The Spektral Quartet, one of Chicago's premier new music groups, announced its 2014-15 season today. Titled "Amplify", the seven-concert season pairs traditional works by composers such as Beethoven and Haydn with modern music by composers including Reich and Ligeti.
The season opens on Saturday, October 4 at 2 p.m. with a free concert in Fullerton Hall at the Art Institute of Chicago. Bandoneon/accordion artist Julian Labro will join the Spektral as part of Chicago's Latino Music Festival to perform new pieces by Fernando Otero, Diego Schissi, and Miguel Zenón.
Other highlights include the ensemble employing their vocal talents for the first time to simultaneously sing and play a composition by David Remnick on Saturday, October 25; a performance of George Crumb's Black Angels paired with a new work for flute and string quartet by University of Chicago faculty composer Anthony Cheung on Sunday, March 22; and a newly-commissioned work by Chris Fisher-Lochhead which captures the cadences of comedians Richard Pryor, Dave Chappelle, Tig Notaro, and Bill Cosby on Sunday, May 31.
A complete listing of concerts is available below. For more information, please visit spektralquartet.com.
- From This Point Forward with Julien Labro. Saturday Oct. 4, 2 p.m. at the Art Institute of Chicago: Fullerton Hall. Cost: free. Music by Fernando Otero, Diego Schissi and Miguel Zenón to Chicago’s beloved Latino Music Festival.
- Sampler Pack: The Spektral Quartet Octet. Saturday Oct. 25, 8.pm. at Constellation (3111 N Western Ave, Chicago, 60618). Cost:$12. Music by David Remnick and Bernard Rand's String Quartet No. 2.
- Triforce: Stravinsky / Ligeti / Beethoven. Sunday Nov. 9, 3 p.m. at the Logan Center for the Arts: Performance Penthouse (915 E 60th St, Chicago, 60637). Cost: $10 / Free with UCID. Program includes Stravinsky’s Concertino, Ligeti’s String Quartet No. 2, and Beethoven’s Quartet Op. 132.
- Winter Sampler Pack: Snowpocalypse Antidote. Saturday Jan. 10, 8 p.m. at the Logan Center for the Arts: Performance Penthouse. Cost:$10 / Free with UCID. Program includes movements from Dvořák, Haydn, Ligeti, a new tango arrangement by Julien Labro, and selections of ringtones from the ensemble’s critically-acclaimed Mobile Miniatures project.
- Behind the Wallpaper featuring Julia Holter. Thursday Feb. 26, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at Constellation. Cost: $12. Singer/composer/electronic musician Julia Holter, whose album Loud City Song landed on Pitchfork Media’s coveted “Top 50 Albums” list in 2013, joins the Spektral Quartet for the world premiere of Alex Temple’s Behind the Wallpaper.
- Black Angels + Anthony Cheung World Premiere. Sunday March 22, 8:30 p.m. at Constellation. Cost:$12. International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) founder/artistic director Claire Chase joins the Quartet to perform a new work for flute and string quartet by Anthony Cheung. The program will also include George Crumb’s Black Angels.
- Different Trains Every Time. Sunday May 10, at 3 p.m at Logan Center for the Arts: Performance Penthouse. Cost: $10 / Free with UCID. Program will include Steve Reich’s Different Trains for string quartet and tape, Dvořák’s “American” Quartet, and Anton Webern’s Six Bagatelles.
- Comic Cadences. Sunday May 31, 8:30 p.m. at Constellation. Cost: $12. Concert includes a commissioned work by Chris Fisher-Lochhead which captures the cadences of Richard Pryor, Dave Chapelle, Tig Notaro, and Bill Cosby. Other musical include Haydn’s Quartet Op. 33, No. 2 in E-flat “The Joke,” Sky Macklay’s Many Many Cadences, and Oznat Netzer’s satirical scherzo, Schertch, featuring flutist Tim Munro.