The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents 2015-2016 Quartet in Residence, the Chiara String Quartet, in its second Met Museum Presents concert of the season. A concert of music made by and for old friends, the program, titled Piano Quintets with Simone Dinnerstein, features the New York premiere of Jefferson Friedman’s new piano quintet The Heart Wakes Into for the Chiara and pianist Simone Dinnerstein, paired with Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F minor.
The Chiara Quartet has been championing composer Jefferson Friedman’s music since its earliest days, developing a deep and symbiotic creative collaboration. The quartet’s recording of his String Quartet No. 3 was nominated for a Grammy in 2011, and praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for its “lush ensemble sound that brings out the hidden depths of Friedman’s harmonic language.” Friedman’s new quintet for the Chiara and pianist Simone Dinnerstein, The Heart Wakes Into, is composed in six short movements. The combination of the individual movement titles forms a six-line poem written by Margaret LeMay: The Lights of Others Cut into the Hills / The Way in Which Touches / Dawn Alone Being / Rent and Want / Is Having, Had, Departed / The Fold of Bald Wings. Each movement is a poetic work unto itself as well as a portrayal of a shifting mental state. The work was commissioned by the Library of Congress and premiered in December 2014.
$50-$65; Bring the kids for $1.
Presented by The Metropolitan Museum of Art