The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


April 13, 2012

Ying Quartet to perform in Joplin home; concert to be broadcast on Internet

JOPLIN, Mo. — The Ying Quartet has performed in famed opera houses including Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House. But the quartet has a history of playing in many non-traditional places, such as schools, workplaces, churches, banks and juvenile prisons.

They have even changed performance styles of chamber music -- they have performed with actors, dancers, non-classical musicians, magicians and a Chinese noodle chef.

So a performance in a Joplin home will be no problem for the quartet. In fact, that’s the way chamber music got its start, said Cynthia Schwab, founder of Pro Musica Joplin.

“Chamber music recreates music as it was played, and it started in homes, castles and manor houses,” Schwab said. “Places where the listeners are up close to the source of the music, and there’s a huge amount of interaction.”

The Ying Quartet will perform Monday night at the home of a Joplin resident. Tickets to the home concert can be bought from Pro Musica, but anyone with a high-speed Internet connection can watch the concert live on The Joplin Globe’s Web site,

Though Pro Musica has hosted house concerts before, a live broadcast is a first for the group, Schwab said. The broadcast team of KCGS-TV, on the campus of Missouri Southern State University, will record and stream live every stanza, phrase and movement. Jeffrey Skibbe, general manager of MSSU’s KXMS-FM, will serve as the concert’s master of ceremonies.

“We’ve never done anything like this before,” Schwab said. “We’re enormously grateful for everyone that will stream this across the country.”

The quartet has not yet announced the program for Monday’s concert.

The Ying Quartet started as a resident quartet in Jesup, Iowa -- a farm town of about 2,000 people, according to the quartet’s biography. They played crowds of anwhere from six to 600 in homes, schools, churches and banks.

The quartet gave its first performance for Pro Musica Joplin during the group’s ’92-’93 season, and has retured several times. They last performed in Joplin in February 2011.

Now quartet-in-residence at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., they teach a sequentially designed chamber music program and perform around the world, including Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House.

Comprised of violinists Ayano Ninomiya and Janet Ying, violist Phillip Ying and cellist David Ying, the quartet has made an effort to expand its horizons and reimagine concert experiences.

The quartet also has recorded a variety of albums filled with music written by established and emerging composers.

The quartet started as three brothers and a sister in 1988; the three Yings were joined by violinist Timothy Ying, according to a review in the New York Times. They performed in Jesup as part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Rural Residency Initiative.

According to a review in the New York Times, the quartet played “with exceptional unity” through passages composed by Bartok and Debussy known for their intricate, precise arrangements.

Timothy Ying left the quartet and was replaced by Frank Huang in 2009; Ninomiya replaced Huang in 2010 after he was named concertmaster of the Houston Symphony.

Want to hear?

To see the Ying Quartet’s performance, go to by 7:45 p.m. Monday. A link to the concert will be on the front page.

Tickets to attend the Ying Quartet, performing in the home of a Joplin resident, are $85. Call 417-625-1822 for tickets, location details.

Text Only
  • 071814_whiskeydicks.jpg Stretching out: Whiskey Dick's can do more in a bigger downtown location

    For the Whiskey Dick's owners, it isn't a matter of what's in a name but more of a place where everybody knows your name.

    July 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • 072514_LIVEWIREcar.jpg Livewire's new video debuts on Billboard (w/VIDEO)

    The song is currently on Billboard's Top 40 charts for Texas Music and Texas Regional Radio Report. It is the latest release since the band's first full-length album, "Livin'," which was released in 2012 with Way Out West Records.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Film-Hollywoods Ape M_Cast.jpg Benji Tunnell: Great CGI, solid writing make 'Apes' a near-perfect blockbuster

    A couple of weeks ago, we saw "Transformers 4," a big, computer-driven blockbuster film that was symbolic of all that is wrong with filmmaking today.

    July 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • polyphony.jpg Marta Churchwell: New Mexico marimba group returns for concert Sunday

    They're back. Polyphony Marimba, the Santa Fe, New Mexico, band that wowed the crowd with African music during a Downtown Joplin Third Thursday last summer, received such a response to that performance that they're coming back on Sunday.

    July 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • River Regatta 2013.jpg Dave Woods: Nevada regatta makes for a birthday escape

    In just three weeks, I'll spend my 50th birthday floating down the Colorado River with 35,000 of my closest friends.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo 1 Slideshow 1 Story

  • 071814_pickin trimmin.jpg New festival focuses on short independent films

    As Jack Truman saw his films play in festivals around the world, one lingering thought persisted: He wished that such festivals existed in his hometown area.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 071614 Glory Days_72.jpg Glory Days Music to resume weekly in-store concerts

    The staff at Glory Days Music have been working their business as usual. Musicians demonstrate guitars, drums and other instruments. Music is sold; lessons are taught. But something has been missing.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • mug_joe-hadsall-112613.jpg Joe Hadsall: All the hidden secrets in "Weird Al's" "Word Crimes" video

    I sincerely believe the "Word Crimes" video will become the most important song in history, and the most mandatory-to-watch video in schools across the country.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • mug_joe-hadsall-112613.jpg Globe Phone Test: Concept is clever, but transitions tricky with Asus PadFone X

    It's kind of embarrassing to point this out, but "Candy Crush Saga" is one of the best ways to illustrate how well the Asus PadFone X, a smartphone and tablet combo really works.

    Anyone who has more than one device will understand this situation completely: Let's say a player fires up "Candy Crush" on his tablet computer and really digs the game. A lot. So much so that he downloads it to his smartphone.

    Only there's one problem: All the progress made on the tablet is stuck on the tablet. The smartphone has a completely separate path of progress, meaning the player has to play each level twice. This makes progress through the game twice as long. (This problem can be fixed by signing up for the game on Facebook, but no one really wants their Facebook friends to know they spend so much time crushin' candy.)

    The Asus PadFone X is the dream solution to this nightmare of a problem.

    Available exclusively from AT&T, the device is actually two devices. A standalone smartphone can be plugged into a tablet computer, meaning the owner can take his pick of how he wants to play the game, and all the progress he makes is saved on one device's hard drive.

    AT&T loaned us a device that we tested for more than two weeks -- didn't like having to send it back -- and we found a lot of its qualities and quirks.

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tantric tours in support of latest studio album

    "37 Channels," the latest album from Hugo Ferreira's band, features a lineup of guests including Hinder's Austin Winkler, Shooter Jennings, 3 Doors Down drummer Greg Upchurch, Uncle Kracker guitarist Kevin McCreery, Saving Abel guitarist Scott Bartlett and Leif Garrettt.

    July 11, 2014