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Owls, Claire Chase, flute

Sunday, August 25, 2024

Sculpture Site: The Domo, 11:00 AM


PAUL WIANCKO: When The Night (arr. Owls)

SAMUEL BARBER: Adagio for Strings (arr. Owls)

FRANGHIZ ALI-ZADEH: Rəqs (arr. Owls)


TERRY RILEY: The Holy Liftoff for Flute, Strings, and Electronics (2024) - Tippet Rise Co-Commission

Chase and Owls

Taking place outdoors beneath the Domo, the quartet collective Owls will be joined by flutist Claire Chase for a performance like no other. Each an artistic force in their own right, Owls is comprised of violinist Alexi Kenney, violist Ayane Kozasa, cellist Gabriel Cabezas, and cellist-composer Paul Wiancko. All share an uncommonly fierce creative spirit which drives the quartet to challenge the way meaningful concert experiences are conceived. Claire Chase, described by The New York Times as “the most important flutist of our time,” is a musician, interdisciplinary artist, and educator. She is a MacArthur Fellow, a Professor of the Practice at Harvard University, and was the Debs Creative Chair at Carnegie Hall in the 2022-23 season.

The group will perform Terry Riley’s new work The Holy Liftoff for flute, strings, and electronics—a co-commission of Tippet Rise and Stanford Live for Claire Chase’s ongoing Density 2036 project. In addition, Owls will perform Paul Wiancko’s When the Night, Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, and Franghiz Ali-Zadeh’s Rəqs, which was commissioned for Kronos’ Fifty for the Future project. The score and parts for Franghiz Ali-Zadeh’s Rəqs are available for free at

Guests of this concert will be transported to the Domo via school bus or may join as part of their hiking or biking journey.