$12 Student Rush at the door.
Tickets are available for purchase in the City Performance Hall lobby the evening of the concert.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 7:30pm
Michael Shih, concertmaster of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, leads the acclaimed Wyeth String Quartet in their City Performance Hall debut, performing works by Beethoven and Schumann as well as Dallas-native Christopher Theofanidis. Hear the evocative sounds of his “Visions and Miracles” performed with graceful precision by one of North Texas’ most esteemed Quartets. Tune your mind to the intimate artistry of chamber music in a perfect concert space.
City Performance Hall | 2520 Flora Street | Dallas, Texas 75201
Beethoven: String Quartet, Op. 18, No. 2
Adagio cantabile – Allegro – Tempo I
Allegro molto, quasi presto
Pärt: “Psalom” & “Summa”
Schumann: String Quartet, Op. 41, No. 3
Andante espressivo – Allegro molto moderato
Assai agitato – Un poco adagio – Tempo risoluto
Allegro molto vivace
“It is not only a great joy to work on a regular basis with the members of the Wyeth Quartet as principal string players of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, but even more so to see them apply their artistry to the string quartet repertoire. Their performances create cohesive and exciting presentations of a wide range of repertoire, which they maneuver with great ease.”
Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Music Director of the Fort Worth Symphony
“The Wyeth Quartet conveys their technical artistry with a sense that music is a joy to share. Not just with the listener but also with each other and that is how chamber music should always be played.”
John B Hedges 2011-12 Composer-In-Residence, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
An avid performer of chamber music, he has collaborated with such artists as Leon Fleisher, Sharon Isbin, Jaime Laredo, Cho-Liang Lin, Yo Yo Ma, Michael Tree, and Charles Wadsworth. From 1992 to 2002, he was first violinist of the Whitman Quartet, formerly graduate quartet-in-residence at the Julliard School and winner of the Naumburg Chamber Music and Catherine Filene Shouse Debut Artists awards. Music festival appearances include Aspen, Bard, Chamber Music Northwest, Chautauqua, La Jolla, Lincoln Center, Ravinia, Spoleto USA, and Mostly Mozart. He has also appeared at the prestigious Chieshou Hall Concert at the Office of the President of Taiwan, at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Chamber Music International in Dallas, and Van Cliburn Foundation’s “Cliburn at the Bass” and “Cliburn at the Modern” series with composers John Corigliano, Sebastian Currier, Osvaldo Golijov, Jennifer Higdon, Lowell Liebermann, and Joan Tower. He is currently the associate artistic director of the Fort Worth Chamber Music Society. Media Credits include NPR’s Performance Today, NBC’s Today Show, Japan’s NHK Television, and Taiwan’s Public television.
He holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Julliard School, where he studied with Dorothy DeLay and Hyo Kang. Other teachers include Chiu-Sen Chen, Masao Kawasaki, Shue-Tee Lee, and Margaret Pardee. He was on the violin faculty at the Lucy Moses School of Music and dance in New York City from 1995 to 2001. During the 2004-05 academic year, he was an adjunct instructor in violin at the Texas Christian University. Mr. Shih plays a 1710 Antonio Stradivari violin, generously on loan to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Association by Mr. and Mrs. William S. Davis of Fort Worth.
As a member of the Shreveport String Quartet, Ms. DeCosta toured Louisiana sharing her passion for chamber music. In addition Adriana has performed with the Basically Beethoven Festival, toured with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and has been second violinist for the FWSO String Quartet. She has participated in several festivals, including Music in the Mountains, Shreveport Summer Festival, Meadowmount and the Manchester Summer Festival. Adriana is passionate about music education and furthering the opportunities for all children to have music exposure and to develop the love of great music. When she is not performing she teaches a group of wonderful students. She also enjoys cooking, gardening, reading and spending time with her husband Steve and their children, Joey, Alex and Kristen.
She has performed extensively with local chamber music groups such as the Van Cliburn Foundation’s “Cliburn at the Bass” and “Cliburn at the Modern” series with composers John Corigliano and Osvaldo Golijov, Texas Christian University’s “Piano Texas” series, the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth, The Spectrum, the Basically Beethoven Festival in addition to her work with the Wyeth String Quartet. Laura recorded the complete Brahms Piano Quartets in 1996 with the Clementi Quartet on the Encore label. She has played with the Dallas Symphony and Dallas Opera Orchestras, The Orchestra and Chorus of St. Louis, The Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra, The Piedmont Chamber Orchestra and the Greensboro Symphony. Ms. Bruton has also served as principal violist of the Breckenridge Music Institute Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado. Laura teaches privately and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Texas. She enjoys playing the viola d’amore, a 17th century stringed instrument, working with Photoshop, genealogy, and spending time with her husband Don Little and their children Oren, Grace and Nathan.
Leda has served on the faculties of two universities in Texas. She taught and performed in the faculty piano trio at Sam Houston State University for one year. She was also on the faculty at the University of Texas in Arlington for five years. Leda won a position with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in 1987. She began as a section player in the FWSO and has held the position of Associate Principal Cello since 2006. This season Leda will perform as Principal Cello in the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Leda has two wonderful children: Jacqueline Beatrice Burak is training for a career in ballet and Nicholas Burak is working as a luthier in his father’s instrument shop. Leda and her husband Lorin Larson ( former Principal Horn of the FWSO) enjoy traveling, hiking in Colorado and organic gardening.