PRISM Quartet & Bryn Mawr College of Performing Arts to Present ‘Mending Wall’

By Logan Martell

PRISM Quartet is set to present “Mending Wall” this February.

Named after the 1914 poem by Robert Frost, the concert seeks to explore the meaning of walls by and questions of identity, community, and freedom. The concert will see works from four composers: George Lewis, Arturo O’Farrill, Juri Seo, and Martin Bresnick. Originally slated for March 2022, the work has been revised by director Jorinde Keesmaat to reflect how the pandemic has shaped our lives.

The concert, which will also star soprano Tony Arnold and pianist Arturo O’Farill will take place at Goodhart Hall at McPherson Auditorium in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania on Feb. 12, 2022 before heading to New York City on Feb. 14, 2022. The Pennsylvania performance is presented in collaboration with Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series while the New York showcase is co-presented with Roulette.

“’Mending Wall began as a response to the symbol of a wall as a dehumanizing force during America’s recent zeal for wall-building,” said Matthew Levy, PRISM’s co-founder, executive director, and tenor saxophonist, in an official statement. “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.”

The work will also be released as a commercial album next December on XAS Records, and distributed through Symphonic Distribution.