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Aspen Institute Hosts Chamber Music Recital

October 28, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

The Aspen Institute will host a recital on Sunday, October 28 at 3:00 p.m. at the Inn at River House on the Institute’s Wye River campus off Carmichael Road in Queenstown. The event will feature cellist Michael Kannen, Director of Chamber Music at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, and pianist Qing Jiang, Assistant Professor of Piano at Bucknell University. The recital program will include Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata #1 in F major, Op. 5#1; Sonata #1 in d minor, Op. 109 by Gabriel Fauré; and Cesar Franck’s Sonata in A major. A reception will follow.

“We are absolutely delighted to welcome Peabody Conservatory’s renowned Michael Kannen to the Wye River Campus, accompanied by Qing Jiang at the piano,” said Judy Price, Director of the Aspen Wye Campus. “Michael’s exciting cello performance here four years ago prompted many calls for his return. As well, we anxiously look forward to experiencing Qing’s gifted playing.”

Michael Kannen, a distinguished musician and educator, was a founding member of the award-winning Brentano String Quartet, with whom he performed for seven years on concert stages around the world, on radio and television, and on recordings. He is currently a member of the Cooperstown Quarter. Michael has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Berkshire Bach Society and has appeared at major summer music festivals, nationally and internationally.

Qing Jiang is a Chinese-born pianist who has been praised by the New York Times as a “fiery musician” whose playing is “vigorous and passionate.” A dynamic chamber musician, she enjoys a diverse career that includes solo and contemporary music. Qing recently concluded a six-city concert tour in China, concerto performance of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with the Bucknell University Orchestra, and debut with the Shanghai Quartet at Music Mountain. The first Chinese recipient of a Jack Kent Cooke Arts Scholarship, she holds degrees from Arizona State University, Julliard and New England Conservatory.

The two musicians met several years ago at a Vermont music festival, where, Michael said, Qing’s energetic and expressive playing brought her glowing reviews. They performed together last year and are excited to bring their musical partnership to the Aspen Institute.

The recital is sponsored by the Aspen Wye Fellows and the Friends of Wye, support groups of the Aspen Institute. The concert is free with a limited number of seats available to the general public. Seats may be reserved by calling Susan Langfitt at 410-820-5375. To learn more about the Aspen Wye Fellows Program, which features monthly discussions with diplomats, influential policymakers and world thought leaders, contact Judy Price at judy.price@aspeninst.org or by calling 410-820-5432.

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, D.C., Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org.


October 28, 2018
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Aspen Institute
2010 Carmichael Road
Queenstown, 21658 United States
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