The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, one of the few Asian American professional dance companies, will grace the Carver stage with complete elegance. Since forming in 1988, this company has defied categorization. Nai-Ni Chen is an artist who continually works on new ideas from influences around the world, utilizing mesmerizing and dramatic contemporary choreography which has gained recognition among domestic and international presenters. The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company also has the unique honor of having received more than twelve awards from the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition, in the first China International Dance Festival in Kunming, Yunan, the dance company was presented the highest honor, the Golden Lotus Award, the only distinction given to dance companies based outside of China.
The Ahn Trio, a sparkling musical group, joins The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company for a captivating evening. The Ahn sisters, Angella (violin) Lucia (piano) and Maria (cello), are all Julliard-trained musicians who consistently redefine the art and architecture of chamber music. The sisters frequently perform throughout the United States; in addition, they offer educational workshops at middle schools, high school and colleges in attempt to bring new audiences to classical music. This trio is known for its performances of new classical music, genre-crossing programming and collaborations with other artists.
– New Jersey Monthly
“The family that plays together: Cellist Maria, violinist Angella and pianist Lucia deftly balance unanimity with individuality. When Tchaikovsky’s seldom heard Trio in A Minor, Op. 50, is the best-known work in a concert, you know you are in for some imaginative programming.”
– The Washington Post