The Clarice presents Brooklyn Rider’s
The Clarice will present Brooklyn Rider’s latest work “Healing Modes” in April 2020. Hailed as “the future of chamber music” (Strings), the veteran string quartet Brooklyn Rider includesJohnny Gandelsman, violin; Colin Jacobsen, violin; Nicholas Cords, viola; and Michael Nicolas, cello. The quartet presents eclectic repertoire and gripping performances that continue to draw rave reviews from classical, world, and rock critics alike.
“Healing Mode” is inspired by the healing properties of music, which have been recognized from ancient Greek civilization to the field of modern neuroscience and expressed in countless global traditions. The slow movement of Beethoven’s Opus 132, a ‘Song of Holy Thanksgiving From a Convalescent to the Deity in the Lydian mode,’ is among the most profound expressions of healing in the string quartet repertoire. “Healing Mode” is presented in its entirety alongside five compact new commissions, which explore the subject of healing from a wide range of historical and cultures perspectives. Composers include Reena Esmail, Gabriela Lena Frank, Matana Roberts and recent Pulitzer Prize winners Caroline Shaw and Du Yun.
The work is made up of five movements:
Schisma composed by Caroline Shaw is a reference to the phrase “in the cleft of the rock,” which appears in many scriptures including the Song of Solomon and Isaiah.
Kanto Kechua #2 composed by Gabriela Lena Frank comes from a time when Frank was fighting to save her life. Over several months, she composed hours of chamber music that she still carries around melodies born from that time. The result is Kanto Kechua #2 now with all of its ornamental intricacies and string-crossing whirls.
i am my own achilles’ heel, a form that would never shape composed by Du Yun is a piece of music that touches on issues of mental health. To share a piece of music is to say that we might all have fascinations, some real and some really out there, you and I, us without them. Let’s share, let’s talk about it, let’s help each other out.
Borderlands by Mantana Robertsis built around historical data about the US-Mexico border crisis and the problems that have ensued with the more recent archaic American immigration policies. Mantana decided to focus on a type healing that is about healing cultural rifts.
Zeher (Poison) by Reena Esmail was conceived during a time in her life when an infection in her through wouldn’t subside. Healing, in this case, was not about enduring the pain, but about releasing the poison she had always swallowed. This piece was conceived during those dark weeks and is simply about that release.
Brooklyn Rider’s engagement will also include a number of activities with UMD students and the community. The quartet will participate in a Composer’s Reading where new compositions by UMD students will be performed by Brooklyn Rider and professionally recorded. Other engagement activities include master classes and a professional development workshop for studentsin the area of music and healing, preparing for interactions with people in hospitals, senior centers and palliative care centers.
Brooklyn Rider performs Philip Glass’s String Quartet No. 2, “Company” at Wellesley College in early 2014.
Brooklyn Rider performed Schubert: String Quartet No. 13 in A Minor, “Rosamunde” — Minuetto: Allegretto-Trio at National Sawdust. Brooklyn Rider was a resident artist at National Sawdust during the 2015-16 season.
Brooklyn Rider performed Colin Jacobsen: Sheriff’s Leid, Sheriff’s Freud at National Sawdust. Brooklyn Rider was a resident artist at National Sawdust during the 2015-16 season.
Start and End Dates
04/26/2020 — 04/30/2020
College Park, Maryland