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Sun 1/19, 2020, 7:30pm
Catalyst Quartet
Hemispheres: South America

For Catalyst Quartet, communication and the delivery of ideas is at the heart of making music. Whether investigating the human condition, culture, or history through music, Catalyst chooses their projects and creates their programs to be about something. They continue their path of reimagining and redefining the classical music experience as part of our Town Music season, defying genre and breaking down the walls of tradition.

Catalyst presents their program “Hemispheres: South America,” spanning nearly 100 years of string quartets by four South American composers representing Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina. Beginning with the seminal work of the legendary Villa-Lobos, Catalyst presents a range of quartets exploring the diversity of composition within this region—from the bristling modernism of post-WWII Ginastera as well as the beloved and richly evocative “Nuevo tango” of Astor Piazzolla. Sit in for a Town Music concert celebrating a century of powerfully evocative works tracing the history of South American quartet composition, all performed by a group renowned for musical versatility.

Hailed by the New York Times at their Carnegie Hall debut as “invariably energetic and finely burnished…playing with earthy vigor,” Catalyst Quartet is comprised of top laureates and alumni of the internationally acclaimed sphinx competition. Founded by the Sphinx Organization, the Catalyst Quartet combines a serious commitment to diversity and education with a passion for contemporary works.


Heitor Villa-Lobos: String Quartet 1

Heitor Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 (arranged by the Catalyst Quartet)

Diego Vega: String Quartet

Astor Piazzolla: Angel Suite (arranged by the Catalyst Quartet)

Gabriela Lena Frank: Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout

Presented by Town Hall Seattle.

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