Young string trio and pianist to appear at Orcas Center
February 10, 2009 · Updated 8:12 AM
Orcas Center will present one performance only of the Chiara String Trio with pianist Soyeon Lee on Sunday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Playing “Chamber Music in Any Chamber,” the Chiara String Quartet reaches from the concert hall into clubs, bars and galleries, expanding the places to hear live classical music while returning chamber music to its roots in intimate spaces.
Their style is best described as a nonstop journey to the edge of expressive possibility: “luminous,” “searing,” (New York Times) “soulful,” “biting,” and possessing a “potent collective force” (Strings Magazine).
The Quartet is in residence at Harvard University for four one-week periods each academic year from 2008-2011, as the Blodgett Artists-in-Residence.
The Chiara String Quartet will make an appearance as the Chiara String Trio – Julie Yoon, violin; Jonah Sirota, viola; and Gregory Beaver, cello. First violinist Rebecca Fisher is on maternity leave.
Joining the trio will be pianist Soyeon Lee. The ensemble will perform Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G minor, K. 478; Dohnanyi’s Serenade in C major for String Trio, Op 10; and Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E flat, Op. 47.
Korean pianist Lee has been hailed by The New York Times as a pianist with “a huge, richly varied sound, a lively imagination and a firm sense of style.” She has been received as guest soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra.
Passionate about expanding environmental consciousness through music, Soyeon Lee gave to critical acclaim the first ecoawareness concert at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall in February 2008, when she wore a commissioned concert gown, made of over 6000 used juice pouches, by eco-fashion designer Nina Valenti.
In honor of Lee’s support of environmental issues, The Exchange is partial underwriter of the Feb. 22 concert at Orcas Center.
Tickets for the performance are $24, $16 for Orcas Center members, and $10 for students. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.orcascenter.org or call or 376-2281 ext 1 during box office hours, Thursday to Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.