Back to All Events

Banff Festival 2018 - Part II. The Evolution Of The String Quartet


  • Banff Centre 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive Banff, AB, T1L Canada (map)

II. EVOLUTION OF THE STRING QUARTET
July 9-28, 2018

Info Here! 

Claire Chase & Steven Schick, co-artistic directors
Fiona Digney, artistic associate

 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
EQ Faculty Opening Concert: The Eybler, JACK and Parker String Quartets
Rolston Recital Hall

AUDIENCE ENCOUNTER:  “What is EQ?” 6:30pm - Bentley
Suzannah Clark and the three faculty quartets in conversation.

The string quartet, as genre, is simultaneously one of the most established musical forms and one of the most rapidly evolving.  This conversation between legacy and experimentation will be played out every day in our new course, EQ (The Evolution of the Quartet.)  Who better to kick off this extraordinary new adventure than our faculty quartets guided in conversation by an internationally-profiled thinker and chair of the Music Department at Harvard University, the Canadian-British theorist Suzannah Clark.  

Johann Baptist Vanhal (1749-1813): String Quartet, Op. 6

Franz Asplmayr (1728-1786): String Quartet, Op. 2
Eybler Quartet

Chaya Czernowin (b.1957): String Quartet (1995)
JACK Quartet

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): String Quartet Op. 59, No. 2
Parker Quartet

 

Thursday, July 12
EQ Composer Encounters, hosted by Claire Chase in Bentley

Simon Frisch/Iceberg, partial reading/discussion of “Provost”

Kelley Sheehan/Elara, partial reading/discussion of “chromatographic contamination”

Camilo Mendez/Alauda, partial reading/discussion of “Apparent Magnitudes”

Isaac Blumfield, reading/discussion “darker” for two violins with Camille Poiriet-Lachance + Chris Otto

 

Friday, July 13
EQ Participant Concert

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809): String Quartet Op.76, No.4 “Sunrise” [23’]
Iceberg String Quartet

Ledah Finck (b.1994): Stars Fall in the Valley/Greenbriar (2014) [8’]

Gabriela Ortiz (b.1964): Altar de Muertos (1997) [10’]
Alauda Quartet

**

Hyacinthe Jadin (1776-1800): Op.1, No. 1 [20’]
Elixir Baroque Ensemble

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897): String Quartet Op.51, No. 2 [35’]
Highland Street String Quartet

 

Saturday, July 14
EQ Participant Concert

Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Quartettsatz, D703 [10’]
Partridge String Quartet

Jean-Baptiste Davaux (1742-1822): Quartet in F Major Op.14, No.2 [15’]
Butter Quartet

Chaya Czernowin (b.1957): Anea Crystal: Seed I, Seed II (2008) [20’]
Seed I: Free radicals (Camille, Martine, Ethan), Austin Wulliman
Seed II: Bergamot Quartet

**

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): String Quartet Op.18, No.4 [20’]
Gaya Musethica Quartet

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847): String Quartet Op.80 [25’]
Elara String Quartet

 

Tuesday, July 17
Composer Encounters, hosted by Steven Schick in Bentley

Philip Golub/GAYA
Darcey Copeland/Elixir
Dan Ribiero/Highland
Rachel Walker/Butter

 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
EQ Faculty Concert
AUDIENCE ENCOUNTER: JACK and Zosha di Castri in conversation

The extraordinary JACK quartet looks to the future in conversation with the equally extraordinary composer Zosha di Castri. Five of today’s most cutting-edge artists reflect on what they have learned from Haydn and Janáček.

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809): String Quartet, Op. 33, No. 1 in b minor
Eybler Quartet

Leos Janáček (1854-1928): The Kreutzer Sonata
Parker Quartet

Zosha Di Castri (b.1985): String Quartet No. 1 (2016)
JACK Quartet

 

Thursday, July 19
EQ Participant Concert

Anton Webern (1883-1945): Langsamer Satz [9’]
Iceberg String Quartet

Anton Arensky (1861-1906): String Quartet No. 2, Opus 35 [28’]
Free radicals

Leoš Janáček (1854-1928): String Quartet No.1, Kreutzer Sonata [18’]
Highland Street String Quartet

