Digital Concert: Anne Sofie von Otter and Brooklyn Rider

Songs of Love and Death: The Music of Franz Schubert & Rufus Wainwright
Virtual Concert

This is a Celebrity Series at Home Digital Performance

Digital performance tickets are sold individually or as an add-on to a subscription that originates with a live, in-person performance. A subscription must include at least one in-person performance, and digital performance tickets are not eligible for exchanges, even for qualified subscribers. This performance streams live on Friday, November 12, 2021 at 8:00 from GBH Calderwood Studio, Boston and available on demand until Thursday, November 18 7:00 pm.

Internationally acclaimed Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter joins the omnivorous Brooklyn Rider string quartet for the ensemble’s second Celebrity Series appearance of the season. Von Otter has performed to great success on our stages with contemporary greats like Les Musiciens du Louvre and Brad Mehldau, and her already-acclaimed collaboration with Brooklyn Rider further bolsters her reputation as an unusually adventurous vocalist.

The program will feature a new phase of work exploring love and death through the music of Franz Schubert and Rufus Wainwright, a bold compositional pairing that reinforces these artists’ fearless rejection of presenting the obvious. Wainwright, an American-Canadian composer and songwriter not yet 50 years old, is an enormous fan of Schubert, and in the hands of these cleverly genre-crossing musicians, he, too, has a place in the same musical world as the Austrian icon 200 years his senior. Included in this fascinating program will be the Boston premiere of Wainwright’s Trois valses anglaises.

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

Rufus Wainwright l Trois valses anglaises (Boston premiere) (arr. Rob Moose)
Franz Schubert l String Quartet in D minor “Death and the Maiden” with voice (arr. Osvaldo Golijov)
Franz Schubert l Selections from Winterreise (arr. Osvaldo Golijov) 
Rufus Wainwright l Three songs for Lulu (arr. Rob Moose)

“A string quartet of boundless imagination.”


“The Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter has built a decades-long career on a fulsome voice that crackles with feeling and intent. Stylistically fluid, she can modulate her singing for clarity and consonance, Romantic-era extravagance, or writhing experimentalism.”

The New Yorker

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