14 May 2012, 7:30 – 9 pm
$10 general admission, $5 students
FREE for LACE Members
Tickets available at the door
Join us for a very special performance by Eclipse Quartet, an ensemble dedicated to the music of twentieth century and present day composers. Consisting of members Sarah Thornblade & Sara Parkins, violins, Alma Lisa Fernandez, viola, and Maggie Parkins, cello, the scope of their repertoire spans works from John Cage and Morton Subotnick to collaborations with the singers Beck and Caetano Veloso. For their performance at LACE, the quartet will perform works by Ruth Crawford, Sean Heim, Roscoe Mitchell and Ben Johnston.
Eclipse has the versatility to cross genres from works that include electronics and computer processing to the jazz compositions of grammy award winning pianist Billy Childs. The Quartet has performed frequently on both coasts and has participated in festivals such as the Look and Listen Festival in NYC, the Scarlatti Festival in Naples, Italy, the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Festival and the Angel City Jazz Festival in Los Angeles. The repertoire of Eclipse contains works by such dynamic composers as Roger Reynolds, Julia Wolfe, Ben Johnston, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Annie Gosfield, John Zorn, Fred Frith, Philip Glass, John King and Lois V. Vierk.
They have premiered new works by Zeena Parkins, Carla Kihlstedt, Justin Haynes, Gernot Wolfgang, Stephen Cohn and David Jaffe. Eclipse has recorded the string quartets of Zeena Parkins for the Tzadik label and will be releasing Morton Feldman’s epic String Quartet and Piano piece with pianist Vicki Ray on Bridge Records in the winter of 2013.
Eclipse is currently working to record three works for percussion and string quartet with percussionist William Winant on New World Records in 2013 as recipients of the Aaron Copland Fund for Music Recording Grant. The Eclipse Quartet are Artists in Residence at Mills College in Oakland California and at the historic artists’ retreat Villa Aurora in Los Angeles.
This performance is made possible with generous support from Joseph Walker and Nancy Meli Walker.