October 6, 2019
Haydn: String Quartet Op. 50, No. 6 in D Major
Shaw: Plan and Elevation
Mendelssohn: String Quartet in B flat major No. 2, Op. 87 (special guest violist: Caroline Shaw)
A Haydn party presented by Dextra Musica and Oslo Quartet Series. All of Haydn’s string quartets are performed over the course of 24 hours.
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The internationally acclaimed ATTACCA QUARTET returns to Texas State for its continuing series of short residencies. Formed at the Juilliard School in 2003, their professional debut in 2007 was part of the Artists International Winners Series in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. For the 2014-2015 season, they were selected as the Quartet in Residence by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The Attacca Quartet’s most recent album release included string quartet works of TXST composer Michael Ippolito. These works were performed as part of the group’s residency at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, including three concerts of works by living composers.
“Pulitzer prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw reveals all facets of her dynamic musicianship in this collaboration with the young, New York-based Attacca Quartet. Hers is an art which converses with the musical past without fear of fresh experiment. After three of her ingenious and beguiling quartets, she will sing new songs she has composed for herself and the Attacca, returning in the second half as a violist in Mendelssohn’s glorious quintet.”
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Composer, violinist, and singer Caroline Shaw became the youngest recipient ever of the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 2013, and she’s since taken both the pop and classical music worlds by storm. A “breakout star of New York’s contemporary classical scene” (The Guardian), Shaw is a unique creative voice whose music paints luscious soundscapes with moments of discord and unexpected resolutions. The Attacca Quartet and Sō Percussion, both close collaborators of the composer, perform a program of her works from the last decade.
Two dynamic composer-performers known for their hybrid musical styles, Gabriel Kahane and Caroline Shaw join the brilliant Attacca Quartet for a special collaboration. Kahane’s music defies easy categorization; he is equally at home composing string quartets and chamber works for the concert hall as he is writing albums of harmonically intricate indie-pop, shifting seamlessly between both idioms. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw has built a reputation for her ceaselessly inventive, collage-like approach to composition. Her 2019 album Orange presents six works for string quartet performed by the Attacca Quartet. The music of Orange is both connected to the past and rooted in the present, with elusive, fragmented source material drawn from the string quartet writing of Haydn, Mozart, or Bartók, synthesized with Shaw’s modern sound, conjuring a sonic world at once familiar yet radically new. The ensemble presents music from Caroline Shaw’s Orange and Gabriel Kahane’s Book of Travelers.