Group picture of The Kontras String Quartet

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Kontras String Quartet, one of the most sought-after chamber groups on the scene, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, in Northeastern Illinois University’s Recital Hall, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., as part of the Jewel Box Series.

Comprised of artists from four different parts of the world—violinists Dmitri Pogorelov (Russia) and Francois Henkins (South Africa), violist Ai Ishida (Japan) and Elmhurst native and resident cellist Jean Hatmaker—the group presents a global perspective in showcasing its music in new and artistic ways.

Also performing with Kontras will be Northeastern faculty artists Rose Sperrazza on clarinet and Brian Torosian on guitar.

Kontras, which means “contrasts” in the Afrikaans language, is currently in residence with Western Michigan University, the Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras. The Chicago-based group was founded while the members were a part of the Chicago Civic Symphony Orchestra. The ensemble is expected to release its highly anticipated debut album, “Origins,” a collection of quartets from Russia, South Africa, Japan and the United States, on MSR Records this year.

This performance is a part of the Jewel Box Series, an eight-concert professional performing arts series presented by Northeastern’s Office of Cultural Events.

Tickets are $25, $15 and $5 and can be purchased at or by calling (773) 442-4636. Complimentary parking will be available in Lot F and on levels 4 and 5 of the parking facility.