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2019-20 SEASON


THERE IS A UNIQUE THRILL in being the lungs – or the bullhorn – amplifying the voice of a composer. We are the conduit between the composer’s brain and the listener’s body, and for the 2019/20 season, we steer this relationship to center stage. Drawing from our ever-expanding wish list of composers, we will investigate elusive angles of individual expression as we present works ranging from fascinating art objects to intimate autobiographies. Feelings of other-ness to moments of unity. Blinding light and inky dark – and the fascinating vistas that lie in-between. 

In addition to playing the music that we can’t stop thinking about, we’ll be inviting composers to the stage to celebrate what exists inside them, whether through video interviews, writing, or in-person exchanges. Aware that programming in our field infrequently represents the prism of experiences within our society, this season we continue our push towards balance by drawing an even wider array of divergent voices into orbit.

Here’s what’s in store for you.

ONE. Three dream-big projects including a cosmic new work for string quartet and 360-degree video by Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Sigurdur Gudjonsson, a tour and album release of Nathalie Joachim’s luminous Fanm d’Ayiti (“Women of Haiti”) suite, and a provocative, movement-propelled piece by Lisa Marie Coons and director/choreographer Mark DeChiazza. 

TWO. Tempting concert-hall events featuring masterworks by Fanny Mendelssohn, Amy Beach, Shulamit Ran, and Bernard Rands. And remaining zealous about stewarding new works beyond their world premieres, we bring you unique creations past and present from Alex Temple (with vocalist Julia Holter) and Gene Knific, as well as a hidden gem from Kotoka Suzuki.

THREE. Experiential events. Inspired by the enthusiastic responses to our original series, we’re kicking things up a notch by inviting composers LJ White, Alex Temple, and Shulamit Ran to our deep-diving Once More With Feeling! series – and invigorating all your senses with hands-on experiences at our popular Close Encounters series.

This is going to be an extraordinary season, and the only prerequisite is curiosity. Are you ready?

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NOT in Chicago? Find us on tHE ROAD…

9/20/19 Kalamazoo, MI Western Michigan University

9/26/19 Iowa City, IA University of Iowa

10/17/19 Minneapolis, MI MacPhail Center

10/26/19 New York, NY Ecstatic Music Festival

10/29/19 Washington, DC Kennedy Center

11/4/19 Eau Claire, WI UW-Eau Claire Painting Party

11/5/19 Eau Claire, WI Pablo Center

11/7/19 New Orleans, LA University of New Orleans

12/8/19 Denver, CO Clyfford Still Museum

12/11/19 Denver, CO Denver Friends of Chamber Music

1/10/20 Chapel Hill, NC Carolina Performing Arts

1/31/20 Davis, CA Taproot Festival

2/1/20 Davis, CA Taproot Festival

2/19/20 College Park, MD The Clarice @MilkBoy ArtHouse

2/29/20 Richardson, TX UT-Dallas

3/2/20 Denton, TX University of North Texas

3/6/20 Dallas, TX Southern Methodist University

3/29/20 Boston, MA Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

4/3/20 San Diego, CA ArtPower at UC-San Diego

4/5/20 Berkeley, CA Cal Performances

4/24/20 Sarasota, FL The Ringling

4/27/20 Spartanburg, SC Converse College

More tour dates will be announced in coming weeks… sign up for our mailing list to get information and special offers in your inbox.

Spektral Quartet’s 2019-20 concert season is supported by the generosity of the following foundations and governmental agencies. We are so grateful for this funding, and for the support of the many individuals who give to our organization. If you are interested in supporting our work, please visit spektralquartet.com/donate to learn more.