Listening Room: Music in Contemporary Space

Program Date: May 30, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Franklin Street Works is partnering with Stamford’s Treetops Chamber Music Society on the new concert series “Listening Room: Music in Contemporary Space.” The concert will capitalize on the contemporary art and music expertise of these two accomplished not-for-profit organizations in order to bring fresh, world-class chamber music to Franklin Street Works.

The concert takes place Saturday, May 30th from 7:30-9:00pm at Franklin Street Works and will feature the critically acclaimed Lark Quartet with Yousif Sheronick on percussion. Seats in the intimate upstairs gallery are $25 each, and $10 tickets are available for the downstairs live-feed lounge. Purchase tickets HERE

All ticket holders are welcome at the post-performance discussion with TCMS artistic director Oskar Espina Ruiz and are invited to attend the reception in Franklin Street Works’ café.

The Lark Quartet is an accomplished string quartet that has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Brooklyn Museum’s Sackler Center for Feminist Art. They have recorded more than one-dozen CDs and the Washington Post described their performance as one “of grace, proportion, and burnished brilliance.” The string quartet will be performing new works tailored to art and music audiences who enjoy innovation and experimentation.  The program will include John Adams’ “John’s Book of Alleged Dances,” William Bolcom’s “Three Rags; Nico Muhly’s Big Time,” “Viaggio in Italia.”

About Lark Quartet: The Lark Quartet is known for its energy, passionate commitment and artistry since its inception in 1985. The Lark has performed in many of the world’s great cultural centers including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Library of Congress, London’s Wigmore Hall, L’Opéra de la Bastille in Paris, and appeared at international festivals including Lockenhaus, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Mostly Mozart, Istanbul Festival, Wolftrap and the Beethoven Festival in Moscow. The Lark has a distinguished tradition of working closely with the country’s most celebrated composers and commissioning new works, many of which have become mainstays of the chamber music repertoire. With a discography comprising more than a dozen CDs, the Lark has recorded for the Decca/Argo, Arabesque, Bridge, ERI, Endeavor, Koch, Point and New World labels. Lark Quartet: Composing America, comprising works by Adams, Bolcom, Moravec and Copland, was released on Bridge Records in 2014 to international acclaim.

About Treetops Chamber Music Society: Treetops Chamber Music Society (TCMS) is the premier chamber music organization in South Eastern Connecticut. Its main concert series takes place at the former art studio of American abstract artist Louis Schanker. Since its founding in 2006, TCMS has presented a stellar roster of international artists, among them the American, Cassatt, Daedalus, Escher and Shanghai Quartets, the New York Woodwind Quintet, and artists from the MET Orchestra. Since 2008, TCMS has also helped nurture some of the most talented young chamber musicians in the country through its J.C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition and has commissioned new chamber music works by celebrated and up-and-coming composers. TCMS showcases contemporary art, with rotating exhibitions held at each concert.


The programs at Franklin Street Works are explorations of creative projects that inspire contemporary art enthusiasts to come together in conversation.

Exhibition Programming

Exhibition programming expands on the art space’s original shows through a closer look at the art on view, stimulating conversations surrounding the exhibition’s theme. For our exhibition programming, Franklin Street Works connects communities with artists, curators, and innovative cultural producers via free public workshops, performances, and talks. These efforts elucidate each exhibition by going more deeply into its intentions and adding discursive content through educational and social interactions.

Exhibition programs include artists’ presentations, tours, performances, and hands on activities, such as artist Emily Larned’s book binding workshop. Notable participatory performances include Trisha Baga’s “The Garden Party” — where the public joined in the artist’s parade from Franklin Street Works to the Landmark Square building in Downtown Stamford, Connecticut; and David Horvitz’s “Honey Locust Tree Relocation” project where participants from Connecticut and New York carried more than thirty Honey Locust tree saplings from Clocktower Gallery in New York City to their new home at Franklin Street Works. Generative, cross-disciplinary programs are another way Franklin Street Works explores the relevance of contemporary art, such as the 2013 exhibition-inspired poetry reading and zine featuring texts by UConn, Stamford, writing students.

Ongoing Programming

The ongoing programs at Franklin Street Works are community-building events that show the breadth of cultural production in and around Fairfield County. For our ongoing programming, Franklin Street Works has featured VJs, musicians, novelists, DJs, website designers, artists, writers, and filmmakers from the region in one-night events that showcase their efforts at different phases of development. In-progress programs include events such as artist Renee Kahn workshopping a new, immersive installation and receiving audience feedback. Finished projects have included Kent Evans’ performance using text from his published book and a talk by two website designers about their online projects.

Emily Larned’s book binding workshop

The Garden Party with Trisha Baga

Honey Locust Tree Relocation

UConn reading