Gary Dunning, President and Executive Director
Brooklyn Rider with Gabriel Kahane
Friday, February 5, 2016, 8pm — Sanders Theatre
(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston will present Brooklyn Rider and Gabriel Kahane on Friday, February 5, 2016, at 8:00pm at Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall, Harvard University, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge, in support of their upcoming record The Fiction Issue. Program will include selections from the Brooklyn Rider Almanac and Kahane’s Come On All You Ghosts for quartet and voice, Bradbury Studies, and excerpts from The Ambassador. Sponsored by Katie and Paul Buttenwieser.
Tickets start at $20, and are available online at www.celebrityseries.org, by calling CelebrityCharge at (617) 482-6661 Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., or at the Harvard Box Office, Holyoke Center, 1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge.
This concert marks the Celebrity Series debut for Brooklyn Rider and Gabriel Kahane performing together; both artists performed as part of the Stave Sessions presented by the Celebrity Series in March 2015.
Brooklyn Rider is comprised of members Johnny Gandelsman, violin; Colin Jacobsen, violin; Nicholas Cords, viola; and Eric Jacobsen, cello. Hailed as “the future of chamber music” (Strings), the game-changing string quartet presents eclectic repertoire in gripping performances that continue to draw rave reviews from classical, world, and rock critics alike. Last season the group celebrated its tenth anniversary with the groundbreaking multi-disciplinary project Brooklyn Rider Almanac, for which it recorded and toured 15 specially commissioned works, each inspired by a different artistic muse.
In the 2014-2015 season, alongside its ambitious and well-received Brooklyn Rider Almanac, the quartet had a residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, crowned by the world premiere of Veils and Vespers by Pulitzer Prize winner John Luther Adams. It also performed the New York premiere of Chalk and Soot, a collaboration between quartet violinist Colin Jacobsen and choreographer John Heginbotham, at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival, and toured with banjo legend Béla Fleck. The players celebrated the tenth anniversary season of the Stillwater Music Festival, a weeklong Minnesota chamber festival they founded in 2006 as a place to unveil new repertoire and collaborations.
In the 2015-16 season the players continue to perform these works in concert and will pair them with standard classics of the repertoire, including Schubert’s String Quartet No. 13 in A Minor, “Rosamunde.” The group will also continue to explore collaborations, including with singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane, whose new album will be released in February. The recording features Kahane’s The Fiction Issue, a work first performed in 2012 that was commissioned for Brooklyn Rider by Carnegie Hall. The players will tour with Kahane in February 2016, as well as undertaking their own seven-city tour of Sweden, Denmark and Germany the following month. Closer to home, the group will be Ensemble-in-Residence at National Sawdust, a new performance space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, with the residency entailing four performances across the season.
Hailed by Rolling Stone as “one of the year’s very best albums”, Gabriel Kahane’s major label debut, The Ambassador, is a meditation on the underbelly of Los Angeles seen through the lens of ten street addresses. Last season, Kahane appeared at BAM’s Harvey Theater in the critically-acclaimed New York premiere of the stage production of The Ambassador, directed by Tony Award-winner John Tiffany. The production was also presented by the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, as well as by Carolina Performing Arts at UNC Chapel Hill, where Kahane is involved in a multi-year academic and artistic residency.
The 2015-2016 season finds Kahane involved in a number of touring projects with friends and collaborators new and old. In addition to making solo appearances with the North Carolina and Colorado Symphonies, as well as with Boston-based string orchestra A Far Cry, Kahane will appear on separate tours with the string quartet Brooklyn Rider, and with pianist/composer Timo Andres, the latter tour culminating in a duo recital at Carnegie Hall as part of that institution’s 125th anniversary season. In March, Kahane makes his European solo debut in a concert at the recently opened Paris Philharmonie.
Gabriel has been commissioned by, among others, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Kronos Quartet, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, with whom, as Orpheus’ first composer-in-residence, he toured in the spring of 2013 performing Gabriel’s Guide to the 48 States, an hour-long cycle on texts from the WPA American Guide Series.
Kahane’s recent studio credits, aside from his work as a leader, include a track on last year’s Beck Song Reader; appearances on Blake Mills’ Heigh Ho alongside Fiona Apple and Jon Brion; several projects with Sufjan Stevens; as well as performances and recordings with Chris Thile of Punch Brothers, for whom Gabriel opened on tour throughout the U.S. in 2015.
An avid theater artist, Kahane’s musical February House, with book by playwright Seth Bockley, received world premiere productions at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven and New York’s Public Theater in 2012; an original cast album was released on StorySound Records. Upcoming theater projects include commissions from the Public Theater in New York and Signature Theater in Arlington, VA, as well as a collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker.
About Celebrity Series of Boston
Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. Over the course of its 77-year history, Celebrity Series has presented an array of the world’s greatest performing artists, including Sergei Rachmaninoff, Arturo Toscanini, Ignace Paderewski, Artur Rubenstein, Vladimir Horowitz, Glenn Gould, Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz, Isaac Stern, Andrés Segovia, Kirsten Flagstad, Marian Anderson, Luciano Pavarotti, Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky, Martha Graham, Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mstislav Rostropovich, and the New York City Opera Company.
The Celebrity Series has been bringing the very best performers–from orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, to dance companies, jazz, and more–to Boston’s major concert halls for 77 years. The Celebrity Series of Boston believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its education initiatives, the Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience–on stages, in schools, at home– everywhere. For more information on Celebrity Series of Boston, call (617) 482-2595 or visit us online at www.celebrityseries.org.
The Celebrity Series of Boston, Inc. receives generous support from Amy & Joshua Boger, Leslie & Howard Appleby, The Garbis & Arminé Barsoumian Charitable Foundation, the Boston Cultural Council, the Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, Charlesbank Capital Partners LLC, the Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, Deloitte LLP, Donna & Mike Egan, EMC, Foley & Lardner LLP, Gabor Garai & Susan Pravda, David & Harriet Griesinger, the Charles and Cerise Jacobs Charitable Foundation, Paul L. King, The Royal Little Family Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Joseph McNay, Stewart Myers, the National Endowment for the Arts, Eleanor & Frank Pao, The Peabody Foundation, PTC, The John S. and Cynthia Reed Foundation, The D.L. Saunders Real Estate Corp., the Stifler Family Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Henri A. Termeer, Michael and Susan Thonis, Tufts Health Plan, Sanjay & Sangeeta Verma, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Nancy Richmond Winsten, Anonymous, and many others.