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String Quartet No. 3 to be premiered by Kontras Quartet

I am completely overjoyed that Chicago's own Kontras Quartet will be premiering my String Quartet No. 3 on Sunday, June 5, at 3:00 pm at Ganz Hall. This project, sponsored by the American Music Project, has been years in the making, and I am so excited it is finally coming to fruition.

The American Music Project launched with the premiere of my Piano Quintet in 2014.

The program will also include Philip Glass’s String Quartet No. 2 (“Company”), John Elmquist’s Sacred Traces, Vincent Persichetti’s String Quartet No. 3, and selections from Frederick Tillis’s Spiritual Fantasy No. 12.

“We are delighted to perform this program for the American Music Project,” said Kontras violinist François Henkins. “Not only are there some underperformed gems, like the Frederick Tillis and Persichetti quartets, but we will also be premiering Amy Wurtz’s String Quartet No. 3, and revisit a Kontras commission, Sacred Traces by John Elmquist.”

The concert will take place 3 p.m. Sunday June 5 at Ganz Hall at Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Avenue. Tickets are $20 and $10 for students. To reserve tickets, email

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