This concert is supported in part by The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation.
Lead support for the 125 Commissions Project is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Public support for the 125 Commissions Project is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Additional funding is provided by members of Carnegie Hall's Composer Club.
Johnny Gandelsman, Violin
Colin Jacobsen, Violin
Nicholas Cords, Viola
Michael Nicolas, Cello
Brooklyn Rider offers eclectic repertoire in gripping performances that continue to attract legions of fans and draw rave reviews from classical, world, and rock critics alike.
Last season, the group celebrated its 10th anniversary with the groundbreaking multidisciplinary project The Brooklyn Rider Almanac, for which it recorded and toured 15 specially commissioned works, each inspired by a different artistic muse. This season, Brooklyn Rider releases an album with Anne Sofie von Otter entitled So Many Things on Naïve Records, including music by Colin Jacobsen, Caroline Shaw, John Adams, Nico Muhly, Björk, Sting, Kate Bush, and Elvis Costello, among others. Together they will tour material from the album and more in the US and Europe.
After performances together at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts last July, the quartet toured the US with choreographer Brian Brooks and former New York City Ballet prima ballerina Wendy Whelan, performing Some of a Thousand Words. Using music from composers John Luther Adams, Tyondai Braxton, Philip Glass, Evan Ziporyn, and a new composition from Colin Jacobsen, the intimate series of duets and solos featured Brooks and Whelan foregrounds with the live onstage music of the quartet as a dynamic and central creative component.
Other recent recording projects include 2016's The Fiction Issue with music by Gabriel Kahane, 2013's A Walking Fire on Mercury Classics and TheImpostor with Béla Fleck on Deutsche Grammophon / Mercury Classics, plus 2011's much-praised Brooklyn Rider Plays Philip Glass on the composer's Orange Mountain Music label. Violinist Johnny Gandelsman launched In a Circle Records in 2008 with the release of Brooklyn Rider's eclectic debut recording, Passport, followed by Dominant Curve in 2010, and Seven Steps in 2012. A longstanding relationship between Brooklyn Rider and Iranian kamancheh player Kayhan Kalhor resulted in the much-praised 2008 recording Silent City.
Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter is one of today's most recorded
artists with an unrivalled discography built across a career that spans more than three
decades. A lengthy and exclusive relationship with Deutsche Grammophon produced a wealth of
acclaimed recordings as well as a collaboration with pop legend Elvis Costello on For
the Stars. Her first recording with Naïve Records, Love Songs, with renowned
jazz pianist Brad Mehldau was released in 2010, followed by the Grammy-nominated Sogno
Barocco with Leonardo García Alarcón and Cappella Mediterranea. Her double CD,
Douce France, received a Grammy Award in 2015 for Best Classical Solo Vocal
Considered the superlative Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier) of her generation, Ms. von Otter appeared in the role at the Bavarian State Opera, Opéra national de Paris, Metropolitan Opera, and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Other recent roles have included Leocadia Begbick in Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at the Royal Opera House, Cornelia in Giulio Cesare at the Salzburg Festival, Countess Geschwitz in Lulu at the Metropolitan Opera, and Nicklausse in Les contes d'Hoffmann at Madrid's Teatro Real. She also appeared as Baba the Turk in The Rake's Progress and as Jenny in The Threepenny Opera at the Theater an der Wien, and as Waltraute in Götterdämmerung at both Deutsche Oper Berlin and Vienna State Opera. Last season, she created the role of Leonore in the world premiere of Thomas Adès's The Exterminating Angel at the Salzburg Festival.
A busy concert schedule takes Ms. von Otter to all corners of the world. Recent guest appearances include performances with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle, the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Daniele Gatti, Washington's National Symphony Orchestra and Christoph Eschenbach, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Marc Minkowski, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski, and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Sakari Oramo. She also appeared with Jonas Kaufmann and the Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton of the late Claudio Abbado for a televised performance of Das Lied von der Erde on the 100th anniversary of Mahler's death. Last season, she appeared with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Hannu Lintu in a performance of newly commissioned arrangements of Sibelius's songs on the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth.