Bartók’s Voice Amplified

Calder Quartet


Music by Béla Bartók, David Longstreth, Peter Eötvös, and others, performed by the Calder Quartet and guests.

"Formidable" is how Alex Ross described the Calder Quartet recently in The New Yorker. For this special series, the group focuses on Béla Bartók’s deep debt to the human voice.

Saturday, October 12th, 2013: 7:00 pm

Bartók Quartets 1 and 5 and Peter Eötvös’s Korrespondenz.

Hungarian composer Peter Eötvös describes Korrespondenz as follows: "Th[e] string quartet reproduces the dramatic relations between Leopold Mozart, living in Salzburg, and his son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, living in 1778 in Paris, through excerpts from their correspondence. The instruments of the string quartet are sounded as if they were ‘conducting conversations.’" Side by side, Eötvös and Bartók create a context for each other.

Friday, November 1st, 2013: 7:00 pm

Bartók Quartets 3 and 4 and original compositions by David Longstreth of Dirty Projectors.

David Longstreth joins the Calder Quartet for performances of Bartók Quartets 3 and 4 as well as his newly arranged compositions.

Friday, November 22nd, 2013: 7:00 pm

Iva Bittová and the Calder Quartet; Bartók, Janáček, and improvisations.

The Calder Quartet is joined by vocalist and violinist Iva Bittová, who ". . . represents a peculiarly Eastern European blend of tradition and modernity. Combining training in theater with the iconoclasm of Velvet Revolution–inspired rock and an abiding interest in native folk idioms, she developed a highly evocative style…Ms. Bittová is a true cosmopolitan, but she remains grounded in local expressions, and her own physicality. She takes on the role of the singer as town crier whose voice animates old myths and current news" —New York Times.

Series price: $100 for all three concerts.
Single tickets: $40.

This series is made possible in part by the Grace Jarcho Ross and Daniel G. Ross Concert Fund.

Bring the Kids for $1

Bring the kids! $1 tickets are available for children (ages 7-16) accompanied by an adult with a full-price ticket on select performances.

Tickets to this event include Museum admission.

Image Above: Calder Quartet by Tyler Boye.


Call for further information: 212-570-3949 for tickets.

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