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String Quartet Brooklyn Rider Performs at Clifton Center

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A string quartet at the forefront of contemporary classical music performs tonight at the Clifton Center.

Brooklyn Rider hails from New York City, as their name would suggest, and though they have the traditional string quartet configuration of two violins, a viola and a cello, they have a wide range of influences, from classical to folk to world music. Their most recent album, "The Brooklyn Rider Almanac," is a collection of 15 newly commissioned works from composers as varied as jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, singer-songwriter Aoife O'Donovan and drummer Glenn Kotche of the band Wilco.

Violist Nicholas Cords said they wanted to take a different approach to selecting composers.

"To channel people who are outside of the classical music sphere, officially speaking, but people who are more in the jazz and rock and folk worlds—people who are amazing musicians who we thought had a lot to offer the medium of the string quartet but might not have been given a chance before," Cords said.

Brooklyn Rider performed Thursday afternoon for WUOL Classical 90.5, WFPL's sister station. You can listen below:

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Brooklyn Rider's appearance at the Clifton Center is presented in partnership with the Louisville Chamber Music Society.

Tonight's concert begins at 7:30 p.m.