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Performing Arts - Music

A Celebration of Philip Glass

7:30 pm
Lied Center for Performing Arts
Additional Info: LIED
Brian Reetz, (402) 472-6865,
The Lied Center for Performing Arts is proud to present the world premiere of a Philip Glass composition, performed by the world-renowned Chiara String Quartet and pianist Dr. Paul Barnes on April 17, 2018. This will be one of Chiara’s final performances as a full-time quartet.

To celebrate 22 years of collaboration between Barnes and Glass, the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln commissioned Glass to write Piano Quintet No. 1 “Annunciation,” his first piano quintet. The Lied Center event is the only performance of the work at which Glass will be present; he is not scheduled to attend the New York premiere at the Met nor the East Coast premiere in Hartford.
The Chiara String Quartet has held residencies at institutions such as Harvard, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Glenn Korff School of Music, where they have served as faculty and artists-in-residence for 13 years. Together, the quartet pioneered new ways to engage audiences, such as their performances in bars and clubs and their commitment to playing from memory. Its members are Rebecca Fischer, Hyeyung Yoon, Jonah Sirota and Gregory Beaver.

Barnes, the Marguerite Scribante Professor of Music in the Glenn Korff School of Music, has collaborated with Glass since they met on a plane in 1995 and both share a love of ancient chant traditions. In addition to the premiere of the piano quintet, Portland-based Cappella Romana will perform the traditional byzantine chant upon which the piano quintet is based. This special evening will conclude with Glass’ monumental Piano Concerto No. 2 “After Lewis and Clark” with Barnes, Native American flutist Ron Warren, and the UNL Symphony Orchestra.

About the Lied Center for Performing Arts

The Lied Center is Nebraska’s home for the arts. Located at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Lied presents the world’s most iconic artists and major regional, national and international performances that entertain and inspire audiences. We offer something for everyone, including the best of Broadway, symphony orchestras, dance, music, theater and family programs. Artists at the Lied have ranged from Itzhak Perlman and Wynton Marsalis to the American Ballet Theatre and St. Louis Symphony. The Lied also is committed to educational outreach: Nearly 100% of visiting artists work with students in the days leading up to their performance. Visit us at

About the Glenn Korff School of Music

The Glenn Korff School of Music nurtures the creativity, artistry and scholarship of students and faculty; educates students to achieve excellence as educators, performers, composers and scholars; and enriches the education of all students through the study and practice of music and dance. The historic and continuing commitment of the Glenn Korff School of Music to teacher education infuses a fundamental commitment to the teaching of comprehensive musicianship into all aspects of the curriculum. The School provides opportunities to understand, participate in, and enjoy music and dance. It has a responsibility for fulfilling this mission, not only for the citizens of Nebraska, but also for its constituency regionally, nationally and internationally.


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