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The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind (ft. Nicholas Brown)

Join us for CØDA Ensemble’s first chamber series concert, and first performance of our 2019-2020 season! This event will feature the music of two prominent living composers, Mohammed Fairouz and Osvaldo Golijov.

Mohammed Fairouz’s The Named Angels, for string quartet, focuses on the four name angels in the major monotheistic relgions. Taking influence from stories of the Qu’ran and middle eastern music, Fairouz paints a dramatic portrait of these angels, at times violent, peaceful, sorrowful, and triumphant.

Osvaldo Golijov’s The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind, string quartet and solo clarinets, is a dramatic piece exploring our pursuit of truth and understanding within our universe. Heavily influences by kabbalistic practice and klezmer styled music. On The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind , Golijov says: “About 800 years ago, Isaac the Blind, the great Kabbalist rabbi of Provence, dictated a manuscript in which he asserted that all things and events in the universe are the product of combinations of the Hebrew alphabet's letters. His conviction still resonates today: don't we have scientists who believe that the clue to our life and fate is hidden in other codes?”

We are thrilled to be featuring CØDA Ensemble’s principal clarinetist, Nicholas Brown, as the soloist on Golijov’s massive work. An incredibly versatile musician, Nicholas is the current principal clarinetist of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Orchestra, and was recently named as second clarinetist and bass clarinetist for Boston Lyric Opera.

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