American String Quartet and Salman Rushdie


8:00pm  — 9:30pm


The PAC, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY 10577

With a well-deserved reputation as one of the most adventurous and fearless string quartets performing today, the American String Quartet, which will celebrate its 45th anniversary in 2019, has spent decades honing the luxurious sound for which it is famous.

Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University, Salman Rushdie has received numerous honors including the Whitbread Prize for Best Novel, the Writers’ Guild Award, the London International Writer’s Award, and the James Joyce Award.

In October, they will come together for a one-of-a-kind collaborative performance. American String Quartet will perform a work by film composer Paul Cantelon built around Salman Rushdie’s novel The Enchantress of Florence, with the author himself reading excerpts from the book between movements. The readings and music will reflect each other’s depth and power, leaving audiences with senses enhanced by both essential languages.

CANTELON Suite on The Enchantress of Florence
SCHUBERT Quartettsatz
SCHUBERT “Death and the Maiden”

Join us after the performance for a post-show interview with Mr. Rushdie, moderated by Gaura Narayan, Associate Professor of Literature in the School of Humanities. Free with your ticket.

Gaura Narayan received her PhD from Columbia University in 1998. She is the author of Real and Imagined Women in British Romanticism and articles on Salman Rushdie’s Midnight Children, colonial India, Rudyard Kipling’s Kim, Phoolan Devi, and Virginia Woolf’s Orlando.

Tickets: $70 / $50 / $30



$70 / $50 / $30


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