Presidents Day Concert: Honoring the Museum’s 30th Anniversary
February 18, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Join us on Monday, February 18, as The Sixth Floor Museum pays tribute to both the Museum’s thirtieth anniversary and the fifty-fifth anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. These special milestones will be marked by a newly commissioned work “The Sixth Floor” written by award-winning Texas composer Jesus Martinez and performed by the Julius Quartet. Arranged in three movements, “Sniper’s Perch,” “A Nation in Crisis” and “The Legacy,” Martinez’s composition is a stirring journey from the darkest days of 1963 to a deeper understanding of the enduring legacy of President Kennedy and what lies beyond.
About Jesus Martinez
A Texas native who had not yet been born at the time of the assassination, Jesus Martinez had an inherited understanding of the impact of the death of President Kennedy. While creating the composition “The Sixth Floor,” he gained deeper insight into why his generation and beyond remain connected to Kennedy’s legacy as a symbol of unbridled passion for truth, perseverance and patriotism.
With a master’s degree in Music Composition from Southern Methodist University and a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from University of Texas at Arlington, Martinez has served as Composer-in-Residence for both the Alabama Orchestra Association and the Irving Symphony Orchestra. While at SMU, he studied primarily with composer Dr. Robert Frank and developed a special interest in film scoring and new music ensembles. Martinez was commissioned to score the film “Mystery of Birds,” which premiered in Houston in 2011 and was selected to screen at the Los Angeles Black Film Festival. In 2012, the film won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Film by an African Living Abroad. Also in 2011, Martinez presented his 34-minute world premiere of “Threnody for 9/11 for Mixed Chamber Ensemble,” which received accolades in Texas print and broadcast media and a resolution in his name issued by the Texas State Legislature. Martinez scored the 2013 film “Take the Spotlight,” which premiered at four film festivals in Texas, Arkansas and Georgia, winning awards for best film and best director. His other noteworthy works include “American Dances” with the SMU Dance Studio, “Revelations” with Dr. Michael Varner, “All the Wrong Friends” with Mark Kerins and “The Hanging Tree,” which received an Honorable Mention in the 2015 Earshot Columbus Symphony Orchestra Composer Competition.
About The Julius Quartet
Currently serving as the Peak Fellowship Ensemble-in-Residence at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, the Julius Quartet has been hailed as “the captivating young string quartet” (The Bennington Banner) and is rapidly achieving recognition in the chamber music world. As the Graduate Quartet-in-Residence at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University, these talented musicians worked with the celebrated Shanghai Quartet and went on to hold a special residency as The Boston Conservatory’s Honors String Quartet.
The quartet debuted at Carnegie Hall in 2016 and has performed in Bing Concert Hall (Stanford, CA), Bargemusic (Brooklyn, NYC), the Shalin Liu Performing Arts Center (Rockport, MA), The Moss Arts Center (Blacksburg, VA), the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA) and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, MA). In addition, the group has been featured repeatedly in the Music from Salem festival, where they have collaborated with artists and directors Rhonda Rider, Lila Brown and Judith Gordon.
The Julius Quartet received First Prize at the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition, First Prize at the first annual MA-ASTA String Quartet/Quintet Competition by unanimous vote and was nominated for the Harvard Musical Association’s Arthur FooteAward.
As strong advocates for outreach events and educational workshops, the Julius Quartet has worked with the “Bridging the Gap” organization in Worcester, MA to teach at-risk youth how to use musical improvisation to discover and express their individual voice.
The quartet includes violinists Hyun Jeong Helen Lee and David Do, violist John Batchelder, and cellist Brooke Scholl.
Reception 6 p.m. | Program 7 p.m.
Purchase tickets in advance for $30