USAO News Bureau

Lauded string quartet plays intimate show April 15

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Drawing upon a rich tradition of chamber music infused with a dose of contemporary composition, the Ying Quartet will bring its internationally acclaimed style to Chickasha with a performance scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. on April 15 in the USAO Alumni Chapel as part of the Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series.

General admission tickets for the show are $12 for the general public, $10 for seniors 60 and over, $4 for all students and kids under 18, $7 for USAO staff/faculty and $3 for USAO students.

Only 150 seats will be available for this unique performance due to the venue. Tickets can be purchased in person at the USAO Business Office or by phone at 574-1213.

Formed in 1988, the Ying Quartet has established a reputation for excellence. The group won a Grammy award in 2005 for a collaborative recording with the Turtle Island String Quartet and has been nominated three times in the past 10 years.

The ensemble has made waves throughout the years both for its choice of repertoire and the variety of venues in which it has performed.

Since 1999, the Ying Quartet has commissioned works from contemporary American composers in order to forge a distinctly American style for their repertoire.

In addition to the honor of playing Carnegie Hall and the White House, the Ying Quartet has demonstration a commitment to service, performing at hospitals and juvenile prisons.

The group’s unique approach to chamber music has been recognized globally as it has racked up performances in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Japan and Taiwan.

Dr. Ken Bohannon, associate professor of music and coordinator of the Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series, believes that the Ying Quartet’s performance will surprise and delight attendees.

“The Ying Quartet’s approach to chamber music is not like any other touring ensemble and we set this concert in the Alumni Chapel so that attendees would feel close to what was happening,” Bohannon says. “This will be a Davis-Waldorf performance like none other and I’m very excited to be able to share this with our supporters.”

The Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series is produced by the USAO Foundation in conjunction with the Chickasha Public School Foundation with major support from the the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The series is supported also by foundations, corporations and individuals throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Local sponsors include KOOL 105.5 Radio, The First National Bank and Trust, Standley Systems, Arvest Bank, Mosley Agency, Eduardo’s, MidFirst Bank, Crazy 8 Café, Dunn’s Food Center, Mike Day Insurance and the Chickasha Bank and Trust Company.