Verona String Quartet and pianist Daniel Hsu to perform April 23

Discipline in digression may sound counterintuitive, but it’s certainly audible in the driving energy of the Verona String Quartet and the poetic exploration of pianist Daniel Hsu—statement-making musicians who follow expression and emotion wherever they lead.

Convocations proudly presents these 2015 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition winners for an evening that unites them for César Franck’s Quintette in F Minor—an urgent work with one emotional height after another. Formed at Indiana University in 2013, the Verona String Quartet has become one of chamber music’s most compelling young acts with “sensational, powerhouse performance” (Classical Voice America). Currently the Graduate Resident String Quartet at the Juilliard School, Verona made its Lincoln Center debut in May 2016, has appeared on National Public Radio, and performed on four continents. This summer, Verona joins the faculty of the Indiana University Summer String Academy as Quartet-in-Residence.

On the program, the quartet also will perform one of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Russian-tinged “Razumovsky” quartets. Hsu is a fast-rising 18-year-old pianist who “(peers) into corners … with his bright, large sound” (Philadelphia Inquirer). Named a 2016 Gilmore Young Artist, Hsu also earned first prize at the San Francisco Chopin Competition and has soloed with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra.

A San Francisco Bay Area native, Hsu studies at Philadelphia’s prestigious Curtis Institute of Music. Hsu will also perform Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 31, heralded for rendering counterpoint and fugue foundational to a composition’s drama. Don’t miss a chamber-music journey as organic and thoughtful as it is fearless.

PROGRAM

Jonathan Ong, violin
Dorothy Ro, violin
Abigail Rojansky, viola
Warren Hagerty, cello
Daniel Hsu, piano

Beethoven: Sonata in A-flat Major, No. 31, op. 110
Daniel Hsu

Beethoven: String Quartet in F Major, No. 59, Opus 1 “Razumovsky”
Verona Quartet

César Franck: Quintette in F minor
Verona Quartet + Daniel Hsu

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Verona String Quartet + Daniel Hsu, piano

 

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