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Chien and Shifrin to Open String Theory’s Eighth Season


On Tuesday, Oct. 4, String Theory founder and Artistic Director Gloria Chien, pianist, and guest artist David Shifrin, clarinetist, will be the first performers of the 2016-17 season. The concert will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Hunter Museum of Art in Chattanooga.

String Theory at the Hunter brings celebrated chamber musicians from around the world to perform in the intimate setting of the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga.

The evening’s program will include works by Poulenc, Debussy, Kovacs, and Rossini.

Prior to the concert, “Musical Dialogues” will take place at 6 p.m. from the concert stage and will feature an in-depth conversation with Chien and Shifrin on their lives, inspirations, and the masterpieces being performed at the concert.
Gloria  Chien
Gloria Chien


Chien has presented solo recitals at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Harvard Musical Association, Salle Cortot in Paris, and the National Concert Hall in Taiwan, among others. Richard Dyer, a well-known Boston music critic, praised Chien for “a wondrously rich palette of colors, which she mixes with dashing bravado and with an uncanny precision of calibration.”

Chien is a Steinway Artist and holds a doctor of musical arts, a master’s, and a bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. She is a prize winner of the World Piano Competition as well as the San Antonio International Piano Competition, where she also received the prize for the Best Performance of the Commissioned Work.

Shifrin, one of only two wind players to have been awarded the Avery Fisher Prize since the award’s inception in 1974, has appeared with the Philadelphia and Minnesota orchestras and the Dallas, Seattle, Houston, Milwaukee, and Detroit symphonies, among many others in the United States. He has also performed internationally with orchestras in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.

David Shifrin
David Shifrin


Shifrin became an artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in 1989 and served as its artistic director from 1992 to 2004. He joined the faculty at the Yale School of Music in 1987 and was appointed artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Yale and Yale’s annual concert series at Carnegie Hall in 2008. Shifrin has received many prominent awards and three Grammy nominations for his work.

Individual concert tickets are $30 for Hunter members, $40 for non-members, $10 for students with a valid student ID, and $25 for groups of 20 or more people. Season subscriptions are available for $160 for Hunter members and $210 for non-members.

For more information on String Theory at the Hunter or to purchase tickets, call (423) 414-2525 or visit String Theory.
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