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String Quartet Smackdown IV

  • Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar 1120 South Lamar Boulevard Austin, TX, 78704 United States (map)

In its fourth year and slated for yet another highly successful and sold-out performance, this bracketed, NCAA-basketball tournament style competition brings original string quartet compositions head-to-head in front of a live, participatory audience. It's like March Madness for the ears!  

Submissions are being accepted from around the world until December 1, 2017. A panel of composers - including Felipe Pérez Santiago will select sixteen of these compositions to move on to the live performance "Smackdown," taking place Saturday February 10, 2018. A professional string quartet (to be announced) will perform the compositions in four rounds. 

The live audience in attendance will be directly involved in the decision process by texting a code to vote for their favorite pieces in each round. The winner of each round moves on in the tournament... and the champion will receive a grand prize of $1,500, plus other items of recognition.

If you're a composer, we hope you'll enter!

No matter your music writing skills, we hope you'll join us for this fantastically fun event that is fit for all ages. 

Tickets will become available in December 2017.

Earlier Event: September 26
Water Music
Later Event: March 25
3rd Annual Young Composer Concert