Every now and then, there comes along a musician who almost singlehandedly changes popular perception about an instrument’s possibilities. Mandolinist Avi Avital is one such musician. The Israeli virtuoso is the first mandolin soloist ever nominated for a classical GRAMMY Award, and he continues to open minds to the instrument’s expansive repertory potential, ranging from classical concertos and historic works to a melding of contemporary influences from around the world. His glowing reputation is equally global, as evidenced by the concert halls he fills on multiple continents, and it’s always a thrill to experience his magic in the intimacy of a small venue.
This collaboration will be the third and final appearance of the season by the cutting-edge Brooklyn Rider string quartet. Together they will perform an appropriately diverse, yet-to-be-announced program. We will share updates as the repertoire is announced, but with such nearly endless possibilities, this is a case in which not knowing is equally enticing. Don’t miss this final Brooklyn Rider event of the season, performed live in front of an intimate studio audience at GBH’s Calderwood Studio.
Johnny Gandelsman violin
Colin Jacobsen violin
Nicholas Cords viola
Michael Nicolas cello
Avi Avital mandolin
Seating for this performance is limited. This performance is not eligible for group discounts.
“A string quartet of boundless imagination.”NPR
“[Avi Avital] draws his audience (as well as his fellow musicians) forward. Instead of being pushed back in our seats in stunned reaction to Mr. Avital’s formidable technique, we crane toward him, hoping to absorb more of his instrument’s lyrical, twanging sonorities.”THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
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