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#makeityours with the Fry Street Quartet

Thursday, Sep. 15, 2016


the Fry Street Quartet at Utah's Spiral Jetty, Great Salt Lake

The Fry Street Quartet at Utah's famous Spiral Jetty. The quartet opens the school year Sept. 20 with a concert in the Caine Performance Hall at 7:30 p.m. on USU’s Logan campus. The concert also marks the release FSQ’s most recent album, "The Crossroads Project." An interdisciplinary collaboration joining science and art, the Crossroads Project aims to inspire reflection, foster engagement and incite action at a pivotal moment for our environment.


The Fry Street Quartet (FSQ), Utah State University’s string quartet in residence, kicks off its season Sept. 20 with a concert in the Caine Performance Hall at 7:30 p.m. The evening’s program includes Haydn’s String Quartet in D Major, Op. 76, no. 5, Libby Larsen’s Emergence, written for the Fry Street Quartet, and Bela Bartok’s String Quartet no. 5.

The concert will mark the release of FSQ’s most recent album, “The Crossroads Project.” An interdisciplinary collaboration joining science and art, the Crossroads Project aims to inspire reflection, foster engagement and incite action at a pivotal moment for our environment.

“The album brings together commissioned works by Grammy Award-winner Libby Larsen and Pulitzer Prize nominee Laura Kaminsky to create thought-provoking, viscerally affecting exploration of global sustainability,” said Rebecca McFaul, violinist in the FSQ and associate professor in the Caine College of the Arts.

The program will open with Haydn’s String Quartet in D Major. Haydn, the father of the string quartet, is known for bringing the genre to life and setting the standard for the depth of its expression.

Larsen’s Emergence, written for the FSQ and featured on its new album, uses the concept of the water cycle as a metaphor for transformation.

“The work begins with playful evocations of precipitation and builds to gushing descents of runoff and hazy depictions of evaporation,” McFaul said. “Simultaneously, it captures a vast, potent, emotional landscape. In its fourth movement, a wistful tune becomes distorted as its accompaniment becomes increasingly dark and jagged. Yet the work ends on a hopeful note, with us resolved in a shared melody, and ultimately, resounding as one gleaming, unified voice.”

Bela Bartok’s fifth string quartet will finish the program.

The work is in five movements and weaves folk elements with extraordinary structure as he creates a vast soundscape that remains forever original, McFaul said.

The FSQ is preparing a cycle of Bartok’s complete works for string quartet to be performed as a singular and rare event planned for the 2017-18 season.

“In the spirit of the Crossroads Project, the FSQ is launching social media campaigns called #makeityours and #makeityoursUSU,” McFaul said. “After 30 performances of the Crossroads Project, we have lived through the experience with literally thousands of audience members. A meditation on global sustainability, the full, multidisciplinary performance offers an unflinching look at where we are and where we could be headed. A memorable refrain in the performance by Dr. Robert Davies is to ‘pick something and make it yours.’”

The #makeityours campaign is a chance to share what you have picked and what you’re doing in celebration of the act of positive change-making. To become part of the campaign, you can post a photo on social media along with the statement, “I’m working toward a more sustainable world by fill in the blank  ) and adding the hashtag. The campaign will run from Sept. 20 to Oct. 20, ending in a drawing for prizes and documentation that connects inspired efforts across our community.

There will be opportunities to take and contribute photos to the campaign during intermission and post-concert at the Sept. 20 performance.

The album release concert and party is at 7:30 p.m. in the Caine Performance Hall on Sept. 20 as well. For more information and tickets, contact the CCA Box Office in room L101 of the Chase Fine Arts Center on USU’s campus, call 435-797-8022, or see the Caine College website.

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Writer and contact: Whitney Schulte, 435-797-9203, whitney.schulte@usu.edu





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