Just as Barnes and Stokowski imported innovative art to the region, two chamber concerts of contemporary repertoire will serve as a laboratory for new music in Philadelphia. Featuring musicians from around the world and curated by new music presenter SoundLAB, the chamber concerts will include U.S. and Philadelphia premieres of works by living composers.
Contemporary “flute phenom” (Philadelphia Inquirer) Emma Resmini launches SoundLAB “Into Darkness” with the American premiere of Sophie Lacaze's Archèlogos II for bass flute and accompanying electronic track. Lacaze recorded the electronic track at an archeological dig in the Castle of Termes in the Pyrenees of Southern France. The JACK Quartet, which the Boston Globe describes as “superheroes of the new music world,” will collaborate with SoundLAB on the American premiere of Zosha Di Castri's, The Contours of Absence for string octet, written in remembrance of composer Matt Marks. The JACK Quartet will close the program with the Philadelphia premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas's String Quartet No. 9, a vast and dramatic work to be performed in total darkness.
JACK Quartet (Christopher Otto and Austin Wulliman, violins; John Pickford Richards, viola; Jay Campbell, cello)
SoundLAB String Quartet (Marina Kiefferstein and Giancarlo Latta, violins; Josh Wareham, viola; Issei Herr, cello)
This concert is FREE and open to the public, but online RSVPs are encouraged.