StringJam @ Carnegie Hall

Item11SidebarStringJam11DETodaySpring2016A few years ago, a group of five student musicians started a club so they could play together as a string ensemble. That humble club has evolved into StringJam, an elite conductor-less chamber orchestra of 14 student members and two faculty co-directors that has performed up and down the East Coast.

Item11SidebarStringJam3DETodaySpring2016Some of StringJam’s concert venues have been impressive, as have been the group’s musical collaborators. On March 3, the group gave its second performance at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, performing works by Antonio Vivaldi, Albinoni and Giazotto, J.S. Bach, and Francesco Geminiani. In addition, StringJam performed an original piece that was written specifically for the ensemble by Argentinian bassist/composer Pedro Giraurdo, who even played bass in the concert. The work, which also served as Giraurdo’s Carnegie Hall debut, is called “Con un nudo en la Garganta,” or, “With a Lump in Your Throat,” according to Giraurdo. He noted at the concert that he “wrote this piece for this great group of kids…[and] in honor of my country, Argentina. It’s nostalgic, but also a celebration of music.”

Click here to access photos from the concert taken by Ali De Jarnett ’16.

The members of StringJam 2015–16 are:

Item11SidebarStringJam12DETodaySpring2016Lawrence Chiang ’17, violin
Anne Choi ’19, cello
Daniel Chung ’19, violin
William Chung ’17, violin
Jason Finn ’18, viola
Diego Garcia, cello/director
Madeleine Kachikian ’18, violin
Christine Kim ’18, violin
Ku Chien Casper Lin ’16, violin
Nien Yin Nasrin Lin ’16, violin
Gregory Llewellyn ’19, cello
Maxine Musto ’17, violin
Isabella Pizzillo ’19, violin
Annaliesa Place, violin/viola/director
Elliot Roman ’17, piano
Angela Zhang ’18, flute

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