'Once More, With Feeling!' featuring The Shaggs & LJ White
Aug
14
8:30 PM20:30

'Once More, With Feeling!' featuring The Shaggs & LJ White

One reason we are enamored with composer LJ White is that his Zin Zin Zin was one of our breakout new-music pieces, with this feverish, Mos Def-inspired number eventually included on our debut album, Chambers. Because of his borderless approach to music, LJ was our first choice when we got it in our collective head to commission a cover of perhaps the most notorious of all cult classics: The Shaggs’ 1969 head-spinner, My Pal Foot Foot. It’s music so seemingly unorganized that it’s either laughable...or reaching a new dimension entirely.

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Green Lake Festival: Spektral Quartet in Concert
Jun
29
7:30 PM19:30

Green Lake Festival: Spektral Quartet in Concert

“The quartet proved that they have everything: a supreme technical command that seems to come easily, a capacity to make complicated music clear, and, most notably... an ability to cast a magic spell”

(New York Times)


The twice Grammy-nominated Spektral Quartet is back this summer with an iridescent mashup of the traditional and the new. Written during the most turbulent period of Franz Schubert’s short life, the String Quartet No. 13, “Rosamunde” stands as one of the composer’s most beloved quartets, voyaging between heartbreak and ecstacy with equal charisma. Former Chicago Symphony Orchestra composer-in-residence Samuel Adams points to Schubert as a primary inspiration for his String Quartet No. 2, “Current,” a piece as mesmerizing for its string writing as its inclusion of percussion and electronics. Like two sides of the same coin, Schubert and Adams compel listeners to consider life’s most profound quandaries and questions – through some of the most pleasurable music written for the string quartet.

PROGRAM
String Quartet No. 13 in A minor (Franz Schubert)
String Quartet No. 2 “Current” (Samuel Adams)

This concert is FREE and open to the public

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Green Lake Festival: Fond du Lac Public Library
Jun
29
10:00 AM10:00

Green Lake Festival: Fond du Lac Public Library

Get ready to bounce around the centuries and whirl through an array of musical styles for the Spektral Quartet’s library tour this June. Named classical music’s “Chicagoans of the Year” by the Chicago Tribune, Spektral is known for delivering captivating mashups of the traditional and the brand-new in an inviting space for both new and seasoned listeners.

On the menu are movements from Beethoven’s magnificent final composition, the String Quartet in F major Opus 135 (1826), Kotoka Suzuki’s bewitching celebration of Japanese folk music, Minyo (1997), Elliott Carter’s gossamer Fragment No. 1 (1994), Schubert’s famously moody String Quartet in A minor, “Rosamunde,” (1824), and Chicago composer Tomeka Reid’s irresistible Prospective Dwellers (2016).

Listeners of all ages and experiences are enthusiastically welcomed!

This concert is FREE and open to the public

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Green Lake Festival: Appleton Public Library
Jun
28
2:00 PM14:00

Green Lake Festival: Appleton Public Library

Get ready to bounce around the centuries and whirl through an array of musical styles for the Spektral Quartet’s library tour this June. Named classical music’s “Chicagoans of the Year” by the Chicago Tribune, Spektral is known for delivering captivating mashups of the traditional and the brand-new in an inviting space for both new and seasoned listeners.

On the menu are movements from Beethoven’s magnificent final composition, the String Quartet in F major Opus 135 (1826), Kotoka Suzuki’s bewitching celebration of Japanese folk music, Minyo (1997), Elliott Carter’s gossamer Fragment No. 1 (1994), Schubert’s famously moody String Quartet in A minor, “Rosamunde,” (1824), and Chicago composer Tomeka Reid’s irresistible Prospective Dwellers (2016).

Listeners of all ages and experiences are enthusiastically welcomed!

This concert is FREE and open to the public

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Green Lake Festival: Oshkosh Public Library
Jun
28
10:00 AM10:00

Green Lake Festival: Oshkosh Public Library

Get ready to bounce around the centuries and whirl through an array of musical styles for the Spektral Quartet’s library tour this June. Named classical music’s “Chicagoans of the Year” by the Chicago Tribune, Spektral is known for delivering captivating mashups of the traditional and the brand-new in an inviting space for both new and seasoned listeners.

On the menu are movements from Beethoven’s magnificent final composition, the String Quartet in F major Opus 135 (1826), Kotoka Suzuki’s bewitching celebration of Japanese folk music, Minyo (1997), Elliott Carter’s gossamer Fragment No. 1 (1994), Schubert’s famously moody String Quartet in A minor, “Rosamunde,” (1824), and Chicago composer Tomeka Reid’s irresistible Prospective Dwellers (2016).

Listeners of all ages and experiences are enthusiastically welcomed!

