The New York Philharmonic String Quartet will perform at Wachholz College Center on the campus of Flathead Valley Community College on Saturday, January 28, 2023, and tickets go on sale Friday, October 7 at 10 a.m.
The New York Philharmonic String Quartet includes four principal orchestra members: concertmaster Frank Huang (Charles E. Culpeper chair); First second violin group Qianqian Li; Viola Cynthia Phelps (President of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick P. Rose); and principal cello Carter Brey (The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Chair).
The group was formed in January 2017, during the Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary season. The New York Philharmonic String Quartet made their debut as a solo ensemble in John Adams’ “Absolute Jest” in New York City in March 2017, and reprized the work on the orchestra’s Spring 2017 tour. The four members are multiple award winners, have performed as concerto soloists with the Philharmonic and orchestras around the world, and have performed frequently in the Philharmonic’s Chamber Music Series at David Geffen Hall and the Merkin Concert. Lobby.
Frank Huang has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia’s Steans Institute, Seattle Chamber Music Festival and Caramoor. He frequently tours with Musicians from Marlboro and was selected by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to be a member of the prestigious Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two). Before joining the Houston Symphony as concertmaster in 2010, Frank Huang served as concertmaster of the Grammy Award-winning Ying Quartet.
Qianqian Li has performed at major music festivals including Aspen, Tanglewood, Yellow Barn and Sarasota. As a soloist, she has performed with orchestras in major concert halls in Asia, the United States, the United Kingdom and South Africa. Before joining the New York Philharmonic, she was a member of the first violin section of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for three years, having won positions with the orchestras of Seattle, Atlanta and St. Paul during the same period.
She has also performed with the Boston, Pittsburgh and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Cynthia Phelps performs with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Jupiter Chamber Players, and has performed at festivals in Santa Fe, La Jolla, Seattle, Chamber Music Northwest and Bridgehampton. She has performed with the Guarneri, Tokyo, Orion, American, Brentano and Prague quartets, and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio.
She is also a founding member of the chamber group Les Amies, a flute-harp-alto ensemble with Nancy Allen, philharmonic solo harpist, and flautist Carol Wincenc.
Carter Brey has made regular appearances with the Tokyo and Emerson String Quartets as well as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and at festivals such as Spoleto (in the US and Italy) and music festivals of Chamber of Santa Fe and La Jolla. He and pianist Christopher O’Riley recorded “Le Grand Tango: Music of Latin America”, a disc of compositions from South America and Mexico released on Helicon Records.
The Wachholz College Center (WCC) is a performing arts and activity center opening in fall 2022 on the campus of Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell. Wachholz College Center includes McClaren Hall, a 1,014-seat performing arts center designed to host concerts of all genres, lectures, dance performances, and musical theater productions.
Tickets for the show cost between $50 and $70, not including service charge. For more information, visit wachholzcollegecenter.org.