Brooklyn Rider coming to UMaine

Posted Feb. 24, 2010, at 5:32 p.m.

Where 30 years ago, Manhattan was the cultural center of life in New York and in many ways, much of the United States, in 2010 the center has shifted. After several decades of mass creative exodus from increasingly expensive Manhattan, great art now is coming out of the neighboring borough of Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Rider String Quartet, which will pay a visit to Minsky Recital Hall this Sunday in a Collins Center for the Arts-sponsored performance, are part and parcel of that creative spirit prevalent throughout Brooklyn. The quartet — made up of violinists Johnny Gandelsman and Colin Jacobson, violist Nicholas Cords and cellist Eric Jacobson — will perform a program of Phillip Glass, John Cage and Claude Debussey, as well as an original piece by Colin Jacobson. Formed as a way to use the string quartet for making music beyond the standard classical repertoire, the Brooklyn Rider has a long tradition of defying stereotypes. From performing at clubs and smaller venues and exploring the works of contemporary composers to its work with Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, the group is committed to bringing string quartet music into the here and now. The concert is set for 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, at Minsky Recital Hall on the University of Maine campus. Tickets are $32 and are available by visiting www.collinscenterforthearts.com or by calling 800-622-TIXX.

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