Brooklyn Rider

Wednesday, January 8 & 9


Notes from a Library: Brooklyn Rider makes Noise at the Mercantile
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
7:00 p.m.
Mercantile Library

“They are four classical musicians performing with the energy of young rock stars jamming on their guitars, a Beethoven-goes-indie foray into making classical music accessible but also celebrating why it was good in the first place.” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Join us Tuesday, January 8 for an evening with Brooklyn Rider at the downtown’s Mercantile Library. Hailed as “the future of chamber music” (Strings) the quartet will present a special limited performance and discussion in a casual, intimate setting.

Tickets include performance and conversation, wine and beer, and light bites.


$35 – January 8 performance and reception

$50 – includes January 8 performance and reception and January 9 CMC performance at the Aronoff Center


 Wednesday, January 9, 2019
7:30 p.m.
Memorial Hall

“…the future of chamber music.” – Strings Magazine

“Brooklyn Rider is one of today’s most technically accomplished string quartets, full stop. Its superb playing is matched only by the thought, commitment and inspiration its members pour into projects…” – NPR

Founded in 2005, Brooklyn Rider is mainly known for playing unusual and contemporary repertoire — and for collaborating with musicians from outside the classical music sphere. Yet its very first album, Passport (2008) was selected by NPR as one of the best classical albums of that year. In 2011, the quartet was chosen by American composer Philip Glass to record his complete string quartets, as well as the world premiere recording of his Bent Suite. Their 2012 album, Seven Steps, was also named to NPR’s listener’s choice best of 2012. In 2017, they released a disc of Glass’ sixth and seventh quartets, along with an arrangement of his Saxophone Quartet for violin, two violas and cello.

In 2013, Brooklyn Rider appeared on Bela Fleck’s Deutsche Grammaphone release, The Imposter; in 2015 on So Many Things, with Anne Sophie von Otter; and in 2017 released Spontaneous Symbols, works composed for them over the prior five years.

Works by contemporary women composers:

  • Reena Esmail (b.1983)
  • Gabriela Lena Frank (b. 1972)
  • Matana Roberts (b. 1975)
  • Caroline Shaw (b. 1982; Pulitzer Prize for Music, 2013)
  • Du Yun (b. 1977; Pulitzer Prize for Music, 2017)

Quartet No. 15, Opus 132 in A Minor – Ludwig van Beethoven