Presentations: CAG Live! In Conversation

Wednesday, Apr 17, 2019 5:30 pm

Wearing Many Hats: Creating a Multi-Faceted Career



A panel of multi-faceted artists discuss the need for musicians to take on diverse career roles in today’s world. The conversation will feature cellist and arts leader Adrian Fung; violist, composer, and educator Jessica Meyer; and CAG President Tanya Bannister; and will be moderated by violinist and Sybarite5 member Sarah Whitney.

Adrian Fung is the founding cellist of the Afiara Quartet, a 2008 CAG Competition winner. He is an associate dean and associate professor at the University of Oklahoma’s Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts, where he leads the creation of a new arts management and entrepreneurship program (AME). He is also the Executive and Artistic Director of Vancouver-based concert presenter Music In The Morning, and Summer Music Vancouver, a summer festival and chamber music institute. He recently served as Vice President for Innovation at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Jessica Meyer is a versatile composer, violist, educator, and mother. She has premiered pieces for solo viola internationally – expanding the repertoire for viola by championing new works, while also composing her own. She has written for the Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, cellist Amanda Gookin for her Forward Music Project at National Sawdust, A Far Cry, SYBARITE5, and PUBLIQuartet. Jessica is equally known for her inspirational work as an educator, where she empowers musicians to be the best advocates for their own careers through workshops at The Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Chamber Music America conference, and at universities around the US.

Violinist Sarah Whitney is a founding member of the acclaimed string quintet SYBARITE5, a 2011 CAG Competition winner. In 2015, Sarah founded Beyond the Notes, an innovative concert series dedicated to breaking down the barriers between performers and the audience. Sarah’s writing is featured regularly in for Strings Magazine and, and her widely-read blog The Productive Musician focuses on health and wellness, productivity, and strategies for developing and maintaining an effective mindset.

Pianist Tanya Bannister was a 2003 winner of the CAG Competition. In addition to an active performing career, she has developed an interest in institution building in the arts over many years, principally through her work as Artistic Director of Alpenkammermusik, an annual chamber music festival in Austria, as a founder of RoadMaps, an artistic, humanitarian and cultural venture, and as the current President of Concert Artists Guild.

The event will be broadcast live – check out Concert Artists Guild and The Violin Channel on Facebook, or CAG’s YouTube channel to join the stream. All are invited to participate and ask questions!

Thank you to Tarisio Fine Instruments & Bows for providing the space for this event.

Upcoming in the Series

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2020 7:30 pm

Yi-Nuo Wang, piano

First Prize Winner, 2018 CAG Comeptition

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

Chinese pianist Yi-Nuo Wang was selected as first prize winner of the 2018 CAG Competition, which is just the latest in a series of impressive first-prize performances, along with the 2017 Wideman International Piano Competition in Louisiana.


Bartók: Piano Sonata
Brahms: 8 Klavierstücke, Op. 76
Piece in D minor
Daisies, Op.38 no.3
Prelude in G-flat major, Op. 23 No. 10
Chen Yi: Ba Ban (2000)
Liszt: Après une lecture du Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata

Watch Yi-Nuo play Rachmaninoff’s Daisies, Op. 38 No. 3:

Tickets: $30 adults / $15 students


Yi-Nuo Wang, piano
Sunday, Mar 08, 2020 4:00 pm

Instrumental Storytellers

Performances | Sunday, March 8, 4:00 PM &  7:00 PM

Leonard Nimoy Thalia At Peter Norton Symphony Space

Instrumental Storytellers awakens excitement and passion for classical music in young people and inspires traditional concertgoers to experience the music in a new way, featuring storytelling, movement, comic sketches, and poetry. Be taken on an imaginative journey for audiences of all ages!

A co-presentation with Creative Stage Collective.

Instrumental Storytellers
Monday, Mar 16, 2020 7:30 pm

Quartet Extravaganza!

Featuring the Aizuri and Argus Quartets and Kim Kashkashian, viola

CAG partners with Music for Food, a musician-led initiative for local hunger relief, for this concert, which will raise resources and awareness in the fight against hunger. Featuring Mozart’s Viola Quintet in E-flat Major, K. 614, Garth Knox’s Satellites, and Mendelssohn’s Octet for Strings, Op. 20.

A co-presentation with Music For Food.

Suggested donation at the door is $30/$10 students and seniors. No ticket required.

This concert benefits Broadway Community.

Broadway Presbyterian Church, 114th Street and Broadway
Quartet Extravaganza!