Jack Quartet Soundscape America
October 19 @ 8:00 pm - October 21 @ 10:00 pm
Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts presents JACK Quartet: Soundscape America, a thrilling two-night survey of the American string quartet ranging from 1931 Ruth Crawford Seeger and 1951 Morton Feldman to contemporary composers Applebaum and Zorn.
The string quartet is an iconic configuration in classical music. This fall, one of the most important and exciting string quartets of our time, the JACK Quartet, takes on an extremely diverse survey of American string quartets of the 20th and 21st centuries.
When & where
Thursday October 19, 2017 @ 8pm
Saturday October 21, 2017 @ 8pm
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway
Tickets $20-$30 / Students with valid ID $7-$18
All-Access Pass $50
Special event with JACK Quartet for All-Access Pass holders takes place Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 6pm.
JACK, dubbed “superheroes of the new music world” by The Boston Globe, will perform eleven string quartets over two nights by a range of composers including jazz legends and masters of complexity Anthony Braxton and John Zorn, visionaries Ruth Crawford Seeger and Morton Feldman, thorny modernist hero Elliott Carter, maverick Gloria Coates—plus many written in the last five years by Natacha Diels, Erin Gee, Cenk Ergün, Mark Applebaum, and Marcos Balter.
All-Access Pass holders are invited to a special event on the day in between the two concerts, featuring a conversation with the JACK Quartet, composers Marcos Balter and Erin Gee, and moderated by Melissa Smey. JACK will perform excerpts from the two composers' works, and the exclusive evening concludes with a reception.
JACK Quartet is "the go-to quartet for contemporary music, tying impeccable musicianship to intellectual ferocity and a take-no-prisoners sense of commitment" (The Washington Post). The recipient of Lincoln Center's Martin E. Segal Award, New Music USA's Trailblazer Award, and the CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, JACK has performed to critical acclaim at Carnegie Hall (USA), Lincoln Center (USA), Miller Theatre (USA), Wigmore Hall (United Kingdom), Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ (Netherlands), IRCAM (France), Kölner Philharmonie (Germany), the Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), La Biennale di Venezia (Italy), Suntory Hall (Japan), Bali Arts Festival (Indonesia), Festival Internacional Cervatino (Mexico), and Teatro Colón (Argentina).
Comprising violinists Christopher Otto and Austin Wulliman, violist John Pickford Richards, and cellist Jay Campbell, JACK is focused on new work, leading them to collaborate with composers John Luther Adams, Chaya Czernowin, Simon Steen-Andersen, Caroline Shaw, Helmut Lachenmann, Steve Reich, Matthias Pintscher, and John Zorn. Upcoming and recent premieres include works by Derek Bermel, Cenk Ergün, Roger Reynolds, Toby Twining, and Georg Friedrich Haas.