The Bernard Rands Effect

Re-Mark your calendars! After a two-year delay (you know why!), Chicago Composers’ Consortium and Spektral Quartet present The Bernard Rands Effect, a concert of nine World Premieres written for and premiered by Spektral Quartet on Monday, March 14, 2022, at Constellation Chicago starting at 7:30.

This long-awaited event features a new string quartet by Chicago resident and Pulitzer Prize winner Bernard Rands, commissioned for this concert by John Bierbusse, plus 5-minute quartets written by C3 composers in response to Bernard’s new quartet. Using Bernard’s music as a jumping off point into their own individual musical landscapes, eight C3 composers enter into a unique conversation with each other, with Spektral, and with the composer whose work inspired this project.

We are delighted to invite you to join us in celebrating the extraordinary creativity and accomplishment of this world-renowned composer who calls Chicago home – on his 88th birthday! Come join us at Constellation for a musical bouquet of string quartets, premiered by Chicago’s irreplaceable Spektrals, in one of their final live Chicago performances.

Participating C3 composers include Larry Axelrod, Kyong Mee Choi, Tim Edwards, Kathleen Ginther, Martha Horst, Tim Johnson, Laura Schwendinger and Elizabeth Start.


Chicago Premiere Performance

Monday, March 14, 7:30 pm *RESCHEDULED from the original March 2 date*
3111 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL


Midwest Tour

Monday, March 7, 7:30 pm
Stetson Chapel
Kalamazoo College
Kalamazoo, MI

Saturday, April 2, 7:30 pm
Hamel Music Center
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI

Friday, April 15, 7:30 pm
Shryock Auditorium
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL


Bernard Rands: String Quartet Music

Lawrence Axelrod: Meditation (on a theme of Bernard Rands)

Kyong Mee Choi: Falling Leaves

Timothy Dwight Edwards: with Pause for Reflection

Kathleen Ginther: quartetto in ombra

Martha Horst: Rabbit Hole

Timothy Ernest Johnson: For the Love of Home

Laura  Schwendinger: una breve canzone senza parole

Elizabeth Start: Conclusions


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