The Brooklyn Rider Quartet

Brooklyn Rider – 'Variations on a Theme'

7 p.m. Sunday, March 5, 2023 | Polsky Theatre

Tickets start at $25.

Individual Tickets

With its gripping performance style and unquenchable appetite for musical adventure, Brooklyn Rider has carved a singular space in the world of string quartets over its 15-year history.


  • Caroline Shaw: “Entr’acte”
  • Osvaldo Golijov: New Work (Title to be confirmed)
  • Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, D 810 — “Death and the Maiden”

Defining the string quartet as a medium with deep historic roots and endless possibility for invention, the quartet finds equal inspiration in musical languages ranging from late Beethoven to Persian classical music to American roots music to the endlessly varied voices of living composers.

Claiming no allegiance to either end of the historical spectrum, Brooklyn Rider most comfortably operates within the long arc of the tradition, seeking to illuminate works of the past with fresh insight, while coaxing the malleable genre into the future through an inclusive programming vision, deep-rooted collaborations with a wide range of global tradition bearers, and the creation of thoughtful and relevant frames for commissioning projects.

The vital and bountiful music of the late classical and early romantic eras is as significant today as it was two centuries ago, creating the possibility of a dialogue between the foundation and the contemporary expression of the string quartet tradition.

Featuring works that exemplify this long musical arc from two of Brooklyn Rider’s close musical friends, this program juxtaposes Caroline Shaw’s “Entr’acte” plus a major new work (written for Brooklyn Rider) by Osvaldo Golijov with Schubert’s transcendent masterpiece.