11/15/2015 03:00 PM - 05:00 AM ET


Decoda, an affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall, is a groundbreaking chamber group comprised of virtuoso musicians, entrepreneurs, and passionate advocates of the arts.  Their mission is to create performances that engage with society, educate the next generation, and inspire a new entrepreneurial model for today’s artists.

Called “refreshing in the extreme” by The New York Times and “some of the brightest young classical musicians in the world” by Time Out NY, DeCoda includes nineteen musicians focused on creating world-class chamber music performances with varying instruments, ensemble size, and repertoire at each concert, making each performance truly unique.

Russell Platt, the Westport Arts Center’s Curator for Chamber Music and The New Yorker music editor stated, ”We are excited to welcome Decoda, who typify the entrepreneurial spirit of many of America’s exceptional young musicians.”

The artists for the November 15 performance include James Austin Smith on oboe, Claire Bryant on cello, Michael Mizrahi on piano and special guests Michelle Ross on violin and Margaret Dyer Harris on viola.  

For this special performance, Decoda will perform recent music by Andrew Norman, a brilliant young American composer, Arvo Pärt’s mystical and popular minimalist classic “Fratres,” Mozart’s divine “Quartet for Oboe and Strings,” and Fauré’s infectiously romantic “Piano Quartet No. 1 in C Minor.”

The artists of Decoda first collaborated with one another in the renowned Ensemble ACJW fellowship program, created by Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, and they now extend that relationship as an Aliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall. Since its inception in 2011, Decoda’s projects have reached audiences in schools, hospitals and prisons as well as in prominent concert halls across the globe.

A limited number of discounted Senior concert tickets will be available for presale at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Avenue, Westport. 

Refreshments will be served after the performance.  This concert is generously sponsored by Westport Arts Center Board Members Lance Lundberg and Joyce Thompson.

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