‘Third Stream’ – String Quartet

Friday, April 19, 2024
Performance at 7:30PM | Doors at 7:00PM
Suggested Donation: $20 – General Admission // $10 – Student, senior, etc.
None turned away for lack of funds, no pressure


Viola, violin, guitar + cello: string quartet presents both regional + world premieres of fusion music: classical jazz + free improvisation.

LPO violist Sixto Franco with musicians from Chicago, Los Angeles, and New Orleans give the regional premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Gunther Schuller’s String Quartet No. 4, along with a world premiere by New Orleans composer Jonathan Freilich.

Sixto Franco, who has been performing with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra for the past 2 years, will be joined by Missing Piece from Chicago (violinist Dan Galat + cellist Kelly Quesada), violinist Myra Hinrichs of Los Angeles, local guitarist Tim Robertson, and local cellist Juan Horie of Quijote Duo. The program comprises “Third Stream” music, a genre that fuses jazz and classical music.

“Third Stream,” which can transform from structured music to free improvisation, is a description coined by the late Gunther Schuller whose String Quartet No. 4 will be given its regional premiere. Chicago-based composer Leroy Jenkins similarly worked in this genre and his Themes and Improvisations on the Blues will also appear on this program.

New Orleans resident Brian Sands commissioned Schuller’s String Quartet No. 4 in honor of his parents and in memory of renowned violinist Felix Galimir, a founder of the Marlboro Music Festival and longtime Juilliard faculty member. For many years, Galimir was Sands’ downstairs neighbor in New York City. String Quartet No. 4 was given its world premiere in 2002 by the Juilliard String Quartet and has subsequently been performed by the Borromeo String Quartet, among others.

The program on April 19 will feature the world premiere of Jonathan Freilich’s Propaganda Umbrella 1, a work inspired by the principles of “Third Stream.” Freilich, an esteemed musician and experienced improviser well-known from his appearances on various New Orleans stages, has crafted a sextet for string quartet, with the addition of an extra cello and guitar. Propaganda Umbrella 1 unites elements from classical music and jazz, folk music, and free improvisation, all of which combine for a masterful, only-in-New-Orleans style composition.

Tickets and further information can be found at www.sixtofranco.com and www.missingpiecemusic.com.

These concerts are underwritten by the John Burton Harter foundation and Brian Sands.


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Friday Apr 19 2024


7:30 pm
Advance Donations