This year, Nicholas Cords joins the CCMF lineup for his thirteenth year in a row. However, this year he will be accompanied by Colin Jacobsen (performing for his fifth time at the Festival), Johnny Gandelsman (his second time here), and Eric Jacobsen (a new face to the Festival). Together, these four musicians are known as Brooklyn Rider, and are world-renowned for placing a beautifully modern twist on classic quartet-style music. This September, they will be performing several pieces as a quartet, but they will also be joined by Timothy Summers and Raphael Bell for a Brahms Sextet. This concert will take place on Sunday, September 16, at 3pm, at Old Cabell Hall.
For an idea of what you can expect to see and hear at this concert, watch this episode of NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concert,” featuring the quartet. In this video, Johnny (violin), Nick (viola), Colin (violin), and Eric (cello) play a few of their pieces and joke around with each other, showing off their fun personalities. The second piece played on the video, entitled Second Bounce, was actually composed by Colin; he drew inspiration from an unlikely source: bouncy balls. “The first bounce is expected; you know where it’s going. The second bounce is wild,” Eric jokes. Colin replies with laughter, “I don’t know. Something like that.”
Brooklyn Rider is also celebrating the recent release of Brooklyn Rider Plays Philip Glass, which includes a suite from Glass’ score for the 1997 Mick Jagger film Bent. You can hear excerpts from the album here.
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