Tzavaras, cello

Program String Quartet in D Major, op. 20 no. 4 I. Allegro di molto II. Un poco adagio affettuoso III. Menuetto: Allegretto alla zingarese IV. Presto scherzando

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)


Caroline Shaw (b.1982)

~~Intermission~~ String Quartet no. 7 in F Major, op. 59 no. 1 I. Allegro II. Allegretto vivace e sempre scherzando III. Adagio molto e mesto IV. “Thème Russe” Allegro

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)

Duration: 1 hour 32 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission. In consideration of both audiences and performers, please turn off all electronic devices. The taking of photographs or videos and the use of recording equipment are not permitted. No food or drink is permitted in the theater.

About the Artists Thirty-six years after the Shanghai Quartet’s formation, the ensemble continues to promote chamber music to audiences around the world. Renowned for its passionate musicality, impressive technique, and multicultural innovations, the Shanghai Quartet was the first chamber group to establish an international career after the opening up of China. The group’s elegant style melds the delicacy of Eastern music with the emotional breadth of Western repertoire, allowing it to traverse musical genres including traditional Chinese folk music, masterpieces of Western music, and cutting-edge contemporary works. Formed at the Shanghai Conservatory in 1983, the Quartet has worked with the world’s most distinguished artists and regularly tours the major music centers of Europe, North America, and Asia. The Quartet has appeared at Carnegie Hall in chamber performances and with orchestra. Among innumerable collaborations with noted artists, they have performed with the Tokyo, Juilliard, and Guarneri Quartets; cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Lynn Harrell; pianists Menahem Pressler, Peter Serkin, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Yuja Wang; pipa virtuoso Wu Man; and the vocal ensemble Chanticleer. The Quartet has a long history of championing new music and juxtaposing traditions of Eastern and Western music. With more than 30 commissioned works, their recent premieres include works by William Bolcom, Zhao Lin, Chen Yi, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Tan Dun. A diverse and interesting array of media projects ranges from a cameo appearance playing Bartók’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 film Music of the Heart, starring Meryl Streep. The Shanghai Quartet is the subject of a documentary film, Behind the Strings, currently in production. The Quartet was the cover story of The Strad’s May 2019 issue. The Shanghai Quartet performs on four exceptional instruments by Stradivari, Guarneri, Goffriller, and Guadagnini, generously loaned through the Beare’s International Violin Society to honor the quartet’s 35th anniversary. Using these instruments, the quartet is currently performing eight cycles of the complete Beethoven String Quartets throughout the world. The Shanghai Quartet currently serves as Quartet-in-Residence at the John J. Cali School of Music, 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. They are proudly sponsored by Thomastik-Infeld Strings and BAM Cases.

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