Critic’s Choice

February 3, 2016 at 11:56 am

By David Wright

Brooklyn Rider

Now that the novelty is off the whole “equally at home in the concert hall and rock clubs” thing, quality counts as much in the eclectic-music scene as it does in the old categories of classical, world, rock, etc.

The ensemble of two violinists, a violist, and a cellist called Brooklyn Rider—looks like a string quartet, sounds like whatever—showed plenty of quality last year when it appeared in Celebrity Series of Boston’s forward-looking Stave Sessions performances. So did Los Angeles-based singer-composer Gabriel Kahane, and now Celebrity Series has re-engaged all of the above to perform material they have created over the past year or two, separately and together, live and on highly-praised recordings.

Bodies of work to be sampled include Brooklyn Rider Almanac, the group’s ambitious commissioning project, and L.A.-inspired works by Kahane such as Bradbury Studies and The Ambassador. A surprise appearance by Franz Schubert cannot be ruled out.

Brooklyn Rider with Gabriel Kahane, 8 p.m. Friday at Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre, Cambridge. celebrityseries.org; 617-482-6661.

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