Soka Performing Arts Center Presents Alexander String Quartet with Joyce Yang

Soka Performing Arts Center Presents Alexander String Quartet with Joyce Yang

Soka Performing Arts Center presents the Alexander String Quartet with pianist Joyce Yang on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 3 PM. The program will include Samuel Adams' "Quintet with Pillars," commissioned by Soka University, Arizona Friends Chamber of Music, University California Davis, and San Francisco Performances, as well as works by Schumann and Brahms.

Performing all over the world for more than three decades, the Alexander String Quartet is an important advocate of new music. In the tradition of esteemed collaborations, Van Cliburn International Piano Competition medalist Joyce Yang joins the quartet for this very special concert. Yang is a Grammy Award-nominated recording artist blessed with "poetic and sensitive pianism." (Washington Post)

Tickets are $50 and are now available online at, at the Box Office at 1 University Drive in Aliso Viejo or by calling (949) 480-4ART (4287).

About the Alexander String Quartet (ASQ)

The Alexander String Quartet was formed in New York City in 1981 and captured international attention as the first American quartet to win the London International String Quartet Competition in 1985. The quartet has received honorary degrees from Allegheny College and Saint Lawrence University, and Presidential medals from Baruch College in New York.

With Zakarias Grafilo and Frederick Lifsitz on violin, Paul Yarbrough on viola, and Sandy Wilso on cello, the Alexander String Quartet has performed in the major music capitals of five continents, securing its standing among the world's premier ensembles. Widely admired for its interpretations of Beethoven, Mozart, and Shostakovich, the quartet has achieved international acclaim. In addition to its overseas appearances, the quartet has also performed in the United States at prestigious institutions including the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the Library of Congress.

About Joyce Yang

Blessed with "poetic and sensitive pianism" (Washington Post) and a "wondrous sense of color" (San Francisco Classical Voice), pianist Joyce Yang captivates audiences with her virtuosity, lyricism, and interpretive sensitivity. As a Van Cliburn International Piano Competition silver medalist, Yang showcases her colorful musical personality in solo recitals and collaborations with the world's top orchestras and chamber musicians. In 2017, Yang received her first Grammy nomination for her recordings of Franck, Kurtag, Previn & Schumann, and solidified her status as a global talent.

Now is in its eighth season of presenting the best of live performances on its extraordinary stage, Soka Performing Arts Center, located on the campus of Soka University of America in Aliso Viejo, California, is under the new leadership of General Manager Renee Bodie. The 1,000-seat concert hall features world-class acoustics designed by Yasuhisa Toyota, acoustic designer of noted performance venues like Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Designed to truly reflect the university's commitment to sustainability, the concert hall and adjacent Maathai Hall (featuring a black box theatre and dance studio) have been built to Gold LEED standards and feature vegetated green roofs. Photo voltaic cells on the Soka Performing Arts Center roof generate approximately 15% of the facility's electrical needs.

Soka University of America is a private, non-profit, four-year liberal arts college and graduate program. The campus is ranked in the Top 25 National Liberal Arts Colleges in U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges 2019." The university is open to top students of all nationalities and beliefs and was founded upon the Buddhist principles of peace, human rights, and the sanctity of life. For more information, please visit



Sunday, April 28 at 3PM

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SCHUMANN Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44

SAMUEL ADAMS "Quintet with Pillars"

Commissioned by Soka University, Arizona Friends Chamber of Music, University California Davis, and San Francisco Performances

BRAHMS Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34

TICKETS $50/$40 students, seniors, and active military families

In Person: Soka Performing Arts Center Box Office, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656


Phone: 949.480.4ART (4278)

All information is accurate at the time of printing but is subject to change.

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