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NJSO Chamber Players give Winter Festival performance

January 23, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Tue, Jan 23, at St. George’s-by-the-River Episcopal Church in Rumson

NEWARK, NJ—The NJSO Chamber Players perform a diverse program of works by immigrant and refugee composers as part of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s 2018 Winter Festival—“America, Inspiring”—January 23 in Rumson.

NJSO Concertmaster Eric Wyrick, Associate Concertmaster Brennan Sweet, violist David Blinn and Acting Assistant Principal Cello Na-Young Baek perform Tan Dun’s Eight Colors for String Quartet, Bartók’s String Quartet No. 2 and Dvořák’s “American” Quartet.

The performance take place on Tuesday, January 23, at 3 pm at St. George’s-by-the-River Episcopal Church in Rumson.  A free pre-concert reception begins at 2 pm.

Wyrick says: “The NJSO Chamber Players have taken on a quintessential quartet challenge by supporting the Winter Festival programming with some of the most difficult music in the quartet repertoire, by composers who have made this country theirs, their music ours, and have deeply enriched musical culture in America.”

The NJSO’s 2018 Winter Festival highlights the myriad ways America has inspired not only those who call it home but also those who have visited its welcoming shores. Leveraging the power of art to transcend differences, a series of NJSO Accents and special events further explore the immigrant experience and how foreign artists have illustrated American inspiration in their work.

For more information on the Winter Festival and related events, visit www.njsymphony.org/winterfestival.


Tickets are $20 and are available for purchase online at www.njsymphony.org or by phone at 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476).


Get the most from the Winter Festival with a Festival Pass! For just $150 you get a prime seat for any—or all—of the nine Festival concerts, a ticket to one of the chamber music concerts, complimentary entry to either wine tasting and a reserved front-row seat for all Festival Accent events.


America, Inspiring: Special Chamber Music Concert

Tue, Jan 23, at 3 pm | St. George’s-by-the-River Episcopal Church in Rumson


Eric Wyrick, violin

Brennan Sweet, violin

David Blinn, viola

Na-Young Baek, cello

TAN DUN Eight Colors for String Quartet

BARTÓK String Quartet No. 2

DVOŘÁK String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96, “American”



A free pre-concert reception begins at 2 pm.


Full concert information is available at www.njsymphony.org/events/detail/america-inspiring-special-chamber-music-concert.


Eric Wyrick, violin

Violinist Eric Wyrick is Concertmaster of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and has been an Orpheus Chamber Orchestra member and frequent leader since 1988.

Born in New York City, Wyrick attended the Juilliard Pre-College Division and later The Juilliard School, studying with Dorothy DeLay. He has been concertmaster of, the American Symphony, Eos and L’opera Francais de New York, among others.

Wyrick has appeared as a soloist with the Danish Radio Orchestra, Orchestre de Toulouse, Hudson Valley Philharmonic and San Angelo Symphony Orchestra. In annual NJSO appearances, he has performed concertos of Ferruccio Busoni, Darryl Kubian, Edward T. Cone and Prokofiev, among others. In addition, Wyrick has made solo television appearances including “Dance in America” and the BBC’s “Great Composers” series.

An active chamber musician, Wyrick is a founding performer at the Bard Music Festival. He has recorded for Bridge Records, Vanguard and, with Orpheus, Deutsche Grammophon. He is the soloist on a recording of Kubian’s 3-2-1 Concerto for Acoustic and Electric Violin with the Orquesta Sinfonica of Michoacan.

Brennan Sweet, violin

Born in New York City, NJSO Associate Concertmaster Brennan Sweet began playing at age 2, and later studied at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary. He started college as an engineering student at Washington University, but transferred and earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University, serving as teaching assistant to Josef Gingold and later as lecturer.

Concertmaster of several orchestras, including the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, Sweet was also a founding member of the Evansville String Quartet. He joined the NJSO in 1994 as Associate Concertmaster, leading the Orchestra for three seasons as Acting Concertmaster under Zdenek Macal. Sweet is a founding member of the Mostly Mozart at Monteux Festival in Hancock, Maine, and has served as coach and performer at the Raphael Trio Chamber Music workshop in New Hampshire.

He is a concert artist on the faculty of Kean University and performs recitals with acclaimed pianist Jenny Lin.

David Blinn, viola

David Blinn has been a violist with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra since 1993. He received a bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School, where he was principal of the Juilliard Orchestra for three years; he completed a graduate degree in orchestral studies at the Manhattan School of Music. A passionate chamber musician, Blinn frequently performs with a variety of ensembles in New York and New Jersey. He was a founding member of the Allendale String Quartet, which has performed in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall.

Blinn enjoys a variety of music; he is currently the violist in Broadway’s hit revival of Evita. Other credits include the Tony Award-winning South Pacific at Lincoln Center, as well as Stephen Sondheim’s revivals ofFollies and A Little Night Music. He is also a member of the City Center Encores! Orchestra. Blinn can be heard on many recordings and soundtracks.

Na-Young Baek, cello

Winner of the Philadelphia Orchestra Greenfield Competition, Korean-born cellist Na-Young Baek made her American debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2000. Recent highlights include performances of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with the Ulsan Symphony Orchestra and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Macau-Hong Kong-Taipei Symphony Orchestra.

At age 15, Baek became the youngest winner of the prestigious Choong Ang Times competition in Korea and garnered the Virtuoso Prize at the first Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Moscow, Russia. Baek studied with Orlando Cole at the Curtis Institute of Music and earned her master’s degree at Yale University and Artist Diploma at The Juilliard School, studying with Aldo Parisot. She completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Stony Brook University, where she studied and performed with Colin Carr.

She performs on the Matteo Goffriller cello, Venice, ca. 1715, on a generous loan by Samsung Music Foundation through the Strad Society.


January 23, 2018
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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St. George’s by-the-River Episcopal Church
7 Lincoln Avenue
Rumson, NJ 07760 United States
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