Spektral Quartet [Rebroadcast]

January 11, 2021, 8:00 pm

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Spektral Quartet (Photo: Daniel Kullman)

This is an encore broadcast from May 16, 2016.

Multi-Grammy nominees, the Spektral Quartet actively pursues a vivid conversation between exhilarating works of the traditional repertoire and those written this decade, this year, or this week. Since its inception in 2010, Spektral is known for creating seamless connections across centuries, drawing in the listener with charismatic deliveries, interactive concert formats, an up-close atmosphere, and bold, inquisitive programming.

With a tour schedule including some of the country’s most notable concert venues such as the Kennedy Center, Miller Theater, Library of Congress, and NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, the quartet also takes great pride in its home city of Chicago: championing the work of local composers, bridging social and aesthetic partitions, and cultivating its ongoing collaborations and residencies in the Chicago region.

Named “Chicagoans of the Year” by the Chicago Tribune in 2017, Spektral Quartet is most highly regarded for its creative and stylistic versatility: presenting seasons in which, for instance, a thematic program circling Beethoven seamlessly coexists with an improvised sonic meditation at sunrise, a talent show featuring Spektral fans, and the co-release of a jazz album traversing the folk traditions of Puerto Rico.

Biography courtesy of the artist’s website.


Quartettsatz in c minor, D. 703  by Schubert

Many Many Cadences, Sky Macklay

String Quartet in E-flat Major, No. 1 Op. 12, by Mendelssohn
Adagio no troppo – Allegro non tardante
Canzonetta: Allegretto
Andante espressivo
Molto allegro e vivace

String Quartet No. 1 “If On A Winter’s Night,” by Michael Keys

The Ancestral Mouse Trap, by David Reminick
III. Oh My God, I Will Never Get Home

I’m Hiding Your Present From You
Arthur Russel arr. Katherine Young