Quartet aims to make music integral to community life



BLUE HILL — The Ying String Quartet, an innovative ensemble that became known for making chamber music an integral part of life in an Iowa farming town back in the 1990s, will perform American-Chinese composers’ works as well as Debussey and Tchaikovsky starting at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, at the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill.

Presented by the Blue Hill Concert Association, the concert is the last in the group’s 20019 winter series. The program will feature “The Old Fisherman” by Zhou Long,” “Gobi Gloria” by Lei Liang and “Shuo” by Chen Yi, Claude Debussy’s Quartet in G minor, Op.10 and Tchaikovsky’s beautiful Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op.11 also will performed.

Currently the Eastman School of Music’s quartet-in-residence, the Ying String Quartet’s members include Robin Scott, violin; Janet Ying violin; Phillip Ying, viola and David Ying, cello. They teach in the string department and lead a rigorous chamber music program. The quartet has released numerous albums to great acclaim and commissioned new works to expand the string quartet repertoire.

For several years, the quartet staged “No Boundaries,” an unusual performance project at New York City’s Symphony Space, through which they sought to redesign the concert experience incorporating dance, magic and even a Chinese noodle chef.

During the March 24 concert, Deer Isle artist Frederica Marshall’s sumi-e brush paintings and other work will be on view. The artist melds Asian and Western watercolor techniques. The featured institution will be Opera House Arts, highlighting professional theater, film, educational programs, concerts and community events at the Stonington Opera House.

In keeping with the Association’s commitment to educational outreach, the quartet will play a program for students at the Reach Performing Arts Center on Monday, March 25.

Tickets, which cost $30 per person, can be purchased at the door or online. Students under 18 are admitted free. For more info, call 367-2918 or visit at bluehillconcertassociation.org.

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