Vibrant Sonorities


A grossly underrated composer, Josef Labor was a respected organist, pianist, teacher, and composer, who was colleagues with Johannes Brahms, Richard Strauss, Anton Bruckner, Clara Schumann, and Gustav Mahler. His piano quintet for piano, violin, viola, cello, and double bass highlights each instrument with sonorous melodies and masterfully integrates expansive harmonies. In this season-ending concert, NEPACMS is thrilled to also present a world premiere of a piano quintet of the same instrumentation by pianist and composer Hwaen Ch’uqi. Known for his expressive and accessible works, NEPACMS is honored and excited to bring this new work into the world!

SATURDAY, May 11, 2024 at 7PM

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral
35 S Franklin St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701


Hwaen Ch’uqi Piano Quintet No. 2, C-Dur, CWV 60*
Josef Labor Piano Quintet, Op. 3

*World premiere


Hwaen Ch’uqi, piano
John Vaida, violin
Amy Iwazumi, viola
Lisa Caravan, cello
James VanDemark, double bass

This program is supported in part by the Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit 19 and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.