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Photographs and Recordings Digital capture or recording of this concert is not permitted. Event and Program Information Available online at schwartz.emory.edu Cover Design By Lisa Baron Acknowledgment Eternal thanks to Donna and Marvin Schwartz for their many contributions.

The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta is supported by the Cherry L. Emerson Endowment, the Rebecca Katz-Doft Chamber Music Endowment, the Ethel Orentlicher Gershon Fund, a major gift from Dr. John Cooke, the Office of Educational Programs at the Michael C. Carlos Museum, the Friends of Music at Emory, and by ongoing donations from music lovers like you.

ECMSA Emerson Series Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta William Ransom, artistic director

2020 2021


Happy Birthday, Mr. Beethoven! ECMSA Family Series Concert Music of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) Members of the Vega String Quartet with William Ransom, piano

Sunday, October 18, 2020, 4:00 p.m. Emerson Concert Hall Schwartz Center for Performing Arts

Program Allegro from the Sonata in F Major, op. 24, “Spring” Jessica Shuang Wu, violin; William Ransom, piano

Für Elise William Ransom, piano

Presto from the String Trio in G Major, op. 9, No. 1 Jessica Shuang Wu, violin; Yinzi Kong, viola; Guang Wang, cello

Adagio sostenuto from the Moonlight Sonata, op. 27, No. 2 William Ransom, piano

Duo, with Eyeglasses Obbligato Yinzi Kong, viola; Guang Wang, cello

Allegro moderato from the “Archduke” Trio, op. 97 Jessica Shuang Wu, violin; Guang Wang, cello; William Ransom, piano

Variations on Happy Birthday

arr. L. Hambro

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The Vega String Quartet Members performing tonight: Jessica Shuang Wu, violin; Yinzi Kong, viola; Guang Wang, cello

The international award-winning Vega String Quartet is on the cutting edge of the new generation of chamber music ensembles. The New York Times raved about its “playing that had a kind of clean intoxication to it, pulling the listener along . . . the musicians took real risks in their music making,” and the Los Angeles Times praised its “triumphant L.A. debut.” Based in Atlanta where it is the quartet in residence at Emory University, the group also tours throughout Europe, Asia, and North America performing in major cities including Berlin, Brussels, Cologne, London, Mexico City, Milan, New York, Paris, Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai, Vancouver, and Vienna. The quartet is a frequent guest at numerous music festivals including Aspen, Brevard, Mostly Mozart, Rockport, San Miguel de Allende, HighlandsCashiers, Musicorda, Kingston, and SummerFest La Jolla, among others. It has been quartet in residence at the Van Cliburn Institute and on the artist roster of Carnegie Hall’s New York City Neighborhood Concert series and Community Concerts Association roster. The quartet is also a member of Young Audiences of Atlanta, presenting educational programs throughout the public school system. The quartet’s live broadcast credits include NPR’s Performance Today, the National Radio of China, Shanghai TV, Radio France, France Musiques, German Radio, and the National Radio of the Czech Republic. The quartet captured four of the top six prizes at the Bordeaux String Quartet Competition (including the international music critics’ prize), as well as

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top prizes at the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition, the Carmel Chamber Music Competition, and the National Society of Arts and Letters String Quartet Competition. Visit vegaquartet.com for more information and “friend” it on Facebook. The Vega String Quartet’s residency at Emory is supported by the Rebecca Katz-Doft Chamber Music Endowment.

Pianist, artistic director, master teacher, editor, and judge for international competitions, William Ransom appears around the world as a soloist with orchestras, a recitalist, and a chamber musician. His performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio and on television in the United States, Argentina, Poland, and Japan. He regularly collaborates with musicians including Yo-Yo Ma, Richard Stoltzman, William Preucil, Stephen Isserlis, and Robert McDuffie; members of the Tokyo, Cleveland, Juilliard, American, St. Petersburg, Borromeo, Parker, Ariel, and Lark string quartets; the Empire Brass Quintet; the Eroica Trio; and the percussion group Nexus; among others. As a master teacher, he also performs and gives master classes at numerous schools of music and universities around the world. He has recorded for ACA Digital and Rising Star Records. Ransom is the Mary Emerson Professor of Piano at Emory University in Atlanta where he is founder and artistic director of the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta. A graduate of the Juilliard School and the University of Michigan, Ransom spends summers as artistic director of the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival in North Carolina and for a decade was an artistfaculty member at the Kamisaibara Pianists Camp in Japan. In 2016 he was named artistic director of the Juneau Jazz and Classics Festival and also one of Musical America Worldwide’s “30 Musical Innovators.”


More events coming soon to the Schwartz Center Virtual Stage schwartz.emory.edu/virtual-stage Jazz on the Screen October 22, 2020 at 6 p.m. Jazz on the Green moves to Jazz on the Screen in this virtual performance. The concert features several pieces performed live by Emory Jazz Combos and a video segment featuring student interviews.

Emory University Symphony Orchestra (EUSO) Saturday, October 24 at 8 p.m. The EUSO presents previously recorded symphonic works alongside multi-track “virtual orchestra� recordings featuring Emory student musicians. These recordings have allowed the EUSO to continue its artistic and educational mission.

ECMSA Beethoven String Quartets November 1, 2020 at 4 p.m. The Vega String Quartet continues its exploration of the complete Beethoven String Quartets including ops. 18, No. 6; 74; and 132 with guest first violin David Coucheron. Award-winning classical music radio host Bill McGlaughlin gives an accompanying lecture.


Music at Emory Music at Emory brings together students, faculty, and world-class artists to create an exciting and innovative season of performances and events. In a typical year, Music at Emory presents more than 150 events across multiple Emory venues; however, in this challenging season, we are committed to coming together virtually for a variety of musical offerings. Spring 2021 concerts remain as scheduled, but are subject to change based on guidance from Emory University and public health officials. Please visit music.emory.edu for the most up-to-date schedule and announcements.

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