String Theory at the Hunter Season to Open Thursday

Sunday, September 30, 2012

String Theory Begins for 2012

The fourth season of String Theory at the Hunter opens Oct. 4 with the Chattanooga debut of two major chamber music artists, violist Robert Diaz and mezzo-soprano Jazimina MacNeil.

String Theory at the Hunter is a chamber music series presented by the Hunter Museum of American Art and Lee University and created by Artistic Director Gloria Chien.

This season's String Theory season begins on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the galleries of the Hunter Museum as Chief Curator Ellen Simak and Maestro Robert Bernhardt discuss works from the Hunter collection that relate to the evening's featured music.

Diaz and MacNeil make their Chattanooga debut in a concert that also features pianist Chien. Diaz will be joined by MacNeil, the first vocalist to be featured in a String Theory concert, which will feature works by Bloch and Brahms.

A violist of international reputation, Roberto Díaz serves as President and CEO of the Curtis Institute of Music (CIM). As a professor of viola at Curtis and former principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Díaz has had a significant impact on American musical life and continues to do so in his dual roles as performer and educator. He has performed with the National Symphony, Boston Pops, New World Symphony, Netherlands Philharmonic, Gulbenkian Orchestra, and the Orquesta Simón Bolivar, among many others.

Mezzo-Soprano Jazimina MacNeil has sung the roles of Siebel in Faust, Carolina in Hans Werner Henze's Elegy for Young Lovers, Carmen in Peter Brook's adaptation Le Tragedie de Carmen, and Charmian in Barber's Antony and Cleopatra, among others, and was the alto soloist in Mozart's Requiem, all at the CIM.  She also performed in the West Coast premiere of John Musto's song cycle The Book of Uncommon Prayer at Songfest in Malibu, Calif. in 2008, and studied the poetry and performance of German Lied at the Franz Schubert Institut in Baden Bei Wein, Austria.

Pianist Gloria Chien has emerged in recent years as one of America's finest young chamber musicians. Her spectacular gifts of musicianship lend themselves to the art of collaboration.  Chien has been praised by the Strad for "super performances…accompanied with great character." She has participated in festivals such as Music Academy of the West, Verbier Music Festival, Bay Chamber Concerts, and Chamber Music Northwest. Chien has also participated for six years at Music@Menlo, where she was appointed Director of the Chamber Music Institute in 2011.

Season tickets are available by calling the Hunter at 423.267.0968. To learn more or to purchase individual concert tickets visit Concert tickets are $25 for Hunter Museum members, String Theory donors; $10 for students with valid ID; Non-Member Price: $35.