East Coast debut for Elena Ruehr's "Bel Canto" quartet


Inspired by Ann Patchett's acclaimed novel 

MIT Composer Elena Ruehr's “Bel Canto," commissioned by the Cypress String Quartet, will have its East Coast debut on at a free concert, on Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at Wellesley College. The work is inspired by Ann Patchett's much-acclaimed novel Bel Canto, which received the 2002 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

Free Concert
Elena Ruehr's Bel Canto
Performed by the Cypress String Quartet
17 March 2010 | 8:00 pm
Wellesley College
Concert Information

The Boston Globe writes, "Ruehr’s musical language makes generous use of tonality and follows her long-held motto: 'The surface is simple and the structure is complex'... The new work’s premiere [in San Francisco in February 2010] coincided with a recording by the Cypress of Ruehr’s First, Third and Fourth Quartets, released by the quartet on its own label.

More recently, the group made a private recording of 'Bel Canto' for Patchett..." who says, "'I’m just really grateful for the gorgeousness of it.' It’s new, it’s completely fresh and completely hers...I love that about it.’" 

Cypress Quartet playing Elena Ruehr's String Quartets 



About Elena Ruehr

Full Story at The Boston Globe

Elena Ruehr website

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