Concerts

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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Piedmont, CA: PCMF's The Poetry Of Music
Aug
1
7:30 PM19:30

Piedmont, CA: PCMF's The Poetry Of Music

Richard Strauss: String Sextet from Capriccio
   Wayne Lee and Jesse Mills, violins
   Ayane Kozasa and Che-Yen Chen, violas
   Paul Wiancko and Deborah Pae, cellos

Gideon Klein: String Trio
   Jesse Mills, violin
   Ayane Kozasa, viola
   Paul Wiancko, cello


INTERMISSION

Franck: Piano Quintet in F minor
   Formosa Quartet
   Juliana Han, piano

 

In Richard Strauss’s 1942 opera Capriccio, a countess is torn between a poet and a musician who are both vying for her love, personifying an intriguing question: which is the greater art, poetry or music? The sumptuous string sextet that opens Capriccio makes a convincing case for the latter, as do the other pieces on the program: Gideon Klein’s String Trio, written two weeks before he died in a concentration camp during the Second World War, and César Franck’s supremely passionate Piano Quintet in F minor.

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Piedmont, CA: PCMF's The Written Word
Aug
3
7:30 PM19:30

Piedmont, CA: PCMF's The Written Word

Korngold: Much Ado About Nothing Suite
   Jesse Mills, violin
   Juliana Han, piano

Paul Wiancko: American Haiku
   Ayane Kozasa, viola
   Paul Wiancko, cello


Dana Wilson: The Night of H's
   Formosa Quartet

INTERMISSION

Beethoven: String Quartet in C major, Op. 59 No. 3
   Formosa Quartet

 

PCMF celebrates the written word, starting with Korngold’s charming suite of incidental music to Shakespeare's Much Ado About NothingAmerican Haiku takes inspiration from the Japanese poetic form, throws in some Appalachian fiddling, and ends up with a musical language that’s all Paul Wiancko. Dana Wilson’s The Night of H’s sets Jasmine Lin’s whimsical poem for four actors doing double duty as a string quartet. Beethoven inscribed his Third Razumovsky Quartet with a statement refusing to cede to his growing deafness – and the music bears out his determination. 

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Piedmont, CA: PCMF's Prayers and Celebrations
Aug
5
4:00 PM16:00

Piedmont, CA: PCMF's Prayers and Celebrations

Dana Wilson: Hungarian Folk Songs
   Formosa Quartet

Wei-Chieh Lin: Pasibutbut
   Formosa Quartet

INTERMISSION

Dvorak: Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat major, Op. 87
   Jesse Mills, violin
   Ayane Kozasa, viola
   Paul Wiancko, cello
   Juliana Han, piano


 

Both life and art abound in dualities, whether as joys and sorrows or music and words. Dana Wilson’s Hungarian Folk Songs weaves gripping tales through feverish dance and quiet song. Wei-Chieh Lin’s Pasibutbut is the astonishing ritual song of an aboriginal Taiwanese tribe, sung to rally their annual millet harvest. Dvorak's E-Flat major Piano Quartet evokes rustic Czech bands and exotic lands, tranquil scenes and the exuberance that Dvorak felt as he was composing this masterpiece: "Melodies are coming to me in droves. Thanks be to God!"

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Ypsilanti, MI: What it takes to be a 21st-Century Musician
Feb
14
2:00 PM14:00

Ypsilanti, MI: What it takes to be a 21st-Century Musician

  • Alexander Music Building (Room 106), Eastern Michigan University (map)
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Hailed as “spellbinding” (BBC Music Magazine) and “remarkably fine” (Gramophone), internationally acclaimed guest artists-in-residence, the Formosa Quartet, will lead a presentation focusing on performance, community engagement, and career development at Eastern Michigan University's School of Music & Dance.

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Ypsilanti, MI: Open Rehearsal of Puckett Concerto 'Short Stories'
Feb
13
7:00 PM19:00

Ypsilanti, MI: Open Rehearsal of Puckett Concerto 'Short Stories'

Come observe the Formosa Quartet, conductor Mary Schneider, and the EMU Wind Symphony rehearse celebrated American composer Joel Puckett's Short Stories in preparation for their upcoming concert on February 15. The rehearsal will take place in Pease Auditorium — this event is free and open to the public. 

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Ypsilanti, MI: Open Masterclass at Eastern Michigan University
Feb
12
4:00 PM16:00

Ypsilanti, MI: Open Masterclass at Eastern Michigan University

  • Alexander Music Building, Eastern Michigan University (map)
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Join the Formosa Quartet for two instrumental masterclasses.

4:00 PM (Alexander Recital Hall) — Violin Masterclass with Jasmine LIn and Wayne Lee
4:00 PM (200 Alexander Music Building) — Viola and Cello Masterclass with Che-Yen Chen and Deborah Pae

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Ypsilanti, MI: The Formosa Quartet Residency at Eastern Michigan University
Feb
12
to Feb 17

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

  • Eastern Michigan University, School of Music and Dance (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The award-winning 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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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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