**

Cris Derksen:  New Work (2018) [10’]
Eybler Quartet

George Crumb (b.1949): Black Angels: Thirteen Images from the Dark Land (1970) [20’]
Bergamot Quartet

 

Friday, July 20
EQ Participant Concert

Simon Frisch (b.1990): Provost (2014) [8’]
Iceberg String Quartet

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975): String Quartet No.8 [20’]
Alauda Quartet

**

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809): String Quartet Op.20, No.4 [20’]
Elixir Baroque Ensemble

Zosha di Castri (b.1985): New Work (2018) [10-15’]
Parker and JACK Quartets

 

Saturday, July 21
EQ Participant Concert

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809): String Quartet Op.20, No.2 [25’]
Butter Quartet

Camilo Mendez (b.1982): Cardinal Fragments IV: Apparent Magnitudes (2015) [9’]
Alauda Quartet

Paul Stanhope (b.1969): String Quartet No.2 (2009) [20’]
Partridge String Quartet

**

Kelley Sheehan (b.1983): Chromatographic contamination (2018) [6’]
Elara String Quartet

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975): String Quartet Op. 117, No. 9 [30’]
Gaya Musethica Quartet

 

Tuesday, July 24, 2018
EQ Faculty Concert
AUDIENCE ENCOUNTER
Ara Guzelimian

Provost and Dean of the Juilliard School of Music Ara Guzelimian proves that he is much more than his title!  One of the most thoughtful musicians of our time, Ara will shed light on an important question:  What has the music of Beethoven meant in the two centuries since he composed it.  Starting with Beethoven’s youthful Opus 18,  Ara and our three faculty quartets will connect it to Schoenberg’s equally youthful 2nd quartet, written at the beginning of the modernist revolution and the landmark Carter #3, first thought to be unplayable.  Three emerging composers in three distinctive historical periods all brought together under the roof of Rolston Recital Hall.  To add a 21st century dimension to the conversation, guest composer Tyshawn Sorey and Jazz/Creative Music co-artistic will be featured in a new work for percussion and flutes, performed by Sorey alongside Claire Chase on multiple flutes. Not to be missed!

John Zorn (b.1953): ouroboros (2014) — for two cellos (and optimal improvising drum set)                     

Elliott Carter (1908-2012): String Quartet No. 3
JACK Quartet

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): String Quartet, Op. 18, No. 3
Eybler Quartet

 **

Tyshawn Sorey (b. 1980): Bertha’s Lair (2016)
Tyshawn Sorey, percussion
Claire Chase, flutes

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951): String Trio
Parker Quartet

                                   

Thursday, July 26
EQ Participant Concert

Daniel Ribiero (b.1982): New Work [8’]
Highland Street String Quartet

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): String Quartet in F Major, Op.590 [21’]
Partridge String Quartet

Bryce Dessner (b.1976): Tenebre (2011) [10’]
Bergamot Quartet

**

Darcy Copeland: New Work [8’]
Elixir Baroque Ensemble

Rachel Walker: New Work [8’]       
Butter Quartet

Dmitri Shostakovich  (1906-1975): String Quartet No.3, Op.73 [25’]
Elara String Quartet

 

Friday, July 27
EQ Participant Concert

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847): Four Pieces for String Quartet, Op.81 – Capriccio [6’]
Alauda Quartet

Philip Golub (b.1993): New Work (2018) [8’]
Gaya Musethica Quartet

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Quartet in G Minor, Op.10 [25’]
Iceberg String Quartet

**

George Onslow (1784-1853): String Quintet No.15, Op.38, The Bullet [25’]
Free Radicals with Aisslinn Nosky

Tyshawn Sorey (b.1980): World Premiere with JACK (2018)

 

GRAND FINALE
EQ Faculty, Participants and Special Guests

Saturday, July 28 ARCADES (tutti)
3-6pm in studios, curated by quartets; 7:30pm Rolston
7:30pm Rolston final group show

Tyshawn Sorey (b.1980): Permutations
(TUTTI quartets!)

Isaac Blumfield: New Work (2018)
Free radicals, Partridge Quartet, Blumfield on vocals

Steve Reich (b. 1936): Triple Quartet (1999)

 Other Octets TBD by faculty