posted October 26, 2009

Concert Series to Feature Osso String Quartet and DM Stith

The Hope College Concert Series will feature Osso String Quartet, DM Stith and a showing of Sufjan Stevens' recent cinematic release, "The BQE," on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 8 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

Tickets will be sold at the door, and will be $10 for the general public and $5 with HopeCollege or Calvin College I.D.

Osso will be playing original arrangements of Sufjan Stevens' early electronic album, "Enjoy Your Rabbit."  The highly acclaimed trio has been described by "Pitchfork Magazine" as "display[ing] real ingenuity in transcribing and setting these pieces for traditional string quartet."  The review further noted, "they incorporate as many odd instrumental textures they can come up with, scratching and plunking away with abandon, and cycling neatly through a catalog's worth of 20th-century chamber music influences in the process."

Opening for Osso is electronic artist and Asthmatic Kitty label mate of Osso, DM Stith. "A designer by trade, Stith has apparently always been musically inclined, but it took working with Shara Worden on My Brightest Diamond's bow to serve as a catalyst for releasing his own works. Yet it's hard to imagine Stith keeping this music bottled up and private for so long," said "Pitchfork Magazine" in review of his album, "Heavy Ghost." Other reviews, such as in "Paste Magazine," describe Stith as producing music that is "full-bodied but spacious, with the multi-tracked vocals occasionally hidden in the ethereal, heavily layered music."

Closing the night will be a showing of Sufjan Stevens' recently released film "The BQE," the latest release from the musician, label owner, composer and now film-maker, who is a 1998 Hope graduate. Just as the other acts of the night, the film has received high praise. As the "New York Times" remarked, "The commission from the Brooklyn Academy of Music allowed Mr. Stevens to think bigger, and he exploited it superbly, scoring the half-hour instrumental suite of "The BQE" for three dozen musicians and then deploying them for new, full-blown versions of his enigmatic songs. Mr. Stevens uses swirling, glimmering Romantic orchestration (by way of soundtracks and 1950s pop) to make his private ruminations more quizzical and more alluring at the same time."

Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 277 College Ave., on College Avenue at 12th Street.  The doors will open at 7:30 p.m. the night of the concert.