The American String Quartet gives the world premiere of composer Robert Sirota’s second string quartet, American Pilgrimage, in a free concert that also features Haydn’s String Quartet in G Major, Op. 76.1, and Beethoven’s String Quartet in C Major, Op. 59.3.
The American String Quartet commissioned Sirota to write American Pilgrimage after championing his first string quartet, Triptych, written as an impassioned response to the 9/11 tragedy. American Pilgrimage is conceived as a companion piece to Triptych: a celebration of the beauty, pathos, and variety of both our geography and culture. The raw material is drawn from four sources: Protestant hymnody, Gospel music, Native American songs, and jazz. Sirota describes the work as an effort to “capture a glimpse of the epic quality of our country – the awesome diversity of its landscape and its people.” ASQ’s commission for American Pilgrimage was partially funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign.
Presented by Manhattan School of Music