• Tuesday, Sep 20, 2011

    Brooklyn Rider Makes Zankel Hall Debut with New York Premiere of Original Work, Seven Steps, on Monday, October 31 at 7:30 p.m.

       Program Also Includes Beethoven's String Quartet, Op. 131, and
    Contemporary Works by Christopher Tignor, Philip Glass, and John Zorn


    Carnegie Hall presents the adventurous and innovative string quartet Brooklyn Rider on Monday, October 31 at 7:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall. The group will perform the New York premiere of a self-composed work entitled Seven Steps, inspired by Beethoven’s String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131, which is also on the program. Rounding out this concert is Christopher Tignor’s together into this unknowable night (featuring Mr. Tignor on electronics); Philip Glass’s String Quartet No. 3, "Mishima"; and John Zorn’s Kol Nidre. To see a video of the group playing an excerpt of Glass’s “Mishima,” click here.

    Recently, Brooklyn Rider violist Nicholas Cords spoke about the group's new composition Seven Steps: “We decided to dedicate much of our 2011–12 season to Beethoven's String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, op 131. This is a work that we have long admired and in fact is our first journey as a quartet into the world of Beethoven… For us, playing Beethoven is an inspiring journey into a supremely creative mind. What's more is that his music speaks as currently as just about anything being written today… Seven Steps plays with the number seven—not just because it suggests the spiritual world that Beethoven explores in his late works (in addition to all of the Biblical references to seven, the Buddha was said to have taken seven steps at birth)—but also because our piece is also divided into seven very short fragments, just as op. 131 is written in seven movements. More important than the link to Beethoven, we think about (the work) as seven steps forward for us as a string quartet… We certainly don't intend for our piece to rise to the same heights as Beethoven, but what is extremely important to us is to constantly push our boundaries outwards.”

    About the Artists
    Born out of a desire to use the rich medium of the string quartet as a vehicle for communication across a large cross section of history and geography, Brooklyn Rider is equally devoted to the interpretation of existing quartet literature and to the creation of new works. Highlights of the group’s 2011–2012 season, include their Carnegie Hall debut at Zankel Hall, two U.S. tours, and its first trip to China, with concerts in Beijing and Hong Kong. This past season Brooklyn Rider appeared at Lincoln Center for the first time as part of the inaugural Tully Scope Festival. Additional highlights included a European tour with Persian kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor and North American tours in the fall and winter culminating in a presentation by the Washington Performing Arts Society. The musicians performed at the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament and enjoyed the release of Brooklyn Rider Plays Philip Glass on the composer’s Orange Mountain Music label, which was selected as one of the Best Albums of the Year (So Far) by NPR Classical. In recent seasons, Brooklyn Rider has appeared at the Cologne Philharmonie, American Academy in Rome, Malmö Festival in Sweden, Spoleto Festival USA, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and at the SXSW Festival (as the only classical group invited to play there). The quartet's name is inspired in part by the cross disciplinary vision of Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), a pre-World War I Munich-based artistic collective whose members included Vassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc, Arnold Schoenberg, and Alexander Scriabin.

    Program Information
    Monday, October 31 at 7:30 p.m.
    Zankel Hall

    •• Johnny Gandelsman, Violin
    •• Colin Jacobsen, Violin
    •• Nicholas Cords, Viola
    •• Eric Jacobsen, Cello
    with Christopher Tignor, Electronics

    BROOKLYN RIDER Seven Steps (NY Premiere)
    CHRISTOPHER TIGNOR together into this unknowable night
    PHILIP GLASS String Quartet No. 3, "Mishima"
    JOHN ZORN Kol Nidre
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131

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