Grounded in science, elevated by art, igniting responses
The Crossroads Project confronts a planet under siege and a future in peril – inspiring audiences to change course.
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The Fry Street Quartet collaborates with climate physicist and communicator, Dr. Robert Davies in Rising Tide: The Crossroads Project, an evocative performance about global sustainability that weaves art and science together through music, prose, and stunning visual imagery.
Rising Tide: The Crossroads Project performance incorporates large-screen projections of original works by painter Rebecca Allan, stunning immages by internationally recognized environmental photographer Garth Lenz, excellent graphics, and the new quartet by American composer Laura Kaminsky, titled Rising Tide — “some very intense music… each movement was a sonic picture” (ConcertoNet.com) — as well as segments of Haydn and Janacek.
Audiences throughout the country and beyond have been inspired by this candid, yet artistic response to one of the great challenges the world has ever known. The performance runs about 75 minutes, without pause, and we usually set up a talk-back or panel discussion with QA for/with the audience following a brief break. The program is supported by a significant website with strong material for audience follow-up.
Educational outreach components are available on tour, including workshops and gallery exhibits.
This remarkable quartet – hailed by the New York Times as “a triumph of ensemble playing” – is a multi-faceted ensemble taking music in new directions.
About the Fry Street Quartet: Touring music of the masters as well as exciting original works from visionary composers of our time, the Fry Street Quartet has perfected a “blend of technical precision and scorching spontaneity” (Strad). Since securing the Grand Prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the quartet has reached audiences from Carnegie Hall to London, and Sarajevo to Jerusalem, exploring the medium of the string quartet and its life-affirming potential with “profound understanding…depth of expression, and stunning technical astuteness” (Deseret Morning News).
With a discography that includes a wide range of works from Haydn and Beethoven to Stravinsky, Janacek and Rorem, the quartet is known for being, “Equally at home in the classic repertoire of Mozart and Beethoven or contemporary music,” (Palm Beach Daily News).
Rising Tide: The Crossroads Project in Atlanta. Feature on WABE Link here.
Rising Tide: The Crossroads Project at Indiana University-Bloomington. Performance and all-day symposium. Link here.
And to learn more about the symposium on October 5th: Link to the symposium on Facebook.
More information here.
The Fry Street Quartet made its Chautauqua debut in two August performances: Baritone Kelly Markgraff joined the FSQ in Barber’s Dover Beach, alongside Haydn Quartet Op.76 No.1 and Bartok Quartet #5. The quartet then partnered with Markgraff and mezzo soprano Sasha Cooke for Laura Kaminsky’s acclaimed chamber opera AS ONE. Opera America, the trade association for 150 professional opera companies, cites “As One” the most produced new opera in North America. The original cast will record AS ONE in 2018.
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Rising Tide: The Crossroads Project in Atlanta. Feature on WABE Link
“The robust, young Fry Street Quartet was a triumph of ensemble playing.” New York Times
“technical precision and scorching spontaneity” Strad Magazine
“Equally at home in the classic repertoire of Mozart and Beethoven or contemporary music” Palm Beach Daily News
“[The quartet] inhabited the works, playing with a unified sense of articulation, blend and knowledge of the music’s dramatic keystones, nuanced subtleties and thrilling climaxes.” Salt Lake Tribune
“[a] recital that spoke of precision, preparation, excitement, profound heritage, and ultimate satisfaction. This exaltation of individually superb instrumentalists showed what riches are to be had through the conjunction of forces in unity.” New York Concert Review
“The Quartet demonstrated their near-perfect technical abilities, produced a beautiful tone quality, blend, and a tight knit and sensitive ensemble delivery.” Hickory News
“Fry Street’s performance contained elegance and that wonderful chemistry that makes chamber music magical. They have a combination of musical maturity and charisma. The Fry Street Quartet has a capacity for both a lot of energy and also a lot of poetry.” South Bend Tribune
“The Fry Street’s performance was electric, holding the audience in rapt attention at every moment.the group filled the score with an understanding and emotion rarely seen in performers so young.” Yellow Springs News
“….the FSQ captured the transcendent beauty of the music with its expressive and poetic reading. They brought spirituality to their interpretation and made it a profoundly moving and utterly spellbinding experience that left the audience enthralled by its eloquence.” Deseret News