Jupiter String Quartet joins forces with Tai Ji master Chungliang Al Huang and tango dancers/choreographers Kato Lindolm and Alex Tecza for a program exploring music and movement. The recital is part of the Sonic Illinois festival and takes place on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at Krannert Center’s Foellinger Great Hall. More information and tickets here
The program features works by R. Murray Schafer, Stravinsky, and Piazzolla. Schafer’s String Quartet No. 6 “Parting the Wild Horse’s Mane” builds upon the series of 108 movements of the Chinese martial art Tai Ji. Huang, who has been called “a master in the arts of living” and “a sage for the modern age,” joins the Jupiter Quartet for this work along with student dancers from the University of Illinois. Huang is also featured on Igor Stravinsky’s Three Pieces for String Quartet, and the tango dancers join the quartet for Astor Piazzolla’s “Four for Tango” and “Oblivion.” The program also includes Claude Debussy’s only string quartet.
Sonic Illinois, a month-long celebration of new music, honors innovative creators who challenge convention, forge pathways, and expand the creative process. Through Sonic Illinois, Krannert Center and the School of Music collaboratively explore the tremendous diversity of today’s vital contemporary music scene—a revival of the spirit of the University of Illinois Festival of Contemporary Arts, which was a major cultural force in the mid-20th century.