Season 50 Concerts V & VI

The JACK Quartet

The JACK Quartet


Concert V

December 4, 7:30 pm at the Riverside Recital Hall
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Concert VI

December 5, 7:30 pm at the Riverside Recital Hall
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In cooperation with the UI String Quartet Residency Program, CNM hosts the JACK Quartet. After holding masterclasses with UI student composers, the JACK Quartet will perform a concert of works composed by UI student composers on Friday, December 4 and, on Saturday, December 5, perform works by guest Caroline Shaw along with works by John Zorn and Elliott Sharp.

The JACK Quartet operates as a nonprofit organization dedicated to the performance, commissioning, and spread of new string quartet music. The quartet has led workshops with young performers and composers at Princeton University, Yale University, Harvard University, New York University, Columbia University, the Eastman School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, June in Buffalo, New Music on the Point, and at the Darmstadt Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik. The members of the quartet met while attending the Eastman School of Music and studied closely with the Arditti Quartet, Kronos Quartet, Muir String Quartet, and members of the Ensemble Intercontemporain.

For the JACK Quartet concert on December 4, UI composition students have been invited to submit new works for string quartet. The deadline for submission is October 30 at which time six compositions will be selected for the concert performance. The program listing these works will be available in early November.

Caroline Shaw
The featured composer and artist for the concert on December 5 is Caroline Shaw. Trained primarily as a violinist from an early age in North Carolina, Caroline Shaw is a Grammy-winning singer in Roomful of Teeth and in 2013 became the youngest ever winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music, for her enigmatic composition Partita for 8 Voices (also nominated for a Grammy for Best Classical Composition). She will make her solo violin debut in 2015 with the Cincinnati Symphony. She is the inaugural musician in residence at Dumbarton Oaks in the fall of 2014, and she will be the Composer in Residence for two years with Vancouver’s Music on Main. Caroline has also performed with ACME (American Contemporary Music Ensemble), the Trinity Wall Street Choir, Alarm Will Sound, the Mark Morris Dance Group Ensemble, the Knights, Victoire, the Yehudim, and many others. 

Also presented will be John Zorn's The Remedy of Fortune, a work premiered by the JACK Quartet on May 30, 2015 at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art's Fuentidueña Chapel in The Cloisters. The work's name and inspiration is from an original work of the great high-medieval master poet and composer, Guillaume Machaut.

Finally, The JACK Quartet will perform Tranzience by Elliott Sharp, a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer based in New York City.




Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 7:30pm-10:00pm (ended)


Riverside Recital Hall
Iowa City, IA