Creative Matters: Attacca Quartet and Caroline Shaw in Conversation with Elizabeth Oakes

Sep 19, 2023

06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Voxman Music Building, Recital Hall

93 East Burlington Street, Iowa City, IA 52240

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Join us in Voxman Recital Hall for an intimate and engaging conversation with the Grammy-award winning Attacca Quartet and Caroline Shaw, youngest-ever winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music. Elizabeth Oakes, professor of instruction in chamber music in the UI School of Music, will moderate the talk. The event is free and open to the public.

The members of the acclaimed Attacca Quartet—described by The New York Times as “exuberant, funky, and … exactingly nuanced”—are passionate advocates of contemporary repertoire and new work—including that of composer and vocalist Caroline Shaw.

Caroline Shaw is a musician who moves among roles, genres, and mediums, trying to imagine a world of sound that has never been heard before but has always existed. She works often in collaboration with others, as producer, composer, violinist, and vocalist. Caroline is the recipient of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music, several Grammy awards, an honorary doctorate from Yale, and a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. Her favorite color is yellow, and her favorite smell is rosemary.

Following the Creative Matters event on Sept. 19, guests are encouraged to attend a UI Symphony Orchestra Concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Voxman Concert Hall, where they will play Shaw’s Entr’acte.

On Sunday, Sept. 17, at Hancher, Shaw and the Attaca Quartet will perform music from their 2022 album Evergreen, which, like their previous record, Orange, garnered a Grammy. More information and tickets.

Creative Matters is presented by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Hancher.

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