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September 10, 2010
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Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010 at 8 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 9, 2010 – “One of the wonders of contemporary music,” said the Los Angeles Times about this multi-faceted string quartet that performs music in fresh new ways with its broad and inclusive repertoire. Veterans of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project, the talented, innovative, young musicians known as Brooklyn Rider have garnered the attention of critics and audiences alike with their brilliant exploration of traditional classical works by such composers as Beethoven, Bach, Debussy and Haydn, and the music of contemporary composers like Philip Glass, Derek Bermel and Osvaldo Golijov. Brooklyn Rider appears at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall for the first time on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

“Diversity is the biggest thing for us, we like to perform for fans of all musical tastes,” said Colin Jacobsen, the group’s resident composer, in Canada’s National Post. “We try and take people on a journey – if they’re willing to go there, I think they’ll enjoy what we do.”

Featuring Jacobsen and Johnny Gandelsman on violin, Nicholas Cords on viola and Eric Jacobsen on cello, Brooklyn Rider was born out of a desire to use the rich medium of the string quartet as a vehicle for communication across a cross-section of history and geography. The ensemble is devoted to the interpretations of existing classical and contemporary quartet literature, as well as the creation of new works, some of which are written or arranged by members of the group. Recent collaborations include Chinese pipa virtuoso Wu Man, Syrian/Armenian visual artist Kevork Mourad, traditional and technology-based Japanese shakuhachi player Kojiro Umezaki, Persian kemancheh player Kayhan Kalhor, Irish fiddler Martin Hayes, as well as singer/songwriters Christina Courtin, Jenny Scheinman and Suzanne Vega. Bringing its music to new audiences and venues is an essential part of Brooklyn Rider’s creative mission, which has found the ensemble performing in venues as varied as Joe’s Pub in New York City, Japan’s Todai-ji Temple and the San Francisco Jazz Festival. Brooklyn Rider was also the sole classical ensemble to perform at the 2010 SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. “ The contemporary string quartet Brooklyn Rider got one of the loudest and most appreciative audience responses I heard at SXSW.” (Honolulu Star Bulletin)

In between touring, the group has released three albums – in 2008, its eclectic debut titled “Passport” on Gandelman’s In a Circle Records and “Silent City,” a World Village/Harmonia Mundi collaboration with Kayhan Kahor. In 2010, Brooklyn Rider released “Dominant Curve,” a thematic album in which the quartet presents Debussy’s most celebrated work, “String Quartet in G Minor” as well as works by contemporary composers who have embraced Debussy’s style and techniques. The album reached #15 on Billboard’s classical chart, was featured on NPR and has received outstanding reviews from classical music critics to the online indie music magazine Pitchfork, which praised the group’s “attempt to bridge a classic work of a great composer with the work of that composer’s stylistic descendents.”


Tickets for BROOKLYN RIDER are $40, $32, $20. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K.  Visit

About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.

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