Brooklyn Rider

Calderwood at GBH - Calderwood Studio at GBH

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Special Note: To abide by GBH Calderwood Studio's health and safety requirements for entry, please note the following requirements to attend this performance in addition to wearing a mask and providing proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test. By attending this performance, you attest to the following:

  • In the past 10 days you have not had any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or tested positive, been diagnosed or asked to quarantine/isolate, or awaiting results of a test.
  • You have not been in close contact with anyone who has been diagnosed or suffering from COVID-19 symptoms, or if you have, you received a negative test 3-5 days after exposure.
  • If you have traveled internationally in the last 8-10 days, you have received a negative COVID-19 test 3-5 days after returning.

Immediately after the performance, please join us for a discussion with members of the quartet hosted by CRB producer and on-air host Chris Voss. In-person audience members are welcome to remain in their seats to attend.

Brooklyn Rider is the modern string quartet for audiences whose insatiable musical appetites match those of the four daredevils in this group. It’s impossible to even scratch the surface of what this quartet has to offer in a single performance, and we are excited to present them in three entirely different contexts this season—all performed in front of an intimate studio audience and streamed live to the world in partnership with GBH.

This first performance features the quartet without any on-stage collaborators, making it a perfect introduction for newcomers, and an alluring departure for Celebrity Series audiences who have seen them with such diverse co-conspirators as Joshua Redman and Gabriel Kahane. 

This performance highlights the formidable range of globe-spanning composers who write original works for Brooklyn Rider, including two world premieres by Gonzalo Grau and Osvaldo Golijov. This program will feature original works by composers from Syria, Venezuela, Argentina, and the United States, all performed with the fervent intensity and deep feeling for which the group is known.

Johnny Gandelsman, violin
Colin Jacobsen, violin
Nicholas Cords, viola
Michael Nicolas, cello

Kinan Azmeh | Dabke on Martense Street
Matana Roberts | borderlands...
Gonzalo Grau | Aroma a Distancia     world premiere
Osvaldo Golijov | Um Día Bom (A Good Day)     world premiere
João Gilberto | Undiú (arr. Colin Jacobsen)

Um Día Bom was commissioned for Brooklyn Rider with generous support from Alva Greenberg.

Seating for this performance is limited. This performance is not eligible for group discounts.

“The dazzling fingers-in-every-pie versatility that Brooklyn Rider exhibits is one of the wonders of contemporary music.”

Los Angeles Times

“For the past few years, Brooklyn Rider have pushed the envelope pretty much as far as a string quartet can go, and in the process have raised the bar for other groups: they transcend any preconception about what serious composed music is all about.”

Lucid Culture

GBH Calderwood Studio information

2021/22 season performances at GBH Calderwood Studio are generously sponsored by Susan & Michael Thonis and the Barr Foundation through its ArtsAmplified initiative.


This performance is made possible in part by support from Celebrity Series' LIVE PERFORMANCE! Arts for All Innovation Funds.