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Semiosis Quartet

  • Boston Sculptors Gallery 486 Harrison Avenue Boston, MA, 02118 United States (map)

Boston-based Semiosis Quartet is a dynamic string ensemble dedicated to presenting a contemporary repertoire of diverse international narratives. Founded in 2014 by Nicole Parks, the quartet’s name refers to semiotics, or the process of communicating and interpreting meaning through signs and symbols.  Semiosis Quartet performs traditionally underrepresented work from Central America, South America, and Mexico as well as pieces by Shih-Hui Chen, Anthony Green, Sofia Gubaidulina, Eric Nathan, Toru Takemitsu, Caroline Shaw, and local composers Steven Snowden and Jason Huffman.  For the Second Sunday Concert, Semiosis Quartet will perform “This is the Light of Autumn by Stefanie Lubkowski, “Abstracta” by Eva García Fernández, “Blemish” by Camila Agosto and “String Quartet No. 2” by Sofia Gubaidulina.

The Second Sunday Concert Series at Boston Sculptors Gallery presents a monthly collaboration with Boston area musicians, programmed by Music Director Aaron Jay Myers. The musicians are often inspired by the sculpture on display and perform interactive works in response to it. All events are free and open to the public and donations directly support the musicians.

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Semiosis Quartet:
Nicole Parks - violin
Kyra Davies - violin
Lauren Nelson - viola
Allison Drenkow - cello


Camila Agosto - Blemish
Stefanie Lubkowski - "This is the light of autumn..."
Caroline Shaw - Valencia
Steven Snowden - Bird Catching from Above
Bright Sheng - The Stream Flows (Kyra Davies, violin)
Aaron Jay Myers - Lichens II (Nicole Parks, violin)

Boston-based Semiosis Quartet, formed in 2014, is quickly gaining a reputation as a dynamic ensemble dedicated to presenting the string quartet repertoire of the 20th and 21st centuries. The ensemble’s 2017-18 season is headlined by a concert featuring composers from Central America, South America, and Mexico, part of an ongoing effort to present work by voices traditionally underrepresented in the new music community. They will also perform repertoire by Shih-Hui Chen, Anthony Green, Sofia Gubaidulina, Eric Nathan, Toru Takemitsu, Caroline Shaw, and local composers Steven Snowden and Jason Huffman. Semiosis continually seeks to expand the quartet repertoire, and has commissioned and premiered several works. In 2016 they presented the world premiere of Curtis Hughes’ String Quartet No. 2, and the 2017-18 season includes a commission by Aaron Jay Myers. Semiosis Quartet was appointed Ensemble-in-Residence at the 2016 Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy. Previously they worked with the JACK Quartet, the Muir Quartet, and composer Joan Tower as part of the Emerging Quartets and Composers program at the Deer Valley Music Festival. Other highlights of past seasons include appearances as part of the Equilibrium Concert Series, the Church of the Advent Library Concert Series, and August Noise JP. Deeply committed to music education, Semiosis has worked closely with student composers, musicians, and faculty at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Tufts University, and Bowling Green State University. The quartet’s name refers to a process where a subject uses a message or symbol to communicate. The audience interprets the message to derive meaning. Study of this process crosses the boundaries of linguistics, anthropology, and biological sciences. Likewise, Semiosis Quartet demonstrates how the contemporary string quartet repertoire is a vehicle for a diverse collection of narratives from around the world.

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Semiosis Quartet  at Boston Sculptors Gallery, January 14, 2018.

Semiosis Quartet at Boston Sculptors Gallery, January 14, 2018.

Later Event: February 11
Jim Dalton & Maggi Smith-Dalton