Metropolis Oboe Quartet

  • Feb. 25, 2018, 2:30 pm
  • Fermilab Art Gallery
  • Tickets: $45 for series of all three Gallery Chamber Concerts; $18 for individual concerts
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The Metropolis Oboe Quartet invites you to join them on an exciting journey through the greatest chamber music of all eras. Aficionados and newcomers alike will experience music as never before in this memorable display of high-caliber music complemented by the ensemble’s energy and love for what they do.

For nearly a decade, this talented group of musicians (Deb Stevenson, oboe and English horn; Thomas Yang, violin; Rose Armbrust Griffin, viola; and Steven Houser, cello) has been treating Chicagoland to stellar renditions of both famous masterpieces and lesser-known gems. No Metropolis Oboe Quartet experience is the same, with the close-knit group of musicians eager to share their extensive musical knowledge with audience members via playful conversations interspersed throughout the program. Classical music takes on new life and meaning through these high energy performances filled with memorable melodies and lush harmonies that redefine chamber music for a new age.

Metropolis will be performing Scott Stevenson’s “Three Quark Pieces” as part of their Gallery Chamber Series performance. Says Scott, “Back in 1999 I wrote a tune entitled “Strange, Charmed” for my debut jazz quartet album. I have always been intrigued by the poetic, whimsical names given these two particles, in comparison to the more mundane names given the other four quark “flavors” (up, down, top, bottom). Movement two is based on that 1999 composition. Movement three, “Up/Down”, is based on ideas I sketched out for oboe quartet in the early 2000’s. Movement one, “Top/Bottom”, consists of all original material from late 2016.”