Press Release: Bagaduce Music Presents the New York-Based Contemporary String Quartet, Brooklyn Rider, with a World Premier in Brooksville

For Immediate Release

Monday, September 19, 2022

Contact: Teresa Myrwang, Executive Director, Bagaduce Music,


BLUE HILL – Bagaduce Music will present the New York-based contemporary string quartet, Brooklyn Rider, in a performance at David’s Folly Farm on October 1st. The Grammy-nominated group will present a program titled, The Four Elements which is inspired by the earth’s climate changes. Works are drawn from the last century and will include a world premiere of a new piece by the Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Award-winner, Akshaya Tucker. This new work has been co-commissioned by Bagaduce Music and Carnegie Hall.

Brooklyn Rider is nationally-known for playing unusual and contemporary repertoire, and for collaborating with musicians from outside the classical music sphere. Their broad and eclectic repertoire includes collaborations with well-known American contemporary composers such as Philip Glass, Caroline Shaw, and John Adams, as well as non-classical artists such as banjo phenomenon Bela Fleck, American jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman, and the folk-inspired singer-songwriter, Suzanne Vega. 

According to Marc Swed with the Los Angeles Times, “The players present four strong, feisty voices but of like mind. Every phrase, every rhythmic impulse is meant to get your attention.”

One of the violinists in the group, Johnny Gandlesman, has long ties to Blue Hill, having performed solo violin at the Blue Hill Wine Shop on several occasions. He has also taught at the amateur sessions at Kneisel Hall. Expressing his enthusiasm for the area, Johnny said, “ We are so thrilled to be coming to Bagaduce Music in October. We just love the community and can’t wait to bring our music to all of you.”  

During their more than 15 years together, the Grammy-nominated quartet has released 18 albums and been heard on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts. In addition to several new works, their program will include Shosktavoitch’s String Quartet #8, which is in the Bagaduce Music sheet music collection.

“We are so fortunate to have this exceptional string quartet on our From Our Collection 2022 series”, says Program Manager, Meredith Amado. “This adventurous group is curious-minded and exploratory in their programming and not afraid to push the formal boundaries of a classical string quartet.” 

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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