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Release: April 2, 2002
(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Chiara is pronounced "key-ARE-uh.")
(NOTE TO EDITORS: At the time of this release, fewer than 100 tickets remain
available for the April 19 Ying Quartet concert. Please check with the box
office before publication so that you can provide your audience with up-to-date
information on ticket availability.)
(Top photo: Ying Quartet; Bottom photo: Chiara Quartet)
Hancher's Ying Quartet residency includes a dozen Iowa schools
Ying Quartet has already completed two weeks of a staggered three-week residency
at the University of Iowa, through the Arts Across the Curriculum project.
By the time they complete the final week, April 15-19, and present a Hancher-sponsored
8 p.m. Friday, April 19, in Clapp Recital Hall, they will have visited a dozen
schools and eight communities in eastern Iowa, and interacted with music students
throughout the state on the Iowa Communications Network.
The young Chiara String Quartet (the name comes from the Italian word meaning
"clear," "pure" or "light") will join the Ying
Quartet for the final week of the residency, and they will present a free
concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, in the Lisbon Public Library, featuring
Beethoven's String Quartet in D Major, opus 18, No. 3; Charles Ives' String
Quartet No. 1; and Debussy's String Quartet in G Minor, opus 10.
Two members of the Chiara Quartet will be featured with the Ying Quartet
in the Friday-night Clapp Hall concert, in a performance of the Brahms Sextet
in B-flat Major, opus 18. Other works on the Ying concert are William Bolcom's
Three Rags and new quartets by Augusta Read Thomas and Daniel Kellogg.
Kellogg and Thomas quartet are part of the Ying Quartet's multi-year commissioning
project, supported by the Institute for American Music, designed to produce
a distinctively American string quartet repertoire. Each season of the project
the Ying Quartet will introduce two new American compositions, by established
and emerging composers.
The 2002 Arts Across the Curriculum residency involves institutions in Iowa
City, West Branch, Cedar Rapids, Wellman, Kalona, Columbus Junction, Mt. Vernon
and Lisbon, and features a Stage Door matinee for area school groups on April
For additional information about the residency activities contact Emily
Hansen at Hancher, 319-335-0009 .
The Ying Quartet is celebrating its tenth anniversary this season, and Iowa
has played an important role in the career of this quartet of siblings from
Winnetka, Ill. They began their career in
1992 in the farm town of Jesup (population 2000) as the first recipients
of a National Endowment for the Arts grant to support chamber music in rural
The quartet participated fully in the community, performing on countless
occasions for audiences of six to 600 people in a residency so successful
that it was widely chronicled in both the national and international media.
Winners of the 1993 Naumburg Award, America's top honor for young chamber
ensembles, the Yings have continued to focus not merely on performing, but
also on developing ways of making artistic and creative expression an essential
part of everyday life.
As faculty members of the Eastman School of Music, they not only instruct
the college's students and coach its chamber music ensembles, but also teach
Eastman students to build community music programs based on the Ying Quartet
experience in Jesup.
The Yings made their Iowa "homecoming" in 1997, in a Hancher-sponsored
residency that included a return visit to Jesup and focused primarily on the
UI medical campus, in collaboration with the Project Art program of the UI
Hospitals and Clinics.
In a busy performance and residency schedule that has taken them throughout
North America, Europe and Asia, the Ying Quartet has won notice for the striking
unity and commitment of their performances. The critic of the Milwaukee Sentinel
wrote, "The three brothers and a sister who are literally conquering
music audiences around the world epitomize the glory of the art form with
their seamless ensemble playing and the disciplined character of their musical
Learn more about the Yings at http://www.yingquartet.com
The Chiara String Quartet -- Rebecca Fischer and Julie Yoon, violins; Jonah
Sirota, viola; Gregory Beaver, cello -- is following the path pioneered by
the Ying Quartet. They are in the final year of a Chamber Music America Rural
Residency in Grand Forks, N.D., an experience they chronicle in a monthly
column for Strad magazine.
They have performed live on NPR's "Performance Today," taken Second
Prize in the International Young Concert Artists Auditions and premiered several
new works. The quartet performed interactive concerts throughout New York
City at nursing homes, hospitals and public schools under the support of the
Gluck Foundation's Community Service Fellowship.
As part of their residency in Grand Forks, the Chiara Quartet serves as
faculty at the University of North Dakota, appears as teaching artists in
public schools, and performs frequent concerts throughout the area.
The Chiara website -- http://www.chiaraquartet.net/
-- which has been recognized by the New York Times as an exemplary artist
website, has a link to their diary columns in Strad, a magazine and website
published in the U.K.
A few tickets remain for the Ying/Chiara concert on April 19. Ticket prices
are $26 for non-students, $10 for UI students, $20.80 for senior citizens,
and $13 for audience members 17 and younger.
Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays
and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160.
Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. People with
special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319)
335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who
use that technology.
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The corporate sponsor of the concert is Gilda Imports, through the University
of Iowa Foundation. Arts Across the Curriculum is supported by the Roy J.
Carver Charitable Trust, Alliant Energy Foundation and Hills Bank and Trust
Company. The concert and residency are also supported by Chamber Music America.
Arts Across the Curriculum project is organized by Hancher, with the cooperation
with the UI Arts Share program. Arts Share is a UI program that provides artistic
expertise from the Iowa Center for the Arts to schools, local arts councils,
community arts associations, museums, senior citizen centers and other organizations
throughout Iowa and the surrounding region. The Arts Share roster of touring
artists includes more than 70 faculty members, ensembles, and graduate students.