Spektral Quartet pushes the envelope with an adventurous season lineup

Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 10:23 am

By Lawrence A. Johnson

The Spektral Quartet opens their season October 4 at the Art Institute's Fullerton Hall.
The Spektral Quartet opens their season October 4 at the Art Institute’s Fullerton Hall.

The Spektral Quartet has lined up a characteristically adventurous season for 2014-15, with concerts split between Constellation and the Logan Center for the Arts.

Ensemble-in-residence at the University of Chicago’s Dept. of Music, the Spektral Quartet will perform three programs at the Logan Center penthouse in Hyde Park. The November 9 program will offer Stravinsky’s Concertino, Gyorgy Ligeti’s String Quartet No. 2 and Beethoven’s Quartet in A minor, Op. 132. On May 10, Spektral will tackle Steve Reich’s Different Trains, Dvořák’s “American” String Quartet and Webern’s Six Bagatelles. There will also be a lighter “Sampler Pack” program January 10 featuring isolated movements from Dvořák, Haydn, Ligeti, and Beethoven and selections of ringtones from the ensemble’s Mobile Miniatures project.

The Spektral Quartet will open its season October 4 with music for string quartet and bandoneon/accordion at the Art Institute’s Fullerton Hall as part of the Latino Music Festival.

Music featured at Constellation events includes Bernard Rands’ String Quartet No. 2 (October 25), a world premiere for flute and quartet by Anthony Cheung along with George Crumb’s Black Angels (March 22) and a program of “Comic Cadences” (May 31).

For more information go to spektralquartet.com

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