Thornton String Quartet to celebrate 10th anniversary with performance Thursday

By SARA GIBONEY
UNK Communications

KEARNEY – The Thornton String Quartet at the University of Nebraska at Kearney is celebrating its 10th anniversary with an April 9 performance.

The Thornton String Quartet 10th Anniversary Celebration “Concert II: Thornton & Friends – String Octet and Piano Concerto” is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

The quartet will perform with other musicians as a string octet.

“This is a rare opportunity for performers and the audience, as a string octet presents more challenges than many other ensemble types due to the medium’s increased personnel and musical lines, therefore it is not done as often as a trio, quartet and quintet,” said Ting-Lan Chen, violin/viola professor.

Selections from Russian composer Reinhold Gliere’s “String Octet, Op. 5” will be performed in the first half of the concert.

The second half of the concert will present a chamber rendition of Mozart’s  “Piano Concerto, No. 14 in E-flat Major, K. 499,” which features pianist Ayane Nakajima, a music major from Japan who recently won first prize in the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Performance State Competition.

The event is free and open to the public.

PERFORMERS
Gibbon – Mary Spencer, violin.
Kearney – Alexandra Lieb, cello; Gina Lieb, violin, Thornton member.
Lincoln – Sarah Wiebusch, cello, Thornton member.
Omaha –  Madeline Maloley, violin, Thornton member.
UNK Faculty – Ting-Lan Chen, violin and viola; Nathan Buckner, harmonium.
Bismarck, N.D. – Eric Jensen, viola, Thornton member.
Orange City, Iowa – Caleb Rohrer, violin, Thornton member.
Korea – Kyoungjoo Min, violin.
Japan – Ayane Nakajima, piano.

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Source: Ting-Lan Chen, 308.865.8041, chent1@unk.edu
Writer: Sara Giboney, 308.865.8529, giboneys2@unk.edu

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