Dear Friends,

Artistic Director Gloria Chien

Following our spectacular season ending with George Crumb’s stunning American Songbook II: Journey Beyond Time, I am excited to share with you our ninth season at String Theory!

As I look at the line-up for the upcoming season, every concert is a perfect fit! I simply cannot find better artists to play these great works of chamber music for you.

Our Season Nine opens with Mozart’s delightful “Kegelstatt” trio for clarinet, viola and piano with legendary clarinetist David Shifrin, and violist Paul Neubauer, who will be making his String Theory debut. The program will also include clarinet trios of Bruch and Schumann as well as a gorgeous suite for viola and piano by British composer, Benjamin Dale.

Praised by the Washington Post as “one of the best quartets before the public today,” The Danish String Quartet is truly one of the most unique, refined, and sought-after ensembles on stage today. They will be exploring a program centered around folk music and its influences with Beethoven’s Op.59, No.1 as well as “Folk Music from the Nordic Countries.”

Our December concert will be Tchaikovsky’s impassioned Piano Trio “In Memory of a Great Artist,” a epic work lasting for almost an hour, dedicated to Tchaikovsky’s great friend, Nikolai Rubinstein. Violinist, Philip Setzer (of the Emerson Quartet) and cellist, Edward Arron return. We will open the program with Phil’s own transcription of Schubert’s “Du bist die Ruh” (You are Rest).

Windsync, the 2016 Fischoff Gold Medalist, will be joining us for our January concert and outreach residency with their version of Peter and the Wolf. Windsync has been called “revolutionary chamber musicians” by the Houston Chronicle. We are excited to bring our first woodwind quintet to String Theory with an eclectic program from Baroque to their original compositions.

In March, brothers Roberto and Andres Diaz make a return visit with violinist Soovin Kim in a piano quartet program with Faure’s Piano Quartet No.1 in c minor.

We will be ending our season with a great Russian program featuring Glazunov’s rarely performed String Quintet and Tchaikovsky’s most celebrated String Sextet, Souvenir de Florence. Joining us will be returning artists, violinist, Bella Hristova; violists, Richard O’Neill and Yura Lee; cellists Dmitri Atapine and Mihai Marica. Tchaikovsky Winner, violinist Itamar Zorman makes his String Theory debut. This will be the perfect celebration not only for the end of our ninth season, but also looking forward to our 10th Anniversary Season!

In addition to the concerts, we continue to deepen our commitment in our community through our Education Initiatives. We firmly believe in giving back and cultivating the next generation of arts leaders. We are tremendously proud of our programs and the impact they have had in our community.

I cannot wait to share this glorious season of chamber music with you!



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