We are Fusion String Ensemble!

KADAR QIAN, MUSIC DIRECTOR + CONDUCTOR

Fusion String Ensemble was formed in the summer of 2007 to fulfill the needs of advanced amateur and semi-professional musicians to provide quality performances of classical repertoire, world and contemporary popular music. Our programs are unique by infusing popular music with standards to connect with a new generation.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Fusion String Ensemble
Kadar Qian, Music Director

presents:

NEW YORK, NEW YORK

W83 Ministry Center
150 W 83rd St
New York, New York 10024

Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 7:30PM

CONCERT PROGRAM 

DIVERTIMENTO IN F MAJOR, K. 138 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

SERENADE FOR STRING ORCHESTRA, OP. 20 by Edward Elgar

LIBERTANGO & OBLIVION by Astor Piazzolla

~ INTERMISSION ~

NOCTURNE FROM STRING QUARTET NO. 2 by Alexander Borodin

ROMANIAN FOLK DANCES by Béla Bartók

ANDANTE SPIANATO and GRANDE POLONAISE BRILLANTE, OP. 22 by Frederic Chopin


FUSION STRING ENSEMBLE is

Violin I
Adriana Heredia, concertmaster
Jeff Bezanson
Sarah Izen

Violin II
Abe Dewing
Flora Lee

Viola
Kim Etingoff
Samara Schwartz
Joanna Ostrander
Brian Diaz

Cello
Joydita Sarkar
Kevin Hedrick

Bass
Nate Haggett

Conductor
Kadar Qian

Monday, July 10, 2017

Fusion String Ensemble Concert: DECADE

Fusion String Ensemble
Kadar Qian, Music Director

presents:

DECADE

Unity Boston at Christ's Church Unity
70 Colchester St.
Brookline, MA

Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 7:30PM

CONCERT PROGRAM 

DIVERTIMENTO IN F MAJOR, K. 138 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

SERENADE FOR STRING ORCHESTRA, OP. 20 by Edward Elgar

NOCTURNE FROM STRING QUARTET NO. 2 by Alexander Borodin

ROMANIAN FOLK DANCES by Béla Bartók

LIBERTANGO & OBLIVION by Astor Piazzolla


FUSION STRING ENSEMBLE is

Violin I
Adriana Heredia, concertmaster
Janet Martins
Jeff Bezanson
Sarah Izen

Violin II
Abe Dewing
Klenda Martinez
Flora Lee

Viola
Kim Etingoff
Samara Schwartz
Joanna Ostrander
Brian Diaz

Cello
Joydita Sarkar
Kevin Hedrick

Bass
Nate Haggett

Conductor
Kadar Qian

Suggested Donation of $8 at the door or through Eventbrite.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Fusion String Ensemble performs at Symphony Hall


Fusion String Ensemble performed Elgar's Enigma Variations, The Beatles' Penny Lane and Brandenburg Concerto No.2 at Symphony Hall at the wedding of Fusionites, Doug & Emily.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Fusion String Ensemble: SIMPLE SYMPHONY, SPIANATO AND SUPPE

Fusion String Ensemble
Kadar Qian, Music Director

presents:

SIMPLE SYMPHONY, SPIANATO AND SUPPE

Unity Boston at Christ's Church Unity
70 Colchester St.
Brookline, MA

Friday, August 26, 2016 at 7:30PM

CONCERT PROGRAM 

OVERTURE VON DICHTER UND BAUER (POET AND PEASANT) by Franz von Suppé, arr. for Strings

ANDANTE SPIANATO and GRANDE POLONAISE BRILLANTE, OP. 22 by Frederic Chopin
Kadar Qian, Piano

~ INTERMISSION ~

SIMPLE SYMPHONY, OP. 4 by Benjamin Britten


FUSION STRING ENSEMBLE is

Violin I
Janet Martins, concertmaster
Adriana Heredia
Jeff Bezanson
Sarah Izen

Violin II
Abe Dewing
Jenna Hoopingarner
Klenda Martinez
Flora Lee

Viola
Kim Etingoff
Samara Schwartz
Joanna Ostrander
Brian Diaz

Cello
Kevin Hedrick
Joydita Sarkar
Katherine Miller

Bass
Nate Haggett

Piano Soloist
Kadar Qian

Piano
Brian Diaz

Djembe
Joanna Ostrander

Conductor
Kadar Qian

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Fusion String Ensemble Performs at Newton Free Library

Fusion String Ensemble
Jon Ceander Mitchell, Guest Conductor

presents:

