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Sat, Mar 23


private home

Hosted Concert: Greetings and Salutations

Becenti, Britten, and Shaw

Hosted Concert: Greetings and Salutations
Hosted Concert: Greetings and Salutations

Time & Location

Mar 23, 2024, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

private home, Newton Centre, Newton, MA, USA

About the event

Our hosts have generously opened their home to additional guests. To request an invitation to this event, please email and let us know how you heard about us!

A musical dialogue among three unmistakable voices, Greetings and Salutations opens with Caroline Shaw’s Blueprint, whose title is drawn from a Japanese wood-block art typically using precious “Prussian Blue” ink. Shaw describes this piece, and chamber music itself, as a “conversation without words”. Here, she converses with Diné-Navajo composer Juantio Becenti and 20th century great Benjamin Britten. For our third commission, Juantio Becenti is writing a quartet for Sheffield in which different musical styles will talk with one another; and Britten’s final major work, his 3rd Quartet, is his simultaneous greeting and farewell to the beauties and mysteries of life.


Blueprint | Caroline Shaw (b. 1982)

World Premiere string quartet commissioned by Sheffield Chamber Players | Juantio Becenti (b. 1983)

String Quartet No. 3 | Benjamin Britten (1913—1976)

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