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Varo String Quartet Concert

June 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us to enjoy a string quartet night!

Varo String Quartet

Friday, June 14, 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Join us for an evening that presents a micro-portrait of Polish composer and violinist Grazyna Bacewicz. An active performer throughout most of her life, Bacewicz was severely injured in a car accident in 1954 that left her unable to play her instrument for a year.

Varo Quartet will juxtapose the last string quartet she wrote before the accident, Quartet No. 4 (1951), representing her quasi-neoclassical middle compositional period, with the first quartet she wrote after the accident, Quartet No. 5 (1955), representing the beginning of her avant-garde period. In doing so, we pose the question: how do these different styles present a different interaction of the physical with the acts of both performing and listening to music?

About the performers:

Varo String Quartet (Carmen Abelson and Hannah Christiansen, violins; Lena Vidulich, viola; and Isidora Nojkovic, cello) is dedicated to the celebration and expansion of the string quartet genre. Through intentional programming, VSQ engages new audiences and collaborators with a spirit of curiosity and innovation.

The members of VSQ have backgrounds spanning many genres and have performed with groups including Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Thurman Barker & the Cagy Bird Orchestra, Lyric Opera Orchestra, Japanese Breakfast, Ensemble Dal Niente, Music Theatre International, and Chicago Sinfonietta. Varo String Quartet takes its name from the Surrealist painter Remedios Varo, whose vibrant creativity and lifelong pursuit of discovery inspire the Quartet’s inventive programming and spirited performances.

General Admission $20

Student Admission $10

Admission at the door $25

Free for IMSS Members

Doors open at 6:30 pm


Accessible accommodations include a ramp entrance and elevator. If you need additional accessibility options or wheelchair seating, please contact us at info@imss.org.

Parking and Directions can be found here: https://imss.org/plan-your-visit/

About the Multidisciplinary Recovery Series: The International Museum of Surgical Science supports a commitment to contemporary art and artists through exhibitions and programs that use the frame of contemporary artistic practice to examine new perspectives in medical and surgical science and our relationship to the body. The Museum continuously seeks artist performance and workshop proposals for its contemporary art program. Performing artists can be within the category of visual art, poetry, music, and experimental, among others.

This project is partially supported by a Chicago Arts Recovery Program grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.


June 14
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


International Museum of Surgical Science
1524 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60610 United States


International Museum of Surgical Science
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