the PRISM Quartet returns to Ann Arbor, where it was founded more than 30 years ago, for a concert featuring music by several award-winning Michigan composers: Kristin Kuster (University of Michigan), Alexis Bacon (Michigan State University), and Christopher Biggs (Western Michigan University). The program features the world premiere of Biggs’ “Surfaces and Essences” and the Midwest premiere of “Forbidden Drive” by Pew Fellow and PRISM’s resident composer, Matthew Levy. “Forbidden Drive” features guest saxophonist Andrew Bishop (University of Michigan). PRISM will also present an adaptation of “Fearful Symmetries” by Pulitzer Prize-winner John Adams from the Quartet’s just released “Paradigm Lost” album (XAS Records). Plus, one of PRISM’s favorites, “Night Music,” by rising-star Emma O’Halloran.
Proceeds from the concert will benefit a residency program this year in which PRISM visits schools in Detroit and throughout Southeast Michigan for assembly performances, composition classes, learning labs, and coaching sessions. According to Damien Crutcher, the founding executive director of Crescendo Detroit, “Our motto is ‘Building character through music.’ One of our major goals is to regularly expose our kids to the best artists possible. We believe if they can see it, they can be it, which is why we are beyond excited to have the PRISM Quartet in residence with us here, in the heart of Detroit.”
Fearful Symmetries (excerpt) by John Adams, Arr. Timothy McAllister
Red Pine by Kristin Kuster
Forbidden Drive by Matthew Levy
Capriccio by Alexis Bacon
Surfaces and Essences (world premiere) by Christopher Biggs
Night Music by Emma O’Halloran