Morrison Artists Series: JACK Quartet

Sunday, May 12, 2019, 3:00 pm
Photo of the Jack Quartet member seated in various positions
Deemed "superheroes of the new-music world" (Boston Globe), the JACK Quartet is "the go-to quartet for contemporary music, tying impeccable musicianship to intellectual ferocity and a take-no-prisoners sense of commitment" (Washington Post). The recipient of Lincoln Center's Martin E. Segal Award, New Music USA's Trailblazer Award and the CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, JACK has performed to critical acclaim in the U.S. at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Miller Theatre and at venues in the U.K., Netherlands, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Japan, Indonesia, Mexico and Argentina. Pre-concert talk: 2 p.m. Master class: May 13, noon, Knuth Hall. Free.
Creative Arts Building, McKenna Theatre
May T. Morrison Chamber Music Center
SF State Box Office
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“They are a musical vehicle of choice to the next great composers who walk among us.” — Toronto Star

JACK Quartet

  • Christopher Otto, violin
  • Austin Wulliman, violin
  • John Pickford Richards, viola
  • Jay Campbell, cello

JACK is focused on new work, leading the ensemble to collaborate with composers John Luther Adams, Chaya Czernowin, Simon Steen-Andersen, Caroline Shaw, Helmut Lachenmann, Steve Reich, Matthias Pintscher and John Zorn. Upcoming and recent premieres include works by Derek Bermel, Cenk Ergün, Roger Reynolds, Toby Twining and Georg Friedrich Haas.


  • Thomas Morley (1557/1558 – 1602): Christes Cross (arranged by Christopher Otto)
  • Zosha Di Castri (1985 – ): String Quartet No. 1 (2016)
  • Solage: Fumeux fume par fumee (arranged by Christopher Otto)
  • John Zorn (1953 – ): Necronomicon (2003)
  • Intermission
  • Rodericus: Angelorum Psalat (arranged by Christopher Otto)
  • Elliott Carter (1908 – 2012): String Quartet No. 3 (1971)


Photo by Shervin Lainez