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Violinist Charms at Wharton Center; An Evening with Ray Chen

EAST LANSING, MI — Ray Chen mixes classical strings with 21st-century charm at Wharton Center for one night only on Saturday, March 16, 2024, at 7:30PM. Tickets are on sale now through the official Wharton Center Ticket Office, online at, or by calling 517.432.2000 or 1. 800. WHARTON.


“Ray Chen can do pretty much anything he wants on the violin.”

—Anne Midgette, The Washington Post


Superstar violinist Ray Chen has it all: charisma for days, a deep musical sense, and incredible virtuosity. Chen prides himself on linking the traditions of classical music to today. His audiences praise his virtual performances almost as much as his live recitals. Additionally, Ray Chen hosts his music practice platform, Tonic, for young musicians to get involved with the classics in a fun and innovative way. Chen does it all!

“To die for. He had the kind of liquid tone that carries with it the emotional depth of great intimacy.” —The Huffington Post

This special performance with pianist Julio Elizalde puts Chen’s talents on full display with a program including the grandest in the violin repertory, Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 7 (“Eroica”), Bach’s cheerful, high-spirited Partita No. 3 for solo violin, Giuseppe Tartini’s fiendishly demanding Devil’s Trill Sonata, Dvořák’s romantic Slavonic Dance No. 2, a special arrangement of Chick Corea’s Spain, and more.

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