String Theory will begin the spring portion of its 2011-12 season Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hunter Museum of American Art.
String Theory at the Hunter is a chamber music series in its third season of providing an innovative artistic experience for the Chattanooga community. It is produced through a partnership of the Hunter Museum of American Art and Lee University.
The performance on Jan. 19 will blend the talents of legendary violinist Jaime Laredo with Sharon Robinson, cello; Gloria Chien, piano; and will also include Patrick Castillo as a guest speaker.
Musical selections for the evening will include Stravinsky, Debussy and Chopin, as well as the Southern premier of “Inventions on a Marriage” by Grammy-winning composer Richard Danielpour. The concert is co-commissioned by String Theory with a generous gift from Sherry Keller Brown in memory of Dorothy Barckman Keller.
On Thursday, Feb. 9, Rob Kapilow will headline the evening with his innovative classical music program, “What Makes It Great?” He will be joined by violinist Bella Hristova and Chien to perform Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” Sonata.
The Miro String Quartet will join Chien on Thursday, March 8, with musical selections from works by Haydn and Elgar.
The final String Theory concert will take place on Thursday, April 19. The prestigious lineup of performers will include Erin Keefe, violin; Meg Freivogel, violin; Kristopher Tong, violin; Sean Lee, violin/violia; Maiya Papach, viola; Daniel McDonough, cello; Raman Ramakrishnan, cello; and Patrick Castillo as a guest speaker. Musical selections will include works by Shostakovich, Dvorak, and Mendelssohn.
Performances on Jan. 19, March 8, and April 19 will begin at 6:30 p.m., featuring a pre-concert conversation with the artists at 6 p.m. in the Hunter lobby. The concert on Feb. 9 will begin at 6 p.m. with no pre-concert conversation.
String Theory at the Hunter was founded in 2009 by Chien, who serves as the artistic director. She is an internationally acclaimed pianist and an associate professor of music at Lee University.
Individual concert tickets are $20 per concert for donors and Hunter members, $25 per concert for nonmembers, and $10 for students with a valid student ID. Season tickets for members and donors are $120 each and $150 each for nonmembers.