The Eclipse Quartet, an ensemble dedicated to music of 20th-century and present-day composers, will perform at Pomona College on Saturday, February 9, at 8 p.m. in Pomona College's Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. 4th St., Claremont). The concert is free and open to the public.
Hailed by the Los Angeles Times for their "spellbinding performances," the quartet has included in their repertoire for this concert Three Pieces for String Quartet, a work by Pomona College's Emeritus Faculty Composer Karl Kohn. Eclipse cellist Maggie Parkins says of the choice to add Kohn's work to the program, "We have been wanting to perform this piece for a long time. Several years ago Sarah Thornblade, Genevieve Feiwen Lee and I performed his trio, and that experience inspired us to look at this quartet. Now that we are performing at Pomona College, it seemed like a great time to do so." Other works on the program include Revised Standards by Ben Johnson, which the quartet recorded last November, and Different Trains by Steve Reich, which Parkins calls, "an important chestnut of the 20th-century repertoire."
Eclipse members include Sara Parkins, violin; Pomona College music faculty member Sarah Thornblade, violin; Alma Lisa Fernandez, viola; and Parkins, cello. The scope of their repertoire spans works from John Cage and Morton Subotnick to collaborations with the singers Beck and Caetano Veloso. With the versatility to cross genres, their performances include electronics and computer processing works to jazz compositions of Grammy Award-winning pianist Billy Childs. The quartet has performed frequently on both coasts and has participated in festivals such as the Look and Listen Festival in New York City, the Scarlatti Festival in Naples, Italy, the Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Festival and the Angel City Jazz Festival in Los Angeles.
Eclipse has recorded the string quartets of Zeena Parkins for the Tzadik label and Morton Feldman's String Quartet and Piano with pianist Vicki Ray on Bridge. Other CD projects include a spring 2013 release of three works for percussion and string quartet with percussionist William Winant on New World Records made possible by the Aaron Copland Fund for Music Recording grant.
The quartet is artist-in-residence at Mills College (Oakland, CA) and has been in residence at the historic artists' retreat in Villa Aurora (Los Angeles, CA).
Revised Standards (1984)—Ben Johnston
Three Pieces for String Quartet (2004)—Karl Kohn
Different Trains (1988)—Steve Reich