January 13, 2017

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January 13, 2017

CHICAGO – On Friday, February 24th, 2017 at 7:30 p.m., the University of Chicago Presents brings American String Quartet and award-winning author Salman Rushdie to Mandel Hall for the Midwest premiere of a enew work by Paul Cantelon, based on Rushdie’s novel, The Enchantress of Florence. The piece will be accompanied by a reading from the novel by the author. Also on the program is Beethoven’s sublime Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Major, Op. 130.

Founded in 1974, the American String Quartet is internationally recognized as one of the world’s foremost quartets. Known for performing the complete quartets of both European and American masters, their innovative programming and creative approach has made them highly sought out https://www.viagrasansordonnancefr.com/viagra-generique/ for collaborations from today’s leading artists and composers.

Salman Rushdie has received numerous awards for his novels and adaptations, including the Whitbread Prize for Best Novel (twice), the Writers’ Guild Award, and the London International Writers’ Award. The Enchantress of Florence was published in 2008 to critical acclaim, and has been called “[a] prodigious fever dream of a book” (Elle). His books have been translated into over forty languages.

A musical prodigy, Paul Cantelon made his violin debut at the age of 13 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. He went on to become an accomplished composer of film scores and contemporary classical music, as well as a pianist and accordionist. His compositions have received critical acclaim from several diverse artists, including Pete Townsend, Chick Corea, and Phillip Glass, among others. Of his composition, Cantelon states, “Two years after the release of The Enchantress of Florence, I was hard at work on a punishing film score, living, by necessity, in a bleak motel in the flatlands of Burbank. Mercifully, I had brought "The Enchantress of Florence” with me, and from the opening line, as Ucello approaches Fatehpur Sikri...I was utterly captivated...It is one of my life's dearest artistic privileges, that I have fallen so hopelessly under the spell of the Enchantress, that Salman has brought to us. ”

There will be a 6:30 PM pre-concert conversation with Cantelon, Rushdie, and American String Quartet, moderated by Rachel DeWoskin, author and University of Chicago lecturer in fiction.



Associate Professor Srikanth “Chicu” Reddy leads a discussion of Salman Rushdie’s The Enchantress of Florence. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations recommended. Please call 773.702.8068 to RSVP.


Peter Winograd, violin; Laurie Carney, violin; Wolfram Koessel, cello; Daniel Avshalomov, cello; Salman Rushdie, author
CANTELON: Suite on The Enchantress of Florence (Midwest premiere)
BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Major, Op. 130 with Grosse Fuge, Op. 133
6:30 PM pre-concert lecture with American String Quartet, Salman Rushdie, and Paul Cantelon, moderated by Rachel DeWoskin, author and University of Chicago lecturer in fiction.

Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637

$35 / $5 all students (with I.D.) 
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Internationally recognized as one of the world’s foremost quartets, the American String Quartet celebrates its 41st season in 2016/17. Critics and colleagues hold the Quartet in high esteem and many of today’s leading artists and composers seek out the Quartet for collaborations.

The Quartet is also known for its performances of the complete quartets of Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Schoenberg, Bartók, Mendelssohn, and Mozart, as well as all the string quintets of Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Brahms. The Quartet’s recordings of the complete Mozart string quartets on a matched set of Stradi­varius instruments are widely held to set the standard for this repertoire.

To celebrate its 35th anniversary, the Quartet recorded an ambitious CD, Schubert’s Echo, released by NSS Music. The program invites the listener to appreciate the influence of Schubert on two masterworks of early 20th-century Vienna. In addition to quartets by European masters, the American naturally performs quartets by American composers.

The American also champions contemporary music. The Quartet has commissioned and premiered works by distinguished American composers Claus Adam, Richard Danielpour, Kenneth Fuchs, Tobias Picker, and George Tsontakis. The Quartet has recorded on the Albany, CRI, MusicMasters, Musical Heritage Society, Nonesuch, and RCA labels. The Quartet’s discography includes works by Adam, Corigliano, Danielpour, Dvořák, Fuchs, Prokofiev, Schoenberg, and Tsontakis.

The Quartet’s innovative programming and creative approach to education has resulted in notable residencies throughout the country. The Quartet continues as quartet in residence at the Manhattan School of Music (1984–present) and the Aspen Music Festival (1974–present). The ASQ also teaches in Beijing, China, and travels widely abroad.

Formed in 1974 when its original members were students at The Juilliard School, the American String Quartet was launched by winning both the Coleman Competition and the Naumburg Chamber Music Award in the same year.

