Ying-Freer Duo (Including One-Quarter of the Ying Quartet) to Play Concert on February 7: The College at Brockport

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Ying-Freer Duo (Including One-Quarter of the Ying Quartet) to Play Concert on February 7

February 7, 2020 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Concert program is entitled “di•vers•it•y,” celebrating composers from various cultures.

Playing a program entitled “di•vers•it•y,” the Ying-Freer Duo, comprised of Grammy Award-winning cellist David Ying and his wife, internationally acclaimed pianist Elinor Freer, will appear in concert on Friday, February 7, 2020, at 7:30 pm. The concert will take place at the Tower Fine Arts Center, 180 Holley Street, Brockport. Tickets are $17/General, $12/Senior Citizens, Brockport Alumni, Faculty and Staff, and $9/Students. They will be available online at http://fineartstix.brockport.edu starting on January 13. The Tower Box Office will reopen on Thursday, January 23, when tickets will be able to be purchased by phone at (585) 395-2787, or in person.

Featuring works by Romantic, modern, and 21st-century composers, the duo will certainly cover a diversity of musical eras and themes. The audience will hear works by Brahms, Prokofiev, Piazzolla, and others. Chinese native Chen Yi’s “Romance of Hsiao and Ch’in” has the cello and piano imitating two Chinese instruments, illustrating how the diversity of Eastern and Western music and instruments can be fused.

Ying feels that “There's a lot to say about what diversity means to us as musicians. We feel lucky to be classical musicians since our repertoire is more varied than any other kind of musician I know. Whether the music was written centuries ago or just a few months ago; whether by a composer of a distant culture or our own, the music we are fortunate to play all speaks of our shared humanity, thoughts and feelings. Because of that, when you celebrate all that makes music distinctive, it also serves to unite us, and that is why I feel it's such a privilege to be a musician.”

As cellist of the Ying Quartet and faculty member of the Eastman School of Music, Ying has had the good fortune of a life of musical adventure and opportunity. The Ying Quartet has performed extensively, both in well-known concert spaces from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House, and in non-traditional venues from hospitals and factories to the White House. Their recordings range from the classic repertoire of Schumann and Beethoven to new works commissioned by the quartet, and have earned the quartet wide recognition and awards, including a Grammy Award and four additional Grammy nominations.

Pianist Elinor Freer has built a versatile career as soloist, chamber musician, teacher, and artistic administrator. A prizewinner and laureate in the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition and the American Pianists Association Auditions, she has been the recipient of numerous awards including fellowships at the Steans Institute at Ravinia and the Tanglewood Music Center. Committed to expanding audiences for classical music, she has founded and directed residencies in rural Kansas, Montana, and New York, bringing music onto street corners and into schools, psychiatric hospitals, banks, and grocery stores. She also served as co-artistic director of the Skaneateles Festival in upstate New York for 10 years. Freer is on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester.

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Tower Fine Arts Center Box Office: (585) 395-2787

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