sweet home chicago
We close out our 2016/17 Chicago Concert Season with a cyclone of a show all about movement and dance. Better wear your snazzy shoes to this one...
It would appear that Augusta Read Thomas didn't slow down her writing process one bit during the three years she spent spearheading the Ear Taxi Festival, and that's great news for us because she's written us a marvelous new quartet, titled CHI. That's "chi" as in "vital life force," so this show is going to go a lot deeper than just your ears...
Augusta Read Thomas – CHI (commissioned by Spektral Quartet)
Augusta Read Thomas – Selene (with Third Coast Percussion)
Augusta Read Thomas – Resounding Earth (commissioned by Third Coast Percussion)
Welcome to our marquee event of the 2016/17 season this March: the Chicago premiere of Morton Feldman’s iconic Quartet No. 2.
At between 5-6 hours of uninterrupted playing, the Quartet No. 2 (1983) is primarily a work intended to dislodge the listener’s concept of time–but it is also a significant feat of both mental and physical stamina on the part of the performers. Attendees are encouraged to stay for much or all of the concert, to fully experience Feldman’s beautifully disorienting score, and the 4th floor galleries of the MCA will remain open for quiet perusal. We in Spektral Quartet are not aware of any quartet in the repertoire longer in duration, and the journey across such an expanse of time promises to be as transformative for us as it is for concertgoers.
We are stoked to be sharing a stage once again with Chicago-based actor Michael Patrick Thornton (The Gift Theatre, Steppenwolf), and this time it's at Second City! 'You & Me' is Mike's completely improvised, two-person show, during which we'll be providing audio prompts to send this extemporaneous conversation in new directions. We've never done anything like it before...