Cascade Quartet Performs Work by Mara Gibson, Visits Conservatory, and More


Mara Gibson's work, Blackbird is performed by The Cascade Quartet during its Jan. 31 and Feb. 2 concerts, Amazing Grace, in the Great Falls (Montana) Symphony’s 2015- 2016 Chamber Music Series. Gibson will attend the performance and speak about her work and creative process. 

Blackbird is a collaboration project inspired by poet Wallace Stevens's “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” and in its complete form combines dance, film and music. Mara Gibson writes, “Like Stevens's piece, Blackbird is constructed like a Haiku with lightning flashes of imagery and color.” The performances on January 31 and February 2 will be the world premiere of the music portion of this new work.

In March 2016, the Cascade Quartet travels to UMKC to perform the piece in its entirety with choreographed dance by Conservatory faculty Gary Abbott and film by UMKC faculty Caitlin Horsmon, during an ArtSounds performance.  That performance is Tuesday, March 8, 7:30 p.m., Country Club Christian Church, 6101 Ward Parkway, KCMO, FREE.

Additionally, Cascade Quartet presents a reading day for Conservatory composition students, March 8 at UMKC. The quartet will read works by students Duane Willis, Aaron Hill, Stephen Ahrens, and Seth Davis.  Cascade also reads a collaborative work by composition students.

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949