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Brooklyn Rider

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Brooklyn Rider



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Recorded at Studio E, Linde Center for Music and Learning at Tanglewood

Hosted by Karen Allen


Brooklyn Rider has reinvigorated the venerable string quartet ensemble through its vibrant approach to both traditional and new repertoire presented with joy, energy, and the precision of virtuosos.
Three of the works on this program were included on Brooklyn Rider’s March 2020 recording “Healing Modes.” The third movement, “Holy Song of Thanksgiving for a Convalescent,” from Beethoven’s Quartet in A minor, Op. 132, alternates hymnlike sections with passages marked “feeling new strength.” Both Matana Roberts’s borderlands and Caroline Shaw’s Schisma were commissioned by Brooklyn Rider for the quartet’s project on healing. Closing the concert is the Philip Glass’s Third Quartet, based on music he wrote for the biopic of the writer Yukio Mishima.

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Karen Allen, host
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Karen Allen is an award winning actor/director working in the film, television and theatre world for over 35 years. She has starred in over 45 films in including Animal House, The Wanderers, A Small Circle of Friends, Raider's of the Lost Ark, Shoot the Moon, Split Image, Starman ,Until September, Scrooged, The Glass Menagerie, Malcolm X, King of the Hill, The Perfect Storm, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, White Irish Drinkers, Bad Hurt and most recently A Year By the Sea based on the memoir by Joan Anderson.

Her work as a director  has been focused on theatre for the past ten years where she has directed at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, and in NYC, most recently directing the Obie Award winning world premiere of Lucy Thurber's, Ashville. She recently directed her first  short film, "A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud.", based on groundbreaking southern American writer Carson McCullers short story. In it's world premiere, it just won Best International Short Narrative Film at in England at the Manchester Film Festival.

Ms. Allen is on the faculty of the Theatre Department at Bard College at Simon's Rock, and has taught at New York University in NYC. She is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio, and on the Board of the Berkshire International Film Festival and the Amazon Conservation Team. Her son, Nick, is a professional chef.

Karen Allen, host Brooklyn Rider
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Johnny Gandelsman,violin
Colin Jacobsen, violin
Nicholas Cords, viola
Michael Nicolas, cello

Hailed as “the future of chamber music” (Strings), 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.In fall 2018, Brooklyn Rider released Dreamers on Sony Music Masterworks with Mexican jazz vocalist Magos Herrera followed by a tour to support the album. They also recently debuted their Healing Modes project which presents Beethoven’s Opus 132 alongside new commissions by Reena Esmail, Gabriela Lena Frank, Matana Roberts, and Caroline Shaw.Brooklyn Rider celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2015 with the groundbreaking multi-disciplinary project Brooklyn Rider Almanac, for which it recorded and toured 15 commissioned works, each inspired by a different artistic muse. Last season, Brooklyn Rider released an album with Anne Sofie von Otter entitled So Many Things on Naïve Records, including music by John Adams, Nico Muhly, Björk, Sting, Kate Bush and Elvis Costello, among others.Together they toured material from the album and more including stops at Carnegie Hall and the Opernhaus Zurich. After performances together at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the quartet toured the U.S. with choreographer Brian Brooks and former New York City Ballet prima ballerina Wendy Whelan, performing Some of a Thousand Words.The intimate series of duets and solos featuring Brooks and Whelan foregrounds the live onstage music of the quartet as a dynamic and central creative component. Other recent recording projects include Spontaneous Symbols in the fall of 2017, 2016’s The Fiction Issue with music by Gabriel Kahane, 2013’s A Walking Fire on Mercury Classics and The Impostor 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.


Brooklyn Rider
Program Notes Audio
Caroline SHAW - Schisma
Matana ROBERTS - borderlands
BEETHOVEN - String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132
Philip GLASS - String Quartet No. 3, Mishima
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