Four musicians pose with their string instruments against a backdrop of bookshelves lined with books

Something to Write Home About

Spektral Quartet
Four musicians pose with their string instruments against a backdrop of bookshelves lined with books

The multi-Grammy-nominated Spektral Quartet returns to the Harris Theater, this time on the Virtual Stage, with one of its most interactive and inventive programs to date. Something to Write Home About invites concertgoers to join the creative process by writing five postcards across an evening of performances with stimulating visuals and provocative writing prompts from the quartet.

A celebration of Chicago’s world-class contemporary music scene, the program orbits five of the city’s most imaginative composers, with each piece vibrantly contextualized by Spektral through interviews, video, and nimble storytelling. 

For each number, Spektral draws the listener closer to the composer and their composition, using the music as the leaping-off point for audience members to pen a short message to someone special in their own life. Writing on custom-made postcards featuring the alluring work of Chicago visual artists, concertgoers become creators right alongside the Quartet…and reconnect with loved ones in unexpected ways.

Praised by The New Yorker  as providing the “...signal service of obliterating the dividing line between past and present, tradition and avant-garde…” Spektral Quartet offers this interactive experience as not only a melding of the head and heart, but an opportunity to celebrate the creative spirit in us all.

Eliza Brown | String Quartet No. 1
Sufjan Stevens (arr. Gene Knific) | Arnika
Nathalie Joachim | Lamizè pa Dous from Fanm d'Ayiti
Samuel Adams | Movement II: For Chris Stark, from String Quartet No. 2: Current. 
Tomeka Reid | Prospective Dwellers

Digital postcards are available on the third tab of webpage. Printed limited edition postcards are available as well for a $5 shipping charge. Email us at to receive by mail. 

This program is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Illinois Arts Council and the Crane Group.


The Harris Theater acknowledges support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.