March 5, 2019

Anthony McGill, clarinet

Bella Hristova, violin

Gloria Chien, piano

Featuring a New Commission by Joan Tower

TEMPORARY LOCATION Mizpah Congregation

String Theory favorite, Anthony McGill made his Chattanooga debut at our inaugural concert on October 29, 2009. The concert will feature the world premier of a new commission by the Grammy-winning composer, Joan Tower, commemorating String Theory’s 10th Anniversary.
JUST ANNOUNCED…violinist Bella Hristova will be joining Anthony McGill and Gloria Chien making for a truly incredible evening of world-class chamber music in Chattanooga.

BERNSTEIN Clarinet Sonata
FOSS Three American Pieces
JOAN TOWER Wingspan | World Premiere
ZWILICH Fantasy for Solo Violin
SCHOENFIELD Trio for violin, clarinet, and piano

Concert sponsored by Hefferlin and Kronenberg Architects

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Mizpah Congregation

5:30pm Musical Dialogue with Maestro Robert Bernhardt

6:30pm Concert

Anthony McGill, clarinet

Considered among the top solo, chamber and orchestral musicians today, Anthony McGill, is now in his second season as principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic, having previously been principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and associate principal of the Cincinnati Symphony.

Performances throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South Africa in recital, chamber music and as soloist with orchestra consistently receive rave reviews. He has collaborated with Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Gil Shaham, Midori, Mitsiko Uchida and Lang Lang, and in January of 2009 performed with Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, and Gabriela Montero at President Obama’s inauguration.

As an educator, McGill is on the faculties of The Juilliard School, Peabody Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music and Bard College Conservatory.

A native of Chicago, McGill attended The Curtis Institute of Music and is a recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, as well as the first Sphinx Medal of Excellence, and is the 2015-16 WQXR Artist-in-Residence.

Bella Hristova, violin

Violinist Bella Hristova has performed extensively as a soloist with orchestra, including with Pinchas Zukerman and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center and with the New York String Orchestra under Jaime Laredo at Carnegie Hall. She has performed recitals at Merkin Concert Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston. A proponent of new music and composers, Ms. Hristova commissioned iconic American composer, Joan Tower, to compose “Second String Force” for Unaccompanied Violin, which she premiered and performed in recitals throughout the U.S. and abroad. During the 2017-2018 season, she performs and records Beethoven’s 10 Sonatas for Piano and Violin in a nationwide recital tour of New Zealand with acclaimed pianist Michael Houstoun. Ms. Hristova has performed as a member of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two, as well as at festivals including Music from Angel Fire, Chamber Music Northwest, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and the Marlboro Music Festival. In addition to a 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, she is the recipient of several prestigious awards including First Prize in the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. Born in Pleven, Bulgaria to Russian and Bulgarian parents, Ms. Hristova began violin studies at the age of six. She studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, where she worked with Ida Kavafian, and received her Artist Diploma with Jaime Laredo at Indiana University. Ms. Hristova plays a 1655 Nicolò Amati violin.

Artistic Director Gloria Chien

Gloria Chien, piano

Taiwanese-born pianist Gloria Chien has one of the most diverse musical lives as a noted performer, concert presenter, and educator. She was selected by the Boston Globe as one of its Superior Pianists of the year, “… who appears to excel in everything.”  She made her orchestral debut at the age of 16 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Thomas Dausgaard, and performed again with the BSO with Keith Lockhart. In recent seasons she has performed as a recitalist and chamber musician at Alice Tully Hall, the Library of Congress, the Phillips Collection, the Kissingen Sommer festival, the Dresden Chamber Music Festival, and the National Concert Hall in Taiwan. A former member of The Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two), she performs frequently with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In 2009 she launched String Theory, a chamber music series at the Hunter Museum of American Art in downtown Chattanooga, that has become one of Tennessee’s premier classical music presenters. The following year she was appointed Director of the Chamber Music Institute at the Music@Menlo festival by Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han. In 2017, she joined her husband, violinist Soovin Kim, as Co-Artistic Director of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vermont. The couple will also become artistic directors of Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, Oregon in 2020.  Ms. Chien received her B.M., M.M., and D.M.A. degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music as a student of Russell Sherman and Wha-Kyung Byun. She holds the position of artist-in-residence at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. She is a Steinway Artist.

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