Arts & Culture

Quartus Chamber Players Sing Their Swansong

Houston’s Quartus Chamber Players present their second concert of the season Sunday evening at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church on W. Bellfort.  Colorless Moon offers a program of rarely-performed works for string quartet and soprano including compositions by Osvaldo Golijov, Gabriel Fauré, Ernest Chausson and Nino Rota.

Quartus violist, Meredith Harris, calls the concert “bittersweet,” as it will be the Players final performance.  As Harris explains, “We’ve got some really exciting things happening with some of the members of our group, and we’re kind of all going in different directions, and so this was a great concert just to close out our time together.  This was our fourth season…and we really feel like this music is a nice farewell.”

The Quartus members will be joined on stage by soprano Misha Penton and pianist Kyle Evans for their swansong.

As violinist Pei-Ju Wu explains, the title Colorless Moon was taken from a work by Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov.  “When Misha and Quartus were talking about programming for this concert…we came across this piece by Golijov titled Lúa descolorida, and we thought it was such a wonderful piece to anchor the concert, and we thought why don’t we name it Colorless Moon because it gives out such a nice atmosphere, so to speak, that I think really defines our concert.”

Scored for string quartet and soprano, Lúa descolorida (“colorless moon” in English), has an ethereal air to it.  Soprano Misha Penton describes it as “a very plaintive cry to the moon, and the singer is saying they hope to rise up into the ether to the great house of death and be released into the celestial sphere.”

The ensemble’s Colorless Moon program includes a second work by Golijov, Tenebrae, for string quartet; songs by Gabriel Fauré (La Bonne Chanson) and Ernest Chausson (Chanson Perpétuelle);  and Nino Rota’s Il Presepio.

You can listen on this page to the Quartus Chamber Players’ interview and performance in Houston Public Media’s Geary Performance Studio, and for more information about their final concert, visit them online at