According the Washington Post, the JACK Quartet is the “go-to quartet for contemporary music, tying impeccable musicianship to intellectual ferocity.” The NYC-based group is comprised of violinists Christopher Otto and Austin Wulliman, violist John Pickford Richards, and cellist Jay Campbell. The foursome, who perform contemporary classical music, have received numerous prestigious awards, such as the Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award, New Music USA’s Trailblazer Award, and the CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. Their concerts have graced Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, the Wigmore Hall, the Lucerne Festival, and numerous others around the globe.
The group is dedicated to creating new works, and often collaborates with a variety of composers. JACK also operates as a non-profit organization focused on “the performance, commissioning, and spread of new string quartet music.” Various universities across the country collaborate with JACK for educational programs and residencies.
For their with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, JACK will be accompanied by Anthony McGill, the New York Philharmonic principal clarinet. McGill served as the principal clarinet for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for a decade; he also—with Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, and Gabriela Montero—recorded and performed “Air and Simple Gifts,” a piece composed by John Williams for the inauguration of United States President Barack Obama.
The group will perform a variety of pieces, including works by Seeger, Bermel, Balter, and Carter.
American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
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