From its founding at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music to its residencies at the University of Richmond and Montclair State University in New Jersey, the Shanghai Quartet has been entertaining audiences and educating young musicians for 21 years.
Local admirers of the string quartet -- violinists Yi-Wen Jiang and Weigang Li, violist Honggang Li and cellist Nicholas Tzavaras -- have usually had to catch them at appearances at the Freer Gallery or the Kennedy Center in the District. But Saturday afternoon, the fiddling foursome is scheduled to make its Springfield debut at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church.
The Shanghai Quartet has shared the stage with classical luminaries such as Yo-Yo Ma, David Soyer, Eugenia Zukerman, Sharon Isbin, Ruth Laredo and Arnold Steinhardt. The quartet has recorded nearly a dozen CDs including "Chinasong," a collection of traditional and popular Chinese folk songs, and its most recent efforts, a recording of the Razumovsky quartets by Beethoven and performances on composer Bright Sheng's newest collection, "Bright Temple."
Saturday's program is set to include classic compositions by Haydn and Dvorak as well as a recently written piece by New York composer Fred Cohen.
-- C. WOODROW IRVIN
The free concert is part of the Concerts from Kirkwood series. The church is at 8336 Carrleigh Pkwy., off Old Keene Mill Road, near the Springfield Country Club. For more information, call 703-451-5320 or visit www.kirkwoodpres.com.