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This week on The New Canon, we chat with Ethel's newest member Jennifer Choi along with fellow Ethel violinist and composer Cornelius Dufallo. Join the conversation in the window below or via Twitter with the hashtag #q2new. Want to get a head start? Leave your questions in the comments below and we'll address them at the top of the chat.

String quartets are a continual source of fascination for classical music fans. Four is the magic number, it seems, with the balance that comes between two violins, a viola and cello. So when one musician moves on and another comes in, how does the foursome's dynamic change?

This week on the New Canon, we catch the ever-adventurous and always ebullient Ethel string quartet in the middle of such a shift. And while we were sad to see founding member Mary Rowell retire after 13 years, they couldn't have asked for a better-experienced replacement in Jennifer Choi, who has both the solo and quartet chops to blow the roof off whatever joint is next on Ethel's roster (this week, it's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, though the next time they come together it will be with the Rite of Summer Festival on August 13). While hearing some of Ethel's recent work and Choi's solo and ensemble performances, we get a head start on her New York-debut with the quartet next month to talk about the new era of Ethel.