Chamber Strings To Present ‘A Wild Ride’

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Lee University Chamber Strings will present its fall performance, “A Wild Ride of a Unique Musical Journey,” on Friday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. The performance will take place in Pangle Hall, along with being livestreamed for virtual attendance.

“The Lee University Chamber Strings is a dynamic group of students with a fun spirit,” said Xiaoqing Yu, ensemble director. “Their dedication to music, engaging persona, enthusiastic stage presence, and wild music selections will charm everyone’s pandemic lifestyle and make life a bit more entertaining.”

The concert will begin with “The Music Man” by Meredith Willson, arranged by John Wasson, before continuing with a glimpse into the legacy of Ludwig van Beethoven with the piano sonata “Moonlight,” performed by ensemble member Matthew Zaluvsky, and a chamber strings performance of “March Petite” from Beethoven’s eighth symphony.

Other Chamber Strings soloists include Cecilia Fornuto as the soprano for Ennio Morricone’s “Once Upon A Time in the West,” and Dolan Sipes on the glockenspiel with three percussion members for Leroy Anderson’s “Typewriter.” Another addition to the unique musical journey is an arrangement by ensemble member Noah Constance of “Toxic” by Brittany Spears.

The evening will conclude with “La Cascara” by Jeremy Woolstenhulme for strings and percussion.

“We welcome all for a pleasurable evening of a wild range of music filled with beauty and memory,” said Yu.

Chamber Strings is a dynamic ensemble comprising the institution’s finest violinists, violists, cellists, and bassists providing innovative programming for venues on and off campus.

Yu joined Lee in 2004 and currently serves as associate professor of music teaching violin and chamber music. He has performed with world-renowned performers such as Emmanuel Ax, Itzhak Perlman, Isaac Stern, and Maxim Vengerov. He previously served as principal second violinist of the American Chamber Orchestra, performing throughout Europe.

Yu served 24 years as concertmaster of the Greenville Symphony and 23 seasons with Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra. After resigning from both orchestras in 2017, Yu joined The Lee Trio, a faculty piano trio.

The concert is free, but due to COVID-19 capacity regulations, seating is limited and tickets are required. Tickets can be obtained at Showclix.

Masks and temperature screenings will be required for all attendees, according to CDC guidelines.

Pangle Hall is located on the corner of Church Street and Central Avenue.

The concert will also be available for livestream viewing.

For more information about the event, contact the School of Music at (423) 614-8240.

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