Haochen Zhang

Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 8:00 pm
McCullough Theatre

Part of the 2012-2103 Texas Performing Arts Season

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

Haochen Zhang, piano

Presented in partnership with the Butler School of Music

Texas Performing Arts presents the Shanghai Quartet in concert with pianist Haochen Zhang, the co-recipient of the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition gold medal.

Renowned for its passionate musicality, impressive technique, and multicultural innovations, the Shanghai Quartet is one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles. Their elegant style melds the delicacy of Eastern music with the emotional breadth of Western repertoire, allowing them to traverse musical genres from traditional Chinese folk music and masterpieces of Western music to cutting-edge contemporary works. The Quartet’s artistic breadth is reflected in their Austin program. In addition to Beethoven’s String Quartet in B flat minor, Op. 18, No. 2, the Shanghai Quartet and Mr. Zhang will perform piano quintets by Dvorak and Chinese-American composer Bright Sheng.

Sheng’s Dance Capriccio, making its Texas premiere, is inspired by the dance folk music of the Sherpa, a small ethnic group mostly living in the high mountains of the Himalayas in western Nepal. Sherpa people love to dance, and along with love songs and drinking songs, dance music is an important genre among Sherpa folk music. Dance Capriccio tries to capture the various characters of Sherpa dance, from the most tender to the most wild and raucous.

Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet in B flat major, Op. 18, No. 2
Bright Sheng: Dance Capriccio for Piano and String Quartet (Texas Premiere)
Antonín Dvořák: Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81

“If there is a string quartet currently in circulation that produces a more beautiful sound than the Shanghai Quartet, the name doesn’t immediately come to mind.”

“Zhang . . . demonstrated a musical maturity almost unimaginable in one so young…he impressed with depth of musical understanding and subtle expressive nuance … he was the musician I’d walk across town to hear.”

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