How does a musical experience change when the audience is invited to move among performing musicians and the performers cannot communicate?
Drawing on a history of experimentation at the Rose Art Museum and the pioneering precedent of 1960s performances by John Cage and Alvin Lucier, the premiere of Second Quartet explores this question in a piece composed by Eric Chasalow, Irving G. Fine Professor of Music. Developed during a recent residency at the MacDowell Colony, Second Quartet debuts at the museum in a one hour performance by Brandeis University's Lydian String Quartet.
Free + open to the public
About Eric Chasalow
Eric Chasalow (b. New Jersey, 1955) is an esteemed composer most recognized for combining traditional instruments with pre-recorded sound. Chasalow’s work has been commissioned by many renowned musicians and ensembles and has been performed internationally. He is the recipient of numerous awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Fromm Foundation at Harvard University, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
In 2009, The Library of Congress established the Eric Chasalow Collection. Chasalow is the Irving G. Fine Professor of Music at Brandeis University and the Director of Brandeis Electro-Acoustic Music Studio (BEAMS).
About the Lydian String Quartet
Founded in 1980, the Lydian String Quartet (Andrea Segar and Judith Eissenberg, violins; Mark Berger, viola; Joshua Gordon, cello) offers captivating interpretations of both traditional chamber music and modern, experimental compositions. The Lydian String Quartet covers the full range of string quartet repertory and offers thematic programming that explores concepts related to time, place, the vernacular, identity, cross cultural collaborations and mixed-media programs. They have performed extensively throughout the United States at venues such as Jordan Hall (Boston), Kennedy Center (Boston), Library of Congress (DC), Lincoln Center (NYC) and have made international appearances in France, England, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Russia, Armenia, and Taiwan. The Lydian String Quartet have received several international prizes in string quartet competitions including Evian, Portsmouth and Banff, and the Naumburg Award for Chamber Music.