Lee to Host ChamberFest as Next Event in Concert Series. Lee University presents one of America’s most celebrated Clarinetists and an award winning String Quartet in concert on January 15 and 16. The two performances, called “ChamberFest,” will take place in Squires Recital Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 15, and The Chapel on Wednesday, Jan. 16. Both concerts will be at 7:30 p.m. ChamberFest features guest artists, David Shifrin, clarinet, and the Miró String Quartet, along with popular concert pianists and Lee faculty members, Gloria Chien and Ning An. In addition to the concerts, Shifrin and the Quartet will hold masterclasses, open to the public, on both days. On Tuesday, Jan. 15, Shifrin will hold a masterclass in The Chapel from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. while the Miro Quartet will hold its masterclass in the Squires Recital Hall, 2:30 -4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16. Shifrin, the Miro Quartet and Gloria Chien will also be performing on String Theory, the popular Chamber music series, on Thursday evening, January 17 in Chattanooga at the Hunter Museum of American Art. For ticket information, call The Hunter at 423-267-0968. Tickets for ChamberFest are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and will be available at the Dixon Center Box Office Jan. 8-15 from 3 – 6 p.m. or by calling 423-614-8343. For more information about the masterclasses, please call Lee’s School of Music at (423) 614-8243 or email email@example.com.
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Shifrin is one of only two wind instrument players to have been awarded
the Avery Fisher Prize since the award’s inception in 1974. He
collaborates often as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber
musician. Shifrin has appeared with numerous symphonies, performing
extensively across the nation. He continues to broaden the repertoire
for clarinet and orchestra by commissioning and championing the works of
20th and 21st century American composers. Shifrin served as
artistic director of the Chamber music Society of Yale and later, Yale’s
annual concert series at Carnegie Hall, as well as artistic director of
the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
The Miró Quartet, one of America’s highest-profile chamber groups, was
hailed by the New York Times as possessing “explosive vigor and
technical finesse.” In its second decade, the quartet continues to
captivate audiences and critics around the world with its startling
intensity, fresh perspective, and mature approach. They maintain
an active international touring schedule, while also teaching chamber
music as the faculty string quartet-in-residence at the Sarah and Ernest
Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin.
Classical Mystery Tour
On Jan. 22, Classical Mystery Tour will perform with the Lee University Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Robert Bernhardt at 7:30 p.m. in the Dixon Center.
The four musicians of Classical Mystery Tour look and sound like The Beatles. The full show presents 30 Beatles songs performed exactly as they were written. Audiences have heard "Penny Lane" with a live trumpet section, the rock/classical blend on the hard-edged "I Am the Walrus" and experienced the beauty of "Yesterday" with an acoustic guitar and string quartet.
Top Prize winner: Kapell, Queen Elizabeth, and Santander Competitions; international soloist and teacher
Pianist Ning An, is a rare pianist who has been hailed as a musician who “combines a flawless technique and mastery of the instrument with an expressive power that is fueled by profound and insightful understanding.” (New York Concert Review) His top prizes from the Queen Elizabeth, Cleveland, and William Kapell Piano Competitions led to performances from Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Salle Verdi (Milan), to the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. He has been invited to perform at numerous festivals, including the International Chopin Festival in Duszinski, Poland, the Gina Bachauer Piano Festival in Salt Lake City, New Hampshire's Monadnock Music Festival, the Bourglinster Festival in Luxembourg, and the Interlaken Music Festival in Switzerland. A passionate chamber musician as well as soloist, Mr. An has performed with groups such as the Ysaye, Daedalus, and Takacs Quartets as well as instrumentalists James Buswell, Paul Neubauer, Andres Diaz and Soovin Kim.Since making his orchestral debut at the age of 16 with the Cleveland Orchestra, Mr. An has been a featured soloist with orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, the Stuttgart Philarmonic, Tivoli Symphony Orchestra, the Belgian National Symphony, the Flemish Radio Symphony, the Beijing Symphony Orchestra and the Taipei Symphony Orchestra under the batons of conductors such as Vladimir Fedosseyev, Jorg-Peter Weigle, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, etc. Mr. An was also a featured soloist during the 100th Anniversary American Tour made by the Warsaw Philharmonic and Maestro Kazmierz Kord.Ning An has also been a top prize winner of the Paloma O’Shea Santander Competition, the Tivoli International Piano Competition, the Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition and the Alfred Cortot Prize winner of the International Chopin Piano Comeptition.Mr. An began his musical studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Olga Radosavljevich and Sergei Babayan. Subsquently, Mr. An continued his studies under the tutelage of Russell Sherman at the New England Conservatory of Music.A frequent guest lecturer himself, Mr. An has given masterclasses throughout the United States and Asia. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of Piano at Lee University, Tennessee. He is a Steinway Artist.http://www.ninganpiano.com/bio.html
Prize winner: World Piano and San Antonio Competitions; collaborative pianist, Chameleon Arts Boston, Music @ Menlo
Chien, an internationally acclaimed pianist and associate professor of
music at Lee, has been picked by the Boston Globe as one of the Superior
Pianists of the year, “… who appears to excel in everything.” She is a
prize winner of the World Piano Competition, Harvard Musical Association
Award, as well as the San Antonio International Piano Competition,
where she also received the prize for the Best Performance of the
Commissioned Work. An avid chamber musician, Chien was chosen to
join the roster of the Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center from
2012. She has been the resident pianist with the Chameleon Arts
Ensemble of Boston since 2000, a group known for its versatility and
commitment to new music. Boston Herald praises her for “[playing]
phenomenally.” In 2009, Chien was the founder and artistic director
behind String Theory.An, assistant professor of music at Lee, made
his concerto debut at the age of sixteen performing the Rachmaninov
Second Piano Concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra in 1993. He has since
appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic and
the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, among others.
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