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Classical Interludes: Sounds & Stories with Teju Cole

Part of: Sounds & Stories

 Sunday, April 18, 2021  4:00pm  Live Stream - bklynlibrary.org

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Artist, critic, and photographer Teju Cole curates an event that pairs readings from his story “Radia” with musical works. He describes “Radia” as “a story about travel and discovery, a story of affliction and affiliation, set in a melancholy time. But within it is the germ of an as yet unseen future. Music, which is such a great part of our survival, is also what will survive us. This program, at the core of which lie several pieces for string quartet, evokes these interlocking themes of sadness and hope.” Readings by Cole sit alongside musical works that span nearly a millennium in their creation, including pieces by Hildegard von Bingen, Unsuk Chin, Kaija Saariaho, Caroline Shaw, and more. Following the program, Cole joins in a live conversation.

Part of Carnegie Hall’s Voices of Hope

Produced by Orchestra of St. Luke’s and presented by BPL Presents.


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Caroline Shaw

Plan & Elevation: V. The Beech Tree

Yvette Janine Jackson

Remembering 1619

Henryk Górecki

String Quartet No. 3: V. Largo-Tranquillo

Unsuk Chin

ParaMetaStrings: II: Andante

Kaija Saariaho

Sept Papillons: Papillons III & IV

Ludwig van Beethoven

String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135: III. Lento assai, cantante e tranquillo

Hildegard von Bingen

O virtus Sapiente


Teju Cole

Jesse Mills

Conrad Harris

Nicole Cherry

Dana Kelley

Joel Noyes