This concert is FREE and open to the public

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Green Lake Festival: Neenah Public Library
Jun
27
1:30 PM13:30

Green Lake Festival: Neenah Public Library

Get ready to bounce around the centuries and whirl through an array of musical styles for the Spektral Quartet’s library tour this June. Named classical music’s “Chicagoans of the Year” by the Chicago Tribune, Spektral is known for delivering captivating mashups of the traditional and the brand-new in an inviting space for both new and seasoned listeners.

On the menu are movements from Beethoven’s magnificent final composition, the String Quartet in F major Opus 135 (1826), Kotoka Suzuki’s bewitching celebration of Japanese folk music, Minyo (1997), Elliott Carter’s gossamer Fragment No. 1 (1994), Schubert’s famously moody String Quartet in A minor, “Rosamunde,” (1824), and Chicago composer Tomeka Reid’s irresistible Prospective Dwellers (2016).

Listeners of all ages and experiences are enthusiastically welcomed!

This concert is FREE and open to the public

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Green Lake Festival: Ripon Public Library
Jun
27
10:00 AM10:00

Green Lake Festival: Ripon Public Library

Get ready to bounce around the centuries and whirl through an array of musical styles for the Spektral Quartet’s library tour this June. Named classical music’s “Chicagoans of the Year” by the Chicago Tribune, Spektral is known for delivering captivating mashups of the traditional and the brand-new in an inviting space for both new and seasoned listeners.

On the menu are movements from Beethoven’s magnificent final composition, the String Quartet in F major Opus 135 (1826), Kotoka Suzuki’s bewitching celebration of Japanese folk music, Minyo (1997), Elliott Carter’s gossamer Fragment No. 1 (1994), Schubert’s famously moody String Quartet in A minor, “Rosamunde,” (1824), and Chicago composer Tomeka Reid’s irresistible Prospective Dwellers (2016).

Listeners of all ages and experiences are enthusiastically welcomed!

This concert is FREE and open to the public

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Green Lake Festival: Thomas E. Caestecker Free Family Concert
Jun
26
2:00 PM14:00

Green Lake Festival: Thomas E. Caestecker Free Family Concert

  • Green Lake Caestecker Public Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Get ready to bounce around the centuries and whirl through an array of musical styles for the Spektral Quartet’s library tour this June. Named classical music’s “Chicagoans of the Year” by the Chicago Tribune, Spektral is known for delivering captivating mashups of the traditional and the brand-new in an inviting space for both new and seasoned listeners.

On the menu are movements from Beethoven’s magnificent final composition, the String Quartet in F major Opus 135 (1826), Kotoka Suzuki’s bewitching celebration of Japanese folk music, Minyo (1997), Elliott Carter’s gossamer Fragment No. 1 (1994), Schubert’s famously moody String Quartet in A minor, “Rosamunde,” (1824), and Chicago composer Tomeka Reid’s irresistible Prospective Dwellers (2016).

Listeners of all ages and experiences are enthusiastically welcomed!

This concert is FREE and open to the public


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DUBIOUS CLAIMS AND HIDDEN TALENTS: THE SPEKTRAL QUARTET TALENT SHOW
Jun
15
8:30 PM20:30

DUBIOUS CLAIMS AND HIDDEN TALENTS: THE SPEKTRAL QUARTET TALENT SHOW

We like to close our Chicago concert seasons with a bang: hiring a dance instructor to teach everyone The Hustle at the end of a movement-based show, for example, or filling the hall with Spektral Quartet-branded beach balls at the conclusion of a yacht-rock themed evening…you get the idea.

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KC Jukebox: 'Stranger Things' & Jóhann Jóhannsson Tribute
May
22
7:30 PM19:30

KC Jukebox: 'Stranger Things' & Jóhann Jóhannsson Tribute

  • Kennedy Center - Eisenhower Theater (map)
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We are honored to be paying tribute to Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, who tragically passed away in 2018, with this excerpted performance of his 2002 full-length debut, Englabörn.

Presented on the Kennedy Center’s eclectic and forward-thinking Jukebox series, curated by composer Mason Bates, it is also quite a thrill to be sharing the bill with Stranger Things composer/performers Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein! This is going to be one moody and captivating show…

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Spektral & Miguel Zenón in San Juan, Puerto Rico!
May
18
8:30 PM20:30

Spektral & Miguel Zenón in San Juan, Puerto Rico!

We could not be more thrilled to be heading to San Juan, Puerto Rico to perform with Miguel Zenón!

Yo Soy La Tradición was nominated for a 2018 Grammy in the “Best Latin Jazz” category, but more importantly, we love Miguel’s imaginative string writing and the way he evokes tradition in an entirely fresh approach.

So friends…jump on a plane and join us in Puerto Rico. This music will never sound quite the same anywhere else!

