Now available on demand, the brass quartet explores a broad expanse of American music in the sixth concert of a new series launched by violinist Lara St. John and live streamed by CRB from New York's historic Atterbury House, live streamed here.
The Westerlies dig deep into the traditions and lineage of American folk music, finding common ground amongst shape-note hymns, folk anthems, and timeless spirituals. The voices of Woody Guthrie, the Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet, and Judee Sill are heard anew, alongside works by composers whose use of folk melodies transcended their time, from the sophistication of Duke Ellington to the bold imagination of Charles Ives. Watch the concert here:
Lara St. John, known for her own broad musical tastes and entrepreneurial spirit, said of her motivation to found the new series, “I’ve spent a great deal of time thinking of my fellow musicians, who have been badly hurt by the loss of employment and the broad prohibitions against live concerts. I hope that this series will, in a small way, provide some colleagues with performance outlets and offer audiences a little respite from the harsh realities of the pandemic.”
See the full schedule below.
The Atterbury Sessions (all live streams at 5pm and available for one week following the performance):
Jan. 23 - Sybarite5
Feb. 6 - Violinist Tessa Lark and Bassist Michael Thurber
Feb. 20 - Ulysses Quartet
Feb. 27 - Bassist Xavier Foley
Mar. 13 - PUBLIQuartet
Apr. 3 - The Westerlies
Apr. 17 - Imani Winds
Apr. 24 - Baroque violinist Aisslinn Nosky and Friends
May 8 - Brentano Quartet
May 15 - Violinist Augustin Hadelich
June 5 - Violinist and series founder Lara St. John
Produced by and funded entirely by private donations, the series is produced in cooperation with the not-for-profit Paracademia center for music and #collaborative arts. Milica Paranosic, founder and executive director of Paracademia said, “At this challenging time of COVID-19 and its devastating impact on education and the arts, The Atterbury Sessions speak to the need to nurture and revitalize our artistic output through community efforts and collaborative production.”
Built in 1871 by architect Robert Mook and reimagined by Grosvenor Atterbury of McKim, Mead & White in 1909, the Atterbury House, located at 131 E. 70th Street in New York City, is considered one of the iconic architectural contributions of its time.