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2/3 of left image is Attacca Quartet in dark colors with grey background with their instruments. right 1/3 of image is headshot of Caroline Shaw in a white long sleeve against green brick looking up and to the left

Attacca Quartet and Caroline Shaw

Presented by
Creative Matters
, and
University of Iowa String Quartet Residency Program
Adults $25
Students & Youth $10
Sunday, September 17, 2023, 7:30 pm
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Presented in collaboration with the University of Iowa String Quartet Residency Program and Creative Matters, a program of the Office of the Vice President for Research

Part of Hancher's 51st season

The members of the acclaimed Attacca Quartet—described by The New York Times as "exuberant, funky, and ... exactingly nuanced"—are passionate advocates of contemporary repertoire and new work—including that of composer and vocalist Caroline Shaw, who became the youngest recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2013. The quartet and Shaw will perform music from their 2022 album Evergreen, which, like their previous record, Orange, garnered a Grammy. 

The program includes Three Essays, Shaw's work grounded in the written word—especially the lilting prose style of the novelist and essayist Marilynne Robinson, herself a Pulitzer Prize winner and legendary professor emeritus of the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Caroline SHAW:
"Cant voi l'aube" (Can't See the Dawn)
Three Essays
"And So" from Is a Rose
The Evergreen

"Other Song"

Caroline Shaw Website

Attacca Quartet Website

Preorder food from the Stanley Café!

Avoid the lines by making your food selections before you come to Hancher Auditorium. Cheese boards are only available through preorder and cannot be purchased on-site at the performance. Snacks and beverages will be available on-site.

Orders must be placed by noon the day before the performance.

Preorder food

Barrie Anderson
Hancher Showcase/Hancher Guild

Residency Events

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Attacca Quartet and Caroline Shaw
The Daily Iowan - Tuesday, September 19, 2023
When I entered the University of Iowa’s Hancher Auditorium on Sunday evening, I paused at the empty rows, thinking the usher had sent me through the wrong door. As I continued, I saw everyone seated on the stage surrounded by a handful of chairs and music stands. The 1,800-seat auditorium had somehow transformed into a black box theater. The concert was intimate and organic — the same words I’d use to describe the music of composer Caroline Shaw and the Attacca Quartet.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Paris Young in advance at (319) 467-4849 or at