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Ying Quartet Winter Concert

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Studzinski Recital Hall
Bowdoin College
Brunswick, ME 04011
United States

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Bowdoin International Music Festival Artistic Directors David Ying and Phillip Ying bring their Quartet to Brunswick for a special concert this Bowdoin International Music Festival logoFebruary in partnership with Bowdoin College. The program begins with Beethoven’s Quartet Op. 74, composed amid the tumultuous invasion of Vienna by Napoleon’s army, and nicknamed the “Harp” after the frequent pizzicato figures bounced between the players. This is followed by Conference of the Birds, commissioned by the Ying Quartet with funds from the Institute of American Music and freshly composed by Christopher Theofanidis, who was nominated for a 2017 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition. The program closes with Dvo?ák’s String Quartet No. 11, a work commissioned by a Viennese ensemble in which Dvo?ák pays tribute to the quartet tradition of that city, but not without evoking his Czech heritage in the folk music gestures of the exuberant Finale.

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