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The Spektral Quartet Telethon

Concert
The Spektral Quartet Telethon
When
Tue, Jul 28, 2015
7:30pm - 21+ Buy Tickets
Where
2323 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
The Spektral Quartet is throwing its first ever fundraising party! In preparation for its upcoming album recording in Virginia this summer, the Spektral Quartet Telethon features bottomless Revolution pints, delectable bites, a silent auction, and live performances*. Unlike most fundraisers, this one is absurdly affordable at only $35!

*The Spektral Quartet was unable to secure Yanni for this event, and offers its most sincere apologies.

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Rush Hour Concerts: Here and Now

Concert
Rush Hour Concerts: Here and Now
When
Tue, Jul 14, 2015
5:45pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
St. James Cathedral (map)
65 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Discounted parking can be found at Millennium Centre garage, 33 W. Ontario (between State and Dearborn). The discount rate is $9 for up to 12 hours.

Spektral Quartet returns to Rush Hour Concerts this July with a mashup of poetry and music. Selections from Dave Reminick's "The Ancestral Mousetrap," the libretto of which is taken from the darkly absurd poetry of Russell Edson, will share the bill with "Fratres," by Arvo Pärt.

Make sure to arrive at 5pm for free refreshments and a pre-concert discussion!

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WAMA Performance at Arkansas Governor\’s Mansion

Concert
WAMA Performance at Arkansas Governor's Mansion
When
Tue, Jun 30, 2015
7:30pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
Arkansas Governor's Mansion (map)
1800 Center St
Little Rock, AR 72206
The Spektral Quartet is headed to Little Rock, Arkansas for a mini-residency at the Wildwood Academy of Music and the Arts. In addition to coaching WAMA students, the ensemble will perform at the Governor's Mansion, featuring a program of "Fratres" (Arvo Pärt), "The Ancestral Mousetrap" (Dave Reminick), "Quartet Op. 33 No. 2, The Joke" (Josef Haydn), and "Many Many Cadences" (Sky Macklay).

This appearance serves as the announcement of the Quartet's bid for President, running on the Independent New Music ticket in 2016.

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Downtown Sound: In C

Concert
Downtown Sound: In C
When
Thu, Jun 25, 2015
6:30pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
201 E Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60601
The fantastic "Loops & Variations" series at Millennium Park may be gone, but Third Coast Percussion is keeping new music alive downtown this summer, spearheading Terry Riley's groundbreaking "In C." Spektral Quartet will join TCP and members of Fifth House Ensemble, Grant Wallace Band, Mocrep, New Music Chicago, North Shore Concert Band, Parlour Tapes+, Ursa Ensemble, DePaul University Ensemble 20+, Northern Illinois University, Merit School of Music, and Mucca Pazza for this can't-miss celebration.

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Comic Cadences

Concert
Comic Cadences
When
Sat, May 30, 2015
8:00pm - 18+ Buy Tickets
Where
3111 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
Have you ever seen the names Richard Pryor, Dave Chappelle, and Tig Notaro listed in a classical program? Stand-up comedy and classical music may appear at first to be an unlikely pair, but composer Chris Fisher-Lochhead has set out to capture the cadences of famous comics for his latest Spektral Quartet commission. Warming up the crowd are openers: Haydn’s Quartet Op. 33, No. 2 in E-flat “The Joke,” and Sky Macklay’s rapid windup Many Many Cadences.

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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
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
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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Haydn, Webern & Dvořák in Highland Park

Concert
Haydn, Webern & Dvořák in Highland Park
When
Thu, Apr 30, 2015
7:30pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
Highland Park Community House (map)
1991 Sheridan Rd.
Highland Park, IL 60035
The Spektral Quartet is ready to invade the beautiful North Shore township of Highland Park with a program as diverse as it is enticing. Haydn's Quartet Op. 33 No. 2, "The Joke" opens the proceedings with a light-hearted romp before Anton Webern's "Six Bagatelles" throws the audience under a microscope with its miniature, pithy movements. Columbia University-based composer Sky Macklay holds a spot on the quartet's upcoming album with her "Many Many Cadences," which is very very funny and very very challenging. Finally, Antonin Dvořák's crowd-favorite String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96, "American" rounds out the program with its unapologetic verve and wit.

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A Very Open Rehearsal

Concert
A Very Open Rehearsal
When
Sun, Apr 19, 2015
3:00pm - All Ages
Where
1010 E. 59th Street
Chicago, IL

Goodspeed Hall, 4th floor

Come see how the sausage is made, and better yet, help Spektral Quartet make the sausage! For its ongoing Very Open Rehearsal series at the University of Chicago, the quartet arrives with a piece it has never before rehearsed/performed, and builds it from the ground, up, with the hands-on input of the audience. In this collaborative environment, questions are encouraged, suggestions are pursued, and no previous training or knowledge of musical jargon is necessary.

Admission is free and open to the public.

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Conversations in New Music concert series

Concert
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
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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Rieth Chamber Series: Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ

Concert
Rieth 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
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 - 18+ Buy Tickets
Where
3111 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
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, The Real Book of Fake Tunes. 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, as well as two pieces by Marcos Balter for solo flute, Alone and Pessoa.

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There Is No Repetition: Mathias Spahlinger at 70

Concert
There Is No Repetition: Mathias Spahlinger at 70
When
Sat, Mar 14, 2015
1:30pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
915 E 60th St.
Chicago, IL
The Spektral Quartet performs and discusses Mathias Spahlinger’s apo do for the University of Chicago's Spahlinger Festival, co-organized by composer Philipp Blume and Seth Brodsky, Assistant Professor of Music and the Humanities.

Read all about this unique event at http://norepetition.tumblr.com

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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 - 18+ Buy Tickets
9:30pm - $12 - 18+ Buy Tickets
Where
3111 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
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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Ecstatic Music Festival: Behind the Wallpaper with Julia Holter

Concert
Ecstatic Music Festival: Behind the Wallpaper with Julia Holter
When
Wed, Feb 25, 2015
7:30pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
129 West 67th St.
New York, NY 10023
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. The Spektral Quartet is amped to make its Ecstatic Music Festival debut with the NYC premiere of this new work.

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Liquid Music: Behind the Wallpaper with Julia Holter

Concert
Liquid Music: Behind the Wallpaper with Julia Holter
When
Mon, Feb 23, 2015
7:30pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
6 West 6th St.
St. Paul, MN 55102
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. The Spektral Quartet is stoked to make its Liquid Music series debut with the Minnesota premiere of this new work.

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A Very Open Rehearsal

Concert
A Very Open Rehearsal
When
Sun, Feb 15, 2015
4:00pm - All Ages
Where
1010 E. 59th Street
Chicago, IL

Goodspeed Hall, 4th floor

Come see how the sausage is made, and better yet, help Spektral Quartet make the sausage! For its ongoing Very Open Rehearsal series at the University of Chicago, the quartet arrives with a piece it has never before rehearsed/performed, and builds it from the ground, up, with the hands-on input of the audience. In this collaborative environment, questions are encouraged, suggestions are pursued, and no previous training or knowledge of musical jargon is necessary.

Admission is free and open to the public.

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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
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
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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