• Steven Mackey Introduces His One Red Rose

    On February 12, the Brentano String Quartet returns to Carnegie Hall with a program that includes the world premiere of a composition by American composer Steven Mackey.

    Few events have seared the modern American memory more lastingly than the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. To mark the 50th anniversary of the tragedy, Mackey has written One Red Rose—a three-movement string quartet that interweaves themes of public and private mourning, the "swirling chaos" of the unfolding crisis, and the quiet dignity of the president's bereaved widow. The work takes its name from a blood-soaked rose retrieved from the floor of the presidential limousine.

    Here, the composer introduces the piece.

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