The Tank NYC

JACK Quartet returns to the Tank
May 10, 2010, 09:00
Filed under: music

New Works for the JACK Quartet
May 13, 2010 at 9:30pm
Running time: Between 1.5 and 2 hours,
Tickets $5

Photo by Justin Bernhaut

Praised for its “explosive virtuosity” by the Boston Globe and its “powerhouse-playing” by the Chicago Sun-Times, the JACK Quartet has quickly established a reputation for giving high-energy performances of today’s most demanding works for string quartet. The New York Times called the quartet’s performance of Iannis Xenakis’ complete string quartets one of the “most memorable classical music presentations of 2008,” and in 2009, the quartet received an ASCAP/Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music.

Comprising violinists Christopher Otto and Ari Streisfeld, violist John Pickford Richards, and cellist Kevin McFarland, the quartet has performed at Carnegie Hall (USA), La Biennale di Venezia (Italy), the Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), the Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik (Germany), and the Festival Internacional Chihuahua (Mexico) with future appearances at the Miller Theatre (USA), the Library of Congress (USA) and the Donaueschinger Musiktage (Germany).

The commissioning and performance of new works for string quartet is integral to the JACK Quartet’s mission, leading them to work closely with composers Helmut Lachenmann, György Kurtág, Matthias Pintscher, Toshio Hosokawa, Wolfgang Rihm, Elliott Sharp, Beat Furrer, and Aaron Cassidy. This concert follows a period of close collaboration with graduate student composers at New York University and will consist of new works written for the JACK Quartet.


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