7 to 8:30 pm ET
Toomai String Quintet. (Image: Jacob Coronado)
Toomai String Quintet: Cuban Premieres
The string quintet performs premieres by three of today's most outstanding Cuban composers: Yosvany Terry, Keyla Orozco, and Adonis González-Matos.
On April 18, we will host this concert in person, and tickets are free.
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The Toomai String Quintet (violinists Emilie-Anne Gendron and Alex Fortes, violist George Meyer, cellist Hamilton Berry, and bassist Andrew Roitstein) is an ensemble devoted to performing music from the classical and contemporary repertoire while exploring and arranging music from around the world.
- Yosvany Terry: New Work (WP)
- Keyla Orozco: El Canto de la Cigarra (WP), for narrator and String Quintet
- Adonis Gonzalez-Matos: Conga santiaguera (NYP), for String Quintet
Interlude (NYP), for piano and String Quintet
The Toomai String Quintet is an ensemble devoted to playing a variety of musical traditions from around the world, creating its own string arrangements, and commissioning new works. The award-winning group has been engaging audiences across the United States for over a decade, performing concerts in collaboration with presenters such as Carnegie Hall, 92nd Street Y, and the Juilliard School, among others.
Central to Toomai's mission is the expansion of the Latin American repertoire for string ensemble. Toomai has arranged or commissioned over 20 works by Latin American composers. The ensemble also facilitates educational workshops that teach young people creative approaches to music through the lens of Cuban and Brazilian traditions. In 2018, Toomai released its debut album, Cuerdas Cubanas; in 2024, the group will release a new album of Brazilian music, Passos Brasileiros.
Formed in 2007 at the Juilliard School, the quintet is named after Rudyard Kipling’s short story “Toomai of the Elephants” in which a young boy journeys into the jungle to witness the dance of the wild elephants. The Toomai String Quintet aspires to cultivate a similar sense of curiosity and discovery by searching for diverse music and sharing it with its audience. The quintet members are violinists Emilie-Anne Gendron and Alex Fortes, violist George Meyer, cellist Hamilton Berry, and bassist Andrew Roitstein.
The MetLife Foundation Music of the Americas concert series is made possible by the generous support of Presenting Sponsor MetLife Foundation.
The Spring 2024 Music program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, by the Howard Gilman Foundation, by the Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Charitable Foundation, by the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, by the Augustine Foundation, and by the Mex-Am Cultural Foundation.
Additional support for new music concerts comes from the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, and The Amphion Foundation.