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Shanghai String Quartet Gives Master Class at the New Jersey Youth Symphony January 14

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ —The New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) presents a master class featuring the Shanghai String Quartet on Sunday, January 14 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. at 570 Central Avenue in New Providence. The master class is free and open to the public.

Three ensembles from the NJYS Chamber Music Program will perform for the master class. Clare Nowik, violin; Ella Chang, violin; and Alexander Moon, cello, will perform the Adagio from Mozart’s Trio in B flat Major, K. 266. Jimmy Yu, violin; Michelle Zhu, violin; Daniel Woo, viola; and Sean Lee, cello, will perform the first movement of Beethoven’s Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18. The NJYS String Quartet featuring Kingston Ho, violin; Rebecca Slater, violin; Marcus Stevenson, viola; and Daniel Wey, cello, will perform the first movement of Beethoven’s Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95 “Serioso.”

The NJYS Chamber Music Program provides young musicians with the opportunity to learn and perform chamber music literature and helps enhance both beginning and advanced students’ musicianship by building on technical skills, expanding listening and group collaboration skills, exploring historical practices and perspectives, and challenging students to read and perform music more fluently. The NJYS Chamber Music Program expands on students’ foundations of solo and orchestral repertoire and contributes to a fuller artistic expression on his or her instrument. Chamber music coaches include Nate White, Milan Milinkovic, Nevena Bojovic, Susan Meuse, and Crispian Fordham. The NJYS String Quartet is coached by Milan Milinkovic and Philip Setzer of the Emerson String Quartet.

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Renowned for its passionate musicality, impressive technique and multicultural innovations, the Shanghai String Quartet has become one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles.  Its elegant style melds the delicacy of Eastern music with the emotional breadth of Western repertoire, allowing it to traverse musical genres including traditional Chinese folk music, masterpieces of Western music and cutting-edge contemporary works. The Shanghai Quartet has an extensive discography of more than 30 recordings, ranging from the Schumann and Dvořák piano quintets with Rudolf Buchbinder to Zhou Long’s Poems from Tang for string quartet and orchestra with the Singapore Symphony (BIS).  Delos released the Quartet’s most popular disc, Chinasong: a collection of Chinese folk songs arranged by Yi-Wen Jiang reflecting on his childhood memories of the Cultural Revolution in China.  In 2009 Camerata released the Quartet’s recordings of the complete Beethoven String Quartets, a seven-disc project. A diverse and interesting array of media projects include a cameo appearance playing Bartok’s String Quartet No. 4 in Woody Allen’s film Melinda and Melinda to PBS television’s Great Performances series. Violinist Weigang Li appeared in the documentary From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China, and the family of cellist Nicholas Tzavaras was the subject of the film Music of the Heart, starring Meryl Streep.

The Shanghai Quartet currently serves as Quartet-in-Residence at the John J. Cali School of Music, Montclair State University, New Jersey, Ensemble-in-Residence with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and visiting guest professors of the Shanghai Conservatory and the Central Conservatory in Beijing. They are proudly sponsored by Thomastik-Infeld Strings.

The Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts’ mission is to provide the highest quality performing arts education to a wide range of students in a supportive and inclusive environment, where striving for personal excellence inspires and connects those we teach to the communities we serve.

Wharton is New Jersey’s largest independent non-profit community performing arts center serving over 1,400 students through a range of classes and ensembles including the 14 ensembles of the New Jersey Youth Symphony which serve 500 students in grades 3 - 12. Beginning with Early Childhood music classes for infants and toddlers, WIPA offers private lessons, group classes and ensembles for all ages and all abilities. We believe in the positive and unifying influence of music and the performing arts and believe that arts education should be accessible to all people regardless of their ability to pay. We teach all instruments and voice and have a robust musical theatre program.

The Paterson Music Project is Wharton’s El Sistema-inspired program held at the Community Charter School of Paterson and Paterson Public School 1/26. Students receive 6 hours of intensive music instruction each week with the goal of creating social change through the ambitious pursuit of musical excellence.

Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts is located in Berkeley Heights, New Providence and Paterson, NJ and reaches students from 13 counties. All of WIPA’s extraordinary faculty members and conductors hold degrees in their teaching specialty and have been vetted and trained to enable our students to achieve their personal best. 

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