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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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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Fusion String Ensemble Summer Concert: Meditating Mozart and the Chrysanthemum Goldfinch

Fusion String Ensemble
Kadar Qian, Music Director


UnityBoston (formerly Christ Church Unity)
70 Colchester Street
Brookline, Massachusetts 02446

Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 8:05 PM
Suggested Donation of $8


Meditation from Thais by Jules Massenet

Janet Martins, violin

Concerto in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3, "Il Gardellino (The Goldfinch)" (RV 428) for Flute and Strings by Antonio Vivaldi

Allison Lacasse, flute

Crisantemi, Elegy for Strings by Giacomo Puccini

Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K.466 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

I. Allegro 

Kadar Qian, piano


First Violins
Janet Martins, concertmaster
Jane Esterquest
Flora Lee

Second Violins
Miriam Raffeld
Abe Dewing
Molly Shira
Jeff Bezanson

Kim Etingoff
Sarah Izen
Erika Shira

Amy Nolan
Kevin Hedrick
Katherine Miller

Nate Haggett

Allison Lacasse

Doug Jacobs

Music Director, Conductor, Piano
Kadar Qian


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

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Kadar Qian, Music Director + Conductor


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. In addition to that, 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 two 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. 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, his other hobbies include programming and math.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Janet Martins, Violin


Following the lead of her two older siblings, Janet began playing the violin at the age of 5. Currently a software programmer by profession, she is still an active musician in the community. The list of orchestras she's played with include the NH All-State Orchestra, Tufts Symphony Orchestra, Cambridge Symphony, and the Melrose Symphony Orchestra. An avid lover of chamber music, she has performed with the Tufts chamber players, Lexington Music Club, CSO Chamber Players, Fusion String Ensemble, and the Brockton Symphony Chamber Players. She also serves as a music minister at the Paulist Center in Boston. She currently studies violin with Zoia Bologovsky.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Allison Lacasse, Flute


Allison Lacasse has been a music teacher in the Chelmsford Public Schools for five years. She maintains an active flute studio of over a dozen young flutists and continues to advocate for new student ensembles and performing opportunities. Recently, her teaching career has brought her to the Peabody Conservatory, where she was invited to be a guest lecturer for a music education course.

Allison is an active orchestral flutist and chamber musician in the Greater Boston area. She has performed on flute and piccolo for a number of local orchestras, including the Boston Civic Symphony, North Shore Philharmonic, Arlington Philharmonic, Fall River Symphony, Newton Symphony, New Hampshire Philharmonic, Lowell House Opera Company, Brockton Symphony, and the South County Chamber Orchestra. She has performed in notable performance halls such as Jordan Hall and Symphony Hall. Her chamber ensemble participation include concerts with the Fusion String Ensemble, the New York University Summer Chamber Music Institute in 2010, and the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival at Juilliard in the summer of 2012. 

Allison received Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Education and Performance from the University of Rhode Island (2007) and a Master of Education degree from Cambridge College (2009).

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Founder Abe Dewing featured in an article in Strings Magazine

Founder Abe Dewing shares memorabilia he keeps in his violin case in the January 2014 (No.225) issue of Strings Magazine.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Fusion String Ensemble Concert featuring New England Philharmonic at the Newton Free Library on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 2PM

Fusion String Ensemble,
featuring special guests
New England Philharmonic Chamber Players

330 Homer St.,
Newton Massachusetts

Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 2:00pm


String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4 by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

I. Allegro, ma non tanto
II. Scherzo. Andante scherzoso quasi Allegretto (C major)
III. Menuetto. Allegretto
IV. Allegro 
Members of Fusion String Ensemble
Janet Martins, violin
Abe Dewing, violin
Sarah Izen, viola
Amy Nolan, cello


String Quartet in F major, Op. 96, "American" by Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Lento
III. Molto vivace
IV. Finale: vivace ma non troppo

New England Philharmonic Chamber Players
Lisa Pettipaw, violin
Brianna Pesce, violin
Ken Allen, viola
Jason Coleman, cello

Thank you for joining us in a unique partnership between two local music groups. We look forward to continuing an array of “collaborative chamber concerts” to showcase many of the groups in the Greater Boston’s classical scene in 2014.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Fusion String Ensemble performs at Moody Street Financial Holiday Open House Celebration on Thursday, December 12, 2013 in Newton!

Our Fusion String Ensemble quartet performed at a Holiday Open House Celebration for Moody Street Financial in Newton on Thursday, December 12, 2013. We performed Holiday music, Eiene Kleine Nachtmusik, the music of Lady Gaga, Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera and debuted a smaller arrangement of the NFL on FOX Theme.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Fusion String Ensemble performs at the Boston Interactive Media Assocaition (BIMA) Holiday Gala

Fusion String Ensemble performs Holiday tunes, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and the music of Lady Gaga, Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera and The Cars from BIMA's Annual Holiday Gala. Part of proceeds from the night's event were donated to the One Fund.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Bach to the Future In Concerrt: Recording of Concerto for 2 Violins by Johann Sebastian Bach

Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043 by Johann Sebastian Bach

I. Vivace
II. Largo, ma non tanto
III. Allegro

Performed by Clinton Dewing and Aurelia Duca, violins with Fusion String Ensemble
on Thursday, August 22, 2014 
at Unity Boston in Brookline, MA

Saturday, August 24, 2013

BACH TO THE FUTURE, PART II Digital Program for Washington, DC Concert

Fusion String Ensemble presents:

Washington, D.C.

The Dunes
1402 Meridian Pl NW
Washington, DC 20010

Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 7:30pm


Preconcert Lecture begins at 7:30pm
Concert Begins at 8:00pm

Simple Gifts, a traditional Shaker Tune arr. for strings by Robert S. Frost

Trauermusik by Paul Hindemith

Ken Allen, viola

Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G major, BWV 1049 by Johann Sebastian Bach
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Presto

Allison Lacasse & M. Patrick Kane, flutes

Violin Sonata No.1 in G minor, BWV 1001 by Johann Sebastian Bach, arr. for string ensemble by Jeff Bezanson

II. Fuga

Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043 by Johann Sebastian Bach
I. Vivace
II. Largo, ma non tanto
III. Allegro

Clinton Dewing & Aurica Duca, violins


First Violins
Janet Martins, concertmaster
John Lyneis
Jeff Bezanson

Second Violins
Flora Lee
Abe Dewing

Molly Shira
Erika Shira
Ken Allen

Kevin Hedrick
Katherine Miller

Nate Haggett

Timothy Blalock

Alley Lacasse
M. Patrick Kane

Violin Soloists
Clinton Dewing
Aurelia Duca

Viola Soloist
Ken Allen


Ashley Sullivan, Craig & Kyle Dewing, Mom & Dad, Baby Luigi,
Lewis Malaver, Shu Satoh, Rev. Evrol Officer, Fritz Winegardner, UnityBoston, Watertown Free Public Library, the fabulous soloists and our wonderful audience!