|February 25, 2012|
|8:00 pm||to||10:00 pm|
If you’ve been to any Music on the Edge concerts this year, you’ve probably already seen this picture and perhaps thought to yourself, “if these guys hang out on hip urban rooftops with their instruments, then they must deliver great concerts.” Well, you’d be right.
Violinists Christopher Otto and Ari Streisfeld, violist John Pickford Richards, and cellist Kevin McFarland first met while attending the Eastman School of Music, and have been making music together ever since. In recent years, JACK Quartet has made a lasting impression on audiences and critics around the world. The Washington Post commented, “The string quartet may be a 250-year-old contraption, but young, brilliant groups like the JACK Quartet are keeping it thrillingly vital.” The Boston Globe described the group’s playing as “explosive virtuosity” and Mark Swed (Los Angeles Times) called their sold-out performances of Georg Friedrich Haas’ String Quartet No. 3 In iij. Noct. ”mind-blowingly good.”
JACK Quartet is committed both to commissioning new works and playing some of the most challenging repertoire of the 20th Century. This passion for new music has led them to work closely with outstanding composers such as Helmut Lachenmann, György Kurtág, Matthias Pintscher, Georg Friedrich Haas, James Dillon, Toshio Hosokawa, Wolfgang Rihm, Elliott Sharp, Beat Furrer, Caleb Burhans, and Aaron Cassidy.
Music on the Edge and The Andy Warhol Museum will be co-presenting JACK Quartet at the Warhol’s Museum Theater on Saturday, February 25 at 8 p.m. The program exemplifies the kind of innovative approach for which JACK Quartet has become known. Michael Gordon’s Potassium calls for amplified instruments (including use of a distortion effects), Jason Eckardt’s Subject tackles the issue of torture with complex lighting effects integrated into the score and Philip Glass’s exquisite String Quartet No. 5 contributes to this adventurous and stylistically wide-ranging program. The centerpiece of the concert though, is the premiere of Pitt faculty composer Amy Williams’ Richter Textures, completed with a Fromm Music Foundation Commission. Williams describes her composition as being “loosely inspired by paintings by Gerhard Richter,” with each of the seven brief movements inspired by a different painting. This will be JACK’s first collaboration with Williams, and a recording of Richter Textures is planned for the future.
Order tickets in advance through ProArtsTickets: $15 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors. Visit www.proartstickets.org or call 412-394-3353.
At the door: general admission is $20 and student/senior admission is $15.