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Encore Series: Formosa Quartet | Asian society

Asia Society Texas’ Encore Series brings you the best of our in-person programs, in bite-size form. Revisit highlights from events you’ve enjoyed live or sample exciting new performances, all from the comfort of your own home.

In February 2022, the international renown Formosa Quartet returned to Asia Society Texas for an encore performance of classic works by Benjamin Britten and Henry Purcell, original works commissioned and composed for the Quartet by Dana Wilson and Derrick Skye, and an octet performance with University musicians from Houston Moores School of Music. This edition of the Encore series features an excerpt from their performance of American Mirror Part two by Derrick Skye.

American Mirror is inspired by and reflects the great diversity of global cultures in the United States. In this piece, one can hear influences from classical music from North and South India, drones reminiscent of Appalachian folk music, vocal techniques from Africa and Eastern Europe and rhythms from applause found in a variety of musical forms.

The musicians
Jasmin Lin, violin
Wayne Lee, violin
Masumi Per Rostad, viola
Deborah Pae, cello

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About the Formosa Quartet

the Formosa Quartet, which won two major prizes at the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, has been called “one of the finest quartets of their generation” by Guarneri member David Soyer. The members of the Quartet have been hailed as “spellbinding” by The Strade and “remarkably well” by Gramophone. The ensemble, which includes violinists Jasmine Lin and Wayne Lee, violist Che-Yen Chen and cellist Deborah Pae, has performed at Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall (London), Kammermusiksaal Berlin, National Concert Hall in Taipei and with the Da Camera Society of Los Angeles. Formed in 2002 when the four Taiwanese-born founders reunited for a concert tour of Taiwan, the Formosa Quartet’s cultural identity has since expanded to include broader American and Pan-Asian roots.

The Asia Society Texas performing arts and culture programs are presented by Syamal and Susmita Poddar. Major support comes from Nancy C. Allen, Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen, City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Houston Endowment and The Brown Foundation Inc. Generous funding also provided by AARP, The Anchorage Foundation of Texas , The Clayton Fund, and the Miller Theater Advisory Board. Additional support provided by the Wortham Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, United Airlines, and through contributions from the Friends of Asia Society, a dedicated group of individuals and organizations committed to providing programming and exceptional exhibitions at Asia Society Center texan.

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Asia Society Texas believes in the strength and beauty of diversity of perspectives and people. As an educational institution, we advance cultural exchange by celebrating Asia’s vibrant diversity, inspiring empathy, and fostering a deeper understanding of our interconnected world. Covering the fields of arts, business, culture, education and politics, our programming is rooted in the educational and cultural development of our community – trusting in the power of art, dialogue and ideas to fight prejudice and build a more inclusive society.