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Utzon Music 2024 Brooklyn Rider

3 March 2024

In the Utzon Room

Classical Music

Experience the energy and ambition of one of America’s most exciting string quartets on their first Australian tour, in a program spanning Shostakovich to Golijov.

[Brooklyn Rider] play with full-blooded energy but with precision as well.


Ushering in the future of chamber music

Brooklyn Rider is one of the most exciting string quartets performing today. Based in Brooklyn, New York City, and named for the visionary artistic movement The Blue Rider (think Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee) the American quartet is renowned for its thrilling programs and rock star performances. In their first ever visit to Australia, Brooklyn Rider bring to the Utzon Room a diverse program spanning 20th century masterpieces – Shostakovich’s Eighth String Quartet and Dutilleux’s Ainsi la nuit (Thus the night)  to a work by the quartet’s own violinist, Colin Jacobsen, A short while to be here, based on American folk songs collected by Ruth Crawford Seeger. The concert comes to a close with Osvaldo Golijov’s arresting Tenebrae. Written at the turn of the 21st century, its meditation on innocence and conflict is more powerful than ever.

Brooklyn Rider is absolutely thrilled to finally come to Australia, and make our debut at the iconic Sydney Opera House. We can't wait to share what we do with Australian audiences.

Brooklyn Rider


The Four Elements

Colin Jacobsen A Short While to Be Here
Henri Dutilleux String Quartet “Ainsi la nuit”
Dmitri Shostakovich String Quartet No. 8 C minor, Op. 110
Osvaldo Golijov Tenebrae

Artist Information

Johnny Gandelsman

Colin Jacobsen

Nicholas Cords

Michael Nicolas

Other information

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