Concert Information

Isaac Stern Auditorium/Ronald O. Perelman Stage
May 21, 2006


Paul Haas, music director
The Shanghai Quartet, strings

Takumah Itoh:  Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra
Mahler:  Symphony No. 6


Guest Artist

The Shanghai Quartet

"The whole performance was superb," said The New York Times. Originally formed in Shanghai, this versatile ensemble is known for their passionate musicality, virtuosic technique and multicultural innovations. To celebrate their 25th anniversary (2008-2009), the Quartet will premiere commissions from composers Chen Yi, Krzysztof Penderecki, and jazz pianist Dick Hyman.

The Shanghai Quartet melds the delicacy of Eastern music with the power of Western repertoire, from traditional Chinese folk music to the most challenging classical works.

The Quartet regularly tours the great music centers of North and South America, Asia, and Europe. They have appeared frequently at New York's Carnegie Hall, and their travels have taken them from London, Vienna and Prague, to Australia's Sydney Opera House.

The Shanghai Quartet has long-championed new music, juxtaposing Eastern and Western sounds. Their extensive discography has grown to 24 recordings. Current recording projects include the complete Beethoven string quartets (Camerata), and are scheduled for completion in 2009.

The Shanghai Quartet's wide array of media projects include the soundtrack and a cameo appearance in Woody Allen's 2005 film "Melinda and Melinda" (Bart—k Quartet No. 4). They have also appeared on PBS's Great Performances and can be heard regularly on NPR.

The Quartet is the "Ensemble-in-Residence" at Montclair State University. They also serve as visiting professors at the Shanghai Conservatory and the Central Conservatory in China.

First Music Commission

Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra