Rhythmic energy propels three diverse works for various strings ensembles. A composer celebrated for her “otherworldly … outright gorgeous” music (The New York Times), Paola Prestini wrote G-Force for vibraphone and string quartet as a tribute to a close friend. Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, former music director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, based his string quartet on the African American spiritual “Calvary.” Mendelssohn was a precocious 16-year-old when he composed his dazzling Octet for strings.
PRESTINI G-Force, for Mickey
PERKINSON String Quartet No. 1 (Calvary)
Sponsorship support for CSO Sessions is generously provided by the Zell Family Foundation; an anonymous donor; Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund; JCS Arts, Health and Education Fund of the DuPage Foundation; the Julian Family Foundation, in honor of Cristina Rocca; Cynthia M. Sargent; Megan and Steve Shebik; Betty W. Smykal; TAWANI Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; ITW, and PNC.