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ENCHANTED ISLANDS: A TRAVELOGUE
May
4
7:30 PM19:30

ENCHANTED ISLANDS: A TRAVELOGUE

In the summer of 2017, we landed a plum residency at the American Academy in Rome, Italy. “Plum,” in the sense of phenomenal cuisine and ancient sites. We were so lit up by composer Christopher Trapani’s music that we’ve been scheming for a way to play it ever since. We are all smiles to report that we’re bringing him to Chicago this spring to introduce him to you, and to present you with the world premiere of his Isolario: Book 2. The second chapter in a series, so to speak, Isolario captures the essence of his travels to far-flung islands by way of electronics, the composer’s own field recordings, and prepared instruments (think aluminum foil tucked around our strings, for instance).

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An Open Rehearsal: Schubert's "Rosamunde" Quartet
Apr
25
7:30 PM19:30

An Open Rehearsal: Schubert's "Rosamunde" Quartet

Franz Schubert’s “Rosamunde” Quartet is one of those masterworks we’ve been itching to perform for the first time in Spektral. A question put to us frequently is, “How do you go about finding your own musical voice with a piece that’s been performed and recorded thousands of times?” Well, friend, you’re about to find out…

Our open rehearsals intentionally bring you, the listener, into our early process with a piece both to pull the curtain back on how we assemble a challenging new score – but also to get your input into the musical decisions that await us. The only prerequisite for these informal, entertaining events is curiosity.

Refreshments will be served following the event.

This event is FREE and open to the public

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Seven Last Words at Immanuel Lutheran Chicago
Apr
14
3:00 PM15:00

Seven Last Words at Immanuel Lutheran Chicago

We are very happy to be sharing a perennial Spektral favorite – Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ – with our friends and neighbors in Edgewater this April. This is a piece that, no matter one’s spiritual proclivities, offers an opportunity for contemplation and reflection – something we find to be in short supply these days.

This concert is FREE and open to the public

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Seven Last Words at Augsburg University
Apr
11
7:30 PM19:30

Seven Last Words at Augsburg University

We’re delighted to rekindle our annual tradition of performing Josef Haydn’s sublime Seven Last Words of Christ this April with our first appearance at Augsburg University. This is a piece that, no matter one’s spiritual proclivities, offers an opportunity for contemplation and reflection – something we find to be in short supply these days.

PROGRAM
The Seven Last Words of Christ (Josef Haydn)

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Educational Residency at Augsburg University & MacPhail Center for Music
Apr
11
to Apr 12

Educational Residency at Augsburg University & MacPhail Center for Music

One of the singular benefits of bouncing around the country as a string quartet is encountering performance and composition students at local universities, and we’re eager to meet the young creatives at Augsburg University and the MacPhail Center for Music during our time in Minnesota. We’ll be coaching chamber music, offering masterclasses, and reading new works by student composers – the kinds of things that light us up!

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In Spektral's Neighborhood: Ellipsis Coffeehouse
Apr
5
1:00 PM13:00

In Spektral's Neighborhood: Ellipsis Coffeehouse

We’re popping up for FREE shows around our home base of Edgewater throughout the 2018/19 season, and on April 5th we’ll perform from a menu including Beethoven, Mozart, Elliott Carter and Hans Thomalla at Ellipsis Coffeehouse.

*Spektral Quartet is not liable for any extraordinary emails, inspired film scripts, or general flourishes of creativity during this hour.

This event is FREE and open to the public

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THE MODERN SALON: SOUTH SIDE EDITION (Close Encounters Series)
Mar
23
7:00 PM19:00

THE MODERN SALON: SOUTH SIDE EDITION (Close Encounters Series)

Salons are stimulating affairs in which artists of diverse disciplines gather to showcase and expound on their work – and this season, the GRAMMY-nominated Spektral Quartet aims to catapult the best of what the salon has to offer into the 21st century.

In partnership with esteemed Chicago-based artist and organizer Theaster Gates, Spektral will spotlight some of the city’s most charismatic creatives in music, poetry, dance, and visual art in an environment that draws voices and traditions into dynamic conversation with one another.

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Open Rehearsal: An expanded new work by Samuel Adams
Mar
7
7:30 PM19:30

Open Rehearsal: An expanded new work by Samuel Adams

Quartet Movement by composer Samuel Adams is a commission that we’ve had up on stage quite a bit in recent years…and now this alluring, episodic piece is growing! We can’t get enough of Sam the person or Sam the composer, so we’re eager to share the newly-written portion of this expanded work with you.

Our open rehearsals intentionally bring you, the listener, into our early process with a piece both to pull the curtain back on how we assemble a challenging new score – but also to get your input into the musical decisions that await us. The only prerequisite for these informal, entertaining events is curiosity.

Refreshments will be served following the event.

