January 31, 2013
The adventurous, genre-defying string quartet Brooklyn Rider combines a wildly eclectic repertoire with a gripping performance style that is attracting legions of fans and drawing critical acclaim from classical, world and rock critics. NPR credits Brooklyn Rider with “recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble.” The musicians play in venues as varied as Joe’s Pub and Alice Tully Hall in New York City, Todai-ji Temple in Japan, Library of Congress, San Francisco Jazz and the South By Southwest Festival. They’ve appeared with such artists as songstresses Suzanne Vega and Christina Courtin, downtown jazz queen Jenny Scheinman, and legendary Irish fiddler Martin Hayes. The members of Brooklyn Rider are classically trained musicians who illuminate the music of Haydn, Debussy and 300 years of string quartet repertoire. Veterans of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, they also draw inspiration from the exploding array of cultures and artistic energy found in their home borough of Brooklyn.
“The dazzling fingers-in-every-pie versatility that Brooklyn Rider exhibits is one of the wonders of contemporary music,” says the Los Angeles Times.
A master class with members of Brooklyn Rider will be held at the Rogers Center for the Arts at a time to be announced. Please call the box office for more information.
This event is funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies.