Concerts

Ypsilanti, MI: The Formosa Quartet Residency at Eastern Michigan University
Feb
12
to Feb 16

Ypsilanti, MI: The Formosa Quartet Residency at Eastern Michigan University

  • Eastern Michigan University, School of Music and Dance (map)
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The Formosa Quartet is hosted by Eastern Michigan University for a week-long chamber music residency including a series of masterclasses, open rehearsals, and workshops on performance, community engagement, and career development.  

The week will culminate with two concerts, a performance with Dr. Mary Schneider and EMU Winds Symphony of Joel Puckett's Concerto for String Quartet and Wind Symphony, Short Stories, and a special all-Formosa concert presented by Eastern Michigan University's Honors College.

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Waterloo, ON: NYO Canada
Jun
19
to Jul 3

Waterloo, ON: NYO Canada

Formosa Quartet returns to NYO Canada, Canada's premiere chamber music and orchestral training program, as faculty ensemble-in-residence for their fourth summer! They will lead masterclasses, intensive chamber music coachings, and performances.

For more info, please visit NYOC.

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Chicago, IL: Formosa Records New Album "From Hungary to Taiwan"
Oct
16
to Oct 20

Chicago, IL: Formosa Records New Album "From Hungary to Taiwan"

Formosa Quartet records their highly anticipated album, Song Recollections, which features Hungarian and Taiwanese folk-music-inspired works by Bartók and Lei Liang, alongside more elemental renditions of folk tunes that inspired them, by Dana Wilson and Wei-Chieh Lin. To learn more, please click event title.

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Piedmont, CA: PCMF's Sunday concert
Aug
6
3:00 PM15:00

Piedmont, CA: PCMF's Sunday concert

PCMF's closing concert spans over two hundred years and traverses the globe. We begin in Vienna in 1816 with one of Schubert's most irrepressibly buoyant works. Almost a century later, Ravel's ethereal and kaleidoscopic Introduction and Allegro showcases what was then the newly invented double-action pedal harp. A new piece from Wei-Chieh Lin (PCMF co-director Wayne Lee's Juilliard roommate and one of today's foremost Taiwanese-American composers) is inspired by Taiwanese folk songs. To cap off the season, let your hair down for Thierry Pélicant's seductive, Argentinean-inspired Milonga, featuring seven of our eight musicians. It's guaranteed to raise the roof!

Schubert: Rondo in B minor, D. 895
     Wayne Lee, violin
     Juliana Han, piano


Ravel: Introduction and Allegro
     Julie Smith Phillips, harp
     Joshua Smith, flute
     Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet
     Formosa Quartet


INTERMISSION

Wei-Chieh Lin: New Work (commissioned by the Formosa Quartet)
     Formosa Quartet

Thierry Pélicant: Milonga
     Joshua Smith, flute
     Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet
     Formosa Quartet
     Juliana Han, piano

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Piedmont, CA: PCMF's Friday Concert
Aug
4
7:30 PM19:30

Piedmont, CA: PCMF's Friday Concert

The first half of this program features two trios of very different styles and instrumentation — and there's not a violinist to be found! To close, the Formosa Quartet and PCMF co-director Juliana Han team up for the first time for Dvorak's famous Piano Quintet, one of the best-loved pieces of Romantic chamber music.

Beethoven: Trio in B-flat major, Op. 11
     Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet
     Deborah Pae, cello
     Juliana Han, piano


Debussy: Trio for flute, viola, and harp
     Joshua Smith, flute
     Che-Yen Chen, viola
     Julie Smith Phillips, harp


INTERMISSION

Dvorak: Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81
     Formosa Quartet
     Juliana Han, piano

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Piedmont, CA: PCMF's Wednesday Concert
Aug
2
7:30 PM19:30

Piedmont, CA: PCMF's Wednesday Concert

The opening concert of PCMF's 2017 season begins with Mozart's effervescent and joyful Flute and Harp Concerto — music for a celebration as only Mozart could have written. The Brahms Clarinet Sonata in E-flat turns inward to plumb emotional depths, from turbulent passion to soaring romanticism. The program ends with one of the Formosa Quartet's best-loved pieces, arranged by none other than first violinist Jasmine Lin. Her take on well-loved Grappelli jazz tunes brings quartet playing to an entirely raucous, riotous, and rousing level.

