Press Release: Bagaduce Music & Carnegie Hall Co-Comission Work to be Premiered in Concert at David’s Folly Farm

For Immediate Release

Monday, September 26, 2022

Contact: Teresa Myrwang, Executive Director, Bagaduce Music,


Bagaduce Music has partnered with Carnegie Hall to co-commission a new work for string quartet about climate change by the ASCAP award-winning composer, Akshaya Tucker. The New York-based group, Brooklyn Rider, will present this work and other contemporary works for string quartet in a concert titled, “The Four Elements” on Saturday, October 1st in Brooksville. The program will include works that allude to earth, air, fire and water.

Deeply affected by the increasing fires in California, Ms. Tucker was inspired to write this piece as a new resident to the Golden State where she is currently a doctoral student at the University of Southern California and has previously worked with Brooklyn Rider’s violinist, Johnny Gandlesman. Gandelsman is a familiar face to classical music fans in Blue Hill, having performed several times in the past at the Blue Hill Wine Shop. 

Ms. Tucker credits her participation in a unique program at the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music for providing her the support to write this piece. According to Tucker, “ It’s like a support group for artists, for all the difficult feelings the climate crisis alights in us: grief, fear, empathy, anger. Researching this topic, alone at first, felt extremely isolating. But with a group, however small, we could share our experiences, and know that — no, we aren’t crazy — for feeling sad, mad, or numbed, or hollowed out. I am so grateful to Bagaduce Music and Carnegie Hall for their incredible support of this piece.”

Ms. Tucker will be in attendance and speaking about her piece on Saturday night. Other award-winning women composers will be featured on the program, such as the American folk-music specialist, Ruth Crawford Seeger, and the Portuguese composer, Andreia Pinto-Correia. In addition, Brooklyn Rider will perform one of Shostakovich’s most popular pieces, the deeply personal String Quartet No. 8. 

The concert will take place at David’s Folly Farm in Brooksville on October 1st at 7pm. Advance tickets can be purchased at or by calling 374-5454.

Bagaduce Music is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation with a mission to collect, preserve and lend printed music and to promote the appreciation, knowledge, and performance of music. 


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