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Friction Quartet


Redding’s Performing Arts Society presents the Friction Quartet on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at Old City Hall

Friction Quartet and acclaimed Shanghai pianist, Jenny Q. Chai, will be performing a new Piano Quintet written for them by “mold-breaking” composer Andy Akiho. The commission of this work was made possible by the Chamber Music America Classical Music Commissioning Program, with the generous funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund.

The group will also be performing Robert Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E-flat major. This quintet was written for and dedicated to his wife Clara and has been widely applauded as one of his most accomplished and inventive works.

As an addition, Friction Quartet will also be performing a stunning work for string quartet written by Ursula Kwong-Brown. “Emerald Meditations” was inspired by the Emerald Buddha, a beautiful jade statue of the meditating Buddha dressed in ceremonial gold robes that was discovered in Northern Thailand in the 15th century.

Jenny Q Chai is widely renowned for her ability to illuminate musical connections throughout the centuries. With radical joie de vivre and razor-sharp intention, Chai creates layered multimedia programs and events which explore and unite elements of science, nature, fashion, and art. Based in both Shanghai and Paris, Chai’s instinctive understanding of new music is complemented by a deep grounding in core repertoire, with special affinity for Schumann, Scarlatti, Beethoven, Bach, Debussy, and Ravel.

PAS is a non-profit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible. There is no charge for admission, but a $10 donation for this Program is suggested.