Q U A R T Z
E N S E M B L E
Joshua Harper, Artistic Director
The Quartz Ensemble is Northern Arizona’s newest professional choir. Bringing together singers from across Arizona and the west coast, the ensemble’s mission is to bring the highest quality choral singing to the tri-cities area, while also challenging ideas and assumptions of what classical choral music can be. Founded in 2021, Quartz hopes to form connections between artists and audiences in an attempt to bring hope and beauty into the Prescott, Arizona area, from which our name is derived from.
After a sold out debut in May 2021, Quartz looks forward to the 2021 - 2022 season including a second collaboration with the Arizona Philharmonic.
Old Hungarian Ballroom Dances (1949)
Ein deutsches Requiem, op. 45 (1868)
arr. Joachim Linckelmann (2010)
Quartz - presents one of the greatest choral masterworks ...
The clarity of Quartz Ensemble’s 12 voices is beautifully balanced with Arizona Philharmonic’s double quintet plus timpani chamber orchestra. The orchestra size lies between Brahms’ original two accompaniment options of full orchestra or two pianos. The chamber orchestra maintains beautiful instrumental color while allowing acoustic space for the precision of a small, professional choir. Choral Journal calls this recent arrangement of the Brahms Requiem by Joachim Linckelmann a “new, fresh
interpretation of this masterwork.” You will hear the Requiem with a whole new appreciation.
Arizona Philharmonic also presents Ligeti’s charming Old Hungarian Ballroom Dances, which Ligeti carefully composed while underneath Stalin’s firm, anti-modernism mandates. If you have never heard Ligeti’s humorous, playful, and slightly defiant side, this piece is a must-listen.
E v e n t s
January 29, 2022
Performing Arts Center
January 30, 2022
The Visa Center for the Arts