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Spektral Quartet: The Hustle at Constellation

  • Constellation Chicago 3111 North Western Avenue Chicago, IL, 60618 United States (map)

Spektral Quartet: The Hustle at Constellation

The Spektral Quartet closes out its 2016/17 Chicago Concert Season with a cyclone of a show all about movement and dance. They’ll be moving in perfect synchronicity for Simon Steen-Andersen's performance art burner, "Study for String Instrument #1." Also inhabiting a game vibe is Charlie Sdraulig's "Scan," in which individual actions are triggered by what players see their quartet-mates playing in a given moment. Nothing less than the human life force, or "Chi," is the inspiration for Augusta Read Thomas's new commission (by the same title). It's a typically vivacious ART composition, and a no doubt compelling counterpart to Andrew McManus's exploration of rat neurons. You read that correctly. Like "Chi," "Neurosonics 2" was written for the quartet this season, and for it, Andrew worked with neuroscientist Tahra Eissa (through the Reva and David Logan Center’s Arts|Science Collaboration Initiative) to mine musical material from the rich brain activity of rats. It's kinetic, as you might imagine, and it provides the electronic backdrop for Andrew's virtuosic string writing.

Ok, now for the most important part. At the end of the concert, Spektral will unveil a very special surprise which will involve everyone in attendance. Trust us. You want to be there.

Spektral Quartet
Clara Lyon & Maeve Feinberg - violins
Doyle Armbrust - viola
Russell Rolen - cello

“...they have everything: a supreme technical command that seems to come easily, a capacity to make complicated music clear, and, most notably on this occasion, an ability to cast a magic spell…” - New York Times

Later Event: May 12
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