Gregg Kallor and the Attacca Quartet
Monday, June 5, 2017
“We are living in a golden age of string quartets...it’s hard to disagree when you hear the vibrant young players in New York’s Attacca Quartet.”
"At home in both jazz and classical forms, [Kallor] writes music of unaffected emotional directness."
- The New York Times
Some Not Too Distant Tomorrow – Gregg Kallor (World Premiere)
- The Fierce Urgency of Now
- The Road Ahead
- Into the Hearts of Humanity
- Only When it is Dark Enough, Can You See the Stars
- Some Not too Distant Tomorrow
This work is a tribute to the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., whose words continue to resonate and inspire. The piece was commissioned by the Classical Recording Foundation and funded by a gift from Linda and Stuart Nelson.
Amy Schroeder, violin
Keiko Tokunaga, violin
Nathan Schram, viola
Andrew Yee, cello
About Gregg Kallor
Gregg Kallor is a composer and pianist whose music fuses the traditions he loves into a new, deeply personal language. The New York Times writes: “At home in both jazz and classical forms, [Kallor] writes music of unaffected emotional directness. Leavened with flashes of oddball humor, his works succeed in drawing in the listener - not as consumer or worshipful celebrant, but in a spirit of easygoing camaraderie.”
This season, Kallor unveiled his setting of Edgar Allan Poe’s terrifying short story, The Tell-Tale Heart, with mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Pojanowski and cellist Joshua Roman, featuring a semi-staging by Sarah Meyers (Metropolitan Opera) and lighting design by Shawn Kaufman. The two sold-out performances were presented by The Crypt Sessions in collaboration with On Site Opera in a 100-year old vaulted crypt beneath the Church of the Intercession in New York City in October 2016 – just before Halloween. Following on the heels of the acclaimed premiere, Kallor performed the piece with soprano Melody Moore and Joshua Roman at SubCulture NY. The New York Observer wrote: “I can’t think of a better opera to become a new Halloween tradition.”
Also this season, Kallor collaborates with the Attacca Quartet for the premiere of his new work for piano quintet, Some Not Too Distant Tomorrow. The work is a tribute to the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., commissioned by The Classical Recording Foundation and funded by a gift from Stuart and Linda Nelson. The performance will be presented at the Sheen Center in New York City on June 5, 2017. And on June 21, 2017, Joshua Roman will conduct the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra in the premiere of Kallor’s new work for string orchestra, Mouthful of Forevers, commissioned by Town Hall Seattle. GreggKallor.com
About the Attacca Quartet
First Prize winners of the 7th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in 2011, top prizewinners and Listeners’ Choice Award recipients in the 2011 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, and winners of the Alice Coleman Grand Prize at the 60th annual Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition in 2006, the internationally acclaimed Attacca Quartet has earned a place as one of America’s foremost young classical ensembles. Praised by The Strad for possessing “maturity beyond its members’ years,” they were formed at the Juilliard School in 2003 and made their professional debut in 2007 as part of the Artists International Winners Series in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. From 2011 to 2013 they served as the Juilliard Graduate Resident String Quartet, and for the 2014-2015 season the Attacca Quartet was named the Quartet in Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The quartet consists of Amy Schroeder, violin, Keiko Tokunaga, violin, Nathan Schram, viola, and Andrew Yee, cello.
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