Brooklyn Rider, a string quartet, is returning to Chapel Hill this weekend for around the 10th time. The quartet will perform Sunday as part of Carolina Performing Arts’ 2014 season, but has been visiting classes and rehearsing new music on campus since Thursday.
The group has been involved with CPA for a number of years, performing on stage, hosting master classes and having discussions with students in music, English and animation classes.
“They see the opportunity to come to a campus as a chance to really work with students,” said CPA’s Postdoctoral Fellow Aaron Shackelford.
The group visited two classes in the music department and Shackelford said one member of the quartet, Eric Jacobsen, is also working with the UNC Symphony Orchestra.
“One of their appeals is that they’re relatively young, hip guys from Brooklyn, so students realize that musicians don’t have to be these intimidating figures,” Shackelford said. “Musicians are actually just these really cool dudes with passionate ideas.”
Nicholas Cords, who plays viola for the quartet, said the idea for Sunday’s performance originated with Emil Kang, UNC’s executive director for the arts.
The quartet has also been rehearsing with special guest and Grammy award-winning singer Dawn Upshaw. The concert will include music that spans about 500 years, ranging in music from Elizabethan England to music written as recently as last week.
This isn’t the first time the quartet has rehearsed its pieces on campus before performances.