World Premiere of “Mending Wall” Concert

The PRISM Quartet celebrates its 35th Anniversary in PA and NY with the world premiere of "Mending Wall" - a fully staged concert exploring the meaning of walls in our world.

Music for saxophone quartet, soprano Tony Arnold, pianist Arturo O'Farill. COMPOSERS

George Lewis | Arturo O'Farrill | Juri Seo | Martin Bresnick

Poems by: Robert Frost | Keorapetse Kgositsile Waly Salomão | Guillermo Gómez-Peña


Mending Wall is a fully staged concert exploring the meaning of walls in our world by giving musical form to questions about identity, community, division, and freedom. Soprano Tony Arnold and pianist Arturo O’Farrill join the PRISM Quartet in world premiere performances of works by four visionary composers—Martin Bresnick, George Lewis, Juri Seo, and O’Farrill—who take inspiration from poetry by Robert Frost, Keorapetse Kgositsile, Waly Salomão, and Guillermo Gómez-Peña. Directed by Jorinde Keesmaat with lighting design by Aaron Copp.

“Walls are a foundational part of our world: they have mythical and poetic resonance, but also material consequences,” noted Matthew Levy, executive and co-artistic director of the PRISM Quartet. “The project began as a response to the idea of a wall as a dehumanizing force. Although America’s current zeal for wall-building has counterparts throughout history and across the globe, it represents a specific failure of imagination. As artists, we’re called to build another kind of structure: a collaborative experiment that restores mystery, complexity, and generosity to our encounters with one another. Mending Wall amplifies a range of musical and poetic voices; Our hope is that the project will illuminate and help us to confront and mend fractures in our human community.”


March 21, 2020 at 8 PM March 22, 2020 at 3 PM Co-presented by: Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series and PRISM Quartet, Inc. Goodhart Hall, McPherson Auditorium 150 N. Merion Ave. | Bryn Mawr, PA $10 General Admission; $5 Children (Trapeta Mayson, Philadelphia's newly announced poet laureate, moderates post-concert discussions with the artists)

NYC March 23, 2020 at 8 PM Co-presented by Roulette and PRISM Quartet, Inc. 509 Atlantic Ave. | Brooklyn, NY $20 General Admission; $15 Students/Seniors ($5 more at door)



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