The Formosa Quartet Presents a Musical Journey, and a Surprise Debut
HOUSTON, March 9, 2020 — This February, the Formosa Quartet brought their unique style to Houston’s classical music lovers with a musical journey between the East and West. Violinists Jasmine Lin and Wayne Lee, violist Che-Yen Chen, and cellist Deborah Pae made their debut performance at the Asia Society Texas Center at the end of a week-long residency with the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music for the Beethoven 250 Houston 2020 Festival.
The quartet alternated between Wei-Chieh Lin’s Taiwanese Folk Songs and String Quartet Op. 18 No. 6 by Ludwig van Beethoven, gracefully connecting the works with humorous informational narration. The performance concluded on a delightful high note with the surprise debut of Nunca es Suficiente. Originally written by Natalia Lafourcade, the new commission was arranged by Clancy Newman, and featured a pizzicato technique with the musicians plucking the strings on their own and one another’s instruments in a meticulously choreographed version of the Mexican pop song.
Following the performance, the animated crowd was treated to a spread of traditional Taiwanese food and beverages courtesy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston and Taiwan Academy, while enjoying the chance to meet and greet with the musicians.
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About Asia Society Texas Center
With 14 locations throughout the world, Asia Society is the leading educational organization promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among the peoples, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the rest of the world. Asia Society Texas Center executes the global mission with a local focus, enriching and engaging the vast diversity of Houston through innovative, relevant programs in arts and culture, business and policy, education, and community outreach.