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Bergamot Quartet

Sponsored by Beaverdam Builders

August 2 @ 7:30 pm 9:30 pm

Intersection of Route 36 & Cartwright Road
Denver, NY 12421 United States

Bergamot Quartet is fueled by a passion for exploring and advocating for the music of living composers, continually expanding the limits of the string quartet’s rich tradition in western classical music. With a priority given to music by women, they aim to place this new, genre-bending music in meaningful dialogue with the histories that precede it with creative programming, community-oriented audience building, and frequent commissioning. Bergamot Quartet is Ledah Finck and Sarah Thomas, violins; Amy Tan, viola; and Irène Han, cello. Founded at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore in 2016, Bergamot Quartet is based in New York City and was the Graduate String Quartet in Residence at the Mannes School of Music for 2020-2022.

The program they will present is constructed entirely of music written in the last 30 years and spans a wide variety of sonic worlds and cultural influences. The quartet members say “we love the work of each composer represented here for its unique sound world and attention to textural detail”. Eye o da hurricane by UK-based Angela Slater and Escalay (Water Wheel) by the late Egyptian composer Hamza El Din present opposite renditions of water, from spinning and stormy to steady and entrancing. Caroline Shaw describes her Entr’acte as a pursuit to “suddenly take you to the other side of Alice’s looking glass, in a kind of absurd, subtle, technicolor transition,” while Eli Greenhoe’s mirror/braid, which he composed for Bergamot in 2023, is reminiscent of looking at a series of complex knots or colorful threads through a cracked mirror, giving the viewer a new world inside of what is reflected. Mirror/braid is the third movement of a five-movement work that Greenhoe is currently composing. Âshoob (Calligraphy No. 14) by Reza Vali is also part of a longer series, though one that is for a variety of instrumentations and hence is presented here alone. The work uses a traditional Persian modal system called a dastgah as the generator of melodic and rhythmic material. Ensemble member Ledah Finck’s piece, Something More Than Itself, is the most recent of several works she has composed for Bergamot, and uses a fragment of poetry by the Danish poet Inger Christensen (translated to English by Susannah Neid). This piece features all four quartet members using our voices to augment the orchestration. Gabriella Smith’s Carrot Revolution is simply an extremely fun piece that we’ve wanted to play for years. She says about the work: “I suddenly remembered a Cézanne quote I’d heard years ago (though which I later learned was misattributed to him): “The day will come when a single, freshly observed carrot will start a revolution.” And I knew immediately that my piece would be called Carrot Revolution. I envisioned the piece as a celebration of that spirit of fresh observation and of new ways of looking at old things, such as the string quartet – a 250-year-old genre – as well as some of my even older musical influences (Bach, Perotin, Gregorian chant, Georgian folk songs, and Celtic fiddle tunes).”


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Bergamot Q – General Admission
$ 22.00
Bergamot Q – Senior Ticket
$ 17.00
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