Haute Event: The Shanghai Quartet at SCFTA

Plan ahead if you’re a fan of classical music. World-renowned string group the Shanghai Quartet is coming to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on May 5. Replacing the originally announced St. Lawrence String Quartet, they’re bringing world influence and their own breathtaking performance to the stage here in Orange County.

The New York Times says “The whole performance was superb.” Combining passionate musicality, unparalleled technique and multicultural innovations, the Shanghai Quartet has become known as one of the world’s leading chamber ensembles.

The night’s program will include Joaquin Turina’s La Oracion del Torero for String Quartet (Matador’s Prayer), Yi-Wen Jiang’s Chinasong, Krzysztof Penderecki’s String Quartet No. 3 – Leaves from an Unwritten Diary and Johannes Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34. For that selection, pianist Rieko Aizawa will accompany the ensemble.

The Shanghai quartet is Weigang Li, Yi-Wen Jiang, Honggang Li and Nicholas Tzavaras. Together, they’ve recorded over 25 albums. Having previously toured Europe, Asia and North America, they’ve also been a part of prestigious international music festivals across the globe.

The Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Dr., in Costa Mesa. For tickets to the Shanghai Quartet or more information on the event, call the center box office at 714.556.2787 or visit their official web site at www.scfta.org. For more information on the Shanghai Quartet, visit their official web site at www.shanghaiquartet.com.

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