Concerts

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

Piedmont, CA: Piedmont Chamber Music Festival

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Washington DC: Twin Oaks Estate
Oct
25
7:30 PM19:30

Washington DC: Twin Oaks Estate

Formosa Quartet and cellist Peter Wiley present an evening of music in beautiful surroundings at the Twin Oaks Estate, generously sponsored by Taiwan Academy, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in The United States and Embassy Series.

Private concert

Wei-Chieh Lin: Pasibutbut
Schubert: String Quintet in C Major D. 956

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Ypsilanti, MI: "ON STAGE" at Pease Auditorium
Apr
2
7:30 PM19:30

Ypsilanti, MI: "ON STAGE" at Pease Auditorium

Join the Formosa Quartet “ON STAGE” at Pease Auditorium and experience the intimacy and power of chamber music while sitting 360 degrees around the ensemble. They will perform one of Beethoven’s most incredible works, his late quartet in A minor, No 15 Op. 132 and selections from FQ’s exclusive collection of pop, folk, jazz, and poetry arrangements.

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Chicago, IL: Guarneri Hall
Apr
3
7:30 PM19:30

Chicago, IL: Guarneri Hall

Come experience the sound of Guarneri Hall, a unique state-of-the-art space located in the Chicago loop.

Beethoven: String Quartet Op. 132
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A Formosa Quartet Set *

*selections from FQ’s exclusive collection of world, folk, pop, jazz, and poetry arrangements

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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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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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