JACK Brings Chamber Music's Cutting Edge to Charleston

May 31, 2018

Coordinated playing is essential for the members of an internationally-recognized string quartet... coordinated choreography, not so much.

Unless that quartet is taking on Mark Applebaum’s Darmstadt Kindergarten.

JACK peforming a section of Darmstadt Kindergarten.
Credit From video by Constantin Basica and David Kerr

Applebaum’s unconventional and challenging piece calls for precise, synchronized motions from its four performers as they lay down their instruments one by one. In short, it’s the type of composition which makes the members of the JACK Quartet excited.

With a mission to perform and promote new string quartet music, the Brooklyn-based ensemble has appeared in concert halls across the world. New York City’s Lincoln Center, London’s Wigmore Hall, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, and numerous other performance venues have all played host to the JACK Quartet.

Now, Charleston’s Dock Street Theatre can be added to that list. The quartet will be performing there through June 1st, as part of the 2018 Spoleto Festival’s Bank Of America Chamber Music Series.

In this interview that aired Wednesday, May 30th, SCPR’s Bradley Fuller talks with two founding members of the quartet: violinist Christopher Otto and violist John Pickford Richards. The two share about the quartet’s origins, mission, and what has them most excited about this year’s chamber music series.