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Performing Arts: JACK Quartet, Ryan Carter Premiere on Feb. 23


Hamilton College Performing Arts presents the JACK Quartet, featuring a new interactive composition, on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m., in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center for Music and the Performing Arts.

The program includes the world premiere of Direct Attention by Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Ryan Carter as well as Elliott Carter’s String Quartet No. 5, Zosha Di Castri’s String Quartet No. 1, and Tyshawn Sorey’s Everything Changes, Nothing Changes.    

Ryan Carter
Ryan Carter Photo: Nancy L. Ford

Direct Attention is a new piece composed for the JACK Quartet for string quartet and motion-controlled interactive electronics. Audience members will be invited to use their phones to navigate to a specially designed website, which turns each device into a musical instrument to participate in the performance.

Comprising violinists Christopher Otto and Austin Wulliman, violist John Pickford Richards, and cellist Jay Campbell, JACK Quartet is focused on new work. The Washington Post calls them“the go-to quartet for contemporary music, tying impeccable musicianship to intellectual ferocity and a take-no-prisoners sense of commitment.” They are recipients of Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award, New Music USA’s Trailblazer Award, and the CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and $5 for students. For more information, call the box office at (315) 859-4331 or visit www.hamilton.edu/performingarts.

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