Nasher Sculpture Center Announces Next Soundings Performance: Music from Yellow Barn: Madness and Betrayal

Second concert of the season explores dark themes in Brett Dean’s String Quartet No.2 (And once I played Ophelia”) and Arnold Schoenberg’s 2nd String Quartet, with works by Robert Schumann

For its second concert of the season, Soundings: New Music at the Nasher presents Music from Yellow Barn: Madness and Betrayal on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 7:30 pm. Works for string quartet and soprano form the cornerstone of this Soundings program with composer and violist Brett Dean, violinists Anthony Marwood and Magnus Johnston, cellist Fernando Arias, and soprano Tiffany DuMouchelle. 

“Apart from the superficial pairing of two like-ensembles, these works both wrestle with some of the most difficult of human circumstances: betrayal, madness and suicide,” says Soundings Creative Director Seth Knopp. “Brett Dean’s examination of the plight of Shakespeare’s Ophelia, and Schoenberg’s expression of his own painful biography in the composition of his 2nd string quartet, introduce elements of both objectivity and subjectivity in how we create and experience art.”

“This will be a significant concert for the Nasher,” notes Director Jeremy Strick, “as it involves a mode of dark drama and conflict that will be experienced forcefully in the intimate setting of Nasher Hall. The themes of this concert will resonate especially strongly with those found in our current exhibition, Melvin Edwards: Five Decades, which similarly addresses issues of violence and power.”

The Nasher also congratulates The Yellow Barn Music School and Festival, of which Seth Knopp is Artistic Director, for its recent receipt of the 2015 CMA/ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award.

The series will continue this spring with concerts on April 24 and May 20.

Soundings tickets are available for purchase here: http://www.nashersculpturecenter.org/engage/event?id=148

Pricing: Non-Member: $25.00, Member: $20.00, Student/Educator: $10.00

About Soundings: New Music at the Nasher

Soundings: New Music at the Nasher, is an innovative, music series, which explores the definition of music and tests the very boundaries of the art form. Created in partnership with Seth Knopp, a founding member of the Peabody Trio and artistic director of Yellow Barn Music School and Festival, Soundings presents groundbreaking concerts showcasing both today’s music and that of the great composers of the past, performed by nationally and internationally renowned musicians amid the art-filled spaces of the Nasher Sculpture Center.

Brett Dean