A talent to a muse: Brooklyn Rider
Brooklyn Rider, a string quartet of eclectic tastes, offers a concert in the Great Hall of Peterson Student Center at St. John’s College (1160 Camino de Cruz Blanca) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11. The playlist includes seven of the 13 pieces the musicians commissioned for their latest CD, issued a year ago, titled The Brooklyn Rider Almanac. For that concept album, each composer was asked to write a work “inspired by a creative muse from relatively recent memory.” Among the pieces slated for this concert are works inspired by authors John Steinbeck and William Faulkner, respectively by Bill Frisell and Aoife O’Donovan. Others are celebrations of funk founder James Brown (by Vijay Iyer), artist-activist Mierle Laderman Ukeles (by Dana Lyn), sound artist Jens Massel (by Glenn Kotche), jazz musician Chick Corea (by Gonzalo Grau), and a building in Los Angeles (by Gabriel Kahane). Also on the bill is Schubert’s Rosamunde String Quartet. Tickets are $15, available at the door only. For information, call 505-984-6000. — J.M.K.