JACK Quartet performance Saturday includes world premiere piece

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CLINTON — Hamilton College Performing Arts will present the JACK Quartet at 7:30 p.m. Saturday Feb. 23 in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center for Music and the Performing Arts.

Tickets are $20, $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.

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.

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.

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