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Comic Cadences

Concert
Comic Cadences
When
Sat, May 30, 2015
8:00pm - Tickets available soon - 18+
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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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 Buy Tickets
Where
915 E 60th St.
Chicago, IL
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, and Beethoven frame a brilliant new tango arrangement by Julien Labro and short works by Stephen Gorbos and Chris Fisher-Lochhead. The world premiere of David Reminick's Ancestral Mousetrap, which features the quartet singing and playing simultaneously, anchors the program.

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Winter Sampler Pack: Snowpocalype Antidote at the Hideout

Concert
Winter Sampler Pack: Snowpocalype Antidote at the Hideout
When
Fri, Jan 09, 2015
10:00pm - 21+ Buy Tickets
Where
1354 West Wabansia
Chicago, IL 60642
Stave off Seasonal Affective Disorder this January by heading over to cozy local haunt The Hideout for a concert program as varied and...colorful...as phrases to describe Chicago winters. Movements from Dvořák, Haydn, and Beethoven frame a brilliant new tango arrangement by Julien Labro and short works by Stephen Gorbos and Chris Fisher-Lochhead. The world premiere of David Reminick's Ancestral Mousetrap, which features the quartet singing and playing simultaneously, anchors the program.

Reminick's punk band, Paper Mice, closes the proceedings with a set of its own. Prepare for lyrics torn from the newspapers, mind-boggling meter changes, and one of the most hyper-kinetic nights you've had in a good while.

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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
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
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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