Brooklyn Rider to Play Works by Beethoven, Janacek, and Philip Glass at Hudson Opera House

Brooklyn Rider (photo Erin Baiano)

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – String quartet Brooklyn Rider brings its “post-classical” approach and a program of works by Beethoven, Janacek, Philip Glass, and Colin Jacobsen, to the Hudson Opera House on Sunday, May 7, at 5pm, as part of the Classics on Hudson concert series. Hailed as “the future of chamber music” (Strings Magazine), 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.

The program for Brooklyn Rider’s Hudson debut includes String Quartet No. 3 ‘Mishima’ by Philip Glass, String Quartet No. 1 ‘The Kreutzer Sonata’ by Leoš Janá?ek, BTT by Brooklyn Rider’s own Colin Jacobsen and Beethoven’s Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95, ‘Serioso’.

The members of Brooklyn Rider are Johnny Gandelsman, violin; Colin Jacobsen, violin; Nicholas Cords, viola; and Michael Nicolas, cello.

The group celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2014 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.

Brooklyn Rider’s latest release is “So Many Things”?with Anne Sofie von Otter on Naïve Records, which includes music by Colin Jacobsen, Caroline Shaw, Nico Muhly, Björk, Sting, John Adams, Kate Bush and Elvis Costello, among others.

Last summer, after performances at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in July, the quartet embarked on a tour the U.S. with choreographer Brian Brooks and former New York City Ballet prima ballerina Wendy Whelan, performing?”Some of a Thousand Words.” Using music from a diverse array of composers, the series of duets and solos featuring Brooks and?Whelan foregrounded the live music of the quartet as a dynamic creative component.

Other recent recordings include 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.

The concert kicks off a season of cutting edge music with Classics on Hudson and is the first in the newly restored 1855 upstairs performance hall, the oldest surviving theatre in New York State. Tickets start at $25 and are available online at Hudson Opera House or by calling (518) 822-1438.



Celebrating its third season, and led by newly-appointed artistic director Eugenia Zukerman, Classics on Hudson seeks to enrich the cultural life of the greater Hudson community by presenting concerts that span the classics to the contemporary, performed by internationally celebrated artists. Classics on Hudson serves to promote understanding and enjoyment of music through educational and concert experiences for audiences of all ages.




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