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Aizuri Quartet: What’s Past is Prologue Part 1

June 23, 2021 | 6:00 PM MTAizuri Quartet: What’s Past is Prologue Part 1


This event premiered on June 23rd, 2021. It is no longer available to stream at this time.

Tippet Rise Art Center and Baryshnikov Art Center are proud to co-present What’s Past is Prologue featuring the Aizuri Quartet. The two-part concert series, filmed in sculptor Joel Shapiro’s Long Island City studio, features music by female composers spanning the past millennia. In addition to the concerts, BAC and Tippet Rise presented a live conversation with Aizuri Quartet on June 28 hosted by Jenny Bilfield, President & CEO of Washington Performing Arts.

The June 23 program includes the liturgical poem Columba aspexit by Benedictine composer, philosopher, and abbess Hildegard von Bingen, arranged for string quartet by Alex Fortes; composer and environmentalist Gabriella Smith’s Carrot Revolution, written for Aizuri’s Grammy-winning album Blueprinting; and Grammy and MacArthur Award-winning musician Rhiannon Giddens’ At the Purchaser’s Option, a haunting work inspired by an 1830s advertisement selling a young female slave with or without her nine-month-old baby.

Event Information:
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 3PM MDT until Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at 3PM MDT
Free and available on demand
Running Time: 20 Minutes

Hildegard von Bingen (arr. Alex Fortes): Columba aspexit
Rhiannon Giddens: At the Purchaser’s Option (2016)
Gabriella Smith: Carrot Revolution (2015)

On June 30, BAC and Tippet Rise present Part 2 of What’s Past is Prologue. For more information, click here.

Programs were filmed at the studio of sculptor Joel Shapiro in Long Island City, NY on March 4, 2021.

Film Director: Tristan Cook
Audio Engineer: Noriko Okabe

Photo by Maria Baranova, courtesy of Baryshnikov Arts Center