GREENVILLE, Pa.—Eclectic chamber music quartet Brooklyn Rider will perform with world-class clarinetist Benjamin Fingland at Thiel College’s David Johnson Memorial Chapel at 7 p.m. Nov. 17. The performance is part of the College’s Con Spirito Chamber Music Series.
Brooklyn Rider combines a diverse repertoire with an entertaining performance style that has drawn critical acclaim from classical, world and rock critics. NPR credits Brooklyn Rider with “recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble.” The Los Angeles Times dubs the group “one of the wonders of contemporary music.”
Last season, the group celebrated its 10th anniversary with the groundbreaking multi-disciplinary project “Brooklyn Rider Almanac.” The group recorded and toured 15 specially commissioned works, each inspired by a different artistic muse. They will play selections from “Almanac” at Thiel College, as well as standard classics of the repertoire, including Schubert’s String Quartet No. 13 in A Minor, “Rosamunde.”
Fingland is also critically acclaimed. The New York Times has said his performances convey “spiritedness and humor” and “eloquence and passion.” He has performed worldwide as a recitalist and soloist. Fingland has collaborated, recorded and toured with a wide variety of other artists—ranging in scope from the Ensemble Intercontemporain to pop icon Elton John.
The Con Spirito Chamber Music Concert Series began in the fall of 2007. Con Spirito presents concerts each year, featuring top chamber music groups from across the country. The series was created in honor of the late daughter of Dr. Glen Johnson H’88, Thiel College Board of Trustees chairman emeritus, and his wife, LaVonne, both generous friends of the College. The home of the Con Spirito Chamber Music Concert Series is the David Johnson Memorial Chapel, dedicated in 2006 and named in honor of the Johnsons’ late son.
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