Dear Friends,

Artistic Director Gloria ChienI am excited to share String Theory Season Eight with you!

We are moving to Tuesday evenings – same time, same place – with the largest number of musicians and the biggest production. It is our most ambitious season to date.

Our season opener welcomes back one of the greatest clarinetists of our time, David Shifrin, who will bring us a beautiful recital of French, Klezmer and Operatic Selections. The Grammy-winning classical guitarist Jason Vieaux will collaborate with the latest Avery Fisher Career Grant-winning violinist Tessa Lark for our concert during the holiday season. The Cello Quartet from Decoda – the first affiliated ensemble of Carnegie Hall – will be here for a week-long residency in January for our Outreach Initiative, Main Stage concert and Family Concert. The award-winning Dover String Quartet joins mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital for their debut at String Theory in February. In March, the Miró Quartet returns with Ricardo Morales, the Principal Clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra as part of the ChamberFest in collaboration with Lee University, where three different programs will be presented at Lee and String Theory. Our season finale will feature George Crumb’s iconic American Songbook II: A Journey beyond Time – a song cycle of Appalachian folksong arrangements scored for baritone, amplified piano, and four percussionists. Familiar tunes such as “Swing low, Sweet Chariot,” “Steal Away” and “Go Down, Moses” will be reimagined with Crumb’s innovative timbre. Legendary pianist and Crumb interpreter, Gil Kalish will be joined by baritone, Randall Scarlata, percussionists Ayano Kataoka, Ian Rosenbaum and Chris Froh who gave a most memorable performance from Season Six, and percussionist Andy Harnsberger as part of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center on Tour.

In addition to the concerts, we continue to deepen our commitment to education through the String Theory Youth Initiative and String Theory Outreach Initiative. We firmly believe in giving back to our community by cultivating the next generation of arts leaders and music lovers. We are tremendously proud of both programs and the impact they have had for the students in our community.

Special thanks to Hefferlin + Kronenberg Architects, Pinnacle Financial Partners and Barnett & Company for becoming our first corporate concert sponsors this season. We are thrilled to have the confidence and support of these prestigious companies.

I look forward to sharing this spectacular season of chamber music with you!



“Let them sing praises unto Him with timbrel and harp.” (Psalm 149:3)