Brooklyn Rider takes the state at the Indiana History Center this Wednesday, February 24 at 7:30 pm as part of the Ensemble Music International Chamber Series. This New York based string quartet offers a repertoire that combines contemporary, classic and even modernist composers, from Philip Glass to Claude Debussy. Tickets for this Indianapolis music event are $30.00 each. Arrive early for a pre-concert lecture from Butler University professor Dr. Lisa Brooks at 6:45 pm.
Brooklyn Rider is composed of Johnny Gandelsman (violin), Colin Jacobsen (violin), Nicholas Cords (viola) and Eric Jacobsen (cello). The group has been described as “genre defying” for their creative programing and enthralling collaborations that engage their audience with music in a new way. With a willingness to perform a wide range of music, the groups regular performances encompass both classical composers and modern music of today.
The group was created out of a desire to communicate through the medium of the string quartet with a large cross section of history and geography. The group is as devoted to new interpretations of the classics as they are to the creation of entirely new music. The list of composers with which they have worked reads as a “Who’s Who” of the international classical music world: Derek Bermal, Lisa Bielawa, Ljova, Philip Glass, Osvaldo Golijov, Jenny Scheinman and Dimitry Yanov-Yanovsky.
The group finds themselves heavily involved in many initiatives created by group members outside of the group itself. These include Johnny Gandelsman’s In A Circle, a series of performance events in Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn that combine music and visual art, and Colin and Eric Jacobsen’s The Knights, a chamber orchestra based in New York. As educators the group has been residency at a number of schools including Williams College, Dartmouth College, Texas A&M University and many more. There music has been played across the United States and Canada on a range of programs that focus on everything from classical to world to jazz to pop to new music.
Brooklyn Rider gained their inspiration to “extend the borders of conventional string quartet programing” through their lasting involvement with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. Their participation in this ensemble as individuals have taken them around the world. Through the Silk Road Project, members of the group have taken part in museum residencies at the Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art, the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum Reitberg in Zurich and the Nara National Museum in Japan. They have also been in residence with the Silk Road Ensemble at Harvard University and the Rhode Island School of Design.
To hear the established and unique string quartet, Brooklyn Rider, head to the Indiana History Center this Wednesday evening. There program includes new work from Colin Jacobsen and arrangements from Philip Class, John Cage and Claude Debussy. To sample the Brooklyn Rider’s music, visit their website.
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Wednesday, February 24 at 7:30 pm
Eugene and Marilyn Glick
Indiana History Center
450 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
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