June 21st (friday)
perform works by Lutoslawski, Lachenmann, and Berenson.
Bowerbird Presents GATE
@ The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
ABOUT THE EVENT
The internationally acclaimed JACK Quartet returns for a concert featuring masterworks by Witold Lutoslawski, Helmut Lachenman, and the world premiere of Philadelphia based composer Adam Berenson's String Quartet No. 3. In addition to the new work, JACK will perform Lachenmann's own String Quartet No. 1 "Gran Torso" (1972), and Lutoslawski's radical aleatoric contribution to the genre.
An earlier version of this program included Luigi Nono's Fragmente-Stille, an Diotima. Due to unforsee circumstances JACK will perform Lutoslawski's String Quartet instead.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
The JACK Quartet electrifies audiences worldwide with "explosive virtuosity" (Boston Globe) and "viscerally exciting performances" (New York Times). 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 quartet has performed to critical acclaim at Wigmore Hall, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Library of Congress, La Biennale di Venezia, and Carnegie Hall. Comprising violinists Christopher Otto and Ari Streisfeld, violist John Pickford Richards, and cellist Kevin McFarland, JACK is focused on the commissioning and performance of new works, leading them to work closely with composers including Helmut Lachenmann, György Kurtág, and Wolfgang Rihm.
This program has been funded in part, with a grant from the American Composer's Forum - Philadelphia Chapter and with funds raised via USA Projects.
The Rotunda is a West Philadelphia community-gathering place that is fueled by the belief that art is a catalyst for social change and that the arts can lead to the formation of meaningful partnerships between the University of Pennsylvania and surrounding neighborhoods. Over 300 events are offered every year, including live music, film, spoken word, theater, art, dance, education, youth programs, arts incubation, and various experimental genres. As an alcohol-free, smoke-free venue, The Rotunda provides a critical social alternative for all ages. At its core, The Rotunda is a shared space fostering learning, enrichment, and community support while empowering the public to present, produce, and promote their work.