Chamber Music Intensive Press Release

CMI_Banner_ImageUniversity of Chicago Department of Music and Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts Announce Chamber Music Intensive Debut

Spektral Quartet, Ensemble-in-Residence at UChicago, will lead four-day experiential workshop

Chicago, Hyde Park – The Spektral Quartet announces a four-day workshop with Steinway artist Amy Briggs, Artist-in-Residence at UChicago, and a masterclass with world-renowned violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi of the Vermeer Quartet. Chamber Music Intensive participants will receive four days of coaching in a supportive and inspiring environment, culminating in a concert in the stunning Performance Penthouse at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. The new workshop runs July 17-20, 2014. Following in the footsteps of national summer music programs, the UChicago Chamber Music Intensive presents coachings, a guest lecture, masterclasses, and more.

Chamber Music Intensive musicians will garner greater confidence on stage, invaluable rehearsal techniques, and a deeper understanding of some of the greatest repertoire in classical music. “We’ve paired together University students and alumni with long-time chamber music enthusiasts for four days of musical work and exploration,” said Russell Rolen, member of the Spektral Quartet, “and we are excited to see what they can do in a short time.”

Twenty-one musicians have been selected to participate in the 2014 Chamber Music Intensive, which includes four free events that are open to the public and take place in the Performance Penthouse at the Logan Center for the Arts.

Opening Night: Meet & Greet (Thursday, July 17 at 6:30 PM) – The exciting weekend kicks off with a performance of Beethoven’s Quartet Op. 132 by the Spektral Quartet in the Performance Penthouse at the Logan Center for the Arts. Admission is free. A light reception will follow.

Andrew Patner: Musical Musings (Friday, July 18 at 2:00 PM) – Chicago-based author, broadcaster, journalist, and arts critic shares wisdom and insight about the business side of artistry.

Masterclass: Afternoon with a master (Saturday, July 19 at 1:00 PM) – As first violinist of the famed Vermeer Quartet throughout its 40-year history, Shmuel Ashkenasi gained a reputation as one of the world’s outstanding chamber musicians. He has performed with such American orchestras as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, National Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Atlanta Symphony, as well as the orchestras of Vienna, Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Zurich, Rotterdam, Geneva, and Stockholm, and the Royal Philharmonic.

Final Performance: Chamber Music Intensive Concert (Sunday, July 20 at 3:00 PM) – The culminating event provides ample reason to celebrate! Join performers, faculty, and guests for the joyous chamber music showcase, followed by a reception.

For full schedule, faculty biographies, and additional information, please visit

No registration required to attend the four free events.



Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Performance Penthouse, 9th floor,
915 E. 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637



Rashida Black, Director of Public Relations
University of Chicago, Department of Music
773.702.3427, rashida[at]uchicago[dot]edu