Digital Concert: Brooklyn Rider

Virtual Concert

This is a Celebrity Series at Home Digital Performance

Immediately after the performance, please join us for a discussion with members of the quartet hosted by WCRB producer and on-air host Chris Voss. Celebrity Series at Home audience members can watch the discussion following the live premiere and the on-demand broadcast.

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 concert will stream live on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 8:00 pm from GBH Calderwood Studio, Boston and available on demand until Wednesday, October 13 at 7:00 pm.

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 a world premiere of a new work by 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
Gonzalo Grau | Aroma a Distancia     world premiere
Osvaldo Golijov | Um Día Bom (A Good Day)     world premiere
Matana Roberts | borderlands...
João Gilberto | Undiú (arr. Colin Jacobsen)

Aroma a Distancia was commissioned for Brooklyn Rider with generous support from Isabelle, Emily, Jeremy, Barbara, and David Thomas.
Um Día Bom
was commissioned for Brooklyn Rider with generous support from Alva Greenberg.

“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

2021/22 Digital Season

Celebrity Series at Home returns to the digital stage this fall!

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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.