Q and the American Music Project

Greetings, friends and fans!

After a quiet summer off, during which we each galavanted around the country and the world for various festivals and vacays, we're getting settled back into Chicago and getting geared up a for a new season....and we've got some big, big, BIG news to share! We're incredibly honored and thrilled to be performing the inaugural concert of the American Music Project! This new foundation, headed by Lawrence Johnson, is another hugely positive force in the national music community. It's aim is to encourage, facilitate and underwrite performances of existing American works and to commission substantial new music from American composers.

For its very first commission, AMP has selected our old friend, Amy Wurtz, to compose a new piano quintet for the inaugural concert. After premiering and recording her two string quartets a few years ago, we're so, so happy for her, and also absolutely delighted to be premiering the piece alongside her! Along with Amy's quintet, we'll also be performing Irving Fine's Fantasia for string trio and David Diamond's 2nd string quartet. The big concert will take place on October 5th at 3:00pm at Ganz Hall. Ticket info is all right here. Later this season, we'll be touring with this program around the country, so if you're reading this from afar, stay tuned!

At this point, you might be wondering... Piano Quintet? String Quartet? I thought you were a string trio, Q! 

Well, you're right! We are still a string trio. But we're pleased as punch to be sharing the stage with some good friends--the composer herself, Amy Wurtz, on piano and Sharon Chang on violin. Sharon's an incredible musician and we feel lucky to be working with her on this project!

The American Music Project and its inaugural concert have already been garnering quite a bit of press, so if you're interested in finding out more about this exciting undertaking, check out these recent articles.

New York Times

Wall Street Journal

Chicago Classical Review

Classical Voice North America

New Music Box

Classical Lite

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