Ciompi Quartet featuring The Lark Quartet & Laura Sewell, Cello: 'Of the Cloth'
In its first of two concerts on Duke Performances' season, the Ciompi Quartet presents a collaboration with the celebrated Lark Quartet. Following cellist Caroline Stinson's departure from the Lark to join the Ciompi in 2018, the Lark Quartet announced that 2019 would be its final season; over 34 years, the all-female Lark was particularly esteemed for commissioning over thirty works by some of the greatest American composers.
The concert opens with Danish composer Niels Gade's Octet, an exemplar of classical-romantic style inspired by Mendelssohn. The 2006 quartet "Of Light and Shadows" by Füsun Köksal, a young Turkish composer, follows, a brief foray into her otherworldly soundscapes. The concert closes with the combined octet (including the Lark's founding cellist Laura Sewell) performing Durham-based Andrew Waggoner's "Ce morceau de tissue," commissioned by the Lark in 2016 - a work inspired by the writings of Moroccan feminist Fatema Mernissi.
Niels Gade: Octet in F Major, op. 17
Füsun Köksal: String Quartet, "Of Light and Shadows"
Andrew Waggoner: "Ce morceau de tissu" for Two String Quartets