Mark Gresham | 13 OCT 2022
This week’s Earpiece features a mid-pandemic concert co-presented by Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta and Concerts @ First, featuring the Vega Quartet with guest first violinist David Coucheron.
This “Bach’s Lunch” series noontime concert was performed on January 22, 2021, at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. Because presented during the pandemic, this was a streamed-only concert, with no live audience present — therefore, no applause is heard in the video. ECMSA artistic director William Ransom introduces each half of the program.
The pandemic delayed Vega Quartet’s search for a new first violinist at the time. In this interim period, David Coucheron, Concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, served as the Quartet’s guest first violinist. The three members of the Vega Quartet performing with him were violinist Jessica Shuang Wu, violist Yinzi Kong, and cellist Guang Wang.
In this program, they perform Haydn’s “Emperor” Quartet and Borodin’s String Quartet No. 2. The Vega String Quartet has been Emory University’s Quartet-in-Residence for over a decade. ■