Doug Machiz (MM ’11) and his Friction Quartet will be performing in “String Quartet Smackdown 2” as part of Graham Reynolds’ Golden Hornet Project at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar on Saturday, January 24, 2015. The quartet will also appear on the UT campus in Jessen Auditorium the evening prior on Friday, January 23, 2015.

Golden Hornet Project is an Austin-based presenting and commissioning organization founded by composer/musician/bandleaders Graham Reynolds and Peter Stopschinski. Since 1999 GHP has premiered over 60 new alt-classical works by more than 50 composers rooted in wildly different musical backgrounds. In 1999 the alt-classical movement barely existed. In 2014 it is thriving in cities around the world. Golden Hornet Project continues to be a vital member and leader of that global community and their commissions and productions strive to synchronize the rock club and the concert hall.

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