Sunday July 12

OVERTURE: Sunday Night Opening Celebration

2:30 PM
(Central Daylight Time)

Sunday Afternoon Performance with the Omer Quartet and Hanzhi Wang, Accordionist

Omer Quartet

Distinctive among today’s young string quartets, the Omer Quartet is known for presenting both fearless renderings of the standard quartet repertoire and compelling works by today’s composers. The quartet’s members are Mason Yu and Erica Tursi on violins, Jinsun Hong on viola, and Alex Cox on cello.

The Omer Quartet won First Prize in the 2017 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and special Performance Prizes: the Tri-I Noon Recitals Prize from New York’s Rockefeller University, the Tryon (NC) Concert Association Prize, the Buffalo Chamber Music Society Prize, and the Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music Series Prize. The quartet debuted to critical acclaim in the Young Concert Artists Series at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and in New York at Merkin Concert Hall.

Additional honors include Top Prize at the Premio Paolo Borciani Competition in Italy and Grand Prize and Gold Medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Committed to community engagement, the Omer Quartet devotes time to creating original and interactive programs. With a grant from the Boston Foundation the quartet performed in homeless shelters and drug rehabilitation centers in the area. The quartet completed a fellowship with Music for Food to aid local hunger relief through a musician-led initiative. A Tarisio Trust Young Artists Grant allowed the quartet to continue this organization’s mission by initiating Music for Food concerts in the Washington, DC, area. This series involves local and out-of-town guest musicians and has created more than ten-thousand meals to date.

The Omer Quartet is currently serving a two-year appointment as the fellowship quartet-in-residence at the Yale School of Music.

Hanzhi Wang

Praised for her captivating stage presence and performances that are technically and musically masterful, the groundbreaking young musician Hanzhi Wang is the only accordionist to ever win a place on the roster of Young Concert Artists (YCA) in its fifty-nine year history. She is proving herself to be the perfect ambassador for her instrument.

Other firsts include being named Musical America’s “New Artist of the Month” and recording the Naxos label’s first-ever solo accordion CD. First Prize Winner of the 2017 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the recipient of ten special prizes, Wang’s debut opened the 2018–19 YCA Series in New York in the Peter Marino Concert at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. Her Washington, DC, debut opened the Fortieth Anniversary Young Concert Artists Series at the Kennedy Center co-presented with Washington Performing Arts. This season, the Young Concert Artists Series presents her with the Omer Quartet at New York’s Morgan Library and Museum.

Wang won First Prize in the Fortieth Castelfidardo International Accordion Competition in Italy. She inspires the next generation of accordionists with lectures, performances, and master classes around the world. Composers Martin Lohse, James Black, and Sophia Gubaidulina have written and dedicated works to her.

Wang earned her bachelor’s degree at the China Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. She completed her master’s degree with the renowned accordion professor Geir Draugsvoll at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen where she now serves as an assistant teacher.

The appearance of the Omer Quartet with Hanzhi Wang is made possible by generous gifts from the Country Music Association Foundation and Sara Savell, in memory of Las Savell.


Étincelles, Op. 36, No. 6 by Moritz Moszkowski


Performer: Hanzhi Wang


String Serenade by Ernő Dohnányi (for string trio)

I. Marcia      

II. Romanza

Performer: Omer Quartet

Sonata in C Major, K159 by Domenico Scarlatti   

Sonata in G Major, K146

Performer: Hanzhi Wang

String Quartet Op.50 no.5 “The Dream” by Josef Haydn 

IV. Finale. Vivace

Performer: Omer Quartet

Spinning Song by Felix Mendelssohn

Performer: Hanzhi Wang


Tango Sensations by Astor Piazzolla


Performer: Omer Quartet

Performer: Hanzhi Wang

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4:00 PM
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Arts Leadership and Administration Orientation MeetingAmanda Galbraith
TAA Arts Leadership and Administration Director
Tennessee Arts Academy

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