Brooklyn Rider

Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium


Hailed as “the future of chamber music” (Strings Magazine), this lively string quartet presents eclectic repertoire and gripping performances that continue to draw rave reviews from classical, world, and rock critics alike.

Purchase tickets online below. You can also call the box office at (517) 353-5340, or purchase at the door. 

$20 Adults, $18 Seniors, $10 Students

Generously sponsored by the Belle and Julius Harris Visiting Artist Fund established by Lauren Julius Harris.

Brooklyn Rider members – Johnny Gandelsman and Colin Jacobsen, violins, Nicholas Cords, viola, and Michael Nicolas, cello – recently enjoyed their 10th anniversary as an ensemble. This creative quartet has performed in such varied settings as Joe’s Pub in New York City, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, Todai-ji Temple in Japan, the Library of Congress, and the South By Southwest Festival. In addition, they have been featured on NPR, founded the Stillwater Music Festival, and are active participants in Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble.

Works for the Dec. 1 concert include

  • Quartet No. 3 “Mishima” by Philip Glass
  • String Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata” by Leoš Janáček
  • “BTT” for String Quartet by Colin Jacobsen
  • Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95 by Ludwig van Beethoven.

In addition to the group’s performance at the College of Music, Brooklyn Rider will be featured as guest panelists in a workshop on arts entrepreneurship, will be coaching student chamber groups in master classes and will play and critique student composers’ works. See Running Start-Conversations with Brooklyn Rider for more information. 

“It is an exciting opportunity to have musicians of this caliber looking at our music,” says composition graduate student Benjamin Montgomery, “not only because we get to hear it played, but because… they can offer perspective both from the angle of being a performer as well as having a vast knowledge of the genre. It gives us a chance to experiment and test out ideas in a unique way. I'm really excited to hear my music realized and also to get their feedback and ideas on what to improve.”

Brooklyn Rider is in residency at the College of Music November 30-December 1. Residency activities are free and open to the public.

Nov. 30, 11:20 AM Violin Masterclass (Cook Recital Hall) and Viola Masterclass (Music Building, Room 245)
Nov. 30, 5:00 PM Entrepreneurship Q+A with Brooklyn Rider (Hart Recital Hall, Music Building)
Nov. 30, 7:30 PM Student Composition Readings (Cook Recital Hall, Music Building)
Dec. 1, 1:30 PM Chamber Music Masterclass (Cook Recital Hall, Music Building)

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