This event is FREE and open to the public

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Educational Residency at Olivet Nazarene University School of Music
Mar
6
1:00 PM13:00

Educational Residency at Olivet Nazarene University School of Music

We’re happy to be invited for our first residency at Olivet Nazarene University’s School of Music, offering a chamber music masterclass, and delivering our presentation on becoming a “citizen musician” – a call-to-action we’ve developed that is quickly making the rounds to the country’s universities since we launched it at the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) conference in 2017.

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Chicago Public Schools Residency
Feb
21
to Feb 26

Chicago Public Schools Residency

As part of our season-long In Spektral’s Neighborhood series – in which we offer free concerts in our home base of Edgewater to create a deeper sense of community – we are headed to three public schools over three days to pique the curiosity and creativity of young minds. We can’t wait to interact with the students of Helen Peirce International Studies ES, George B Swift Elementary, Stephen K Hayt Elementary, and Nicholas Senn High School…because post-performance reactions from these age groups is unfiltered and REAL.

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THE LURE OF THE PAST // THE THRILL OF THE NOW
Feb
17
3:00 PM15:00

THE LURE OF THE PAST // THE THRILL OF THE NOW

We are dumbfounded to announce that we will be performing on a Giovanni Granchino violin (1693), a Giorgio Serafin violin (1750), a Matteo Goffriller viola (1727), and a Giuseppe Guarneri cello (1715) for this concert – thanks to the generosity of Bein & Fushi. Our board member, Joe Bein, will open the show with a brief introduction to these superb instruments, and you can read more about this extraordinary loan over on our Blog.

In indie rock and metal, there is an old trope amongst uppity fans that goes something like, “I prefer their earlier work,” but when it comes to Beethoven, devotees largely seem to sway toward the late quartets. The good news is that no one has to choose, but for 2018/19, we’re making our first foray into Ludwig van’s final composition, the enigmatic String Quartet Op. 135.

This concert is FREE and open to the public

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Miguel Zenón: At the Max
Feb
6
7:00 PM19:00

Miguel Zenón: At the Max

  • Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center (map)
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Spektral Quartet partners with MacArthur and Guggenheim fellow Miguel Zenón for “Yo Soy la Tradición,” an immersive, concert-length work inspired by the culture of Zenón’s native Puerto Rico. Recently nominated for a Grammy Award, the work pairs lush, melodic string writing with complex rhythmic interactions, blurring the lines between jazz, classical, and folk music.

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FACETS OF EARTH & SOUND (Close Encounters Series)
Feb
2
7:00 PM19:00

FACETS OF EARTH & SOUND (Close Encounters Series)

Welcome to Spektral's neighborhood!

What if a concert was an opportunity to ignite the body as well as the mind – a chance to work with your hands rather than just folding them in your lap? For this interactive Close Encounters show, we'll provide the musical inspiration as you discover this ancient art form, with guidance provided by the Chicago Mosaic School's master teachers. Be creative alongside us – and exit with your own piece for future archaeologists to uncover.

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In Spektral's Neighborhood: Edgewater Public Library
Jan
26
10:00 AM10:00

In Spektral's Neighborhood: Edgewater Public Library

  • Chicago Public Library: Edgewater Branch (map)
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The Spektral Quartet, twice Grammy-nominated musicians, present an interactive program of classical music for children and their families. Come hear the wonderful musical sounds of Beethoven through the classical music of today as performed by the Chicago Tribune’s 2017 Chicagoans of the Year. 

Ages 0-10 with their families. Registration is required. Space is limited. 

Ask your librarian
or visit chipublib.org
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New World Symphony Residency
Jan
18
to Jan 19

New World Symphony Residency

We’re thrilled to be returning to the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL for a two-day residency this January! In addition to coaching chamber ensembles, we’ll be presenting Programming 101: a guide to community- and inclusivity-minded programming, with a decidedly Spektral bent.

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SPEKTRAL +1, PLUS ONE
Jan
13
8:30 PM20:30

SPEKTRAL +1, PLUS ONE

Chicago is an unparalleled domain for composers honing their voice, and our ongoing residency at the University of Chicago continues to foster friendships and incubate partnerships that thrive to this day, drawing together the mutually essential communities of composers, performers, and collaborators. For this stylistically diverse concert, each combination of Spektral +1 (composer), Plus One (collaborator) creates a potent new cocktail of energetic and sonic possibilities.

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Spektral Quartet at Grand Rapids Art Museum
Dec
9
2:00 PM14:00

Spektral Quartet at Grand Rapids Art Museum

Our concerts at Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) have become an annual event that we look forward to each season! This year, we present two of our favorite numbers – both of which appear on our forthcoming album – amidst the inspiring collections in this fetching Midwestern destination.

– PROGRAM –
Ruth Crawford Seeger
String Quartet 1931

Arnold Schoenberg
String Quartet No 3, Op 30

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