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Brooklyn Rider String Quartet Residency
November 6 - November 9

Brooklyn Rider, a string quartet famed for its far-ranging repertoire and musical collaborations with artists like Béla Fleck, jazzman Joshua Redman, and Irish fiddler Martin Hayes, will be in residency at UNC Asheville Nov. 6-9, offering workshops on and off campus, and a ticketed concert off-campus at the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC).

    Brooklyn Rider (Photo by Erin Baiano)

    “They are 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.” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Brooklyn, N.Y.-based quartet consists of violinists Johnny Gandelsman and Colin Jacobsen, violist Nicholas Cords, and cellist Michael Nicolas. Their performance venues have ranged from Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the Spoleto Festival, to the SXSW Festival in Austin, Tx. In September, Brooklyn Rider released its newest album, Dreamers – a collaboration with Mexican jazz singer Magos Herrera. Their NPR Tiny Desk Concert from back in 2010 also reflects their wide span of musical interests.


  • Tuesday, November 6 – Community workshop, free and open to everyone. 4 p.m. off-campus at the BMCM+AC, 120 College St., Asheville.
  • Wednesday, November 7 – Performance: Healing Modes. The quartet will play the slow movement of Beethoven’s Opus 132, inscribed by the composer as a “song of holy thanksgiving from a convalescent deity in the Lydian mode,” and five compact new commissions that explore the subject of healing. The composers are Tyondai Braxton, Reena Esmail, Gabriela Lena Frank, Matana Roberts and recent Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw. 7 p.m. off-campus at the BMCM+AC, 120 College St., Asheville. Tickets are $15 and $10 for students. Free for UNC Asheville students, faculty and staff
  • Thursday, November 8 – Master Class welcoming classical, jazz and bluegrass musicians, and open to everyone. Free. Noon, Lipinsky Hall Room 018.
  • Friday, November 9 – Workshop with participation from UNC Asheville students and faculty. Free and open to everyone. 2 p.m.in Lipinsky Auditorium.

Brooklyn Rider’s members are UNC Asheville’s Black Mountain College Legacy Fellows for fall semester 2018.



Music Faculty and Staff

(Left to right) Wayne Kirby, Toby King, Brian Felix, Pamela Miller, Matthew Richmond, Fletcher Peacock, Melodie Galloway, Christine Boone, Bill Bares and Jude Weinberg.