By Jenna Jay
Renowned chamber ensemble the Miró Quartet will unite with pianist Joyce Yang for the season-opening performance of the La Jolla Music Society’s Revelle Chamber Music Series 8 p.m. Jan. 22 at Sherwood Auditorium in the Museum of Contemporary Art. The musicians will highlight their signature sounds for a concert that boasts pieces played together as a quintet and with variety in solos.
“They’ll be doing a performance for us they won’t be doing for anyone else in the world,” said La Jolla Music Society director Christopher Beach, “This is an audience favorite, this pairing.”
Yang and the Quartet are past performers at the La Jolla Music Society’s annual SummerFest chamber music festival that features dozens of world-class artists.
Miró Quartet performs at summer music festivals across the globe and is currently the Faculty String Quartet-in-Residence at the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin.
The ensemble features Daniel Ching (violin), Sandy Yamamoto (violin), John Largess (viola) and Joshua Gindele (cello).
Solo pianist Joyce Yang is also a mainstay at La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest where she’s performed since 2008. Yang is internationally recognized and performs with orchestras around the world.
While they’ve previously performed as separate acts at SummerFest, the Jan. 22 Miró Quartet with Joyce Yang concert will be the first collaborative performance between the ensemble and pianist as a La Jolla Music Society event.
“You hardly ever get to see a program like this,” Beach said. “It’s only because Miró Quartet and Joyce Yang were such good friends with the La Jolla music program; they sat down and wanted to prepare this program with us.”
Beach worked alongside Yang and the quartet to create the program for the concert, which will include an assortment of pieces to highlight the versatility and talents of the two outfits. Selections for the evening include Shubert’s “Quartettsatz in C Minor,” Liebermann’s “Gargoyles for Solo Piano,” Mozart’s “Piano Quartet in E-flat Major” and Dvorak’s “Piano Quintet in A Major.”
Establishing lofty expectations for the audience, Beach said, “This will be music making of the very highest level.”
The concert will be preceded by a prelude from Eric Smigel, assistant professor of music and coordinator of the musicology program at San Diego State University. Smigel will lead a talk titled, “Composers in Transition: How Relocation Impacts the Artistic Imagination.”
While the Miró Quartet and Joyce Yang kick off the 2011 Revelle Chamber Music Series, other ensembles included in this season’s series include: Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Ensemble on Feb. 19, Brentano String Quartet on March 26 and Les Violons du Roy/Labadie/Paré on April 30.
If you go
Miró Quartet and Joyce Yang concert
MCASD’s Sherwood Auditorium, 700 Prospect St.
Prelude 7 p.m., Performance 8 p.m. Jan. 22