Utah Week #2

 Curtis w/ Joan Tower

Curtis w/ Joan Tower

The whole gang from the Emerging Quartets and Composers Program. Composers-in-residence Antonin and Max in frontThe pace picked up this week when we had a spot on Park City TV:  Performances from Stravinsky and Brahms quartets, plus a full interview about the Emerging Quartets and Composers program and our recent quartet history.  Also, Joan Tower and her composer entourage arrived on Wednesday to kick things into high gear with more coachings, more music to grapple and more parties ;)  It's an especially interesting time for me at this point, since the last time I was here at the Festival I was in the role of "Emerging Composer", and now, in working with Antonin Fajt (the young and very talented Czech composer) I get to give back a little of the experience I had here in the past working with the Vinca Quartet.  It's really a great environment for workshopping music and bridging the composer and performer gap.  It's great to be on both sides of the coin.  I'm looking forward to presenting the fruits of our labor at this weekends concerts!

Jessie Montgomery, violin