String Quartet Concert at Fordham Features Youthful Musicians, Fordham Composer
On Thursday November 14th, Fordham University will present a concert at its Lincoln Center campus featuring the dynamic young PUBLIQuartet. Formed in 2010, the quartet was a finalist in the 2013 Concert Artists Guild Competition, where it won the Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist Prize and was awarded the New Music/New Places Fellowship. The quartet will perform music written especially for it by New York based composers, together with a famous work by Alfred Schnittke and the premiere of two string quartets by Lawrence Kramer, Distinguished Professor of English and Music at Fordham.
The PUBLIQuartet—Curtis Stewart and Jannina Norpoth, violins; Nick Revel, viola; Amanda Gookin, cello—is deeply committed to audience inclusion. Its programs often include group improvisation. The quartet aims to present the contemporary voices of New York City with a focus on newly composed works by city’s emerging as well as established composers. The PUBLIQuartet has performed in varied venues from Lincoln Center and 92Y Tribeca to cafes and community spaces; they have been presented by The American Composers Orchestra, Queens College New Music Collective, Music of Now Marathon at Symphony Space, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra.
The Fordham concert will include two works that include improvisation, Howie Kenty’s Quartet, written for the group, and the PUBLIQuartet’s own “MIND | THE | GAP, in which the audience participates. Also included are Schnittke’s String Quartet no. 3, an established modernist classic, and Jessie Montgomery’s “Voodoo Dolls.” Lawrence Kramer’s contribution consists of the quartets “Whirligig and After” and “Dark-Matter—Late Light.”
Lawrence Kramer is known internationally as both a musicologist (the author of ten books and the longtime editor of the journal 19th Century Music) and a prizewinning composer. His Songs and Silences to Poems by Wallace Stevens
premiered in August in London and his quartet movement “Clouds. Wind. Stars.” won the 2013 Composers Concordance “Generations” award in its category.