Critic’s Choice

Thu Feb 14, 2019 at 8:00 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Photo: Jocelyn Chuang

Concerts that offers excerpts from great works rather than performing them complete don’t usually make the cut for Critic’s Choice.

But one has to give the thematic benefit of the doubt to Spektral Quartet, a group that offers some of the most eclectic and enterprising programs on the local music scene.

Sunday at the University of Chicago, Spektral will present “The Lure of the Past/The Thrill of the Now,” a typically wide-roving foray encompassing Elliott Carter’s Two Fragments, the Andante from Mozart’s Quartet in G Major, K. 387, Hans Thomalla’s Bagatellen, and Beethoven’s final work, the Quartet in F Major, Op. 135 (complete).

Adding interest, the musicians will be performing on some remarkable vintage instruments (Granchino, Serafin, Goffriller and Guarneri) provided by Bein and Fushi. Adding further interest, the concert is free.

The Spektral Quartet performs 3 p.m. Sunday at Fulton Hall, 1010 East 59th Street. spektralquartet.com

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