(Joplin, MO) – Pro Musica will present the Ying Quartet in concert on Thursday, March 30 at 7:00 pm in the Beshore Performance Hall at the Harry M. Cornell Arts and Entertainment Complex (212 W. 7th St., Joplin, MO 64801). This concert is free of charge, with donations welcome at the door. No advance reservations are required, and seating is first come, first served.
A pre-concert interview with the musicians will be held in the Beshore Performance Hall from 6:10 to 6:30 pm on March 30.
The Ying Quartet has a long history with Pro Musica, having performed in Joplin several times in Pro Musica’s 43-year history. Their last performance with Pro Musica was in 2010. Though they were scheduled to return as part of Pro Musica’s 2020–21 season, that appearance was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Pro Musica is delighted to welcome the Ying Quartet back to Joplin,” says Executive Director Emlyn Johnson. “This dynamic quartet has long been a favorite of our founder, Cynthia Schwab, as well as an audience favorite for our Pro Musica patrons, and we can’t wait to share them with our community again after 13 years! They are known not only for their incredible artistry, but also for their approachability and warmth in their interactions with audiences.”
The Ying Quartet will perform a program of works by Antonin Dvorak, Samuel Barber, Jennifer Higdon, and Billy Childs, a mix of classics and new works commissioned by the ensemble. The quartet by Barber includes the original version of his beloved “Adagio for Strings,” which Barber famously arranged for string orchestra and remains his best known work.
Community members are also welcome to join Pro Musica for an additional one-hour performance by the Ying Quartet at Wildwood Senior Living (3002 S John Duffy Dr., Joplin, MO 64804) at 9:30 am on Friday, March 31.
About Pro Musica:
Founded in 1981, Pro Musica is the leading presenter of world-class chamber, classical, and jazz music in Joplin, Missouri and the surrounding Four State region. Pro Musica promotes “ageless music for all ages” through free-of-charge musical performances, robust education programming in partnership with Joplin schools, and community engagement events in collaboration with local organizations. Pro Musica is supported by the generosity of numerous individuals, business and corporate sponsors, family and private foundations, and the Missouri Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts.
Emlyn Johnson, Interim Executive Director
Pro Musica Joplin