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Heifetz Hear & Now: Nick Kitchen & Yeesun Kim

December 4 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Free - $25.00

The Heifetz Institute presents Hear & Now – a chamber music concert series at Mary Baldwin University’s Francis Auditorium in Staunton, Virginia. This third concert in the series features two founding members of the Borromeo String Quartet – Heifetz Institute Artistic Director violinist Nicholas Kitchen and cellist Yeesun Kim – alongside the exceptional young musicians of the Heifetz Ensemble in Residence. Program to be announced.

2PM Pre-concert Conversation | 3PM Concert

Francis Auditorium @ Mary Baldwin University 227 E. Frederick Street Staunton, VA
Free parking available both at MBU lots and on East Frederick Street (see a campus map here)

Series Pass: $150 includes priority reserved seating and complimentary admission to the Heifetz Holiday Homecoming Concert (December 16 at Francis Auditorium) PURCHASE HERE

Individual Tickets: $25
Free Admission for MBU Students (must register in advance & present valid student ID at the door)
$5 tickets for all other students (must register in advance & present valid student ID at the door)
Children 12 and under free

Reserved seating available through the ticket form below
Accessible seating available (indicated in red on the seating map)
Groups welcome – please email tickets@heifetzinstitute.org to inquire about group rates.

Please note – face masks are strongly encouraged for all audience members for the health and safety of our artists, staff, and community.


Violinist Nicholas Kitchen has performed throughout the world both as soloist and chamber musician, most significantly as founding member and first violinist of the Borromeo String Quartet for 30 years. He has extensively performed and worked on projects with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Library of Congress, and Performance Today, and has initiated many innovative collaborations, combining multiple forms of artistic expression with performance. The BSQ has performed his acclaimed transcriptions of Bach’s Goldberg Variations and the Well-Tempered Clavier Book I internationally, the latter of which the Quartet released on an acclaimed premiere recording which hit the billboard charts. A passionate educator, he often leads discussions enhanced by projections of handwritten manuscripts, investigating with the audience the creative process of the composer, and has lectured and given master classes across the globe, and has encourage audiences and students of all ages to explore and listen to both traditional and contemporary repertoire in new ways. Teaching at the New England Conservatory of Music, Nicholas has pioneered the use of computers and page-turning pedals to make it possible for the Borromeo and students to always work from the complete score, which has allowed him to become involved in the serious study of composer’s manuscripts. In the case of Beethoven, this manuscript study has led him to exciting discoveries of a new dynamic and articulation system within the manuscripts, praised and supported by scholars and institutions and performed world-wide. He is Artistic Director of the Heifetz International Music Institute. Learn more

Hailed by the New York Times for her “focused intensity” and “remarkable” performances, cellist Yeesun Kim enjoys worldwide acclaim as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. A founding member of the Borromeo String Quartet, Ms. Kim has performed in over 20 countries, and in many of the world’s most illustrious concert halls and Festivals. Ms. Kim has performed throughout Europe and Asia with the Borromeo, in duo with violinist Nicholas Kitchen, and as a soloist, including engagements with the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Opera Bastille in Paris, Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Suntory Hall and Casals Hall in Tokyo, the Saejong Cultural Center in Seoul, Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Jordan Hall in Boston, the Library of Congress and Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Learn more

This concert is sponsored by:

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December 4
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free - $25.00
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Francis Auditorium
227 East Frederick Street
Staunton, VA 24401 United States