The members of Beo greatly enjoy performing works from a wide variety of styles and genres. Here is a video that showcases several of those styles.
Beo covers one of their favorite songs, "Creep", from Radiohead's debut album, Pablo Honey. Rather than playing viola for this unique version, Sean is singing and playing guitar.
In this video, accompanying the music to Max Duykers' virtuosic string quartet, "Glass Blue Cleft", is the score. Glass Blue Cleft was selected as the winning piece of the 2017 Charlotte New Music and Beo String Quartet Composition Competition.
This is a cover of one of our favorite spooky songs, "This is Halloween", by composer Danny Elfman, from Tim Burton's movie classic, "The Nightmare Before Christmas". This flashy arrangement was written by our violist, Sean Neukom.
An original song by violist Sean Neukom, specifically written for Beo. The content is particularly meaningful to the group, as Sandro Leal Santiesteban was an immigrant to the US from Cuba, and the mother of Jason and Sean Neukom was an immigrant to the US from Mexico.
This is the second movement of Andrew List's String Quartet No. 5, titled "Time Cycles". Written in 2015, this string quartet is made up of five movements based on texts by TS Eliot. About this movement, entitled "Frantic", Mr. List quotes the following:
'At the still point of the turning world, neither flesh nor fleshless; Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is.'
- from TS Eliot's 'Burnt Norton'
This is the fourth movement of Andrew List's String Quartet No. 5, titled "Time Cycles". Written in 2015, this string quartet is made up of five movements based on texts by TS Eliot. About this movement, entitled "Frenetic", Mr. List quotes the following:
'And all is always now. Words strain, crack and sometimes break, under the burden under the tension, slip, slide, perish. Decay with imprecision, will not stay in place.'
- from TS Eliot's 'Burnt Norton’
The guys of Beo String Quartet try to impress each other in their very own version of Danny Elfman's catchy song, "What's This?" from The Nightmare Before Christmas. This virtuosic arrangement was written by Sean and Jason Neukom.
This is the second movement (Prestissimo, con sordino) of Béla Bartók's String Quartet No.4, performed live in 2016. Written in 1928, the flurry of fast notes and overlapping rhythms produces a swarm of shapes and colors that can often make the listener feel breathless.
This is the first movement (Allegro) of Béla Bartók's String Quartet No.4, performed live in 2016. Written in 1928, it is a stunning example of the composer's vivid imagination and expert craftsmanship complementing a very standard classical form in order to yield something completely unique.