Tickets for the New York Philharmonic String Quartet at Wachholz College Center available Friday
The New York Philharmonic String Quartet members include principal violist Cynthia Phelps, principal cellist Carter Brey, principal second violinist Qianqian Li and concertmaster Frank Huang. (Courtesy photo)
| October 5, 2022 12:00 AM
The New York Philharmonic String Quartet will be performing at the Wachholz College Center on the Flathead Valley Community College campus on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023 with tickets to go on sale Friday, Oct. 7 at 10 a.m.
The New York Philharmonic String Quartet comprises four principal musicians from the orchestra: Concertmaster Frank Huang (The Charles E. Culpeper Chair); Principal Second Violin Group Qianqian Li; Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps (The Mr. and Mrs. Frederick P. Rose Chair); and Principal Cello Carter Brey (The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Chair).
The group was formed in January 2017, during the philharmonic’s 175th anniversary season. The New York Philharmonic String Quartet made its debut as the solo ensemble in John Adams’ "Absolute Jest" in New York in March 2017, and reprised the work on the orchestra’s spring 2017 tour. All four members are multiple prize winners, have appeared as concerto soloists with the philharmonic and orchestras around the world, and have appeared frequently in the philharmonic’s chamber music series at David Geffen Hall and Merkin Concert Hall.
Frank Huang has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia’s Steans Institute, Seattle Chamber Music Festival and Caramoor. He frequently participates in Musicians from Marlboro’s tours and was selected by The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to be a member of the prestigious Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two). Before joining the Houston Symphony as concertmaster in 2010, Frank Huang held the position of first violinist of the Grammy Award–winning Ying Quartet.
Qianqian Li has performed at major music festivals including Aspen, Tanglewood, Yellow Barn and Sarasota. As a soloist, she has performed with orchestras in major concert halls in Asia, the United States, the United Kingdom and South Africa. Before joining the New York Philharmonic, she served as a member of the first violin section of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for three years, after winning positions with the orchestras of Seattle, Atlanta and St. Paul in the same period.
She has also performed in the Boston, Pittsburgh and Atlanta symphony orchestras and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Cynthia Phelps performs with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Jupiter Chamber Players, and has performed at the Santa Fe, La Jolla, Seattle, Chamber Music Northwest and Bridgehampton festivals. She has appeared with the Guarneri, Tokyo, Orion, American, Brentano and Prague quartets, and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio.
She is also a founding member of the chamber group Les Amies, a flute-harp-viola group with Nancy Allen, philharmonic principal harp, and flutist Carol Wincenc.
Carter Brey has made regular appearances with the Tokyo and Emerson string quartets as well as The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and at festivals such as Spoleto (both in the United States and Italy) and the Santa Fe and La Jolla Chamber Music festivals. He and pianist Christopher O’Riley recorded "Le Grand Tango: Music of Latin America," a disc of compositions from South America and Mexico released on Helicon Records.
The Wachholz College Center (WCC) is a performing arts and activity center opening in fall 2022 on the Flathead Valley Community College campus in Kalispell. The Wachholz College Center features McClaren Hall, a 1,014‐seat performing arts center designed to accommodate concerts of all genres, lectures, dance performances and musical theatre productions.
Tickets for the performance run from $50 to $70, not including service fees. For more information, visit wachholzcollegecenter.org.