When one of the world’s top chamber ensembles comes to Bowdoin, it’s not just music majors who have reason to get excited.
During the Ying Quartet’s two-and-a-half-day visit this past week, in between giving masterclasses and a riveting performance in Kanbar Auditorium, the group took part in five different Bowdoin classes spanning topics in history, literature, and culture as well as music. In each class the internationally renowned string musicians performed a selection of works chosen for their relationship with the course material (or in one case, works written by the students themselves) and engaged students in a lively discussion about the music.
In the full story, viewable here, professors Page Herrlinger, Belinda Kong, Mary Hunter, and Jill Smith describe how the quartet enriched their classes on Stalinism, Asian American literature, tonal analysis, and German literature and culture. Plus, students from Vineet Shende’s introductory composition class tell us what was like to have their very own pieces performed by the Yings (don’t miss the audio clip of a piece by Dylan Devenyi ’17).