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Concert a Highlight of UNL Chinese Culture Festival, Sept. 14-Oct. 7

Renowned for its passionate musicality, impressive technique and multicultural innovations, the Shanghai Quartet has become one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles. They will perform at the Lied Center for Performing Arts on Sept. 27 at 2 p.m., highlighting UNL’s Chinese Culture Festival.

Tickets are on sale at http://liedcenter.org, at the Lied Center box office at 12th and R streets, or by phone at 402-472-4747. Tickets are available to students at a 50 percent discount with a valid NCard.

The Shanghai String Quartet melds the delicacy of Eastern music with the emotional breadth of Western repertoire. Formed at the Shanghai Conservatory in 1983, the Quartet has worked with the world’s most distinguished artists and regularly tours the major music centers of Europe, North America and Asia. Members include Weigang Li, violin; Yi-Wen Jiang, violin; Honggang Li, viola; and Nicholas Tzavaras, cello.

The Quartet has a long history of championing new music and juxtaposing traditions of Eastern and Western music. The Shanghai Quartet has an extensive discography of more than 30 recordings, ranging from the Schumann and Dvorak piano quintets with Rudolf Buchbinder to Zhou Long’s “Poems from Tangfor” string quartet and orchestra with the Singapore Symphony (BIS). Delos released the Quartet’s most popular disc, “China Song,” a collection of Chinese folk songs arranged by Yi-Wen Jiang reflecting on his childhood memories of the Cultural Revolution in China. Shanghai’s Sept. 27th program will include selections from “China Song” as well as pieces by Felix Mendelssohn, Zhou Long and Edvard Grieg.