Quartet Metadata at Fordham Lincoln Center Performs New and Recent Works Featuring ASCAP Composers

November 21, 2017

Recent works composed for string quartet and sextet by three ASCAP composers were highlighted on a rousing program by Quartet Metadata at Fordham University's Lincoln Center campus on November 14. The new ensemble consists of violinists Lynn Bechtold and Hajnal Pivnick; violist Hannah Levinson; and Jisoo Ok, cellist, supplemented at this concert by violists Carrie Frey, Earl Maneein as well as cellist Jennifer DeVore. Works included on the program were Carter Burwell’s Air for String Quartet, Shelley Washington’s Middleground for String Quartet, followed by a world premiere from Lawrence Kramer, his Wingspan for String Sextet. Together with a burgeoning career as a composer now unfolding, Kramer has been known over the last decades as a highly respected musicologist. Indeed, just last month he was announced as this year’s winner of the ASCAP Virgil Thomson Award for Outstanding Music Criticism - a book which grapples with the understanding of humanity through music.

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(l-r) Carrie Frey (violist), Jisoo Ok (cellist), Earl Maneein (violist), Jennifer DeVore (cellist), Hajnal Pivnick (violinist), Lynn Bechtold (violinist), ASCAP’s Michael Spudic and ASCAP composer Lawrence Kramer