May 21, 2017
This acclaimed young quartet will bring their exuberant sound to the indoor labyrinth in a program that features both classic and new works.
About the program
String Quartet No. 21 in D Major, K. 575 “Prussian No. 1” – W. A. Mozart
Tapas – Marc Mellits
Reflection Nebulae – Gabriella Smith
About the quartet
Friction Quartet exists to expand the string quartet repertoire and audience for adventurous contemporary music through commissioning composers and performing in underserved schools and communities. They gave their Carnegie Hall debut in 2016 as part of the Kronos Quartet Workshop. They also participated in the Shouse Institute at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival where they gave their Detroit debut and appeared with Paul Watkins of the Emerson Quartet. The quartet received a Chamber Music America grant to commission a piano quintet from composer and steel pan percussionist Andy Akiho that premiered in November. John Adams shared Friction’s video of the second movement of his first string quartet on his homepage and called it “spectacular.” They were the first ensemble in residence at the Center for New Music in San Francisco and also hold residencies with the Napa Valley Performing Arts Association and SF Friends of Chamber Music.
While Friction has garnered international attention as commissioners and interpreters of new music, they are also devoted to performing masterworks of the string quartet repertoire. They are the second place winner of the 2016 Schoenfeld International String Competition and were quarter finalists in the 2015 Fischoff Competition. Friction placed second at the 2015 Frances Walton Competition and received the 2012 Berkeley Piano Club Award. Friction has participated in the St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar, The St. Lawrence String Quartet Emerging Quartet program, the Banff Chamber Music Residency, and the Deer Valley Music Festival.
$20 suggested donation