PRISM Quartet

U of MI Christopher Kendall Award: Remarks from Peter Witte

By: . November 11, 2016. Posted under:

On October 21, 2016, Peter Witte made the following remarks in presenting the PRISM Quartet with the newly established Christopher Kendall Award. The Award honors the tenure of Emeritus Dean Christopher Kendall by recognizing one alumnus/a or an ensemble of alumni of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance from any graduation year who has demonstrated collaboration and/or entrepreneurship and/or significant community engagement and/or interdisciplinary studies and/or patronage to the arts in their professional work.


Color Theory in The New York Times

By: . June 18, 2016. Posted under: PRISM Quartet photo by Richard Termine

By CORINNA da FONSECA-WOLLHEIM JUNE 14, 2016 “… In two concerts last week at Roulette in Brooklyn, the Prism Quartet, a saxophone ensemble, produced an intriguing palette of sounds that included tone colors never heard before.” Read the full review here.


PRISM Quartet Presents Enticing Concert in Ypsilanti

By: . June 1, 2016. Posted under:

The PRISM Quartet returns to its musical birthplace for a concert benefiting the ensemble’s Southeast Michigan Residency Program. The concert features music by two composers with Michigan roots: the late William Albright, a longtime University of Michigan faculty member whose seminal work, Fantasy Etudes, was commissioned by PRISM in 1992; and current Michigan State University faculty member David Biedenbender, whose contribution to the program, “Lullaby” (2014), comes from a larger work-in-progress titled Cerulean. The program includes additional works by Anna Weesner, Martin Bresnick, and Georg Friedrich Haas.


June 1-15: World Premiere of COLOR THEORY, Saxophones & Percussion

By: . February 23, 2016. Posted under:

First-ever collaborations between the PRISM Quartet, Sō Percussion, and PARTCH (East Coast Debut, and one of three groups in the world that play Harry Partch instruments), featuring premieres of new works by Steven Mackey, Ken Ueno, and Stratis Minakakis. Plus groundbreaking music by Donnacha Dennehy, Kati Agócs, Georg Friedrich Haas, Steve Lehman, Iannis Xenakis, Bryce Dessner, and Harry Partch. Co-presented in Philadelphia by the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Presented in Brooklyn at Roulette.


PRISM gives 15 world premieres in NYC, Philly and Ann Arbor in March

By: . February 22, 2016. Posted under: Pianist Marilyn Nonken

In March 2016, the PRISM Quartet concertizes in Philadelphia, New York City, and Ann Arbor with programs that feature guest appearances by piano virtuoso Marilyn Nonken, and jazz saxophone greats Diego Rivera and Andrew Bishop. The programs include world premieres of 15 new works by a stunning line-up of composers, including James Primosch, Anna Weesner, Jay Reise, Kyle Bartlett, Ben Hjertmann, and William Bolcom.


PRISM Named First Recipient of Christopher Kendall Award from U of MI

By: . January 25, 2016. Posted under:

PRISM is greatly honored to receive the Christopher Kendall Award from our alma mater. The award recognizes one alumnus/a or an ensemble of alumni of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance who has demonstrated collaboration, entrepreneurship, significant community engagement, interdisciplinary studies and/or patronage to the arts in their professional work.