c)i - Classical Interludes

counter)induction visits the stately Dweck Center of the Brooklyn Public Library for the popular Classical Interludes series!

For this program c)i will lend its signature virtuosity to a rare program of standard and new repertoire, performing works by Fauré and Bartok alongside music by Andrew Rudin and a world premiere by c)i violist Jessica Meyer.

Fauré’s elegantly wrought Piano Quartet #1, begun in 1876 and reaching its final revised form in 1883, combines traditional structures with intimations of his later harmonic innovations, exploring Romanticism as a particularly French alternative to Wagner.

The title of Bartók’s Contrasts may refer not only to the varied nature of the music but also the unlikely trio for which it was written – Benny Goodman (cl), Joseph Szigeti (vn), with Bartók himself on piano. Its freewheeling, often improvisatory rendering of Bartok’s beloved folk music captures the individual characters of the players with great élan.

Andrew Rudin’s music has been performed by some of the most esteemed musicians of our generation. Initially recognized as a composer of electronic music, his later works continue to bring voice to new explorations of traditional forms, such as the sonata. This concert feature’s the beautifully lyrical Adagio from his 2007 Viola Sonata.

c)i violist Jessica Meyer has branched out in recent years as a composing performer, creating works for viola and loop pedal for herself as well as purely acoustic works for chamber ensembles. This is the world premiere of Jessica’s quintet, written for counter)induction.

The BPL Chamber Players program is curated and hosted by Peter Weitzner.


“Once when father (George Ives) was asked: 'How can you stand it to hear old John Bell (who was the best stonemason in town) bellow off-key the way he does at camp-meetings?' his answer was: 'Old John is a supreme musician. Look into his face and hear the music of the ages. Don't pay too much attention to the sounds. If you do, you may miss the music. You won't get a heroic ride to Heaven on pretty little sounds!'”
--Charles Ives