JACK Quartet make debut at the House

JACK Quartet make debut at the House
Image: The JACK Quartet. Photo by Shervin Lainez

The New York based, string-powered foursome, the JACK Quartet will be perform at the Sydney Opera House for the first time this Saturday. 

The Grammy-nominated ensemble will play as part of the Utzon Music series, which champions new, creative approaches to contemporary and classical music. 

Formed in 2005, the JACK Quartet consists of Christopher Otto (violin), Austin Wulliman (violin), John Pickford Richards (viola), and Jay Campbell (cello). These four dynamic musicians want to share the music of 20th and 21st century composers, bringing vitality and freshness to the traditional repertoire. 

The JACK Quartet. Photo: Facebook

For their performances, the JACK Quartet curates programs with a diverse range of styles and includes emerging composers as well as those that are established but lesser known, and those who are familiar to audiences. 

Their recital in the Utzon Room includes Johnny MacMillan’s 2022 string quartet, Songs from the Seventh Floor, which takes cues from trad Renaissance while embracing modern experimentalism. This is complemented with music by Renaissance composers Nicola Vicentino and Nathaniel Giles which has been reimagined by JACK Quartet’s own Christopher Otto. 

The program also features an exciting new work written especially for the JACK Quartet by American composer and pianist, Amy Williams.

A fitting finale will be String Creatures, written for the JACK Quartet by Australian composer Liza Lim,which explores the nature of string itself.

April 6, 3pm

Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point


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