Members of the Formosa Quartet (photo courtesy of Music Institute of Chicago).
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
Music Institute of Chicago to Close Nichols Hall 2019-2020 Season with Formosa Quartet
Concluding its 2019–20 season, Nichols Concert Hall at the Music Institute of Chicago will present the Formosa Quartet, winners of both the First Prize and Amadeus Prize at the London International String Quartet Competition, Saturday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston.
The first half of the program features Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 132. After intermission, the quartet will switch gears for their signature “Formosa Quartet Set,” selections from their exclusive collection of pop, folk, jazz and poetry arrangements. Works include a sampling of their newest commission, Clancy Newman’s Pop-Popped: #1 Songs from Around the World, in which Newman translates pop songs from Mexico, Turkey, Nigeria, Ukraine, the U.S. and Taiwan into fun “quartet-speak.” The set also includes a musical salute to jazz bassist Neils-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, as well as poetry inspired by a French grammar book.
The Formosa Quartet—violinist Jasmine Lin (a Music Institute faculty member), violinist Wayne Lee, violist Che-Yen Che, and cellist Deborah Pae—has given critically acclaimed performances at the Library of Congress, the Da Camera Society of Los Angeles, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center the National Concert Hall in Taipei, and more. Based in Chicago and Los Angeles, the ensemble is deeply committed to exploring new mediums for string quartet, while retaining its founders’ mission of championing Taiwanese music and promoting the arts in Taiwan. The Formosa Quartet has played a leading role in actively commissioning new works, contributing significantly to the modern string quartet repertory.
The Formosa Quartet performs Saturday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m.at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston. Admission is $50 for VIP seating, $25 for advance purchase, and $30 at the door. Tickets are available at musicinst.org/nch or by calling 847.448.8326. All programming is subject to change.