Spektral Quartet served up a multi-layered sandwich of new and old music in their third annual Sampler Pack concert at The Empty Bottle club in Ukrainian Village on Chicago’s west side on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. In their typical eclectic fashion, Spektral interleaved the “spicy meats and cheeses” of fresh scores from composers Jenna Lyle, Daniel Dehaan, Chris Fisher-Lochhead, and Hans Thomalla (all of whom were present) with classic pieces of “bread” from Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Verdi, and Hugo Wolf.
Spektral Quartet is Aurelien Fort Pederzoli and J. Austin Wulliman (violins), Doyle Armbrust (viola), and Russell Rolen (cello). Formed in 2010, they are one of Chicago’s most ambitious and innovative string ensembles with an artistic ambition to challenge timeworn preconceptions about what is classical music, who listens to it, and where it is played. They aim to cover the full breadth of the String Quartet catalogue, old and new, engaging a wide range of audiences in traditional and unexpected venues.