Daily Camera (Boulder)

Altius Quar­tet breaks hia­tus

- By Ka­lene Mc­cort Entertainment · Arts · Music · Washington · The Beatles · Great Lakes · Ben E. King · FairVote

Award-win­ning Boul­der­based Altius Quar­tet is chal­leng­ing the no­tion of what a string en­sem­ble should be. While the group does in­cred­i­ble jus­tice to pieces by Mozart, mem­bers also dive into the wa­ters of pop, cre­at­ing cap­ti­vat­ing ren­di­tions of A-ha’s “Take On Me” and Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me,” not to men­tion vis­ceral orig­i­nals.

The group’s name de­rives from the Olympic motto “Ci­tius, Altius, For­tius,” which is Latin for “Faster, Higher, Stronger” and for any­one who’s had the plea­sure of wit­ness­ing the quar­tet’s artistry live con­cur that there couldn’t be three other ad­jec­tives as fit­ting.

For the first time in more than seven months, Altius Quar­tet will per­form live at 4:30 p.m. Sun­day, in front of an au­di­ence, as part of the Dairy Arts Cen­ter’s Back­porch Se­ries. It will also be the first per­for­mance fea­tur­ing new mem­bers Han­nah Kennedy on vi­o­lin and Allyson Stib­bards on vi­ola.

Tick­ets are $25 per per­son to the out­door show, where a load­ing dock will be trans­formed into a stage and at­ten­dees can gather in the shaded park­ing lot,

whose asphalt will have des­ig­nated marked spots for so­cial dis­tanc­ing. Con­ces­sions, in­clud­ing beer and wine, will be avail­able for pur­chase with a credit card.

Chairs will be pro­vided as needed, but the Dairy en­cour­ages at­ten­dees to bring their own for ex­tended com­fort.

We caught up with cel­list Erin Pat­ter­son to find out what at­ten­dees can ex­pect from the up­com­ing show, how she and fel­low mu­si­cians have been keep­ing fans en­ter­tained dur­ing the pan­demic and where else Altius Quar­tet plans to play.

Daily Cam­era: I can’t be­lieve this is your first in­per­son show since March. How does it feel to know that you will soon be re­united with your fel­low mu­si­cians per­form­ing in front of a live au­di­ence?

Erin Pat­ter­son: We couldn’t be more thrilled about our first live con­cert since March. This will ac­tu­ally be our first show for an au­di­ence with our new mem­bers Han­nah (Kennedy) and Allyson (Stib­bards). We have been for­tu­nate enough to be able to re­hearse and record a lot of con­tent over the last cou­ple of months. Most of our con­certs have ei­ther been livestream­s or on­line per­for­mances fea­tur­ing pre­re­corded con­tent, but we have found that noth­ing quite re­places the en­ergy of per­form­ing for and con­nect­ing with a live au­di­ence.

DC: Love that y’all did an on­line con­cert and gave half of the do­na­tions to free af­ter-school mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram Boul­derMUSE. How much did you raise and do you plan on us­ing your artistry to raise funds for more or­ga­ni­za­tions in need?

EP: We raised just over $600 for Boul­dermuse. It has been our mis­sion since the be­gin­ning of COVID to ded­i­cate a por­tion of the pro­ceeds from each of our con­certs to fu­ture projects or or­ga­ni­za­tions we sup­port. We hope to use our voice to make a dif­fer­ence for all peo­ple and au­di­ences of clas­si­cal mu­sic. Our next project fea­tures a col­lab­o­ra­tion with our friends the Ivalas Quar­tet and will bring aware­ness to the im­por­tance of vot­ing. Do­na­tions will sup­port the or­ga­ni­za­tion Fair­vote, a “non­par­ti­san cham­pion of elec­toral re­forms that give vot­ers greater choice, a stronger voice, and a rep­re­sen­ta­tive democ­racy that works for all Amer­i­cans.”

DC: What can we ex­pect from Sun­day’s show? I’m cu­ri­ous what Bea­tles songs you plan to play.

EP: Since Altius was founded in 2011, it has been part of our mis­sion to per­form a wide va­ri­ety of reper­toire in hopes that ev­ery­one who comes to our con­certs will leave hav­ing en­joyed some­thing. We have stayed true to this over the last nine years. The pro­gram will in­clude string quar­tet clas­sics by Haydn and Mozart, paired with mu­sic by liv­ing com­posers such as Libby Larsen and Bruce Bab­cock, along­side some ar­range­ments of pop­u­lar tunes. Our friend Alex Vit­tal cre­ated a bril­liant ar­range­ment of the Bea­tles’ “Abbey Road” med­ley — the B side of the “Abbey Road” al­bum. We’ve en­joyed per­form­ing his ar­range­ment for the last cou­ple of years.

EP: Where else can fans catch Altius Quar­tet in the com­ing months? Any more so­cially dis­tant shows that should be on our radar?

DC: Most of our up­com­ing shows will be pre­sented on­line. Next up is our col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Ivalas Quar­tet on Oct. 18. We have a few more ex­cit­ing en­gage­ments in the near fu­ture — a Nov. 1 livestream pre­sented by our man­age­ment, Great Lakes Per­form­ing Artists As­so­ciates, a part­ner­ship with Den­ver Friends of Cham­ber Mu­sic and a few lo­cal neigh­bor­hood con­certs. We’ll be tran­si­tion­ing to in­door, so­cially-dis­tanced house con­certs when the weather changes.

DC: Lastly, what do you think 2021 will look like for the quar­tet? Are mem­bers of­fer­ing on­line lessons to make ends meet?

EP: We all have bustling sched­ules in­volv­ing on­line and in-per­son teach­ing, lo­cal gigs and of course our own quar­tet go­ings on. We have a few projects in the works — our own on­line con­cert se­ries, a cham­ber mu­sic pro­gram for young mu­si­cians, and out­reach pro­grams to reach un­der­served com­mu­ni­ties. Most ex­cit­ingly though, the quar­tet’s 10th an­niver­sary is in 2021. We’re plan­ning some sur­prises for our fans and you might see guest ap­pear­ances from pre­vi­ous mem­bers of the quar­tet.

 ?? Matt Um­land Pho­tog­ra­phy / Cour­tesy pho­tos ?? Altius Quar­tet will per­form in the park­ing lot of the Dairy Arts Cen­ter in Boul­der Sun­day as part of the Back­porch Se­ries. Tick­ets are $25.
Matt Um­land Pho­tog­ra­phy / Cour­tesy pho­tos Altius Quar­tet will per­form in the park­ing lot of the Dairy Arts Cen­ter in Boul­der Sun­day as part of the Back­porch Se­ries. Tick­ets are $25.
 ??  ?? Altius Quar­tet will de­but two new mem­bers at Sun­day’s show.
Altius Quar­tet will de­but two new mem­bers at Sun­day’s show.

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