MUSIC FRESHLY SQUEEZED
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WTJU is partnering with the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival to broadcast live a special program on Saturday evening, September 14 at 8:30 p.m. from the Gibson Downstage Theater at Live Arts in downtown Charlottesville. This program called Music Freshly Squeezed features the adventurous, genre-defying string quartet Brooklyn Rider along with other festival musicians in musical works, both composed and improvised. That includes the Virginia premiere of Evan Ziporyn’s string quartet Qi and music from the quartet’s recently released album A Walking Fire. If you don’t get tickets to the live show, be sure to lie back, dim the lights, and enjoy some music straight from Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Rider is made up of violinists Johnny Gandlesman, Colin Jacobsen, violist Nick Cords, and cellist Eric Jacobsen. Their ensemble grew out of the individual member’s work with Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. The quartet founded the Stillwater (MN) Music Festival, and has had many artist residencies various colleges and universities. This is the second year the quartet has performed at the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival. They are also presenting a concert on Sunday at 3pm at the Paramount featuring traditional string quartet repertoire including quartets by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Béla Bartok, as well as pairing up with other festival musicians for Felix Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20. Other musicians playing the Saturday night concert include violinist James Ehnes, Festival co-directors violinist Timothy Summers and cellist Raphael Bell, clarinetist Carol McGonnell, and percussionist Matthew Gold.