Earlier this year, Spektral Quartet performed to a large, enthusiastic crowd in Rieth Recital Hall, and the ensemble’s ambitious and thought-provoking new project will be of interest to many.

On May 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Chicago’s historic Chopin Theatre, Spektral’s “Theatre of War” will feature the quartet performing George Crumb’s Black Angels in addition to hosting several other artists who will perform equally provocative works.  More than a concert, it is “an artistic investigation of the contemporary disconnect between the experiences of most citizens and those people directly impacted by war.”  The performers’ goal is to bring non-partisan focus to the ongoing operations in the Middle East and to offer space for discussion following the concert. Information about how you can share your support for this serious artistic endeavor and its worthwhile cause can be found at  http://spektralquartet.com/events/theatre-of-war/. The quartet intends to donate all ticket sales proceeds to a veterans arts charity.

Goshen residents will recognize “one of their own” as a member of this accomplished quartet. J. Austin Wulliman grew up in Goshen, studied violin in GC’s strings preparatory program and graduated from Bethany Christian High School. He attended Goshen College, then transferred to the Univ. of Michigan where he graduated summa cum laude with a violin performance degree, followed by a masters from Northwestern.