Catalyst Quartet – CQ@Howl!
April 5, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
A Performance Series by the Catalyst Quartet
Turbulent, wildly colorful and exploding with life, Strum sounded like a handful of American folk melodies tossed into a strong wind, cascading and tumbling joyfully around one another.
—Jessie Montgomery album review, The Washington Post
Howl! Happening is pleased to continue the ongoing performance series by the Catalyst Quartet—CQ@Howl! This evening CQ presents a number of meditative pieces that offer the listener an opportunity to reflect and look inward during these tumultuous times. Seeking to inspire a sense of common understanding and desire for peace, the quartet will perform works that are contemplative and emotionally charged, including Philip Glass 3rd String Quartet, the Barber Adagio and Credo by Kevin Puts. The program will also include short readings by playwright, scholar and teacher Robbie McCauley. The series brings to life the reciprocal connection and common mission between Howl! Happening and the Catalyst Quartet to explore the intersections of art, music, performance, social justice, immigrants, equality, and community activism. In the intimate space of the gallery, the quartet will perform highlights from their current concert season, special sneak peek presentations, and collaborative works in process. The members of the quartet are Jessie Montgomery and Karla Donehew Perez, violins; Paul Laraia, viola; and Karlos Rodriguez, cello.
Each happening in the series will offer an opportunity to experience CQ and the inner workings of a string quartet through performance, conversation, and direct engagement with the artists. This season’s highlights include contemporary and 20th century works from their Hemispheres programs, music of North and South America, works in process from their spoken word project, and much more. Future performances in the series to be announced!