A WINTER SESSION

Druker Auditorium
at Newton Free Library
330 Homer Street
Newton, Massachusetts 02459

Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 2pm

CONCERT PROGRAM


SIMPLE GIFTS, A Traditional Shaker Hymn arr. Robert Frost 

ÉLÉGIE, OP. 24 FOR CELLO AND CHAMBER ORCHESTRA by Gabriel Faure
Katherine Miller, cello

~ INTERMISSION ~

SYMPHONY NO. 5 - III. 4. ADIAGETTO by Gustav Mahler

JUPITER, THE BRINGER OF JOLLITY (from The Planets) ARR. FOR STRINGS & PERCUSSION by Gustav Holst

SHIPPING UP TO BOSTON ARR. FOR STRING ENSEMBLE by The Dropkick Murphys 


FUSION STRING ENSEMBLE IS:

Violin I
Steve Lehr
Adriana Heredia

Violin II
Miriam Raffeld
Abe Dewing

Viola
Kim Etingoff
Joanna Ostrander

Cello
Amy Nolan
April Greene-Colozzi
Katherine Miller

Bass
Nate Haggett

Harp/Glockenspiel/Piano
Tim Blalock

Clarinet
Richard Romanoff

Percussion
Doug Jacobs

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Fusion String Ensemble performs in the Greater Chicago area!

Fusion String Ensemble
Kadar Qian, Music Director

presents:

THE EUROPEAN COLLECTION

Taiwanese Community Fellowship Church
1420 S. Meyers Road
Lombard, IL 60148


Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 7:30pm
FREE

CONCERT PROGRAM

Salut d'Amour, Op.12 by Edward Elgar

Aurica Duca, violin & Kadar Qian, piano

Concertino pour Flûte, Op.107 by Cécile Chaminade

Viola Concerto in G major, TWV 51:G9 by Georg Philipp Telemann
I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Andante
IV. Presto

Clinton Dewing, viola

~ INTERMISSION ~

Symphony for Strings Opus 118a from String Quartet No. 10 by Dmitri Shostakovich
I. Andante

Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C minor, BWV 1060R (performed with 2 Violins) by Johann Sebastian Bach
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro

FUSION STRING ENSEMBLE IS:
First Violins
Janet Martins
Flora Lee
John Lyneis
Second Violins
Miriam Raffeld
Abe Dewing
Viola
Kim Etingoff
Sarah 
Joanne Ostrander

Cello
Kevin Hedrick
Alex Revoal
Bass
Nate Haggett
Violin Soloists
Clinton Dewing
Aurica Duca
Viola Soloist
Clinton Dewing

Flute Soloist
Rebecca Arnold

Conductor, Pianist
Kadar Qian

SPECIAL THANKS

Ashley Sullivan, Craig, Kyle & Siena Dewing, Mom & Dad, Rev. Evrol Officer, Fritz Winegardner, UnityBoston, John W. Sears, Jane Chen, the fabulous soloists and our wonderful audience!

BENEFACTORS

Jane Chen
John W. Sears

SPONSORS

Taiwanese Association of America Greater Chicago Chapter (TAAGCC)
Formosan Association for Public Affairs - Illinois Chapter (FAPA-IC)
Global Education Fund (GEF)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

THE EUROPEAN COLLECTION Digital Concert Program

Fusion String Ensemble 
Kadar Qian, Music Director
presents:

THE EUROPEAN COLLECTION

Christ's Church Longwood (UnityBoston)
70 Colchester Street
Brookline, Massachusetts

Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 7:30pm
Suggested Donation of $8

CONCERT PROGRAM

Salut d'Amour, Op.12 by Edward Elgar

Abe Dewing, violin & Kadar Qian, piano

Concertino pour Flûte, Op.107 by Cécile Chaminade
Viola Concerto in G major, TWV 51:G9 by Georg Philipp Telemann
I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Andante
IV. Presto

Clinton Dewing, viola

~ INTERMISSION ~

Symphony for Strings Opus 118a from String Quartet No. 10 by Dmitri Shostakovich
I. Andante

Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C minor, BWV 1060R (performed with 2 Violins) by Johann Sebastian Bach
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro


FUSION STRING ENSEMBLE IS:

First Violins
Janet Martins
Flora Lee
John Lyneis
Jeff Bezanson

Second Violins
Miriam Raffeld
Abe Dewing
Klenda Martinez

Viola
Kim Etingoff
Joanne Ostrander

Cello
Kevin Hedrick
Katherine Miller
Amy Nolan

Bass
Nate Haggett

Violin Soloists
Clinton Dewing
Aurica Duca

Viola Soloist
Clinton Dewing

Flute Soloist
Rebecca Arnold

Conductor, Pianist
Kadar Qian

SPECIAL THANKS

Ashley Sullivan, Craig, Kyle & Siena Dewing, Mom & Dad, Rev. Evrol Officer, Fritz Winegardner, UnityBoston, John W. Sears, Jane Chen, the fabulous soloists and our wonderful audience!

