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Grammy-Winning Ying Quartet Performs at DePauw November 16

November 9, 2009

Ying Quartet 3.jpgNovember 9, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — The Grammy Award-winning Ying Quartet willl perform at DePauw University next Monday, November 16. Presented by the DePauw School of Music and DePauw's Performing Arts Series, the program will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Thompson Recital Hall of the Green Center for the Performing Arts. The program, which is presented free of admission charge, will feature works by Ludwig van Beethoven and Sebastian Currier.

The Ying Quartet will also present a convocation and artist talk-back on Tuesday, November 17, at 11:30 a.m. in Thompson Recital Hall, which is also open to the public.

The Ying Quartet occupies a position of unique prominence in the classical music world, combining brilliantly communicative performances with a fearlessly imaginative view of chamber music in today's world. Now in its second decade as a quartet, the Quartet has established itself as an ensemble of the Ying Quartet CD_.jpghighest musical qualifications in its tours across the United States and abroad. Their performances regularly take place in many of the world's most important concert halls, from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House. At the same time, the Quartet's belief that concert music can also be a meaningful part of everyday life has also drawn the foursome to perform in settings as diverse as the workplace, schools, juvenile prisons, and the White House.

Their 2007 Telarc release of the three Tchaikovsky Quartets and the "Souvenir de Florence" (with James Dunham and Paul Katz) was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Chamber Music Performance category. The Quartet won a Grammy in 2005 for their much-heralded collaboration with the Turtle Island Quartet, Four + 4, which explored the common ground between the classic string quartet tradition and jazz and other American vernacular styles. Dim Sum (Telarc) is the Ying's most recent recording, featuring music by Chinese-American composers that merges the Western string quartet with the aural world of traditional Chinese music. The QuartetYing-Quartet-2.jpg has also documented its noteworthy LifeMusic commissioning project in its recorded work. Released by Quartz, The Ying Quartet play LifeMusic was named Editor's Choice by Gramophone magazine and is the first in a continuing series.

In addition to appearing in conventional concert situations, the Ying Quartet is also known for its diverse and unusual performance projects. For several years the Quartet presented a series called "No Boundaries" at Symphony Space in New York City that sought to re-imagine the concert experience. Collaborations with actors, dancers, electronics, a host of non-classical musicians, a magician and even a Chinese noodle chef gave new and thoughtful context to a wide variety of both traditional and contemporary string quartet music.

The Ying Quartet's ongoing LifeMusic commissioning project, created in response to their commitment to expanding the rich string quartet repertoire, has already achieved an impressive history. Supported by the Institute for American Music, the Yings commission both established and emerging composers to create music that reflects contemporary American life. Michael Torke, Kevin Puts, Paquito D'Rivera, Paul Moravec, Lowell Liebermann, Bernard Rands, Pierre Jalbert, Sebastian Green Center Dusk.jpgCurrier, and Carter Pann are only some of the renowned composers and musicians who have written for LifeMusic.

The Ying Quartet first came to professional prominence in the early 1990s during their years as resident quartet of Jesup, Iowa, a farm town of 2000 people. Playing before audiences of six to six hundred in homes, schools, churches, and banks, the Quartet had its first opportunities to enable music and creative endeavor to become an integral part of community life. The residency, supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, was widely chronicled in the national media. The Ying Quartet is the quartet-in-residence at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester.

Learn more at the DePauw University School of Music online.

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