Musiqa's Strings Outside the Lines to Perform at Contemporary Arts Museum, 2/27
Musiqa, winner of the 2013 Chamber Music America/American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music, presents a free Loft Concert, Strings Outside the Lines, at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston on Thursday, February 27, at 6:30 p.m. The concert's program spotlights several evocative works for strings by a group of groundbreaking contemporary composers, including a tribute to the late Elliott Carter, who passed away at 104 in 2012. Held in collaboration with the museum and in coordination with the CAMH's exhibition, Outside the Lines, the concert also celebrates the museum's 65th anniversary with the world premiere of a quartet by Yann Jaffrennou. The concert, part of Musiqa's ongoing partnership with CAMH, is free and open to the public.
The program features works for various combinations of violins, viola, and double bass. The works include Elliott Carter's "Figment" for solo bass; Paul Chihara's "Duo Concertante" for violin and viola; Fred Lerdahl's "Waltzes for violin, viola, cello and bass" and the world premiere by Jaffrennou of "Quartet for violin, viola, cello and bass."
The concert's featured performers are Paul Cannon, bass; Ingrid Gerling, violin; Ab Sengupta, viola and Julia Sengupta, cello.
The third and final of the season of Musiqa's series of informal, intimate concerts, the concert is presented in conjunction with and in response to the exhibition Outside the Lines, presented on the occasion of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston's 65th anniversary. Outside the Lines is a six-part exhibition series conceived as an evolving dialogue on contemporary abstraction. From recent paintings embracing more traditional definitions of abstraction to multimedia works that challenge such notions, these exhibitions showcase the Museum's commitment to chronicling shifts in contemporary art practices by presenting some of the most compelling work being made today and revisiting the historical foundations to which they speak. The exhibition is on view Oct. 31, 2013 - Mar. 23, 2014.
Musiqa's Strings Outside the Lines
Thursday, February 27, 2014
6:30 p.m. - Performance
Admission is free
About the Composers:
Elliott Carter, born Elliott Cook Carter, Jr. (1908 - 2012), was an American composer who was twice awarded the Pulitzer Prize. He studied with Nadia Boulanger in Paris in the 1930s, then returned to the United States. After an early neoclassical phase, his style shifted to an emphasis on atonality and rhythmic complexity. His compositions are known and performed throughout the world; they include orchestral, chamber music, solo instrumental and vocal works. He was extremely productive in his later years, publishing more than 40 works between the ages of 90 and 100, and over 20 more after he turned 100 in 2008. His last work, "Epigrams for piano trio," was completed on August 13, 2012.