Sirius Quartet with Richie Beirach:
Beethoven’s World in the New Millennium
Richie Beirach and the Sirius Quartet have created a unique program to explore and re-imagine compositions by Beethoven, Mozart, Purcell, Bach, and Bartok through improvisation. It is well documented that many of the great composers in the Western tradition were improvising performers as well composers. Although it is neglected in today’s classical concert halls, improvisation was an integral part of compositional technique and performance practice in the 18th and 19th century. By restoring improvisation to the classical tradition this program hopes to offer new perspectives on the great masters. Related works by Richie Beirach and members of the Sirius Quartet will also inform this revival.