Concerts

Asia Tour
May
23
to Jun 2

Asia Tour

Formosa Quartet tours Asia with their exciting program, "Certain Rhythms", offering a blend of unique sounds, fun diversions, and popular standards to audiences, fans, and friends in Taiwan and China.

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Piedmont, CA: Piedmont Chamber Music Festival
Jul
22
to Jul 28

Piedmont, CA: Piedmont Chamber Music Festival

  • Piedmont Center for the Arts (map)
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This summer, PCMF presents a festival that explores the making of a classic, in all senses of the word. Breaking the boundaries of the classical music tradition, our programs explore music ranging from the Classical period, to non-Western traditions, to contemporary popular music. Come hear internationally-recognized chamber musicians with the charisma and show-stopping virtuosity to bring this exploration to life on stage!

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Piedmont, CA: Piedmont Chamber Music Festival — Classical
Jul
24
7:30 PM19:30

Piedmont, CA: Piedmont Chamber Music Festival — Classical

We think of Mozart as “Mister Classical,” the composer who embodies the balance, poise, and grace of the Classical period. But we also know about his impish, irreverent side, which provided the magic for his works. On PCMF 2019’s opening concert, we couple Mozart’s radiant Grande Sestetto Concertante with Francis Poulenc’s neo-classical Violin Sonata, as well as Behzad Ranjbaran’s poetic Shiraz, a piece inspired by classical Persian culture, for a classical journey that will expand and challenge what you know about classical music.

Francis Poulenc: Violin Sonata
Charles Yang, violin
Juliana Han, piano

Behzad Ranjbaran: Shiraz
Charles Yang, violin
Clancy Newman, cello
Juliana Han, piano

INTERMISSION

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Grande Sestetto Concertante in E-flat major, K. 364, arranged for string sextet
Formosa Quartet
Nicholas Cords, viola
Clancy Newman, cello

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Piedmont, CA: Piedmont Chamber Music Festival — Not Classical
Jul
26
7:30 PM19:30

Piedmont, CA: Piedmont Chamber Music Festival — Not Classical

What we think of today as “classical music” is a tradition that originated in Western Europe, but later practitioners drew inspiration from outside of that cultural sphere. This concert highlights some of those influences, whether they are the flash of Mongolian horse hooves in Lei Liang’s Gobi Gloria, or the distinctly Andalusian sounds of Joaquín Turina’s lush Piano Quartet. The second half of the program presents gems in the Western tradition from outside the Classical period. Orlando Gibbons’s beautiful madrigals are exemplars of Renaissance polyphony, and 250 years later, we meet Brahms in the Romantic period, where he is labeled a conservative for holding fast to classical principles while his contemporaries sought to break down traditions in form and harmony.

Lei Liang: Gobi Gloria
Formosa Quartet

Joaquin Turina: Piano Quartet in A minor, Op. 67
Charles Yang, violin
Nicholas Cords, viola
Clancy Newman, cello
Juliana Han, piano


INTERMISSION

Orlando Gibbons: Madrigals
Formosa Quartet
Nicholas Cords, viola

Johannes Brahms: String Quintet in G major, Op. 111
Formosa Quartet
Nicholas Cords, viola

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Piedmont, CA: Piedmont Chamber Music Festival — Pop
Jul
28
4:00 PM16:00

Piedmont, CA: Piedmont Chamber Music Festival — Pop

For PCMF 2019’s closing concert, the one-of-a-kind talents for which our guest artists are known are on full display, while our program cheekily explores the meanings of “pop” music. The concert begins with a string quartet from the “pop” of the genre, Joseph Haydn, who first elevated the instrumentation into the refined art form we now know and love. Hindemith’s emotionally soaring Viola Sonata is among the most popular works for viola and piano, and rightfully so. As a fitting conclusion, cellist Clancy Newman and violinist Charles Yang present the unique ways they have found as individuals to combine their classical training and popular mainstream influences, and the festival ends with a bang as Paul Schoenfield’s Cafe Music throws every popular music tradition, including jazz and klezmer, into the kitchen sink — with rousing results.

Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 76 No. 6
Formosa Quartet

Paul Hindemith: Viola Sonata, Op. 11 No. 4
Nicholas Cords, viola
Juliana Han, piano


INTERMISSION

Pop-Unpopped
and other selections
Clancy Newman, cello
Charles Yang, violin


Paul Schoenfield: Cafe Music
Charles Yang, violin
Clancy Newman, cello
Juliana Han, piano

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Los Angeles, CA: Cello Masterclass with Deborah Pae
Apr
17
3:00 PM15:00

Los Angeles, CA: Cello Masterclass with Deborah Pae

Deborah Pae, cellist with the award-winning Formosa Quartet, will join students and faculty for a special masterclass. Pae captivates audiences with her “superb tone” and “high level of interpretative intelligence." She will discuss and demonstrates ways to achieve heightened nuances in timbre and expressiveness through her experiences as both an ensemble member and an acclaimed soloist.

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Berlin, Germany: Philharmonie Berlin
Oct
21
8:00 PM20:00

Berlin, Germany: Philharmonie Berlin

  • Philharmonie Berlin, Kammermusiksaal (map)
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Angular tritones and rhythms of Hungarian and Taiwanese folk music may well blend with the uniquely angular, tent-like contours of the Philharmonie Berlin Kammermusiksaal on this culminating concert of our German tour.

Wei-Chieh Lin: Fünf taiwanische Volkslieder
Béla Bartók: Streichquartett Nr. 4 C-Dur Sz 91
Lei Liang: Nachhall von Liedern
Dana Wilson: Suite Ungarischer Volkslieder

For tickets, please click HERE.

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Bremen, Germany: Die Glocke Bremen
Oct
20
7:30 PM19:30

Bremen, Germany: Die Glocke Bremen

We'll be thrilled to count among "musicians in Bremen" this evening at the Kleiner Saal at Die Glocke Bremen, with Cheyen the donkey, Wayne the dog, Debbie the cat, Jasmine the rooster. 

Wei-Chieh Lin: Fünf taiwanische Volkslieder
Béla Bartók: Streichquartett Nr. 4 C-Dur Sz 91
Shih-Hui Chen: Heimkehrende Seelen
Dana Wilson: Suite Ungarischer Volkslieder

For tickets, please click HERE.

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Nürnberg, Germany: Meistersingerhalle Nürnberg
Oct
19
7:30 PM19:30

Nürnberg, Germany: Meistersingerhalle Nürnberg

Formosa's Germany tour continues in the Meistersingerhalle Nürnberg, a venue that boasts an exciting intersection of space, style, imagination, and optics.  

Wei-Chieh Lin: Fünf taiwanische Volkslieder
Béla Bartók: Streichquartett Nr. 4 C-Dur Sz 91
Lei Liang: Nachhall von Liedern
Dana Wilson: Suite Ungarischer Volkslieder

For tickets, please click HERE.

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Munich, Germany: Gasteig München, Black Box
Oct
14
7:00 PM19:00

Munich, Germany: Gasteig München, Black Box

Formosa's debut German tour kicks off at the culturally buzzing Gasteig München Black Box with the Quartet's signature "From Hungary to Taiwan" program.

Wei-Chieh Lin: Fünf taiwanische Volkslieder
Béla Bartók: Streichquartett Nr. 4 C-Dur Sz 91
Shih-Hui Chen: Heimkehrende Seelen
Dana Wilson: Suite Ungarischer Volkslieder

For tickets, please click HERE.

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Troy, NY: EMPAC 10th Anniversary Celebration
Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

Troy, NY: EMPAC 10th Anniversary Celebration

  • Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (map)
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Offering a selection of pieces tailored to the architectural ambiance of each venue, Formosa travels with its EMPAC audience through concert hall, studio, theater, and back to concert hall — on an exploration of physical placement, acoustics, perspective, and ways in which art and space define each other.

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