String Theory Season Eight/2016-2017

String Theory's season opener welcomes back one of the greatest clarinetists of our time, David Shifrin, who will bring Chattanooga a beautiful recital of French, Klezmer and Operatic Selections. The first ever Grammy-winning classical guitarist Jason Vieaux will collaborate with the latest Avery Fisher Career Grant-winning violinist Tessa Lark for String Theory's concert during the holiday season. The Cello Quartet fromDecoda – the first affiliated ensemble of Carnegie Hall – will be here for a week-long residency in January for ST's Outreach Initiative, Main Stage concert and Family Concert. The award-winning Dover String Quartet joins mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital for their debut at ST in February. In March, the Miró Quartet returns with Ricardo Morales, the Principal Clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra as part of the ChamberFest in collaboration with Lee University, where three different programs will be presented at Lee and ST. The season finale will feature George Crumb’s iconic American Songbook II: A Journey beyond Time – a song cycle of Appalachian folksong arrangements scored for baritone, amplified piano, and four percussionists. Familiar tunes such as“Swing low, Sweet Chariot,” “Steal Away” and “Go Down, Moses” will be reimagined with Crumb’s innovative timbre. Legendary pianist and Crumb interpreter, Gil Kalish will be joined by baritone, Randall Scarlata, percussionistsAyano Kataoka, Ian Rosenbaum and Chris Froh who gave a most memorable performance from Season Six, and percussionist Andy Harnsberger as part of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center on Tour.

In addition to the concerts, String Theory continues to deepen its commitment to education through the String Theory Youth Initiative and String Theory Outreach Initiative. ST firmly believes in giving back to the community by cultivating the next generation of arts leaders and music lovers. They are tremendously proud of both programs and the impact they have had for the students in our community.

To learn more about String Theory, click here.

2016/2017 Lineup

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
David Shifrin, clarinet
Gloria Chien, piano

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Jason Vieaux, guitar

Tessa Lark, violin

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Decoda Cello Quartet

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Avi Avital, mandolin

Dover String Quartet

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Ricardo Morales, clarinet

Miró String Quartet

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Chamber Music Society Of Lincoln Center On Tour



Pre-Concert Experiences: Art Connection & Musical Dialogues

5:30pm Art Connection (Concerts 3 and 4)

6:00pm Musical Dialogue (Concerts 1, 2, 5, and 6)

6:30pm Concert

Art Connection
Visit the Hunter galleries for discussion of art and music. Former Hunter Museum Chief Curator Ellen Simak and Maestro Robert Bernhardt, Conductor Emeritus of the Chattanooga Symphony, will explore works from the Hunter Museum collection that relate to the music featured in the String Theory concerts.

Musical Dialogues
Join us for an in-depth conversation with the Featured Artists on their lives, inspirations and the masterpieces being performed at the String Theory concerts.


String Theory Annual Family Concert

The Decoda Cello Quartet
Saturday, January 21, 2017, 1pm
Hunter Museum of American Art

Join String Theory and the Hunter Museum for a special family concert featuring Four Crayons, a show that asks the question, how does the sound of the cello help to create a musical picture? The Decoda Cello Quartet will show how much versatility of sound is possible when drawing from four of the same instrument. By exploring the tools composers use and the choices they make, we hear how four cellos can create a number of vivid musical settings, and beyond. This concert will be followed by an instrument petting zoo hosted by the String Theory Youth Initiative!

Regular museum admission. No advance tickets. ($15 adults; children 17 and under FREE; FREE to Hunter members andString Theory subscribers and patrons)



String Theory is collaborating with Lee University and the Presidential Concert Series’ 25th Anniversary Season, with a three night ChamberFest!  There will be three separate programs with the Miró String Quartet, Ricardo Morales, clarinet, and Gloria Chien, piano.

Monday, March 13, 2017 | 7:30pm | Pangle Hall, Lee University

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 | 6:30pm | String Theory at the Hunter Museum of American Art

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 | 7:30pm | Squires Recital Hall, Lee University

For more information about the Lee University Presidential Concert Series, please contact Kristi Vanoy’s office at 423.614.8243.