Salman Rushdie is the author of twelve novels: Grimus, Midnight’s Children (which was awarded the Booker Prize in 1981), Shame, The Satanic Verses, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Moor’s Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury, Shalimar the Clown, The Enchantress of Florence, and Luka and the Fire of Life. His most recent novel, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, was published in the English language in September 2015.

He is also the author of a book of stories, East, West, and four works of non-fiction: Joseph Anton – A MemoirImaginary HomelandsThe Jaguar Smile, and Step Across This Line. He is the co-editor of Mirrorwork, an anthology of contemporary Indian writing, and of the 2008 Best American Short Stories anthology.

He has adapted Midnight’s Children for the stage. It was performed in London and New York by the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 2004, an opera based upon Haroun and the Sea of Stories was premiered by the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center.

A Fellow of the British Royal Society of Literature, Salman Rushdie has received, among other honors, the Whitbread Prize for Best Novel (twice), the Writers’ Guild Award, the James Tait Black Prize, the European Union’s Aristeion Prize for Literature, Author of the Year Prizes in both Britain and Germany, the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger, the Budapest Grand Prize for Literature, the Premio Grinzane Cavour in Italy, the Crossword Book Award in India, the Austrian State Prize for European Literature, the London International Writers’ Award, the James Joyce award of University College Dublin, the St Louis Literary Prize, the Carl Sandburg Prize of the Chicago Public Library, and a U.S. National Arts Award. He holds honorary doctorates and fellowships at six European and six American universities, is an Honorary Professor in the Humanities at M.I.T, and University Distinguished Professor at Emory University.

He has received the Freedom of the City in Mexico City, Strasbourg and El Paso, and the Edgerton Prize of the American Civil Liberties Union. He holds the rank of Commandeur in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres – France’s highest artistic honor. Between 2004 and 2006 he served as President of PEN American Center and for ten years served as the Chairman of the PEN World Voices International Literary Festival, which he helped to create. In June 2007 he received a Knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. In 2008 he became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was named a Library Lion of the New York Public Library. In addition, Midnight’s Children was named the Best of the Booker – the best winner in the award’s 40-year history – by a public vote. 

His books have been translated into over forty languages. A film of Midnight’s Children, directed by Deepa Mehta, was released in 2012. The Ground Beneath Her Feet, in which the Orpheus myth winds through a story set in the world of rock music, was turned into a song by U2 with lyrics by Salman Rushdie.

Paul Cantelon is American composer of film scores and contemporary classical music. He is also a violinist, pianist, and accordionist, and a founding member of the American alternative band Wild Colonials.

Born in Glendale, California, he was a music prodigy who made his violin debut at the age of 13 at UCLA's Royce Hall. Inspired by the work of Donalee Reubenet, he started piano studies. He studied with Andre Gauthier at the Geneva Conservatory of Music in Switzerland, Jacob Lateiner at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City, and Vlado Perlemuter at the Conservatoire de Paris.

In the early 90’s, Paul formed the eclectic band, Wild Colonials, with singer, Angela McCluskey, recording two albums for Geffen Records and performing with such artists as Joe Cocker, The Kinks, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, George Clinton, Rickie Lee Jones, King Crimson and Ry Cooder. The Wild Colonials recorded two albums for Geffen, selling in excess of 500,000 units.

In 1995, after composing a special centenary score for the Eisenstein classic silent film, Battleship Potemkin, Paul finished a new collection of works for solo piano and piano trio, opening the Montreux Jazz Festival. These works were met with much critical acclaim from artists as diverse as Pete Townsend, Chick Corea and Phillip Glass.

World-renowned cellist, Yo Yo Ma, recently accompanied Paul for an exclusive performance of Paul’s original compositions, as well as works from the standard cello/piano repertoire. 

In 2005, Paul began his venture into film with Liev Schreiber’s Everything Is Illuminated.  He went on to score such films as the award winning Diving Bell And The Butterfly (2007), Sony Pictures’ The Other Boleyn Girl (2008), Oliver Stone’s W. (2008), New York, I Love You (2009), Tony Goldwyn’s Conviction (2010), Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (2011), Woody Allen: A Documentary (2012), Oscar Winner Geoffrey Fletcher’s upcoming release Violet & Daisy, and Effie Gray, written by and starring Emma Thompson.  Paul has also recently contributed original music to Jonathan Demme’s interpretation of Henrik Ibsen’s The Master Builder, called Fear Of Falling.

Now in its 73rd year of bringing the world's best artists to Chicago, The University of Chicago Presents offers 22 unique performances in five distinct series in the 2016/17 season, from early music to classical, contemporary, and jazz. This season celebrates the richness that music has to offer with unrivaled musical experiences that bring passion and virtuosity to the stage.

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