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Joining forces for this unique cross-Atlantic collaboration are innovative and Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter and trailblazing string quartet Brooklyn Rider, interpreting the music of iconic artists of both the classical and pop worlds. Drawing on repertoire from the album So Many Things, on the Naïve label, are new works written for this partnership by Nico Muhly, Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw, and Brooklyn Rider’s own Colin Jacobsen, as well as luminescent arrangements of existing music by John Adams, Elvis Costello, Brad Mehldau, Rufus Wainwright, Sting, Bjork and more. Into this eclectic evening, Brooklyn Rider will weave string quartets by Glass and Janáček, reflecting the imaginative programming style for which they are known.   

Boasting an unrivalled and multi award-winning discography, mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter’s versatility has seen her work with legendary artists ranging from the late greats of Carlos Kleiber, Claudio Abbado and Giuseppe Sinopoli to contemporary popular musicians. An ever-evolving repertoire has played a key role in sustaining Swedish-born von Otter’s international profile, from an early position as the superlative Oktavian (Der Rosenkavalier) of her generation giving performances around the world, including at Bayerische Staatsoper, Opéra National de Paris and The Metropolitan Opera, to her more recent acclaimed creation of Leonora in the world premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel. 

Hailed as “the future of chamber music” (Strings), Brooklyn Rider (Johnny Gandelsman, violin; Colin Jacobsen, violin; Nicholas Cords, viola; Michael Nicolas, cello) offers eclectic repertoire in gripping performances that continue to attract legions of fans and draw rave reviews from classical, world, and rock critics alike. In fall 2018, Brooklyn Rider released Dreamers on Sony Music Masterworks with Mexican jazz vocalist Magos Herrera. They also recently debuted their Healing Modes project, which presents Beethoven’s Opus 132 alongside new commissions by Reena Esmail, Gabriela Lena Frank, Matana Roberts, and Caroline Shaw. Other recent projects include collaborations with choreographer Brian Brooks, prima ballerina Wendy Whelan, banjoist Béla Fleck, jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman, and Irish fiddle master Martin Hayes. 


Virginia G. Piper Theater
7380 E 2nd St
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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