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Different Trains Every Time

Concert
Different Trains Every Time
When
Sun, May 10, 2015
3:00pm - $10 at the door / Free with UCID - All Ages
Where
915 E 60th St.
Chicago, IL
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Spektral Quartet presents one of the most stirring and pivotal pieces of the 20th century, Steve Reich’s Different Trains for string quartet and tape. Traversing the years leading up to and immediately following World War II by way of interview snippets and recorded locomotives, Different Trains is by turns devastating, hopeful, and effusive. Speaking of effusive, the rustic charm of Dvořák’s “American” Quartet all but defies you not to smile while hearing it, while the pithy morsels that are Anton Webern’s Six Bagatelles pull the concert under the microscope for a bit of listening in miniature.

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Music of Webern, Dvořák, and Reich

Concert
Music of Webern, Dvořák, and Reich
When
Sat, May 09, 2015
4:30pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
460 Sunset Ridge Rd.
Northfield, IL 60093
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Spektral Quartet brings the tasty morsels of Webern's Bagatelles to Northfield this Spring for a concert including Dvořák's "American" Quartet and Reich's WWII-era masterpiece, Different Trains.

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Conversations in New Music concert series

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Conversations in New Music concert series
When
Sat, Apr 11, 2015
8:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
145 East Cameron Ave
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Conversations in New Music series brings together performers, composers, and guest lecturers in an effort to dispel the mystique of contemporary classical music and offer the uninitiated a touchstone for listening and enjoying it. The Spektral Quartet brings George Crumb's Black Angels and Bernard Rands's String Quartet No. 2 to the residency, and the ensemble is especially keen to workshop and perform two new works by composers Lee Weisert and Stefan Litwin.

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Reith Chamber Series: Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ

Concert
Reith Chamber Series: Haydn's Seven Last Words of Christ
When
Sun, Mar 29, 2015
3:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
1700 South Main Street
Goshen, IN 46526
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The Spektral Quartet returns to Sauder Concert Hall this season for a performance of Haydn's introspective and heartrending, The Seven Last Words of Christ. The exquisite acoustics of Sauder provide a perfect setting for this moving work, one which is frequently as potent for the secular as the religious in its portrayal of abandonment, familial bonds, and hope.

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Black Angels + Anthony Cheung World Premiere

Concert
Black Angels + Anthony Cheung World Premiere
When
Sun, Mar 22, 2015
8:30pm - Tickets available soon - 21+
Where
3111 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
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We are thrilled to partner with International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) founder/artistic director Claire Chase and UChicago faculty composer Anthony Cheung for a potent new work for flute and string quartet. Awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2012, Chase is one of new music’s most eloquent advocates and her collaboration with Spektral is rounded out with George Crumb’s landmark Black Angels for amplified string quartet.

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There Is No Repetition: Spahlinger Festival 2015

Concert
There Is No Repetition: Spahlinger Festival 2015
When
Sat, Mar 14, 2015
4:00pm - All Ages
Where
1010 E. 59th Street
Chicago, IL

Goodspeed Hall, 4th floor

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The Spektral Quartet performs and discusses Mathias Spahlinger’s apo do for the University of Chicago's Spahlinger Festival, hosted by Assistant Professor of Music and the Humanities, Seth Brodsky.

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Behind the Wallpaper featuring Julia Holter

Concert
Behind the Wallpaper featuring Julia Holter
When
Thu, Feb 26, 2015
7:00pm - $12 - check back soon for ticket availability - 21+
9:30pm - $12 - check back soon for ticket availability - 21+
Where
3111 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
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Julia Holter’s captivating album Loud City Song landed the singer/composer/electronic musician a spot on Pitchfork Media’s coveted “Top 50 Albums” list in 2013, and this February she conspires with Spektral Quartet for the world premiere of Alex Temple’s Behind the Wallpaper. Holter’s hypnotic and intimate mezzo-soprano is a perfect match for Temple’s multi-movement, avant-pop slide into the sometimes cozy, sometimes sinister landscapes of isolation and otherness.

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Spektral Quartet presented by Strathmore

Concert
Spektral Quartet presented by Strathmore
When
Thu, Feb 12, 2015
7:30pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
10701 Rockville Pike
North Bethesda, MD 20852

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Sunday Classical Concert Series at Grand Rapids Art Museum

Concert
Sunday Classical Concert Series at Grand Rapids Art Museum
When
Sun, Feb 08, 2015
2:00pm - FREE (with paid museum admission) - All Ages
Where
101 Monroe Center NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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The Spektral Quartet brings a characteristically century-hopping program to the Grand Rapids Art Museum this winter. Featuring works by Haydn, Beethoven, Dvořák, Ligeti, Glass, Stravinsky, and young compositional luminaries Liza White, Chris Fisher-Lochhead Diego Schissi, and David Reminick, this prismatic setlist finds a visually-inspiring home within the museum's stunning architecture.

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Wheaton College Artist Series with Julien Labro

Concert
Wheaton College Artist Series with Julien Labro
When
Sat, Jan 24, 2015
4:30pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
7:30pm - SOLD OUT - All Ages
Where
418 N. Chase St.
Wheaton, IL 60187
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The Wheaton College Artist Series is host to some of the finest classical music performances in Chicago's western suburbs, and Spektral Quartet is pleased to be making its series debut with bandoneon/accordion virtuoso, Julien Labro. With the 7:30pm show sold out almost immediately, a second has been added at 4:30pm. The quintet performs works by Astor Piazzolla, Diego Schissi, Fernando Otero, Hermeto Pascoal, and many others from its 2014 release, .

