World Premiere Performance by Brooklyn Rider at Madeline Island
Madeline Island Chamber Music Commissioned Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw
The music never stops playing during summer 2020 with Madeline Island Chamber Music! We’re pleased to bring you this series of highlights from the Madeline Island Chamber Music concert archives.
Madeline Island Chamber Music commissioned Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw to write a piece for Brooklyn Rider, which they premiered at Madeline Island in summer 2018. That same summer, PBS Wisconsin filmed a 60-minute special, “Music From Madeline Island,” about our summer program and captured the World Premiere performance of “Schisma.”
“Schisma” is part of Brooklyn Rider’s project Healing Modes, centered around the slow movement of Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 132, “Heiliger Dankgesang,” which is considered an expression of healing and thankfulness. Caroline Shaw says, “The choice to title this piece with the modern Greek word schisma, meaning ‘cleft,’ is a reference to the islands in Greece which have become harsh refugee camps for Syrians seeking asylum from the war. It also points to the nature of war, of the break between peoples, and of the search for hope and new growth within the breaks and crevices.”
“Schisma” is included on Brooklyn Rider’s newly-released CD Healing Modes, which also includes new works composed for Brooklyn Rider by Reena Esmail, Gabriela Lena Frank, Matana Roberts, and Du Yun. Visit brooklynrider.bandcamp.com to order your copy.
Please enjoy this 7-minute World Premiere performance of “Schisma” performed by Brooklyn Rider and filmed by PBS Wisconsin.
Schisma (2018) by Caroline Shaw
Performed in June 2018 at the Clubhouse, Madeline Island
Johnny Gandelsman, violin
Colin Jacobsen, violin
Nicholas Cords, viola
Michael Nicolas, cello
Stay tuned for next week’s finale: an ode to Madeline Island Chamber Music.
Although our season is cancelled due to COVID-19, our work continues. Please contribute now to ensure the music resumes in summer 2021.