What: String Theory featuring Brooklyn Rider
When: 6:30 p.m. today, April 11; Musical Dialogues with group at 6 p.m.
Where: Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View
Admission: $40 adults, $10 students
Website: stringtheory music.org
Note: Brooklyn Rider will perform in an outreach program at 2:30 p.m. today at Alexian Brothers Senior Neighbors, 250 E. 10th St.
Brooklyn Rider, a quartet lauded for the innovation and imagination the musicians bring to the stage, will perform for the season finale of the String Theory chamber music series tonight, April 11.
The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra was originally scheduled to end the fourth season, but contract negotiations between the musicians and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Society have forced the cancellation of their concerts through April 21.
String Theory will be the Chattanooga debut of Brooklyn Rider, which NPR credits with "re-creating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble."
The four musicians -- Johnny Gandelsman (violin), Colin Jacobsen (violin), Nicholas Cords (viola) and Eric Jacobsen (cello) -- share experience as members of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble. They have collaborated with such artists as Bela Fleck, Philip Glass and Persian kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor. The Jacobsen brothers also are co-founders of the New-York-based conductor-less chamber orchestra The Knights.
Their program will include an original composition, "Seven Steps," Beethoven's String Quartet in C# Minor, Op. 131, as well as Romanian traditional music.
Musical Dialogues with the group will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the concert at 6:30 p.m.