Lynn Chang, Friends and the Ying Quartet Headline Jordan Hall Concert on March 30

Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts


Lynn Chang, Friends and the Ying Quartet



Lynn Chang 張萬鈞, Amanda Wang, violins

Jennifer Chang, viola

Carol Ou歐逸青, cello

Ya-Fei Chuang莊雅斐


The Ying Quartet 

(Ayano Ninomya, Janet Ying, Phillip Ying, and David Ying)

Saturday, March 30, 2013, 8 PM Concert

New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall

Tickets: $15-$50, Order online:


Alleluia, arranged for String Quartet …………………………………………….. Randall Thompson

String Quartet, Op. 11 …………………………………………………………………. Samuel Barber                  

Molto Allegro e Appasionato


                Molto Adagio – Presto

The Ying Quartet


**Returning Souls 讓靈魂回家, Four Pieces on Three Formosan Amis Legends, for solo violin ….

                                                                                                                              Shih-Hui Chen陳士惠

Introduction: Sun: The Glowing Maiden

                Legend I: The Great Flood: The Descending Shaman

                Legend II: Head Hunting: The Ascending Stars

                Legend III: The Glowing Maiden; Returning Souls

Lynn Chang, violin


Piano Quartet, Op. 67 ……………………………………………………………….. Joaquin Turina

Lento; Andante mosso


                Andante; Allegretto

Ya-Fei Chuang, piano

Lynn Chang, violin

Jennifer Chang, viola

Carol Ou, cello


Octet, for Strings, Op. 20  …………………………………………………………. Felix Mendelssohn

Allegro moderato ma con fuoco




The Ying Quartet (Ayano Ninomya, Janet Ying, Phillip Ying, and David Ying)

Amanda Wang, violin

Lynn Chang, violin

Jennifer Chang, viola

Carol Ou, cello

** Returning Souls讓靈魂回家, Four Short Pieces on Three Formosan Amis Legends for solo violin: Shih-Hui Chen陳士惠composed the music scores based on authentic elements of Ami tribal songs, for a documentary film by Taiwan award winning anthropologist and filmmaker Hu Tai-Li胡台麗on the Ami阿美族. It is a true story about how Amis youth rebuilt their ancient temple and bring back home the wondering souls of their ancestors with the help of prayers and witches. This piece was debut by Cho-Liang Lin林昭亮2012. Since its debut, this film won the 2012 Jean Rouch International Ethnographic Film Festival. Both the film director Hu and composer Chen will be at the Jordan Hall concert introducing this film briefly before Lynn Chang’s performance.

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In the most historic and famous ancestral house of the matrilineal Amis tribe in Taiwan, the carved pillars tell legends such as a great flood, a glowing girl, a descending shaman sent by the Mother Sun, and a patricidal headhunting event. After a strong typhoon toppled the house 40 years ago, the pillars were moved to the Institute of Ethnology Museum. In recent years young villagers, assisted by female shamans, convinced the descendants and village representatives of the necessity to communicate with the ancestors trapped inside the pillars. They eventually brought the ancestral souls (rather than the pillars) back and began reconstructing the house. In an environment highly influenced by western religions, national land policy, and local politics, the young tribal members encounter many frustrations as they dream of cultural revitalization and of bringing back not only the ancestral souls but also the soul of the village. This documentary interweaves reality and legends as well as the seen and the unseen as it records this unique case of repatriation.

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Meet the Artists

Lynn Chang, violin

A top prizewinner of the International Paganini Competition in Genoa Italy, violinist Lynn Chang has enjoyed an active and versatile international career as soloist, chamber musician, and educator for over thirty years. A native of Boston, Chang began his violin study at the age of seven with Sarah Scriven and Boston Symphony Orchestra violinist Alfred Krips. He continued his studies at the Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian, and then went on to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Harvard University. He is director of the Hemenway Strings at the Boston Conservatory where he also teaches. His former students now perform in such orchestras as the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York.

Lynn Chang is a member of the Boston Chamber Music Society. Chang has collaborated with cellist Yo-Yo Ma on numerous occasions. Their performance of Leon Kirchner’s Tryptich has been recorded for Sony Classical. Their world premiere performance of Ivan Tcherepin’s Double Concerto with the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra received the Grawmeyer Award for best new composition in 1995. In 2004, he participated in Ma’s Silk Road Project residency at the Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts. He also collaborated with Dawn Upshaw on her Grammy Award winning CD, Girl with the Orange Lips.

The Ying Quartet (Ayano Ninomya, Janet Ying, Phillip Ying, and David Ying)

The Grammy awarded Ying Quartet, now in its second decade has established itself as an ensemble of the highest musical qualifications. They performed at many of the world’s most important concert halls from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House.

