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Extending String Quartet

  • 14:15
  • 31.01.2020
  • BIMhuis
  • € 25

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Calder Quartet
Benjamin Jacobson violin
Andrew Bulbrook violin
Jonathan Moerschel viola
Eric Byers cello

Igor Stravinsky 3 Pieces for String Quartet
John Cage String Quartet in Four Parts
Anton Webern 5 Pieces for String Quartet
Andrew Norman Sabina
and movements from early works by Terry Riley

The string quartet has been in existence for two and a half centuries so far. All these years the genre has been in contact with other cultures, languages, art forms and styles. Extending String Quartets lies somewhere between a concert, lecture-recital and crossover; it creates and rediscovers these connections. From American West Coast composers to encounters between East and West; from pop music to video art – all the boundaries are explored, expanded and blurred in the process.

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In the early 20th century the American West Coast was a fertile breeding ground for composers. An open-minded ‘new Vienna’, it provided a cradle for a new sort of music – spacious, repetitive and influenced by non-Western sounds. The writer and critic Alex Ross and the Calder Quartet invite us on a voyage to the West Coast, their home: ‘We will hear West Coast voices past and present, including John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, Lou Harrison, Terry Riley, and Andrew Norman, and we will explore the surprising influence of émigré composers like Stravinsky and Schoenberg on minimalism and other West Coast innovations.’

This programme will be presented in English.

Calder (C) Autumn de Wilde (2)
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Pre-concert talk

  • 19:15
  • 31.01.2020
  • Kleine zaal

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Be prepared for what you are about to hear; drop by the pre-concert talk before going to the evening concert. Six experts explain the story behind the concert you are about to hear. NB Unfortunately, only the pre-concert talks on the Tuesday and Friday are in English.

After the pre-concert talk, a young quartet of the Conservatory of Amsterdam will play a pre-programme in the entrance hall.

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