MacArthur String Quartet to Premiere New Deemer Work

The MacArthur String Quartet will debut Speedvisions, a new work by Rob Deemer, in the group’s spring concert on April 29, at Oklahoma Baptist University. The event will be in Raley Chapel’s Yarborough Auditorium, at 7:30 p.m.

The concert also will include two favorites from the chamber music repertoire, Beethoven’s String Quartet, Op. 74 “The Harp) and Schumann’s Piano Quintet. Admission to the concert is free.

Speedvisions was inspired by four surrealist paintings by Austin-based artist Julie Speed. The multimedia performance will include projected images of the paintings.

This is Deemer's first work for string quartet, and he mentions that it was a pleasant surprise when the MacArthur asked him to write something for the concert.

"I've loved Julie's paintings since I first came across them several years ago in Austin, where she's a bit of an icon," Deemer says. "The quartet has been extremely open to the music I've written for them. Between their expertise and camaraderie and Julie herself having taken a big interest in the work, the whole experience has been fantastic."

The MacArthur String Quartet is jointly in residence at the University of Oklahoma and at Oklahoma Baptist University. The quartet's members are graduate students at the University of Oklahoma who serve as adjunct string faculty at Oklahoma Baptist University. In addition, the quartet's members perform in the OBU/Shawnee Commmunity Orchestra, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and the Fort Smith Symphony. The quartet includes Micah Gangwer and Ana Maria Wilson, violins; Wendy Clymer, viola; and Stephanie Fresonke, cello.