Candlelight Concerts will present three performances by the Ying Quartet, a professional string ensemble, Feb. 22 and 23 at Smith Theatre at Howard Community College in Columbia.
The ensemble consists of Ying family members: violinist Timothy, violinist Janet, violist Phillip and cellist David.
Natives of Chicago, the siblings began their professional careers in 1992 in the farm town of Jesup, Iowa, as the first recipients of a grant to support chamber music in rural America from the National Endowment for the Arts. While there, the Yings were awarded the 1993 Naumburg Chamber Music Award.
In 1999, the quartet introduced "LifeMusic," a multiyear project supported by the Institute of American Music, in which composers are commissioned to produce distinctively American string quartet repertoire. This year's featured composers are Ned Rorem and Chen Yi.
The quartet has appeared in almost every major American city and in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Australia and Asia. The quartet has performed in venues as diverse as Carnegie Hall, the White House, hospitals and juvenile prisons.
It is the Quartet in Residence at the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music and Blodgett Quartet in Residence at Harvard University.
A chamber music concert is scheduled at 8 p.m. Feb. 22 and will include works by Barber, Beethoven, Rorem and Yi. Tickets are $28 for general admission; $24 for seniors; and $9 for students.
Children's concerts will be presented at 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Feb. 23. The quartet will answer questions from the audience. General admission, all ages: $8.
Information: 410-480-9950, 301-596-6203, or www.candle lightconcerts.org.