All Souls Interfaith Gathering in Shelburne hosts “Inside Pitch: Folk Nationalism” with resident composer David Serkin Ludwig Tuesday, Aug. 23, 10:30 a.m.

For composers, the question of identity manifests in their work — expressions of racial ethnicity, geographic or national culture, and other individually-defining aspects of their lives.

Ludwig will focus on the two composers whose works will be performed by the Catalyst Quartet at noon: British/Sierra Leonean composer Samuel Coleridge Taylor and Czech composer Antonín Dvořák.

Both composers, drawing heavily on the components of their identities, raise issues of genre and appropriation that continue to be relevant today.

The Catalyst Quartet is unusual in the classical world both for its own diversity and for its promotion of new works and works by non-white composers.

“Like all great chamber groups, the Catalyst Quartet is beautiful to watch, like a family in lively conversation at dinner: anticipating, interrupting, changing subjects,” said the New York Times.

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