Border Crossing: Music of Derek Bermel with JACK Quartet
May 7, 2018

Derek Bermel, host and clarinet
JACK Quartet | Mikaela Bennett, soprano | Aaron Wunsch, piano |

Derek Bermel is a composer of “staggering eclecticism” (Gramophone Magazine). His works incorporate a wondrous array of the world’s sounds — from West African rhythms, to Eastern European folk music, to Celtic strains, to jazz and the blues — with wit, intelligence, and panache. Also a “brilliant” clarinetist (New York Times), he joins the JACK Quartet, “superheroes of the new music world” (Boston Globe), for his “ear-catching” clarinet quintet (New York Times), A Short History of the Universe. Don’t miss this chance to get to know him and his latest creative work.



Bernstein — Clarinet Sonata

Bermel — A Short History of the Universe

Bermel — Intonations

Bermel — Coming Together

Bermel — Excerpts from a new opera, The House on Mango Street (New York Premiere)


Watch & Listen

JACK Quartet performs Derek Bermel's Intonations, inspired by scenes from Ralph Ellison's The Invisible Man:


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Most of our 300 seats are for those who just show up - but as a courtesy to our friends who work late, we've set aside 100 advance reservations for general admission. All other seats are 'first come, first served' and are available as early as 6:45 pm, when the doors open. Note that reservations are good for entrance only, not for specific seats. Reservations are void after 7:20pm.

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