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Altius String Quartet
Presented by the Louisville Cultural Council
- Date: 10/08/2017 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
- Location: Louisville Center for the Arts
801 Grant Avenue
Louisville, Colorado 80027
Louisville Cultural Council presents a concert by Altius Quartet. Tickets $15, available at the door.
Learn more below! Or visit their website: http://altiusquartet.com/
They are young, hip, and smart. Their new album just won an award. They were chosen and mentored here in Boulder by one of the world’s top string quartets, Takacs. Oh yeah, and they play Led Zeppelin.
They are the hippest new string quartet in the country and they are performing in Louisville’s intimate 80-seat Arts Center on Sunday, October 8 at 3 p.m.
Andrew Giordano, Joshua Ulrich, Andrew Krimm, and Zachary Reaves chose the name Altius from the Olympic motto “Citius, Altius, Fortius,” which means “Faster, Higher, Stronger.” It is a fitting name for men who spend much of their free time enjoying the outdoors when they aren’t breaking down the conventions of their musical genre.
Their new album “Dress Code” is a case in point. The playlist includes Haydn's 'String Quartet in C major, Op. 74, No. 1' and an arrangement by cellist Zachary Reaves that blends or perhaps better said, mashes up, two Led Zeppelin pieces, Stairway to Heaven and Kashmir. The playlist gets back to Haydn and then interjects another Reaves mash up of Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five” with Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.” Are you getting dizzy yet?
A recent review in the online “Review Graveyard” put it bluntly. “Reading through the track listing for this album I couldn't help thinking ‘This just isn't going to work’. Sure, it sounds novel, but . . . That's just crazy.”
The review goes on to say, “But, it does work! And rather impressively too.”
In addition to being innovative, Altius are technically excellent. The renowned music blog, “I Care If You Listen” calls their sound "rich" and "captivating". Their musicianship and versatility receives critical praise. They have received numerous awards, but it is their charisma and dynamism that captures people’s hearts. And the mash-ups.
You can see them and judge for yourself on Sunday, October 8 at 3 p.m. at the Louisville Center for the Arts in Memory Square. Sure, football will be on at the same time, but people in Louisville say that’s why they have DVR capabilities.
“To experience music this good, this close is a rare treat,” said Jennifer Strand, Chair of the group that booked the event, the Louisville Cultural Council.
“I’m frankly amazed that Louisville was able to attract a group like this to our tiny venue,” said Katie Zoss, Louisville Cultural Arts Coordinator.
Altius Quartet is an ensemble determined to further the art of chamber music through performance, education, and outreach. Deriving their name from the Olympic motto: Citius, Altius, Fortius (Latin for Faster, Higher, Stronger); Altius strives to communicate art to a more diverse audience through community engagement and innovative repertoire. Hailed as "rich" and "captivating" by the renowned music blog, "I Care If You Listen," the Altius Quartet is garnering an international reputation and enrapturing the hearts of audiences through their charisma and dynamism. Having just released their debut album, “Dress Code,” Altius is receiving critical praise for their musicianship and versatility.
As grand prize winners in the Classics Alive Young Artists Competition, Altius Quartet was awarded management with Executive Director, Jean Schreiber. Altius has also been awarded prizes at many internationally respected competitions including: the 2016 Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition, the 2014 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the 2014 Coltman Chamber Music Competition, and the 2013 Plowman Chamber Music Competition. In addition, Altius will be releasing a second album on the Parma Label of Dmitri Shostakovich’s String Quartets Nos. 7, 8, and 9 in the fall of 2017.
Formed in 2011 at Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts, Altius has just completed their tenure as Fellowship String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where they were mentored by the renowned Takács Quartet. The quartet has an active performance schedule including engagements at music festivals, series, and universities throughout the United States including: Carnegie Hall, Chamber Music Cincinnati, the Aspen Music Festival, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and the Fayetteville Chamber Music Festival. During their tenure at Southern Methodist University, Altius Quartet served as Ensemble-in-Residence working closely with Matt Albert, Emanuel Borok, and Andres Diaz. In addition, Altius has worked with and been guided by many of the foremost artists in chamber music including the Emerson String Quartet, Miró Quartet, Shanghai Quartet, and Kronos Quartet. In addition, Altius has collaborated with many celebrated artists including Håkan Rosengren, Anton Nel, Andres Diaz, Peter Nágy, and Geraldine Walther.
Altius Quartet is deeply committed to outreach, often performing concerts and teaching master classes in public schools and alternative performing venues including: jazz clubs, bars, and cafes. In 2014, the quartet partnered with the Aspen Music Festival and School for annual educational outreach residencies throughout the Roaring Fork. And beginning in 2016, Altius has worked alongside Denver Friends of Chamber Music and Arts Longmont performing outreach events for school children spanning the entire Denver/Boulder metroplex.