Music Mountain to Welcome Shanghai String Quartet, 8/30-31
Music Mountain, America's oldest continuing summer chamber music festival, continues its 85th Anniversary Season with the Shanghai String Quartet. On Saturday, August 30 (6:30PM) the quartet performs Beethoven and Verdi and return on Sunday, August 31 (3PM) for Music Mountain's End of Season Benefit Concert & Reception with guest Haochen Zhang, piano. Each season, Music Mountain hosts two benefit concerts that enormously support the upcoming season. These invaluable weekends allow Music Mountain the ability to bring the highest quality quartets to play at Gordon Hall each summer. This season chamber, jazz, and country concerts continue thru September 14.
Saturday evening welcomes the Shanghai String Quartet performing Beethoven: String Quartet in A Major, Opus 18 #5; Verdi: String Quartet in E Minor; and Beethoven: String Quartet in F Major, Opus 18 #1.
Sunday, August 31 marks the End of Summer Benefit Concert & Reception featuring the Shanghai String Quartet with guest artist Haochen Zhang, Piano. The afternoon's program will highlight the young pianist as he treats Music Mountain patrons to his favorite pieces. The quartet will perform Beethoven: String Quartet in F Major, Opus 135 and Brahms: Piano Quartet in G Minor, Opus 25.
Renowned for its passionate musicality and impressive technique, the Shanghai String Quartet has become one of the world's foremost chamber ensembles. Formed at the Shanghai Conservatory in 1983, the Shanghai Quartet has worked with the world's most distinguished artists and regularly tours the major music centers of Europe, North America and Asia, from the Beijing International Music Festival to Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. The Shanghai Quartet currently serves as Quartet-in-Residence at Montclair State University and Ensemble-in-Residence with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.
Haochen Zhang has captivated audiences in the United States, Europe, and Asia with a unique combination of deep musical sensitivity, fearless imagination, and spectacular virtuosity. International tours have taken him to cities including Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Berlin, Paris, and Rome, among others. A passionate and insightful programmer, Mr. Zhang continues to cultivate his reputation through major performances and debuts every year. In June 2014 Haochen will tour China as soloist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Robertson.
Music Mountain is located in Falls Village, Connecticut on Music Mountain Road, where a short scenic drive will bring you to Gordon Hall atop Music Mountain. Free parking and picnic facilities are available. Food, wine & beer are also available for purchase.
Upcoming quartets scheduled to perform include Dover String Quartet with Roberto Diaz, Viola (September 7); Cassatt String Quartet with Ursula Oppens, Piano (September 14).
The Saturday Evening Twilight Series will continue with Michael Berkeley Presents A Musical Revue: "No Tune Like A Show Tune" (September 6); Tater Patch (September 13).
Tickets for the End of Season Benefit Concert & Reception on Sunday, August 31 are $75. Ticket price includes one voucher for a regularly priced 2014 or 2015 Music Mountain concert. Chamber Music Concerts are $35 at the door/$30 in advance. Twilight Series Concerts are $30 at the door/$27 in advance. Children ages 5-18 are admitted FREE for ALL CONCERTS when accompanied by a ticket holder (Music Mountain gratefully acknowledges children admission support by the Hellen Plummer Foundation for a gift in memory of James Merrill, Connecticut's first Poet Laureate). Saturday Twilight Concerts are at 6:30pm. Sunday afternoon Chamber Music concerts are at 3pm. Group rates and pre season ticket vouchers are available. Discounts apply through participating organizations. For a complete summer schedule, special ticket prices, and to download a ticket order form visit www.musicmountain.org or call 860-824-7126.
Photo Credit: Benjamin Ealovega