Calder Quartet

Saturday, November 2, 2013

The Calder Quartet presents a concert of new and not so new music that frames Schubert’s Death and the Maiden quartet with Webern’s expressionist masterpiece, Mozart’s exquisitely crafted “Spring” quartet, and a work commissioned by Calder from film composer Don Davis.

This event is presented in context with La Jeune-Fille et la Mort (The Young-Girl and Death) on Saturday, October 12, 2013, at 7 PM.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
String Quartet No. 14 in G major, K. 387

Anton Webern
Five Movements for String Quartet, Op. 5

Don Davis
Vexed Man (inspired by Messerschmidt)


Franz Schubert
String Quartet No. 14 in D minor—Death and the Maiden

Argeo Ascani


The Calder Quartet, called “superb” by the New York Times, defies boundaries through performing a broad range of repertoire at an exceptional level, always striving to channel the true intention of the work’s creator. Already the choice of many leading composers to perform their works—including Christopher Rouse, Terry Riley, and Thomas Adès—the group’s distinctive approach is exemplified by a musical curiosity brought to everything they perform, whether it’s Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, or sold-out rock shows with bands like The National or The Airborne Toxic Event. Known for the discovery, commissioning, recording, and mentoring of some of today’s best emerging composers (over 25 commissioned works to date), the group continues to work and collaborate with artists across musical genres, spanning the classical and contemporary music worlds, as well as rock, dance, and visual arts; and in venues ranging from art galleries and rock clubs to Carnegie and Walt Disney concert halls. Inspired by innovative American artist Alexander Calder, the Calder Quartet’s desire to bring immediacy and context to the works they perform creates an artfully crafted musical experience.

Calder Quartet
Studio 2
November 2, 2013, 8PM
In Depth

EMPAC 2013-2014 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
NEFA - New England Foundation for the Arts
State of the Arts - NYSCA