American Music Project to return in June with wide-ranging concert by Kontras Quartet

Thu Mar 10, 2022 at 10:48 am

By Tim Sawyier

The Kontras Quartet will perform a concert presented by the American Music Project June 5 at Ganz Concert Hall.

The American Music Project will return to live performance this spring with a concert by the Kontras Quartet June 5 at Ganz Hall. While the Chicago-based foundation has awarded grants to groups in recent years, this will be the first live concert presented by AMP since 2016.

As is AMP’s mission, the program will offer a wide range of music by American composers past and present, including the world premiere of Amy Wurtz’s String Quartet No. 3. The American Music Project launched with the premiere of Wurtz’s Piano Quintet in 2014. (AMP was founded in 2013 by CCR’s Lawrence A. Johnson.)

The program will also include Philip Glass’s String Quartet No. 2 (“Company”), John Elmquist’s Sacred Traces, Vincent Persichetti’s String Quartet No. 3, and selections from Frederick Tillis’s Spiritual Fantasy No. 12.

“We are delighted to perform this program for the American Music Project,” said Kontras violinist François Henkins. “Not only are there some underperformed gems, like the Frederick Tillis and Persichetti quartets, but we will also be premiering Amy Wurtz’s String Quartet No. 3, and revisit a Kontras commission, Sacred Traces by John Elmquist.”

The concert will take place 3 p.m. Sunday June 5 at Ganz Hall at Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Avenue. Tickets are $20, $10 for students. To reserve tickets, email

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