Chamber music concert series kicks off its fourth season with a concert featuring Roberto Diaz and Jazimina Mcneil
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String Theory at Hunter Museum
David Shifrin
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CHATTANOOGA — The Hunter Museum of American Art and Lee University will present the fourth season of String Theory at the Hunter, a series of chamber music concerts created by artistic director Gloria Chien.

String Theory at the Hunter brings world-class chamber musicians to Chattanooga to perform in the Hunter Museum lobby.

This season’s schedule features six concerts.

In addition to world-class musicians and music, this season’s String Theory series also offers art connections and musical dialogues.

The 2012-13 String Theory Season opens Thursday with a concert featuring Roberto Diaz, president of the Curtis Institute of Music. He will be joined by mezzo-soprano Jazimina Macneil, the first singer to perform in a String Theory concert. The concert marks the Chattanooga debut for both artists.

The concert will feature works by Bloch and Brahms.

Art connections give String Theory attendees the opportunity to visit the Hunter Museum galleries at 5:30 p.m. prior to the concerts to hear Hunter chief curator Ellen Simak and Maestro Robert Bernhardt discussing works from the Hunter collection that relate to the music featured in the evening’s concert.

Art Connections are scheduled for the Oct. 4, Jan. 17 and the March 14 concerts.

Musical Dialogues, scheduled for the Dec. 13, Feb. 14 and April 11 concerts, take place at 6 p.m. from the concert stage and feature an in-depth conversation with Patrick Castillo, director of artistic planning of The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.


Thursday, Dec. 13 — Two rarely heard compositions are to be featured in the Dec. 13 concert — Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s “Suite for Two Violins, Cello and Piano Left Hand” and Leon Kirchner’s “Piano Trio No.2” share a lush, post-romantic lyricism and will make for a compelling performance.

Performances will be by violinists Sean Lee and Hye-Jin Kim, Rafael Popper-Keizer, cello, and Gloria Chien, piano.

Thursday, Jan. 17 — String Theory welcomes back David Shifrin, Wu Han and David Finckel, revered artists who are the past and present Artistic Directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

David Shifrin will be joined in the Jan. 17 concert by audience favorite, the Miro String Quartet, in a program that includes Brahms’s beloved Clarinet Quintet.

Thursday, Feb. 14 — Wu Han and David Finckel, along with Philip Setzer, violinist for the Emerson String Quartet, will perform Mendelssohn’s Trio in D Minor as well as Dvorak’s “Dumky” trio in the Feb. 14, 2013 concert.

Thursday, March 14 — Shmuel Ashkenasi is hailed as a “genuine talent and profoundly gifted” violinist. As first violinist of the Vermeer Quartet, he received five Grammy nominations. Don’t miss him in the March 14, 2013, concert.

Thursday, April 11 — The season finale will highlight 10 virtuoso musicians from The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the only full-time professional chamber orchestra in the U.S. This program will be tailored and curated by guest speaker, Patrick Castillo, senior director of artistic planning at The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

The Hunter Museum of American Art is located at 10 Bluff View in Chattanooga. The museum is open every day until 5 p.m., Thursdays until 8 p.m.

Season tickets are still available by calling the Hunter at 267- 0968.