String Theory at the Hunter Announces Concert Lineup for 15th Season  

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String Theory at the Hunter, in partnership with Lee University, will begin its 15th concert season this fall, featuring some of the world’s most skilled and sought-after musicians.  

String Theory is a chamber music series that brings artists from around the world to perform at the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The 2023-24 season, beginning in October, will feature six world-class concerts with 17 total musicians.  

Dr. Gloria Chien

“It would be difficult for me to imagine 15 years ago that a simple idea of ‘bringing great friends together to make great music’ would blossom into a much-cherished series that is thriving 15 years later,” said Dr. Gloria Chien, String Theory founder and artistic director. “This beautiful idea is still at the core of String Theory as we continue to bring marvelous friends from around the world to share unforgettable musical evenings together.”  

The season will open with the October 10 concert, featuring Edward Arron, cello; Chien, piano; Nicholas Cords, viola; Helen Kim, violin; Arnaud Sussmann, violin; and Tom Van Dyck, bass. The group of artists will come together to perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 and Schubert’s The Trout.  

On November 14, String Theory veteran Zlatomir Fung, cello, and Chien will collaborate to perform some of the most evocative works for cello and piano. Featured works will include Sibelius’s Malinconia and Rachmaninoff’s Cello Sonata.  

The first concert of 2024 will take place on January 23 and will welcome the Goldmund Quartet for their String Theory debut, featuring members Pinchas Adt, violin; Raphael Paratore, cello; Florian Schötz, violin; and Christoph Vandory, viola. The group will perform its interpretations of classical pieces, including works by Beethoven and Schumann.  

February 13 brings the Valentine Concert, a presentation of lush and romantic pieces performed by the Romantic Piano Quartet, featuring Nicholas Canellakis, cello; Chien; Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola; and Sussmann.  

For the March 26 concert, Chien will join Fleur Barron, mezzo-soprano, and Anthony McGill, clarinet, to perform a specially arranged repertoire for their unique combination of talents, including Brahms’ Zwei Gesänge, Op.91, and Kian Ravaei’s Gulistan (Flower Garden).  

The season will conclude on May 7 with veterans of the String Theory stage and chamber music trailblazers, duo David Finckel, cello, and Wu Han, piano. The two artists will perform Mendelssohn’s Sonata No. 2 and Grieg’s Sonata for Cello and Piano.  

All concerts will begin at 6:30 p.m. Prior to each performance, except the March 26 event, String Theory will host “Pregame with Bob,” a discussion with Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Music Director Emeritus Bob Bernhardt. He will dive into the evening’s program for an in-depth look at the featured composers and works, occasionally featuring an interview with the artists themselves.  

Tickets are available now. Individual concert tickets are $45 for non-members, $35 for Hunter members, and $10 for students and music teachers with ID. Individual tickets can be purchased up until the day of the concert. Season subscriptions are $250 for non-members, $200 for Hunter members, and $60 for students and music teachers. Season subscriptions can be purchased up until the October 10 concert.  

To purchase tickets, or for more information, please visit, contact [email protected], or call 423.414.2525.  

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