Jessica Shuang Wu

The Vega Quartet will perform Haydn's first published string quartet, Op 1 No. 1 to begin their concerts on Thursday, Aug 1 and Friday, Aug 2 at 7:30 pm at the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck. It's an optimistic-sounding work, says violinist Jessica Shuang Wu.

Wu tells Cara Lieurance about how  three of the quartet's members grew up together in Shanghai, before pursuing music in the United States. Today, the Vega Quartet is in its 12th year of residency at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, where they will mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth by performing a series of his complete quartets. In Saugatuck, they'll perform his late Quartet No. 13, Op 130, and include the original final movement, Grosse Fuge. The program will be rounded out by a new piece, 13 fiddle tunes for string quartet (I ain't broke but I am badly bent), by David Garner.