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The Shanghai Quartet with Wu Man Outreach Event

On Monday February 29 at noon, the Shanghai Quartet, along with pipa virtuoso Wu Man, performed an hour-long concert in the beautiful Holly Auditorium on the UTHSCSA main campus. After being introduced by Dean of the Medical School, Dr. Francisco Gonzalez-Scarano, quartet members talked with the audience about the music they were playing. All of the works were by Chinese composers. Additionally Wu Man spoke about the pipa, explaining that it has been around for over 2,000 years, and pointing out how much considerably older it is than the frequently antique (300 years) violins, violas, and cellos that are used in quartets and symphonies. Wu Man played a beautiful solo work for pipa. The performers ended the program with the masterful Ghost Opera by living Chinese composer, Tan Dun.

The large audience sprang to their feet in a spontaneous and enthusiastic standing ovation. Many physicians, researchers, and medical students were in attendance, as well as a group of high school health science interns. All were then treated to a nice lunch buffet put out by the Health Science Center. This was a new venue for SACMS outreach and we look forward to returning there in the future.

Submitted by Allyson Dawkins

Wu Man and two members of the Shanghai Quartet with Dr. Francisco Gonzalez-Scarano.

Gryphon Trio Outreach Event

On January 25, 2016 the Gryphon Trio performed an Outreach Concert for SACMS at the Edgewood Fine Arts Academy for music students. The trio played in the beautiful auditorium. It was a pleasure to hear music in such a great acoustic space, and it was also wonderful to enjoy Edgewood Academy’s beautiful new Steinway grand piano.

The trio played some staples from the piano trio repertoire including a movement of the Ghost Trio by Beethoven. The students were quiet listeners, and very attentive. One student asked a very sophisticated question about how the musicians achieved their various articulations. When time was almost up, and the cellist asked how much time was left, one student yelled out “an hour”! Clearly the students could have sat listening all day.

Submitted by Allyson Dawkins

Zemlinsky String Quartet Outreach Event

Bright and early, on a chamber of commerce perfect November morning, we set off with the Zemlinsky Quartet members to escort them to their Outreach performances.  First we headed to Clark High School where three classes of eager high school orchestra students awaited us.  The “Zemlinsky Boys” (as they cheerfully refer to themselves) lead the students on a lively tour of quartet music.   They played examples of music from the classical, romantic, and twentieth-century eras.  The students listened in rapt attention to the beautiful slow movement from Beethoven’s Opus 18, Quartet No. 1.  I saw no cell phones out and in use.  It was a refreshing and heartwarming inward listen to one of the most beautiful works in the classical music repertoire.

In the afternoon we had a completely different kind of musical experience as the Quartet visited the Sunshine Cottage School for the Deaf.  Almost all of the students at Sunshine Cottage have cochlear implants.  And all of the students have some sort of access to sound.  The children (K-5th grade) were completely engaged and lively throughout the concert, and had many questions for the musicians.  Board member Polly Spencer sprang to her feet at one point and volunteered insight as to how the instruments made sounds in a similar fashion to the vibration of our vocal chords when we speak.  We truly enjoyed our visit to the beautiful Sunshine Cottage and look forward to sharing the gift of music with their students again in the future.

Submitted by Allyson Dawkins

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