Rhythm: Dvořák & Price

Backstage with the Jasper String Quartet

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Although this event has ended, you can watch the entire program below.

View the 2021 Birdfoot Festival season program book here.


Selections from:

Antonín Dvořák: String Quartet no. 14 in A-flat major, Op. 105

Florence B. Price: String Quartet in G Major (1929)

Birdfoot and the Jasper String Quartet delve into the life-giving energy of rhythm. Rhythm can put a swagger in your step or lull you to sleep, and it’s no wonder: rhythmical patterns infuse our everyday life. Walking, dancing, swaying, and skipping all have their own kinds of motion, each of which evokes a distinct feeling. The in and out of breathing and the thump of a heartbeat define our lives: rhythm is embedded in our very nature.

Our physical experience of rhythm even connects to the way we hear and feel music. Join Birdfoot and the Jasper String Quartet Backstage to explore the vital role rhythm plays in communicating both feeling and narrative through music by Antonin Dvořák and Florence Price.

Note: This event features excerpts of works that the Jasper String Quartet will perform in full on a virtual concert titled Spark Joy, March 18, 2021. More information at Jasper Chamber Concerts.


About the Jasper String Quartet

Celebrating its fifteenth anniversary in 2021, the Jasper String Quartet is recognized as one of the leading American string quartets on the performance stage today.

A recipient of Chamber Music America’s prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, the quartet has been hailed as “sonically delightful and expressively compelling” (The Strad) and their latest recording of music by Aaron Jay Kernis and Claude Debussy was described by Gramophone as “flawless in ensemble and intonation, expressively assured and beautifully balanced.” The New York Times named their album Unbound as one of the 25 Best Classical Recordings of 2017.

Based in Philadelphia, the Jasper String Quartet is the Professional Quartet-in-Residence at Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians and Featured Artist-in-Residence at Swarthmore College for the 2020–22 academic years. In addition, the Quartet is the Founder and Artistic Director of Jasper Chamber Concerts.

For more information, please visit www.jasperquartet.com.