BENEFACTORS

Jane Chen
John W. Sears

Saturday, August 1, 2015

PROGRAM NOTES

Salut D’Amour, Op. 12
Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
Elgar finished the piece in July 1888, when he was engaged to be married to Caroline Alice Roberts, and he called it "Liebesgruss" ('Love’s Greeting') because of her fluency in German. When he returned home to London on September 22 from a holiday at the house of his friend Dr. Charles Buck, in Settle, North Yorkshire, he presented it to her as an engagement present.

Concertino pour Flûte, Op.107
Cécile Chaminade (1857-1944)
This piece was composed in 1902 for flute and orchestra and was commissioned by the Paris Conservatoire in 1902, presumably as an examination piece for flute students. Among flautists, legend has it that Chaminade wrote the Concertino to punish a flute-playing lover after he left her to marry someone else, wanting to make a piece so fiendishly difficult that he could not play it (though he supposedly did manage). However, Chaminade had married a music publisher the year before the piece was commissioned, which lessens the validity of the legend.

Viola Concerto in G major, TWV 51:G9
Georg Philipp Telemann (1681- 1767)
Of Georg Philipp Telemann's surviving concertos, this piece is among his most famous, and still regularly performed today. It is the first known concerto for viola, was written circa 1716–1721 and contains four movements.

Symphony for Strings Opus 118a from String Quartet No. 10 
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Dmitri Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 10 in A-flat major, op. 118, was composed in 1964. It was premiered by the Beethoven Quartet and is dedicated to his close friend Mieczysław (Moisei) Weinberg. We are performing just the first movement of the string quartet arrangement.

Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C minor, BWV 1060 
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Neither the date of composition nor of the first performance is known. This concerto was originally written for solo violin and oboe, with string orchestra and continuo; the only surviving score, however, is of Bach’s own arrangement as a concerto for two harpsichords.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Kadar Qian, Music Director, Conductor, Pianist


KADAR QIAN

At the young age of four, Kadar Qian began to learn the piano, inspired by his older brother, Kevin. After starting lessons, his grandmother would reward him with chocolate every time he played well. Twelve years later, he has given over one hundred concerts in the U.S. and China in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall, and Sanders Theatre. At the age of eleven, he debuted as a soloist with the Quincy Symphony Orchestra performing Chopin’s Concerto No. 2, and at the age of fifteen, he debuted with the Boston Pops performing Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 3. All together, he has appeared as a soloist over 10 times with orchestras such as the Boston Civic Symphony, Boston Landmarks, Cape Ann Symphony, Melrose Symphony, Merrimack Valley Philharmonic, Metrowest Symphony, Lowell Philharmonic, Rivers Symphony, and the Salem Philharmonic.

Qian claimed first prize in the Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford, receiving special prizes for the Best Bach Performance and the Best Chopin Performance. He was also a prizewinner at the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition as well as the MostArts International Piano Competition. In addition, he was also the first prize winner of the Harvard Musical Association High School Achievement Award and the Steinway Society of Massachusetts piano competition. For the past three years, he has been a recipient of the Chopin Foundation of the United States Scholarship. Qian has won many Young Artist Competitions, including the Boston Civic, Boston Pops, Lowell, Metrowest, Quincy, and Rivers Young Artist Competitions. He was heard performing on NPR’s From the Top , and in 2013, he released his first album for Naxos Records.

Kadar studies piano with Angel Ramón Rivera at the New England Conservatory Prep School and the Rivers School Conservatory. He also studies conducting with Yoichi Udagawa and is currently the Assistant Conductor of the Melrose Symphony Orchestra. Since June 2014, he has been the music director and conductor of the Fusion String Ensemble. A high honor roll student at Westford Academy, Kadar strives to make a difference in the community as the president of his class. A huge fan of Apple products, Kadar also enjoys programming and math.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Clinton Dewing, Violin & Viola Soloist

CLINTON DEWING

Clinton Dewing received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Juilliard School as a student of Joel Smirnoff. His summer festivals credits include the Spoleto Festival USA and Italy, Festival Mozaic, Pacific Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, Sarasota Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute and the Tanglewood Music Center. He has performed with the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Clinton is currently a member of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra’s violin section since 2006.