Brooklyn Rider

Tuesday, November 21, 2023 - 7:30 PM
American Philosophical Society

American Philosophical Society

Benjamin Franklin Hall,
427 Chestnut Street
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$30.00 per ticket

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About This Performance

Juxtaposing beloved and familiar works with the new and unknown, Brooklyn Rider explores a boundless sandbox of musical creativity, dialogue, and play: the medium of the string quartet itself. They begin with one of the prototypical jewels of the classical era, Haydn’s C Major score, which is chock-full of pioneering inventiveness and radiates an enduring love for the genre. The program segues from the veritable father of the string quartet to a highly anticipated new chapter of the Brooklyn Rider Almanac. In part inspired by Der Blaue Reiter (the quartet’s namesake), this celebration of the project’s tenth anniversary adds to a diverse and novel body of works penned by luminous musical creators. Next, Sofia Gubaidulina paints an otherworldly sound gate to the baroque, paving the way for Schumann’s earthy string quartet in A Minor. Utterly individual in its conception, this masterful work came forth after a period studying the counterpoint of perhaps the greatest musical inventor of them all: J.S. Bach.

The Sandbox of Invention
Haydn: String Quartet in C Major, Op. 20, No. 2, Hob.III:32, "Sun”
Works by Assad, Kahane, and Sorey from the Brooklyn Rider Almanac, Book II [Philadelphia Premiere, PCMS Co-Commission]
Gubaidulina: Reflections on the Theme B-A-C-H
Schumann: String Quartet in A Minor, Op 41, No. 1

Running time: 1 hour and 40 minutes (including intermission) 

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The Artist(s)

Brooklyn Rider
Brooklyn Rider
With their gripping performance style and unquenchable appetite for musical adventure, Brooklyn Rider has carved a singular space in the world of string quartets over their fifteen-year history. Defining the string quartet as a medium with deep historic roots and endless possibility for invention, they find equal inspiration in musical languages ranging from late Beethoven to Persian classical music to American roots music to the endlessly varied voices of living composers.… Read More


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