The Crypt Sessions



Church of the Intercession 550 W 155th St New York, NY 10032

Performance #1
Wine & Cheese Reception:
6:30 - 7:30 PM
7:30 - 8:30 PM

Performance #2

Wine & Cheese Reception:
9:00-10:00 PM

Each performance includes an hourlong wine & cheese reception before we descend to the Crypt.

Proof of Vaccination will be required, and we request that audience members wear masks during the performance.

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the long version

What does it mean to be American? The ever-searching minds of the PUBLIQuartet will join us in the Crypt to explore this never-more-timely question, with their new program (and album!) "WHAT IS AMERICAN" - a kaleidoscopic musical expression of the American artistic melting pot, that includes the New York premiere performance of a new piece by the great Roscoe Mitchell, as well as works by Ornette Coleman, Vijay Iyer, Rhiannon Giddens, Antonin Dvorak, and more.

The short version

Come hear one of our leading string quartets tell the story of American music past, present, and future, weaving a musical tapestry of these United (and sometimes Divided) States.

The Program

The Music

MIND | THE | GAP: What Is American?

Improvisations on Antonín Dvořák's String Quartet No. 12, Op. 96 "American"

I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Lento
IV. Vivace ma non troppo

At the Purchaser's Option - Rhiannon Giddens, arr. PUBLIQuartet

MIND | THE | GAP: Free Radicals

Improvisations on Law Years and Street Woman by Ornette Coleman

Dig The Say - Vijay Iyer

I. carry the ball
IIa. this thing together
IIb. up from the ground
III. to live tomorrow

CARDS 11-11-2020 - Roscoe Mitchell
*NY Premiere*

MIND | THE | GAP: Wild Women

Improvisations on Black Coffee (Tina Turner), They Say I'm Different (Betty Davis), Er Ra (Alice Coltrane), and Wild Women Don't Get the Blues (Ida Cox)

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The Artists

The Performers

The PUBLIQuartet

Applauded by The Washington Post as “a perfect encapsulation of today’s trends in chamber music,” and by The New Yorker as “independent-minded,” the GRAMMY-nominated PUBLIQuartet’s modern interpretation of chamber music makes them one of the most dynamic artists of their generation. Dedicated to presenting new works for string quartet, PUBLIQuartet rose on the music scene as winner of the 2013 Concert Artists Guild’s New Music/New Places award, and in 2019 garnered Chamber Music America’s prestigious Visionary Award for outstanding and innovative approaches to contemporary classical, jazz, and world chamber music. PQ’s genre-bending programs range from 20th-century masterworks to newly commissioned pieces, alongside re-imaginations of classical works featuring open-form improvisations that expand the techniques and aesthetic of the traditional string quartet.