Their May 23 concert, centering around George Crumb’s seminal “Black Angels”, will be an “artist’s response to war”. Stationed in the days after the NATO and G-8 Summits in Chicago and just before Memorial Day, this event is intended to be a space for reflection on America’s current and past wars. Also a part of this event will be short films by the remarkable Richard Mosse, words by young Chicago writers and a musical depiction of torture.
The Spektral Quartet will work with HCL on the production of this major event, taking place in the Chopin Theater on May 23, as well as rehearsing our musical component in HCL’s space. The quartet’s performance of “Black Angels” incorporates a battery of percussion, unexpected musical instruments, and amplification. This work is a powerful journey through the mind of an individual in war, as well as a larger meditation on violence, evil and redemption.
Also, this spring finds the beginning of The Spektral Quartet’s NFP, where they will be creating multimedia programs for both school classrooms and interacting with a high school quartet in developing their musical and entrepreneurial acumen.
Lastly, the quartet will celebrate the end of their residency in June with a party-concert featuring highlights from our season and the presentation of a major new work to our repertoire: Beethoven’s canonical Op. 59 No. 3.
With its debut performance hailed as one of the Top 5 classical performances of 2010 by TimeOut Chicago (Mia Clarke), the Spektral Quartet has emerged as an ensemble of adroit musicality and innovative programming. Just as committed to performing in non-traditional venues as concert halls, the foursome endeavor to perform the likes of Beethoven and Haydn equally alongside Adés and Glass. Deviating from the hierarchies of the past, the terms “first-” and “second violin” are interchangeable for the quartet with concert soloist Pederzoli leading the group in repertoire up through the Romantic era, then swapping chairs with new music specialist Wulliman for contemporary scores and those on which the ink may still be wet.