Few ensembles have felt compelled to address Morton Feldman's epic Second String Quartet in its entirety, but the Flux Quartet is determined to give the work its due diligence with a Boston-area premiere at MIT's Killian Hall on Feb. 28.
While the biannual Ostrava Days in the Czech Republic features, primarily, a wide array of post-1950 solo and small ensemble pieces, it is, at its heart, a symphonic endeavor--founded and curated by Czech composer/conductor Petr Kotik. Over the course of nine expansive nights in August, running this year from the 21st to the 29th, the festival hosted three different orchestras, and all three together on the first night. The Ostrava-based Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra and resident ensemble Ostravská Banda did plenty of heavy lifting over the course of the fest, with the Miners Band from Stonava (a brass group from that nearby town in coal-mining Moravia) joining them on opening night.
The FLUX Quartet has awed critics and audiences for some time now, receiving serious modern love from publications and reviewers wherever they have trod. And they've trodden a lot: Carnegie's Zankel Hall, the Kennedy Center, Walker Art Center, the Chihuahua International Arts Festival in Mexico and so on (and so forth).