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Duke Arts Presents

JACK Quartet + yMusic

Thursday, April 25, 2019 | 8:00 pm

Baldwin Auditorium

In Durham, two of the world’s most enterprising and important new-music ensembles convene for a rare double-bill. The JACK Quartet, now at the end of a two-year Duke Performances residency, has set new international standards for audacity, imagination, and excellence. Likewise, over the course of a decade, New York sextet yMusic have restlessly explored the nexus between contemporary classical music and indie rock, collaborating with the likes of Bon Iver and Ben Folds while premiering works from Caroline Shaw and St. Vincent’s Annie Clark. Duke Performances’ ensemble-in-residence two years before JACK Quartet came to Durham, yMusic is “at the forefront of a rapidly changing performance culture,” as The New York Times declared.



JACK Quartet
Zosha Di Castri: String Quartet No. 1
John Zorn: Nachträglichkeit with Alex Sopp

Tyshawn Sorey: Everything Changes, Nothing Changes

Gabriella Smith: Tessellations
J.P. Merz: nested forms
yMusic: Cribbea
yMusic: Peter Inn
Gabriella Smith: Maré
Sufjan Stevens (arr. Rob Moose): Year of the Horse
Caroline Shaw: “Their Stenciled Breath” from Draft of a High-Rise

Made possible, in part, with support from the Department of Music & the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts at Duke University.

JACK Quartet 'Charles Peck: Rift & Shade'

yMusic 'Son Lux: Beautiful Mechanical'

yMusic 'Andrew Norman: Music in Circles'

“yMusic are part of a resourceful, engaged cluster of young classical musicians who are furiously networking a full-blown scene into existence.”