Headshots of poet Porsha Olayiwola and composer Mason Bynes

Four Elements

September 30, 2023 | 7:30 PM

With their gripping performance style and unquenchable appetite for musical adventure, Brooklyn Rider has carved a singular space in the world of string quartets. Defining the string quartet as a medium with deep historic roots and endless possibility for invention, they find equal inspiration in musical languages ranging from late Beethoven to Persian classical music to American roots music to the endlessly varied voices of living composers. Hallmarks of their work include an inclusive programming vision, deep-rooted collaborations with a wide range of global tradition bearers, and the creation of thoughtful and relevant frames for commissioning fellow artists.

At Holy Cross, the Grammy-nominated group shares a new project called “Four Elements,” an exploration of the four classical elements (earth, air, water, and fire) as metaphors for the complex inner world of the string quartet and the current health of planet Earth. Featuring new commissions–each based on an element–by Andreia Pinto Correia, Conrad Tao, Dan Trueman, and Akshaya Tucker, “Four Elements” also features existing works from the repertoire including Shostakovich’s 8th String Quartet, Dutilleux’s “Anisi la Nuit,” Golijov’s “Tenebrae,” and American folk music collected by Ruth Crawford and newly arranged by Brooklyn Rider’s Colin Jacobsen.


Brooklyn Rider

“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


September 30, 2023
7:30 PM


$55 | $39 | $29

Presented by

The Prior Performing Arts Center

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