Support for The '60s: The Years that Changed America is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation.
Friction Quartet exists to modernize the chamber music experience and expand the string quartet repertoire. Friction achieves this mission by commissioning new works, curating imaginative programs, collaborating with artists, and presenting interactive educational outreach. The quartet gave its Carnegie Hall debut as part of the Kronos Quartet Workshop in 2016 and is thrilled to be back to perform Black Angels as part of The ’60s: The Years that Changed America.
Friction was the first ensemble in residence at the Center for New Music in San Francisco, and has held residencies with the Napa Valley Performing Arts Association, San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, and Old First Concerts. This summer, the quartet serves as artist-in-residence at the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance, as well as quartet fellows-in-residence at Interlochen Arts Camp and quartet-in-residence at the New Music for Strings Festival in Aarhus, Denmark.
Friction is currently participating in the San Francisco Symphony’s Adventures in Music program, providing interdisciplinary music education to students in grades 3–5. The members are also ensemble partners with the Young Composers & Improvisors Workshop, in which they work with and perform works by young composers in Bay Area schools.
Since forming in 2011, Friction has given more than 70 world-premiere performances and commissioned 32 works for string quartet. Friction received a Chamber Music America grant to commission a piano quintet from Andy Akiho, which premiered in November 2016 with Jenny Q Chai. Friction has received additional grant support from the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.
While Friction has garnered international attention as commissioners and interpreters of new music, they are also devoted to performing masterworks of the string quartet repertoire. The quartet was the second-place winner of the 2016 Schoenfeld International String Competition and was a quarter-finalist in the 2015 Fischoff Competition. Friction placed second at the 2015 Frances Walton Competition and received the 2012 Berkeley Piano Club Award.
John Monsky is a historian, writer, producer, lecturer, and lawyer. He graduated from Yale College as a history major, where he was awarded the White Prize in History and the Deforest Oratory Prize. After attending Harvard Law School and working as a law clerk, he served as an attorney for the US Senate Congressional Committee that was investigating the Iran Contra Affair.
Today, he is a partner and general counsel of Oak Hill Capital, an investment firm, and is also a lecturer and trustee at the New-York Historical Society. A nationally recognized collector of historic American flags, Monsky’s work with and love of American flags has been reported in both The New Yorker and Art & Antiques Magazine.
Monsky’s reverence for American history, its ephemera, and the landmark events bring him back to theater as a curator and storyteller time and again. His Flag Day events have become renowned multimedia shows that capture historic moments—and tumultuous eras—in the United States.
Monsky and his wife live in New York City with their four children and two dogs, Flag and Flyer.
Proud Georgia native Shonica Gooden attended Dekalb School of the Arts and trained extensively at DanceMakers of Atlanta. In 2011, she graduated from Point Park University in Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in dance. Throughout her collegiate career, Gooden performed works by famed choreographers such as Martha Graham, David Parsons, Bill T. Jones, Robert Battle, Daniel Ezralow, and Kiesha Lalama. She has appeared in numerous musical productions, including Cats (Rumpleteazer, Broadway revival), Hamilton (Broadway), American Dance Machine, Matilda The Musical (national tour), Piece of My Heart, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Broadway), and Bring It On: The Musical (Broadway and national tour). “Much love to my family, Lisa Calli, and Carson Kolker.” Jeremiah 29:11
Crystal Kellogg has performed on Broadway in School of Rock and Finding Neverland, and toured nationally in productions of Kinky Boots, Finding Neverland, and The Pajama Game. Kellogg has also worked with numerous regional theaters, where she has performed some of her favorite roles, including Nellie Forbush in South Pacific and Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors. She has also appeared on television in Person of Interest (CBS) and The Looming Tower (Hulu), and has an upcoming performance with The Phoenix Symphony in a Broadway pops concert. Kellogg is thrilled to be making her Carnegie Hall debut with John Monsky, having previously performed in his Young Americans. For more information, visit crystalkellogg.com.
Kelvin Moon Loh hails from Long Island, New York, and is currently performing on Broadway as Perch Perkins in SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical. He is graduate of New York University, where he learned the secret to performing at Carnegie Hall: practice. Loh has appeared on Broadway in The King and I (Lincoln Center, dir. Bartlett Sher) and Side Show (2014 revival, dir. Bill Condon). Other theater appearances include Pacific Overtures (Classic Stage Company, dir. John Doyle), Here Lies Love (The Public Theater, dir. Alex Timbers), and American Idiot (first national tour). Loh is thankful to John Monsky, Peter Flynn, Richard Danley, and Kay Matschullat for this incredible experience. “Thank you Mom, Dad, and Anthony for everything else!”
Justin Sargent has appeared on Broadway as Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Drew in Rock of Ages, and in the musical production of Bonnie & Clyde. His regional credits include Pippin, The Rocky Horror Show, Jesus Christ Superstar, West Side Story, and Forever Plaid. Sargent’s television and film credits include Mr. Robot, Royal Pains, and Delocated. He has performed across the country, singing the music of Queen with a live orchestra. As an avid reader of history, he brings this awareness into his performances, including previous appearances in John Monsky’s Young Americans production. Sargent received his bachelor’s degree in musical theater from the University of Central Florida.
Eric N. Duran has produced work for Comedy Central, Rodale Publications, Jose Cuervo, and Scientific Design Inc., as well as on many other independent projects. In addition to several music videos and short films of his own, he produced and co-directed the documentary Safe Love, detailing the nitty-gritty about safer sex for women in the age of AIDS. Duran follows a strict credo of partnering with other creative professionals in a “think tank” environment, which he considers to be the best method for achieving the producer’s ultimate vision. He studied cinematography and fine art at CUNY University, and Adobe After Effects at the Digital Film Academy. Duran is an Avid-certified video editor.
Kay Matschullat is delighted to join John Monsky in producing non-fiction theater through the America in the Balance series. A producer, director, and educator, her work is dedicated to deconstructing barriers and exploring inventive collaborations. Matschullat’s directing credits include The Threepenny Opera, All’s Well That Ends Well, The Skin of Our Teeth, and Love’s Labour’s Lost. She also has directed the premiere productions of Carson McCullers Talks About Love with Tony Award–winning composer Duncan Sheik (nominated for a Drama Desk Award), Eyes of the Heart, Vaclav Havel’s The Conspirators, Derek Walcott’s To Die for Granada and Pantomime, and Ariel Dorfman’s Widows.
A graduate of Harvard College, Matschullat received the National Endowment for the Arts Directing Fellowship, Harvard’s Rudolf Arnheim Award, and a Fulbright Senior Scholarship for work in Cambodia. She has been part of the drama faculty at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts for two decades, was a lecturer in Princeton’s theater program, and has held artistic residencies at Dartmouth, Harvard, CalArts, Savannah College of Art and Design, and Duke.
Matschullat founded Media Art Xploration (MAX), a nonprofit dedicated to increasing artistic exploration and humanistic inquiry into the light-speed advances in science and technology. Next up is MAX 2019: A Space Festival in San Francisco, scheduled for May 2019, which will include another episode of America in the Balance.