Beethoven once said, “I know no lovelier
delight than the string quartet.” This season the Emory Chamber
Music Society of Atlanta’s (ECMSA) Emerson Series will delight
Schwartz Center audiences with the “Complete String Quartets
of Ludwig van Beethoven” performed by the Vega String Quartet.
The quartet features world-class players: Wendy Chen, violin; Jessica
Wu, violin; Yinzi Kong, viola; and Guang Wang, cello. The six-part
lecture and concert series, organized by Mary Emerson Professor
of Piano and ECMSA Artistic Director William Ransom, begins Sept.
19 at 7 p.m.
As the first-ever Emory Coca-Cola Artists-in-Residence, the members
of Vega String Quartet also will offer programs in the ECMSA Family
and Noontime Series at the Carlos Museum, “Performers Up Close”
discussions for the Department of Music, and outreach to select
Atlanta school children.
Named for the brightest star in the constellation Lyra, the Vega
String Quartet is one of the brightest stars among the new generation
of chamber music ensembles. Its style, sound and excitement have
attracted international attention for more than a decade. In 1991,
they made an early entrance to the performance circuit, capturing
the Young Artists Prize at the 40th International Munich Competition.
The quartet captured four of the top six prizes at the 1999 Bordeaux
International String Quartet Competition and first prizes at the
Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition, the Carmel Chamber Music Competition
and the National Society of Arts and Letters String Quartet Competition.
Vega’s members studied with the Amadeus, American, Cleveland,
Emerson, Guarneri, Juilliard, Orion and Tokyo string quartets.
Prior to the premiere of the quartet series will be “Performers
Up Close: Vega String Quartet” on Sept. 18 at 2:30 p.m. in
Emerson Concert Hall and Vega’s ECMSA noontime concert at
the Carlos Museum Sept. 19; both are free and open to the public.
The Emerson Series will be presented in the Schwartz Center’s
Emerson Concert Hall on select Fridays with a lecture at 7 p.m.,
followed by a concert at 8 p.m. and a free reception during intermission.
General admission tickets are $20; $16 for faculty and staff; free
for students. Tickets can be ordered from the Arts at Emory box
office at 404-727-5050. Dates and programs follow:
Lecturer: Lewis Lockwood, leading Beethoven scholar and author of
Beethoven: The Music and the Life. Hosted by WABE-FM programdirector
Program I: Op. 18, No. 6; Op. 59, No. 3; Op. 135 (A book and CD
signing follows the concert).
Lecturer: Stephen Crist, Department of Music Chair.
Program II: Op. 127; Op. 14,
No. 1; Op. 59, No. 2.
Program III: Op. 95; Op. 18,
No. 5; Op. 132.
Lecturer: Andrew Rangell, internationally renowned pianist and instructor.
Program IV: Op. 18, No. 1;
Op. 18, No. 3; Op. 131.
Lecturer: Lee Orr, coordinator of music history and literature at
Georgia State University.
Program V: Op. 18, No. 2;
Op. 74; Op. 130.
Lecturer: Benjamin Arnold, director of the School of Music, University
Program VI: Op. 18, No. 4;
Op. 133; Op. 59, No. 1.