The acclaimed Brentano String Quartet will be at In Concert Sierra on Sunday, January 15 at 2pm with a program celebrating the music of composer Antonín Dvorak and his influence on American classical music.
When bohemian composer Antonin Dvořák was invited to New York in 1892 to conduct the American National Conservatory, he was tasked with the unusual task of helping establish America’s musical identity.
Brentano violinist Selina Kanin said that Dvořák “turned the musical establishment upside down” and “found in the melody of the Negro of America all that was needed for a great and noble music school … this source A composition that cannot provide themes from.” Dvořák imbued his work with these themes and produced great results. The work that Dvorak wrote in America is one of his most beloved works.
In honor of Dvorak and his American heritage, the quartet features his “Quartet in Ab, Op.” 105″ was written primarily in New York, but was completed and published on his return to Europe in 1895.
In the spirit of early 20th-century recitals, the quartet performs an ‘encore’ piece in the second half to reflect Dvořák’s simple wisdom. So the foundation of America’s musical identity is to be found in our own backyards. If Dvorak had not been an early champion of black music, the works of William Grant Still and George Walker might never have been written, including some of the spirituals he found so moving. I’m here. Arranged by Stephen McKee. If the program has an emblem, it is the soulful and evocative throw of Dvorak’s “American” quartet his movement. ”
Critics have praised the quartet’s passion, enthusiasm, impeccable musicianship, and “horrifying focus and intensity” (New York Times).
“If you’re ready to start 2023 with a vibrant and energetic experience performed by some of the country’s top chamber music ensembles, this is your concert,” says ICS Executive Director Julie Hardin.
“Many critics have said that Brentano is ‘something special’ and ‘attention-seeking’, which is undoubtedly true and may even be an understatement. Done!” Hardin said.
There will be a 20 minute pre-concert forum starting at 1:15pm prior to the performance.
InConcert Sierra is a Nevada County non-profit organization providing high quality classical music performances and comprehensive music education for all ages. Founded in 1946, ICS celebrates his 76 years as an integral part of Nevada County’s arts community. For more information, call 530-273-3990 or visit www.inconcertsierra.org.
Know & Go what: InConcert Sierra Announces Brentano String Quartet when: Sunday, January 15, 2023 at 2:00 PM. 1:15 Pre-Concert Forum Where: Seventh-day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborne Hill Road, Grass Valley tickets: Available online at inconcertsierra.org or 530-273-3990.Youth (ages 5-17) are free with adults