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2021 Birdfoot Festival: Backstage! Rhythm: Dvořák & Price

March 14, 2021 at 2:00 pm3:00 pm

Backstage with the Jasper Quartet

Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 2:30 PM

• Register here to participate in the live event on Zoom — Admission by donation; Tickets limited to facilitate discussion. Questions and comments will be addressed through the “Chat” function.


• Watch a livestream of the event on YouTube (Link coming soon)—Free (donations appreciated).

Birdfoot and the Jasper String Quartet delve into the life-giving energy of rhythm.

Rhythm can put a swagger in your step or lull you to sleep, and it’s no wonder: rhythmical patterns infuse our everyday life. Walking, dancing, swaying, and skipping all have their own kinds of motion, each of which evokes a distinct feeling. The in and out of breathing and the thump of a heartbeat define our lives: rhythm is embedded in our very nature.

Our physical experience of rhythm even connects to the way we hear and feel music. Join Birdfoot and the Jasper String Quartet Backstage to explore the vital role rhythm plays in communicating both feeling and narrative through music by Antonin Dvořák and Florence Price.

Antonín Dvořák: String Quartet no. 14 in A-flat major, Op. 105

Florence B. Price: String Quartet in G Major (1929)

Note: This event features excerpts of works that the Jasper String Quartet will perform in full on a virtual concert titled Spark Joy, March 18, 2021. More information at Jasper Chamber Concerts.

About the Jasper String Quartet

Celebrating its fifteenth anniversary in 2021, the Jasper String Quartet is recognized as one of the leading American string quartets on the performance stage today.

A recipient of Chamber Music America’s prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, the quartet has been hailed as “sonically delightful and expressively compelling” (The Strad) and their latest recording of music by Aaron Jay Kernis and Claude Debussy was described by Gramophone as “flawless in ensemble and intonation, expressively assured and beautifully balanced.” The New York Times named their album Unbound as one of the 25 Best Classical Recordings of 2017.

Based in Philadelphia, the Jasper String Quartet is the Professional Quartet-in-Residence at Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians and Featured Artist-in-Residence at Swarthmore College for the 2020–22 academic years. In addition, the Quartet is the Founder and Artistic Director of Jasper Chamber Concerts.

For more information, please visit www.jasperquartet.com.

About Birdfoot Festival 2021: Backstage!

In honor of a year that has defied the most valiant attempts to plan, Birdfoot Festival offers a musical ode to creativity, resilience, and to the place where this series was born, that place where so much art was first imagined: the kitchen table, backstage of backstages.

The kitchen table is a good place to start at a time when we are hungry for things that inspire hope and creativity: Like tasting a soup as the flavors come together, rehearsing a piece of music is a process of building up layers of sound until textures come together and notes become music.

In 2021, Birdfoot Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with a virtual season dedicated to its signature Birdfoot Backstage. This series features an exceptional cast of ensembles, each including one or more Birdfoot artists. Each interactive event includes a short performance followed by a deep dive into the music. Whether you are a chamber music connoisseur or a complete newbie, you are invited to join these musicians behind the scenes for a lively exploration of music and the creative process.

This year’s virtual festival is dedicated to the backstages of the world and the creative processes that they incubate. While this isn’t how we imagined celebrating ten years of Birdfoot—a festival built around the joy of sharing live music—our need to keep connecting and sharing musical inspiration can’t wait. So until we can come together in person again, join us “backstage” and let’s keep the conversation alive.



March 14, 2021
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Event Category:


New Orleans,


Birdfoot Festival
(504) 451-6578


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