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Ciompi Quartet 

When: Sat., May 1, 8 p.m. 2010
Price: $20; $5 for Duke students
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Composer Chiayu Hsu started with a centuries-old story for a commission by resident Duke chamber ensemble the Ciompi Quartet. Taking inspiration from the 16th-century novel Journey to the West, Hsu crafted movements depicting an allegorical journey of a monk and a monkey king.

"Well known in Chinese culture, the story has mingled with Chinese fables, fairy tales, legends, superstitions and monster stories," Hsu says.

Born in Taiwan, Hsu is a doctoral music student at Duke. By attending Ciompi's rehearsals while working on the last movement of her string quartet, Hsu was able to adjust ideas based on what she heard.

"Their dynamic playing inspired me to compose this work and create a diversity of sounds," she says.

Also on the program is Symphony No. 6 by retired Duke music professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Robert Ward. Rounding out the program is a performance of Beethoven's Quartet in B-flat Major. (Thursday, April 29, there's a performance and discussion with Ward and Hsu at 6 p.m. in Duke Gardens. Tickets are $5 for the public or free for Duke students.) —Margaret Hair

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