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Monday, February 14, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.
Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School
The Explorers
The string quartet lives, and in the JACK Quartet, who make a welcome repeat visit, it lives with exhilarating intensity. John Cage is represented at a moment of strange serenity, just before he started dealing out the wild cards of indeterminacy. In contrast, the quartets by Aaron Cassidy and Horatiu Radulescu work at the limits of what musicians and instruments can attain. Cassidy, an American based in England, has worked closely with these players to remake the quartet sound. From Radulescu, whose music made a huge impression here three seasons back, we hear his extraordinary fifth quartet, subtitled “before the universe was born.”
This concert is supported, in part, by The French-American Fund for Contemporary Music, a program of FACE with support from Cultural Services of the French Embassy, CulturesFrance, SACEM and the Florence Gould Foundation. Aaron Cassidy’s visit is funded in part by the British Council’s Composer Bursary Scheme, administered by Sound and Music.
Performers
Program
John Cage String Quartet in Four Parts
Aaron Cassidy String Quartet
West Coast Premiere
Anton Webern Six Bagatelles, Op. 9
Aaron Cassidy Second String Quartet
United States Premiere
Horatiu Radulescu String Quartet No. 5
United States Premiere
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