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Winter Sampler Pack: Snowpocalypse Antidote

Concert
Winter Sampler Pack: Snowpocalypse Antidote
When
Sat, Jan 10, 2015
8:00pm - $10 at the door / Free with UCID - All Ages
Where
915 E 60th St.
Chicago, IL
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What better way to stave off Seasonal Affective Disorder this January than to duck into the warm confines of the Logan Center’s Performance Penthouse for a concert program as varied and...colorful...as phrases to describe Chicago winters? Movements from Dvořák, Haydn, Ligeti, and Beethoven frame a brilliant new tango arrangement by Julien Labro and selections of ringtones from the ensemble’s critically-acclaimed Mobile Miniatures project. The world premiere of David Reminick's Ancestral Mousetrap, which features the quartet singing and playing simultaneously, anchors the program.

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Live from WFMT

Concert
Live from WFMT
When
Mon, Dec 08, 2014
8:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
Chicago, IL
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Tune into 98.7WFMT on December 8th from the comfort of your own lair/dirigible/hydrofoil to hear Spektral Quartet work the mics with Beethoven's transformative String Quartet Op. 132, Stravinsky's button-pushing Concertino, and Bernard Rands's rhythmically virtuosic String Quartet No. 2.

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Bent Frequency presents Black Angels

Concert
Bent Frequency presents Black Angels
When
Wed, Dec 03, 2014
8:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
364 Nelson St.
Atlanta, GA 30313
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The Spektral Quartet makes its Atlanta debut at the invitation of local new music ensemble, Bent Frequency (http://bentfrequency.com). Performing George Crumb's Vietnam-era masterpiece, Black Angels, the quartet requests you keep your fingers crossed that its crystal goblets (the essential instruments for the God Music section of the piece) fare better than the average guitar on the flight down to Georgia.

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Triforce: Stravinsky – Glass – Beethoven

Concert
Triforce: Stravinsky - Glass - Beethoven
When
Sun, Nov 09, 2014
3:00pm - $10 at the door / Free with UCID - All Ages
Where
915 E 60th St.
Chicago, IL
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The quartet is proud to be heading into its third year as ensemble-in-residence at the University of Chicago’s Dept. of Music. With a sweeping view of Hyde Park below, the foursome bring three compositional heavyweights to the Performance Penthouse with Stravinsky’s formally radical Concertino, Glass’s brooding String Quartet No. 2, "Company", and Beethoven’s revelatory Quartet Op. 132.

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UChicago New Music Ensemble: Tribute to Bernard Rands

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UChicago New Music Ensemble: Tribute to Bernard Rands
When
Sun, Nov 02, 2014
3:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
1010 E. 59th Street
Chicago, IL

Goodspeed Hall, 4th floor

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Spektral Quartet joins the University of Chicago in celebrating the birthday of Pulitzer-prizewinning composer Bernard Rands with a performance of his expertly-crafted String Quartet No. 2 on a program featuring esteemed pianist Amy Briggs and works by UChicago graduate composers.

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UMS: YOU – Global Music Series with Julien Labro

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UMS: YOU - Global Music Series with Julien Labro
When
Sat, Nov 01, 2014
8:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
825 N. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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Spektral Quartet and Julien Labro team up for a debut appearance on one of the country's most prestigious music series, the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor, MI. A feature on the Big Squeeze: An Accordion Summit concert, the quintet delivers highlights from its recent From This Point Forward album (Azica Records).

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Sampler Pack: The Spektral Quartet Octet

Concert
Sampler Pack: The Spektral Quartet Octet
When
Sat, Oct 25, 2014
8:00pm - 21+ Buy Tickets
Where
3111 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
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Provocateur David Reminick ushers in the debut of the Spektral Quartet vocal ensemble with the next installment of a five-movement work that finds the players singing and playing simultaneously! With synapse-exploding poems by Russell Edson as the libretto, Reminick ventures into an evocative world by turns poignant and ludicrous. Get ready to sing yourself as we wish Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Bernard Rands a happy birthday, followed by a performance of his masterfully-sculpted String Quartet No. 2. Movements of Glass, Dvořák, Stravinsky, Ligeti, Beethoven, and a smattering of Mobile Miniatures pepper the program for this century-hopping concert.

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Lee Hyla Memorial Concert

Concert
Lee Hyla Memorial Concert
When
Thu, Oct 16, 2014
7:30pm - FREE - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
700 University Place
Evanston, IL 60208
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Lee Hyla was an early supporter of Spektral Quartet, and it is the ensemble's honor to perform the String Quartet No. 4 for his memorial service at Northwestern University. It is testament to the composer's generosity and reach that the program includes luminaries like saxophonist Ryan Muncy and members of ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble), paying tribute this October to one of the truly singular voices of contemporary music.

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From This Point Forward with Julien Labro

Concert
From This Point Forward with Julien Labro
When
Sat, Oct 04, 2014
2:00pm - FREE (with paid admission to museum) - All Ages
Where
111 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603
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Building on the momentum of their 2014 release From This Point Forward (Azica Records), the Spektral Quartet and Julien Labro dig deeper to both uncover and devise new music for string quartet and bandoneon/accordion. Moving beyond the beloved catalogue of Astor Piazzolla, the quintet brings kinetic and danceable new pieces by Fernando Otero, Diego Schissi and Miguel Zenón to Chicago’s beloved Latino Music Festival.

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From This Point Forward with Julien Labro in NYC

Concert
From This Point Forward with Julien Labro in NYC
When
Thu, Oct 02, 2014
7:30pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
45 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10012
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Spektral Quartet and Julien Labro bring the music from their recently-released full-length, From This Point Forward, to New York City for the first time this October. Featuring groove-centric, danceable tunes from Argentine-born composers like Fernando Otero and Diego Schissi, this project endeavors to uncover music for bandoneon/accordion and string quartet beyond the Astor Piazzolla canon.

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