Thursday, November 10, 2011

Getting ready to Experience the JACK Quartet

It's a busy month, here at Dr. Dick Plaza, deep into my fourth NaNoWriMo Challenge - more on that later - but I just wanted to take a moment to point out some activity over at my Market Square Concerts Blog where I've been posting about the impending performance by the JACK Quartet.

The concert is Saturday (the 12th) at 8pm and it's in uptown Harrisburg at the Temple Ohev Sholom (it's on Front Street just below Seneca). And I'll be doing a pre-concert talk beginning at 7:15pm so please consider dropping in for that, too.

For more information, check out these posts:
Part 1 - JACK comes to town
Part 2 - An introduction to three composers on the program: Philip Glass, Caleb Burhans and the Odd Man Out, Guillaume Machaut
Part 3 - An introduction to Iannis Xenakis but more a consideration of listening to unfamiliar (and especially new) music, going back to the days when Brahms and Mozart were "new" and "challenging."

By the way, I'm so excited - Elliott Carter's 103rd Birthday is on a Sunday this year! December 11th - mark your calendars, now! (Here's a post about last year's birthday.)

- Dick Strawser


  1. Dick,

    Thank you so much for this inspiredly-enlightening leadup to the Jack Quartet performance. I got so much more out of it than I otherwise would have.
    Will plan on checking in here from now on whenever I can. Was the performance as you had expected?

  2. Thanks, Nancy -- actually, the performance was better than I'd expected! What an amazing ensemble! I was delighted with their performance and also delighted Harrisburg audiences took to the Xenakis enough to enjoy the performance even if they didn't care for the piece.