**at Regents Theatre
Holy Names University
Formosa Quartet in concert Jan. 12 at Holy Names
Piedmont native Wayne Lee and the Formosa Quartet will return to the Bay Area
this Saturday, January 12, for a 7:30 p.m. concert in Regents Theatre at Holy
Names University, 3500 Mountain Blvd. in Oakland.
Sponsored by Berkeley-
based Four Seasons Arts, it is part of their 2018-19 season of programs.
Advance tickets are available online at www.fsarts.org
or by calling 510-845-4444.
The program will include Wei-Chieh Lin’s Pasibutbut, written in 2013,
Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11, and Shostakovich’s String
Quartet No. 3 in F major, Op. 73.
The Formosa Quartet, consisting of Jasmine Lin and Wayne Lee on violin, Che-
Yen Chen, viola and Deborah Pae, cello, is the resident quarter of the annual
Piedmont Chamber Music Festival, held at the Piedmont Center for the Arts
Winner of both the First Prize and Amadeus Prize at the London international
String Quartet Competition, Formosa Quartet is “one of the very best quartets of
their generation.” according to David Soyer, the cellist with Guarneri Quartet.
Hailed as “spellbinding” (BBC Music Magazine) and “remarkably fine”
(Gramophone), Formosa has given critically acclaimed performances at the
Ravinia Festival, the Caramoor Festival, the Library of Congress, the Da Camera
Society of Los Angeles, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Walter Reade Theater
at Lincoln Center, Rice University, San Francisco State University, and London’s
Wigmore Hall, and has recorded on the EMI, New World Records, and Delos
Formed in 2002 when the four founding members came together for a concert
tour of Taiwan, Formosa Quartet is deeply committed to championing Taiwanese
music and promoting the arts in the land of its heritage, as well as exploring
diverse and adventurous mediums for string quartet.
Formosa Quartet has played a leading role in actively commissioning new works,
contributing significantly to the modern string quartet repertory, including
Pasibutbut composed by Wei-Chieh Lin. Pasibutbut is the prayer song for a rich
millet harvest from the Bunun Tribe, one of the most prominent aboriginal tribes
in Taiwan. The song is performed by six to ten of the most successful and
religious tribe members and ends when the group achieves the holiest and most