Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Music Mountain’s 84th Season Continues Shanghai String Quartet August 31

America's oldest continuing summer chamber music festival, Music Mountain, continues its 84th Anniversary Season with a weekend of classical music by the Shanghai String Quartet on Saturday, August 31st (6:30PM) and Sunday, September 1st (3PM) featuring guest artist Haochen Zhang, piano. Music Mountain is located on 225 Music Mountain Rd. in Falls Village Connecticut.

Music Mountain has a long-standing reputation of bringing some of the finest and most widely admired chamber musicians and guest artists to Falls Village each summer, and this weekend is no exception. Award winning talents from around the world have filled Gordon Hall with the sounds of exceptional music. 

On Saturday evening, Shanghai String Quartet presents Haydn: String Quartet in D Major, Opus 64 # 5, The Lark; Shostakovich: String Quartet # 6 in C Major, Opus 101; and Dvorak: String Quartet in A Flat Major, Opus 105. 

Sunday afternoon brings the acclaimed quartet back to perform Beethoven: String Quartet in C Major, Opus 59 # 3; and Schumann: Piano Quintet in E Flat Major, Opus 44. Van Cliburn Gold Medalist, Haochen Zhang will play a selection of his favorite concerts pieces. 

Haochen Zhang

Celebrated for their passionate musicality and impressive technique, the Shanghai String Quartet has become one of the world's foremost chamber ensembles. Since 1983, the quartet has regularly toured the major music centers of Europe, North America and Asia and has performed with many internationally distinguished artists. The Shanghai String Quartet currently serves as Quartet-in-Residence at Montclair State University and Ensemble-in-Residence with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. They have appeared at Music Mountain every summer since 1989. 

Award-winning pianist Haochen Zhang is already regarded as a seasoned master, lauded by critics and audiences alike. The young musician has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia and is set to make his Paris debut with a recital at the Louvre Museum, and his Vienna debut with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra in the spring. Zhang continues to study at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia under the guidance of Gary Graffman.

The Music Mountain summer season concludes with Bard Festival String Quartet; guest artist, Xak Bjerken, piano (September 8).

For a complete summer schedule, special ticket prices, and to download a ticket order form www.musicmountain.org or call 860-824-7126. 

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