Spektral Quartet

Spektral Quartet

With Special Guest Claire Chase
Sunday, April 24, 2016 . 3PM
Spektral Quartet photo by Drew Reynolds
Principal People: 

Violin Clara Lyon

Violin Austin Wulliman

Viola Doyle Ambrust

Cello Russell Rolen

with Flute Claire Chase

Event Attributes

Presented By

Founded in 2010, the Spektral Quartet is widely regarded as one of Chicago’s most magnetic and forward-thinking chamber ensembles. The group’s inclusive approach to concert format, shifting the role of audience member from spectator to ally, has earned it a loyal following within and beyond the city limits. Since its inception, the Spektral Quartet has sought out the discourse between the masterworks of the traditional canon and those written this decade, this year, or this week. Rather than simply pairing Brian Ferneyhough with Josef Haydn or Thomas Adès with Béla Bartók, though, the group offers listeners an even more elastic and absorbing experience through its Sampler Pack concert format. For these performances, shorter works and single movements are curated in a set list containing a menagerie of musical styles, spanning centuries. The unexpected similarities and enticing contrasts between two or three composers becomes a conversation between twelve. 

Claire Chase is a soloist, collaborative artist, curator and advocate for new and experimental music. Over the past decade, she has given the world premieres of hundreds of new works for the flute in performances throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, and she has championed new music throughout the world by building organizations, forming alliances, pioneering commissioning initiatives and supporting educational programs that reach new audiences.


  • LJ White - zin zin zin zin
  • David Reminick (text by Russell Edson) - The Ancestral Mousetrap: "Oh My God I'll Never Get Home" / "Bringing a Dead Man Back into Life"
  • Dai Fujikura - Lila for solo flute and bass flute, with special guest Claire Chase
  • Ludwig van Beethoven - Grosse Fuge, Op. 133
  • Sky Macklay - Many Many Cadences
  • Arthur Russell, arr. Katherine Young - I'm Hiding Your Present From You
  • Anthony Cheung - The Real Book of Fake Tunes, with special guest Claire Chase

Claire Chase

Claire Chase