The renowned Formosa Quartet – whose performances go beyond the page, tapping into the deepest levels of communication – has just wrapped up a California tour.

The tour included a performance of Verklärte Nacht for the San Diego Symphony’s collaboration with UC San Diego,Camera Lucida, lecture-recitals for CSU San Marcos, and a concert at the San Diego Museum of Art for the innovative chamber presenter Art of Élan, where Formosa is Ensemble-in-Residence through 2016. This date featured Formosa performing Joaquin Turina’s turbulent “La oración del torero” (1926) and, with the Hausmann Quartet, Avner Dorman’s (2009) “Prayer for the Innocents.”

“Lin and her Formosa colleagues indulged Turina’s emotional and sonic extremes with a religious fervor that made Zurbarán’s St. Francis almost timid by comparison. Voluptuous is the only adjective I can find to adequately describe Lin’s melodic arcs…” – San Diego Story, March 5, 2015

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Learn more about Formosa’s 15/16 program offerings:

From Hungary to Taiwan
with works by Shih-Hui Chen, Dana Wilson, Wei-Chieh Lin, Bartók
Heights and Depths
with works by Mozart, Shih-Hui Chen, Beethoven
Italian Serenade
with works by Hugo Wolf, Dana Wilson, Puccini, Verdi
Encore, Encore
with works by Haydn, Dana Wilson, Wei-Chieh Lin, Luca Marenzio

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And in an exquisite sonic collaboration, Formosa joins harpist Heidi Krutzen…

In 15/16 and beyond, Formosa Quartet and internationally known harpist Heidi Krutzen join forces to create a unique sonority far greater than the sum of its parts.

Spanning four centuries and slated to include Schafer’s Theseus, Caplet’s Conte Fantastique, as well as exciting new commissions by Gareth Farr and Caroline Lizotte, the music for this collaboration offers a colorful range of textures with a delicious literary twist.

Watch Formosa and Krutzen perform Debussy’s “Danses for Harp and String Quartet” and R. Murray Schafer’s ”Theseus for Harp and String Quartet” and learn more about the Formosa/Krutzen project here.

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To inquire about these programs or to learn about the Formosa Quartet‘s availability and block booking periods, please email artist representative Mary MacKinnon.

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Watch Formosa in action, performing Mozart’s String Quartet in F Major, K. 590.

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Posted on March 12th, 2015 by Emily Motherwell

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