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Brooklyn Rider Rocks CMA Chamber Music on Main

Columbia, S.C. – The Columbia Museum of Art’s critically acclaimed CMA Chamber Music on Main series returns on Friday, December 9, at 7:00 p.m. with a concert featuring the popular Brooklyn-based string quartet Brooklyn Rider, hailed as “the future of chamber music” (Strings). The day also includes a special morning program for Richland One middle school students.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Brooklyn Rider is “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.”

In the evening concert, world-renowned cellist and CMA Chamber Music on Main Artistic Director Edward Arron joins Brooklyn Rider to perform Boccherini’s String Quintet in f minor, G. 348, Beethoven’s String Quartet in f minor, Opus 95, and Colin Jacobsen’s BTT for String Quartet.

In the morning, musical and visual arts students from Alcorn, Gibbes, and W.A. Perry Middle schools are treated to an intimate recital combining art and music at the museum. Arron talks to the students about musical careers, instruments, and the compositions in the evening program, and performs movements from the pieces. Following the presentation, students are led on small group tours of the CMA collection.

“There is simply no substitute for hearing music played live and seeing art in person,” says Nancy Pope, visual and performing arts coordinator for Richland One. “Even with the digital access that students have today, the connection, the emotion, and the energy of the arts are at their peaks when shared directly between the artist and the audience. That is why our students come away from this experience with a sense of awe at the power of the arts. Arron makes them feel so comfortable, and the environment and CMA staff make the music and the art accessible and relatable for the students. It’s one of those occasions where everyone leaves happier and with a feeling that they have just witnessed something beautiful and profound.”

Richland One and the CMA piloted the educational program in 2010 to great success. Each year since, the partnership continues after students and their teachers expressed enthusiastic, positive responses about being engaged with such high-quality professional musicianship and important works of art.

Now in its 15th season, CMA Chamber Music on Main is a longtime fan-favorite program. Intimately set in the museum’s gorgeous DuBose-Poston Reception Hall, it brings together world-class musicians who are reknowned in their respective instruments.

Consisting of Johnny Gandelsman (violin), Colin Jacobsen (violin), Nicholas Cords (viola), and Michael Nicolas (cello), Brooklyn Rider offers an eclectic repertoire in gripping performances that attract legions of fans and draw rave reviews from classical, world, and rock critics alike. Last September, Brooklyn Rider released an album with mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter entitled So Many Things that includes music by Jacobsen, Caroline Shaw, John Adams, Nico Muhly, Björk, Sting, Kate Bush, and Elvis Costello.

Arron has garnered recognition worldwide for his elegant musicianship, impassioned performances, and creative programming. He has appeared in recital, as a soloist with major orchestras, and as a chamber musician throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Arron served as the artistic director of the Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert and participated in Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project as well as Isaac Stern’s Jerusalem Chamber Music Encounters. He joined the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2016 and has served on the faculty of New York University since 2009.

Upcoming concerts in the 2016-2017 season:

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Happy hour and galleries open at 6:00 p.m. | Concert begins at 7:00 p.m.
Season Tickets: $140 / $100 for members
Individual Seats: $35 / $28 for members / $5 for students

CMA Chamber Music on Main is presented by U.S. Trust and the generosity of supporting sponsors. The student program is part of the CMA Art for All Title One School Field Trip program sponsored by Aflac.

For more information, visit columbiamuseum.org.

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