Kontras Quartet in Recital: Vanguards

Virtual Concert - Watch Again!

We're pleased to kick off our fourth season in-residence at the beautiful Grace Lutheran Church of River Forest, IL. Concerts this season will all be virtual - make sure to keep this message handy, or copy the YouTube "watch" link, so you don't miss a beat!

Forging ahead in a new world order of virtual concerts, bringing an unprecedented intimacy to large performance spaces, it seems fitting to pay tribute to the vanguards of our genre: composers who stretched the boundaries of what to expect from string quartet repertoire. We'll start with Shostakovich's cheeky, haunting String Quartet #7 (made all the more eerie by the generous acoustics of Grace's cavernous sanctuary!), a composer known for employing the string quartet for his most effective portrayals of the horrors and hypocrisies of his everyday life. Jessie Montgomery, a veteran quartet player, uses her insider's perspective in Voodoo Dolls to create an intricately woven and semi-improvised dance piece. We conclude with an early work of Beethoven's, his op. 18 #2, a perfectly charming work with just a hint of the revolution he would provoke with his string quartet writing.