Mending Wall: Tony Arnold, Arturo O’Farrill, and the PRISM Quartet Premiere New Works by Martin Bresnick, George Lewis, Juri Seo, and O’Farrill

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Ticket Information

Tickets: $10 General Admission, $5 Children

Admission to Mending Wall is free for students, staff, and faculty of the Tri-College Consortium (Tri-Co), a collaboration of Bryn Mawr College, Haverford College, and Swarthmore College.

Tri-Co students may reserve tickets through the Bryn Mawr College Arts Office: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Goodhart 200, 610-526-5300,, or by filling out this Ticketing Request Form.

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8:00 PM
Presented By
Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series and PRISM Quartet, Inc.
Event Type
New Music

Mending Wall is a fully staged concert exploring the meaning of walls in our world by giving musical form to questions about identity, community, division, and freedom. Internationally acclaimed soprano Tony Arnold and Grammy-winning pianist Arturo O’Farrill join the all-saxophone PRISM Quartet in world premiere performances of works by four visionary composers—Martin Bresnick, George Lewis, Juri Seo, and O’Farrill—who take inspiration from poetry by Robert Frost, Keorapetse Kgositsile, Waly Salomão, and Guillermo Gómez-Peña. Directed by Jorinde Keesmaat with lighting design by Aaron Copp.


“Walls are a foundational part of our world: they have mythical and poetic resonance, but also material consequences,” noted Matthew Levy, executive and co-artistic director of the PRISM Quartet. “The project began as a response to the idea of a wall as a dehumanizing force. Although America’s current zeal for wall-building has counterparts throughout history and across the globe, it represents a specific failure of imagination. 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.”


Bryn Mawr College Goodhart Hall, McPherson Auditorium
150 N. Merion Ave.
Bryn Mawy, PA