They also believe that concert music can be a meaningful part of everyday life has also drawn the foursome to perform in settings as diverse as the workplace, schools, juvenile prisons, and the White House. Their 2007 Telarc release of the three Tchaikovsky Quartets and the Souvenir de Florence (with James Dunham and Paul Katz) was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Chamber Music Performance category. Their collaboration with the Turtle Island Quartet, “Four + 4,” explored the common ground between the classic string quartet tradition and jazz and other American vernacular styles, and won a Grammy Award in 2005. Their recent release with the Billy Childs Chamber Jazz Ensemble, Autumn in Moving Pictures (ArtistShare) was nominated for a Grammy in 2010. The Ying Quartet’s Dim Sum (Telarc) features music by Chinese-American composers that merges the Western string quartet with the aural world of traditional Chinese music. The Quartet has also documented its noteworthy LifeMusic commissioning project in its recorded work. Released by Quartz, “The Ying Quartet plays LifeMusic” was named Editor’s Choice by Gramophone magazine and is the first in a continuing series. The Ying Quartet is in a relationship with Sono Luminus with this release of Arensky’s Quartets and Quintet and a release last year of the third record in their LifeMusic commissions. As quartet-in-residence at the Eastman School of Music, the Ying Quartet maintains full time faculty positions in the String and Chamber Music Departments. From 2001-2008, the Ying Quartet has also been the Blodgett Artists-in-Residence at Harvard University.

Carol Ou, cello

Cellist Carol Ou is known for her “fiery, marvelous” and “meltingly melodic outpourings” (The Boston Globe) and her “wonderfully pure cello tone and incisive technique” (The Strad). A founding member of the Buswell-Ou Duo, Ou appears in solo, chamber, and concerto performances with violinist James Buswell. As the cellist of the Carpe Diem String Quartet, she tours all over the US performing a mix of classical string quartet repertoire with many crossover genres of music. Ou has collaborated with celebrated artists such as Midori, Hillary Hahn, Kim Kashkashian, Timothy Eddy, Pascal Rogé, András Schiff, Raul Juarena, and Jayme Stone at the Marlboro Music Festival, Summerfest La Jolla, Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Austin Chamber Music Center, Nevada Chamber Music Festival, and other noted music festivals. Since 2007, Ou has been chamber music director of the Heifetz Summer Music Institute in Wolfeboro, N.H. and Staunton, Va. She is on the faculty of both the New England Conservatory and Gordon College where she is the director of chamber music and orchestral studies.

Ya-Fei Chuang, piano

Fanfare Magazine hailed her “delicacy and fluidity of touch…this version (live recording of the Mendelssohn Concerto No. 1) now sits at the top of the pile of Mendelssohn Firsts, alongside Perahia, Serkin, and John Ogdon.” Acclaimed by critics in the US and abroad for performances of stunning virtuosity, refinement and communicative power, pianist Ya-Fei Chuang has appeared at international festivals including the Beethoven Festival in Warsaw with Christoph Eschenbach, the European Music Festival (Stuttgart), the Bach Festival (Leipzig) and those of Schleswig-Holstein, Ravinia, Gilmore, and Tanglewood.  Ms. Chuang has performed as duo partner with Kim Kashkashian, Robert Levin, Steven Isserlis, James Buswell and Pierre Amoyal.  She has recorded solo, concerto and chamber music works for Naxos, Harmonia Mundi, ECM, and New York Philomusica Records.  Her recording of Hindemith’s chamber music works with Spectrum Berlin was awarded a special prize by the International Record Review in 2009.

She is on the faculty of Boston Conservatory, New England Conservatory Prep.

Jennifer Chang, viola

Violist Jennifer Chang began studying violin with Aideen Zeitlin, James Buswell and Marylou Speaker Churchill, and, after a transformative summer playing viola in chamber ensembles, began studying viola in with Roger Tapping. She completed her Master’s degree at Juilliard, studying with Misha Amory and Heidi Castleman. She graduated from Harvard College with a degree in social studies. As a member of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, she served as principal second violin for several years, then as principal viola. Her senior thesis was about the Venezuelan social program El Sistema. Jenn was invited to present her thesis at symposiums organized by the New England Conservatory and Community MusicWorks, and her work was featured in the League of American Orchestras publication. Hailed as “expert” by the New York Times for her 2011 performance at the Museum of Modern Art Summergarden series, Jennifer is a strong proponent of new music. She currently performs in chamber ensembles in New York, Boston, and San Francisco, but spends the majority of her time working for Google in New York.

Amanda Wang, violin

Amanda Wang, a violinist and violist, began her musical studies with Christina Scroggins and Shirley Givens at the Peabody Preparatory School in Baltimore. She is a graduate of the Arts for Talented Youth Program at Peabody, a pre-professional training program for promising young musicians and dancers. Ms. Wang is equally interested in music, science, and technology, having studied Electrical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (’03) while continuing violin studies under Lynn Chang as an Emerson Music Fellow. She received her Master’s Degree in violin performance at the Boston Conservatory in 2007 and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at Boston University with her teachers Lynn Chang and Bayla Keyes. She received first prize in the 2008 New England International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition.