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Something to Write Home About is an era-hopping sonic thrill ride that encourages audience members to encounter their past and present. Listeners progress through a series of prompts that focus attention on one’s own emotions and experiences, and then get up close and personal with the composers themselves through letters, interviews, and musical examples. Stamped postcards—designed with photography from artist Eliaichi Kimaro—are provided by the quartet for audience members to jot down notes and inspirations of their own. A behind the scenes look at some singularly mesmeric music, Something to Write Home About uncovers the heart and the intellect behind the music with an experience that invites the audience to do much more than sit back and relax.
Patrons who purchase their tickets before January 21 will receive their stamped postcard pack in the mail the week of the show. Patrons who purchase their tickets after January 21 will still be able to get that postcard pack, with more details to come in mid-January about how that will be done.
Tomeka Reid, “Prospective Dwellers”*
Samuel Adams, String Quartet No. 2: Current (2019)*: II. Fast, quiet, building
Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, D. 804 “Rosamunde”: II. Andante
Tomás Luis de Victoria (arr. Spektral Quartet): O Magnum Mysterium
Claude Debussy, String Quartet in G minor,
L 85 Op. 10. I. Animé et très décidé
Russell, Arthur (arr. Katie Young), “I’m Hiding Your Present From You”*
Multi-GRAMMY-award nominees, the Spektral Quartet actively pursues a vivid conversation between exhilarating works of the past and the extraordinary works of today. With the New York Times writing that, “they have everything: a supreme technical command that seems to come easily, a capacity to make complicated music clear, and, most notably…an ability to cast a magic spell”, Spektral is regarded as one of the boldest ensembles working today. Invited to take the stage at notable venues such as the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, American Academy in Rome, and NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, the quartet is also in demand for residencies at leading music schools around the country including Stanford University, New World Symphony, and Northwestern University. Distinguished by its stylistic versatility, Spektral Quartet enjoys collaborations with artists such as Theaster Gates, Miguel Zenón, and Nathalie Joachim, and frequently commissions new work from composers including Augusta Read Thomas, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, and George Lewis. Currently a digital artist-in-residence at the University Musical Society (Unversity of Michigan), Spektral was named “Chicagoans of the Year 2017” by the Chicago Tribune.
As a self-taught artist, Eliaichi Kimaro will learn whatever medium it takes to tell the story that is emerging. Over the past 40 years, she has used writing, music, photography, film, storytelling, and now mixed media art to explore her personal and family narratives. Across every medium, Kimaro finds beauty in the rusty, weathered and worn. She loves the stories that scars hold ~ and feels compelled to take those stories of survival and turn them into something beautiful to behold.
Presented by Town Hall Seattle