Thornton String Quartet to celebrate 10th anniversary with performance Thursday

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.

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.


Source: Ting-Lan Chen, 308.865.8041,
Writer: Sara Giboney, 308.865.8529,

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