The American Music Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and underwriting performances of American classical music of the past as well as selectively commissioning new works from American composers.

Kontras Quartet’s AMP concert receives acclaim

The Kontras Quartet performed a program Sunday at Ganz Hall in Chicago, which included a long-belated premiere.

Presented by the American Music Project, the event included the world premiere of Amy Wurtz’s String Quartet No. 3, as well as music of Persichetti, Philip Glass and others.

Writing in Chicago Classical Review, Landon Hegedus said of Wurtz’s quartet, “This is urgent, anxious music, wrought with taut but deep-felt emotion and brought exquisitely to life thanks to the Kontras Quartet’s attentive interpretation.”

In Third Coast Review, Louis Harris said of Wurtz’s quartet, that it “has a nice blend between tonality and atonality. Phrases often start with dissonant tension but end in consonant serenity.”