Karen Slack to Perform Two Recitals in Detroit

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Kia Caldwell Photography)

Karen Slack is set to perform in two Detroit concerts in October.

The first concert will be on Oct. 14 with the renowned Pacifica Quartet at Michigan’s Seligman Performing Arts Center/ The program will include new work by Baltimore-based composer James Lee III, written for the quartet and Slack through a co-commission from Carnegie Hall, Shriver Hall, Chamber Music Cincinnati, and Chamber Music Detroit.

The program also includes music by Florence Price, Louis Gruenberg, and the String Quartet No. 15 in a minor, Op. 132 by Ludwig van Beethoven.

The second concert will be on Oct. 15 at Oakland University’s Varner Recital Hall. Slack will perform her critically-acclaimed recital, “Of Thee I Sing! Songs of Love & Justice” with pianist Casey Robards.

Musical works include Scott Gendel’s “Kids Who Die,” written for Slack in 2017, alongside songs by fellow American composers H.T Burleigh, Clayton White, Undine Smith Moore, H. Leslie Adams, Ricky Ian Gordon, Adolphus Hailstork, and Jake Heggie.