Eko Nova Season Opens with ‘Quartet’

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September 20th, 2018

Omaha, NE—Eko Nova, Omaha Chamber Music Society’s series for new music, often features innovative, though not always well known contemporary music and sometimes some unusual instrumentation.

Their next performance on September 24th, Quartet, will feature one of the most popular classical arrangements—the string quartet, of course—but the evening still highlights a unique framing of classical music, featuring Shostakovich, Beethoven, and later 20th century Soviet-German composer, Alfred Schnittke, whose work draw directly from the former composers.

Humor is a major motif of the evening, especially in Schnittke’s work. Humor in music can come in the form of surprising transitions or maybe blatant dissonance. For Schnittke, it’s contemporary irony.

The concert may be described as metamodern, threading a classical masterpiece with some contemporary stylings, a traditional arrangement, but with some extended technique, like in Visconti’s work.

In all, Quartet sets past and present in dialogue with one another.

Quartet, part of the Eko Nova concert series is this Monday, September 24th at 7:00pm at the Kaneko. For more information or tickets, visit OmahaChamberSociety.org.

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