Concerts

Waterloo, Canada: NYO Canada
Jun
18
Jul 2

Waterloo, Canada: NYO Canada

  • Wilfred Laurier University

The Formosa Quartet is faculty quartet-in-residence at NYO Canada for two weeks for teaching, chamber music coaching, and performances.

Piedmont, CA: PCMF's Wednesday Concert
Aug
2
7:30 pm19:30

Piedmont, CA: PCMF's Wednesday Concert

  • Piedmont Center for the Arts

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

Piedmont, CA: PCMF's Friday Concert
Aug
4
7:30 pm19:30

Piedmont, CA: PCMF's Friday Concert

  • Piedmont Center for the Arts

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

Piedmont, CA: PCMF's Sunday concert
Aug
6
3:00 pm15:00

Piedmont, CA: PCMF's Sunday concert

  • Piedmont Center for the Arts

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

London, UK: Wigmore Hall
Jul
8
11:30 am11:30

London, UK: Wigmore Hall

  • Wigmore Hall

Join us for a Sunday Morning Coffee Concert at Wigmore Hall with one of Britain's most outstanding cellists!

Wolf: Italian Serenade
Schubert: String Quintet in C major
   Richard Lester, cello


Ithaca, NY: Mayfest at Cornell University
May
19
May 23

Ithaca, NY: Mayfest at Cornell University

  • Cornell University

The Formosa Quartet joins Cornell's Mayfest for its 10th anniversary season. Performances include Schoenberg's Transfigured Night, Schumann's Piano Quintet, and string quartets by Mozart, Bartok, and Stephane Grappelli.

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

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.

Chicago, IL: Buckingham Salon Concert Series
Apr
1
2:00 pm14:00

Chicago, IL: Buckingham Salon Concert Series

  • The Buckingham

Note: Private event. Please contact us if you are interested in attending.

Program to include:

Leclair Sonata for two violins, Op. 3 No. 2
   Rabia Brooke and Jasmine Lin, violins
Preview of New Formosa Commission
Bartok Quartet No. 4 Sz. 91
Grappelli Tunes arr. by Jasmine Lin
 

Middlebury, VT: Capital City Concerts
Mar
12
4:00 pm16:00

Middlebury, VT: Capital City Concerts

  • Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Church

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 

Montpelier, VT: Capital City Concerts
Mar
11
7:30 pm19:30

Montpelier, VT: Capital City Concerts

  • Unitarian Church of Montpelier

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 

Los Angeles, CA: UCLA
Oct
30
4:00 pm16:00

Los Angeles, CA: UCLA

  • UCLA, Jan Popper Theater, Schoenberg Hall

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

Houston, TX: Rice University
Oct
22
2:00 pm14:00

Houston, TX: Rice University

  • 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

Tiffin, OH: Heidelberg University
Sep
25
7:00 pm19:00

Tiffin, OH: Heidelberg University

  • Heidelberg University

From Hungary to Taiwan
Shih-Hui Chen: Fantasia on the Theme of Plum Blossom (FQ commission)
Dana Wilson: Hungarian Folk Songs (FQ commission)
Lei Liang: Song Recollections (FQ commission)
Bartok: String Quartet No. 4

Columbus, OH: Chamber Music Columbus
Sep
24
8:00 pm20:00

Columbus, OH: Chamber Music Columbus

  • Southern Theatre

From Hungary to Taiwan
Shih-Hui Chen: Fantasia on the Theme of Plum Blossom (FQ commission)
Dana Wilson: Hungarian Folk Songs (FQ commission)
Lei Liang: Song Recollections (FQ commission)
Bartok: String Quartet No. 4

Taipei, Taiwan: FCMF Faculty Concert
Aug
28
7:30 pm19:30

Taipei, Taiwan: FCMF Faculty Concert

  • Eslite Performance Hall

Dana Wilson: Hungarian Folk Songs (FQ commission)
Mendelssohn: String Quartet in D major, Op. 44 No. 1
Brahms: Piano Trio No. 2 in C major

Ru-Pei Yeh, cello
Helen Huang, piano
Formosa Quartet

Taichung, Taiwan: FCMF Faculty Concert
Aug
27
7:30 pm19:30

Taichung, Taiwan: FCMF Faculty Concert

  • 台中市霧峰區國立臺灣交響樂團演奏廳

Dana Wilson: Hungarian Folk Songs (FQ commission)
Mendelssohn: String Quartet in D major, Op. 44 No. 1
Brahms: Piano Trio No. 2 in C major

Ru-Pei Yeh, cello
Helen Huang, piano
Formosa Quartet

Hualien, Taiwan: FCMF Faculty Concert
Aug
19
7:30 pm19:30

Hualien, Taiwan: FCMF Faculty Concert

  • Hualien Cultural Center

Dana Wilson: Hungarian Folk Songs (FQ commission)
Mendelssohn: String Quartet in D major, Op. 44 No. 1
Brahms: Piano Trio No. 2 in C major

Ru-Pei Yeh, cello
Helen Huang, piano
Formosa Quartet

Waterloo, ON: NYO Canada faculty concert
Jun
28
Jun 29

Waterloo, ON: NYO Canada faculty concert

  • Wilfred Laurier University

Shih-Hui Chen: Fantasia on the Theme of Plum Blossom (FQ commission)
Grieg: String Quartet No. 1 in G minor
Dana Wilson: Hungarian Folk Songs (FQ commission)
 

Waterloo, ON: NYO Canada
Jun
19
Jul 3

Waterloo, ON: NYO Canada

  • Wilfred Laurier University

The Formosa Quartet is faculty quartet-in-residence at NYO Canada for two weeks for teaching, chamber music coaching, and performances.

Taipei, Taiwan: National Theatre and Concert Hall
Jun
16
7:30 pm19:30

Taipei, Taiwan: National Theatre and Concert Hall

  • National Theatre and Concert Hall

The Formosa Quartet continues its collaboration with harpist Heidi Krutzen in the world premiere of Gareth Farr's Aotea at Taipei's National Theatre and Concert Hall. The concert and commission are generously sponsored by the Michael Chen family.

Program to include:
Grieg: String Quartet in G minor
Gareth Farr: Aotea (world premiere)
Debussy: Danses for harp and string quartet
R. Murray Schafer: Theseus for harp and string quartet

Birmingham, UK: Barber Lunchtime Concerts
May
20
1:10 pm13:10

Birmingham, UK: Barber Lunchtime Concerts

  • The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Mozart: String Quartet in B-flat major, K. 458 "Hunt"
Dana Wilson: Hungarian Folk Songs (FQ commission)
Stephane Grappelli (arr. Jasmine Lin): Star Eyes

Roger Chase, guest violist
Richard Lester, guest cellist

Free admission