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Grantee News: PRISM Quartet

December 20, 2023

MFS is thrilled to spotlight grantee the PRISM Quartet. Now in its 39th anniversary season, PRISM recently announced the release of its newest album this month, MENDING WALL, on XAS Records.

In February 2022, PRISM was joined by soprano Tony Arnold and pianist Arturo O’Farrill in world premiere performances of Mending Wall, a fully staged concert exploring the meaning of walls in our world by giving musical form to questions about identity, community, division, and freedom. As directed by the Dutch opera director Jorinde Keesmaat, the event was called “brilliant” and “uncanny” and “authentically different” by Annie Levin in Observer.

In this recording, Arnold and O’Farrill rejoin PRISM in a studio recording of the project, performing commissions by four visionary composers—Martin BresnickGeorge LewisJuri Seo, and O’Farrill—who take inspiration from poetry by Robert Frost, Keorapetse Kgositsile, Waly Salomão, and Guillermo Gómez-Peña.