When Alexandra stepped onto the Hermitage ground she heard a sound unlike any other place. Not just the waves and wind, but profoundly more. She is writing ​those sounds ​now into a concerto​, a string quartet​ and a trio​. Come hear what she hears.

The music of Alexandra du Bois (MM The Juilliard School; BM Indiana University) has been performed in concert halls throughout five continents-her travels connecting her tangibly to the countries that inform and inspire her work. Her music has been praised as "offering an extraordinary interface between traditional and avant-garde" (New Zealand Herald) "an impressively sustained essay in musical melancholy" (The Guardian, London) "astonishing," "one of America's most promising young composers, "an unerring sense of beauty" (Los Angeles Times) "well-made and deeply sincere" (New York Times) as "powerfully evocative music with a rich sense of harmony and color" (Brooklyn Rail) and as "music with beauty and heart" (Huffington Post). Alexandra du Bois' music is often propelled by issues of indifference, intolerance and inequality throughout the United States and the world. "This music attempts to be a conscience in a time of oblivion. She dared to counter abuses of moral authority with an internal, personal sound using the string quartet as a witness, a reminder, that music and creativity are part of a continuing web of responsibility" (Kronos Quartet founder David Harrington).

She has been Composer-in-Residence at Dartmouth College; Carnegie Hall through Weill Institute's Professional Training Workshop Kronos: Signature Works, Merkin Concert Hall, the Harrison House, Mammoth Lakes Music Festival and with Southwest Chamber Music throughout Vietnam and Los Angeles. Her commissions include Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Santa Cruz Symphony, Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Beaux Arts Trio, Kronos Quartet, Apollo Chamber Players, Savannah Music Festival, New York Classical Players, Southwest Chamber Music, Milwaukee Choral Artists, Boston's PALS Children's Chorus, and Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings. Alexandra du Bois' music can be found on Harmonia Mundi, Kronos Quartet and Perspectives Recordings labels.

Event Details



The Music of Composer Alexandra du Bois with Live Violin Performance by Samantha Bennett and Jennifer Best Takeda

Friday, February 23
4:30 PM

At the Hermitage
Reservations 941-475-2098 ext 8
FREE