Mozart: Flute and Harp Concerto in C major, K. 299
     Joshua Smith, flute
     Julie Smith Phillips, harp
     Formosa Quartet


Brahms: Clarinet Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 120 No. 1
     Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet
     Juliana Han, piano


INTERMISSION

Four Grappelli Jazz Tunes arranged by Jasmine Lin
     Formosa Quartet

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Chicago, IL: Chicago Chamber Musicians / First Monday Concerts
Apr
3
12:15 PM12:15

Chicago, IL: Chicago Chamber Musicians / First Monday Concerts

  • Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center (map)
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The Chicago Chamber Musicians began performing the FREE First Monday concerts in 1986. CCM's first regular concert series has been pleasing audiences in person at the Chicago Cultural Center and live on WFMT with programs of chamber music from Baroque to modern day favorites.

All concerts at 12:15pm at Preston Bradley Hall in the Chicago Cultural Center and broadcast live on WFMT 98.7FM

Join Formosa Quartet at the concert hall or on the sound waves for this special broadcast. They will perform dynamic works by Bartok and Stéphane Grappelli.

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Middlebury, VT: Capital City Concerts
Mar
12
4:00 PM16:00

Middlebury, VT: Capital City Concerts

  • Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Church (map)
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The Formosa Quartet will be joined by flutist Karen Kevra and pianist Paul Orgel in music inspired by the night, featuring György Ligeti's spell-binding String Quartet #1 Métamorphoses Nocturnes and Schubert's deeply-touching Notturno in E flat major, D 897, as well as works by Couperin, Benjamin Britten, and Chopin.

György Ligeti, String Quartet #1 Métamorphoses Nocturnes
François Couperin, Le Rossignol en Amour for flute and piano
Benjamin Britten, Nocturne for solo piano
Frédéric Chopin Nocturne in F-sharp, Op. 15, No. 2
Franz Schubert, Notturno in E flat major, D 897
Arr. Wei-Chieh Lin, Rain Night Flower 

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Montpelier, VT: Capital City Concerts
Mar
11
7:30 PM19:30

Montpelier, VT: Capital City Concerts

The Formosa Quartet will be joined by flutist Karen Kevra and pianist Paul Orgel in music inspired by the night, featuring György Ligeti's spell-binding String Quartet #1 Métamorphoses Nocturnes and Schubert's deeply-touching Notturno in E flat major, D 897, as well as works by Couperin, Benjamin Britten, and Chopin.

György Ligeti, String Quartet #1 Métamorphoses Nocturnes
François Couperin, Le Rossignol en Amour for flute and piano
Benjamin Britten, Nocturne for solo piano
Frédéric Chopin Nocturne in F-sharp, Op. 15, No. 2
Franz Schubert, Notturno in E flat major, D 897
Arr. Wei-Chieh Lin, Rain Night Flower 

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Los Angeles, CA: UCLA
Oct
30
4:00 PM16:00

Los Angeles, CA: UCLA

  • UCLA, Jan Popper Theater, Schoenberg Hall (map)
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Formosa performs a unique program of works by longtime friend and composer Shih-Hui Chen at UCLA's Jan Popper Theater. 

Program includes:

Traditional Nanguan: Plum Blossoms, section I
Chen: Fantasia on the Theme of Plum Blossom for String Quartet (2007)
- Intermission - 
Chen: A Plea to Lady Chang’e for Nanguan pipa and String Quartet (2013)
Traditional Nanguan Opera: Withholding the Umbrella Nanguan Opera Excerpt
Traditional Nanguan: Plum Blossoms, section II to V

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Houston, TX: Rice University
Oct
22
2:00 PM14:00

Houston, TX: Rice University

Join Formosa Quartet for a unique program of traditional Nanguan music and pieces by Shih-Hui Chen, Ching-Yu Hsiau, and Ling-Huei Tsai.

Traditional Nanguan: Plum Blossoms, Section I
Shih-Shui Chen: A Plea to Lady Chang’e (2014)
Ching-Yu Hsiau: Voice Beyond the Strings (premiere)
Ling-Huei Tsai: Concerto for Foot-Pressed Drums (2010)
Traditional Nanguan: Plum Blossoms, Section II to V

Formosa Quartet
Nanguan Players

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