Friday December 2, 8pm, Glaser Center, Santa Rosa Any concert by the Kronos Quartet is by definition a special event. They are always on the cutting edge of what is new, and straddle the boundaries between classical, popular and world music, offering performance that are closer to mulit-media events than to concerts. What convinces us to bring them back time after time is not only the sure knowledge that there will always be a fresh element, but that whatever they perform is prepared to the highest standards and offered with conviction and artistic sincerity.
Program: Midhat Assem (arr. Osvaldo Golijov) / Ya Habibi Ta'ala (My Love, Come Quickly) + Traditional (arr. Kronos, transc. Ljova) / Tusen Tankar (A Thousand Thoughts) + Omar Souleyman (arr. Jacob Garchik) / La Sidounak Sayyada (I'll Prevent the Hunters from Hunting You) + Bryce Dessner / Tenebre * West Coast premiere Michael Gordon / Clouded Yellow * West Coast premiere Nicole Lizée / Death to Kosmische *
For more than 30 years, the Kronos Quartet: David Harrington, John Sherba (violins), Hank Dutt (viola), and Jeffrey Zeigler (cello)has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to expanding the range and context of the string quartet. In the process, Kronos has become one of the most celebrated and influential groups of our time, performing thousands of concerts worldwide, releasing more than 45 recordings of extraordinary breadth and creativity, collaborating with many of the world's most eclectic composers and performers, and commissioning more than 750 works and arrangements for string quartet. In 2011, Kronos became the only recipients of both the Polar Music Prize and the Avery Fisher Prize, two of the most prestigious awards given to musicians. The group's numerous awards also include a Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance (2004) and "Musicians of the Year" (2003) from Musical America.
Kronos' adventurous approach dates back to the ensemble's origins. In 1973, David Harrington was inspired to form Kronos after hearing George Crumb's Black Angels, a highly unorthodox, Vietnam War-inspired work featuring bowed water glasses, spoken word passages, and electronic effects. Kronos then began building a compellingly diverse repertoire for string quartet, performing and recording works by 20th-century masters (Bartók, Shostakovich, Webern), contemporary composers (Aleksandra Vrebalov, John Adams, Alfred Schnittke), jazz legends (Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk), and artists from even farther afield (rock guitar legend Jimi Hendrix, Azeri vocalist Alim Qasimov, multimedia performer Meredith Monk).
Integral to Kronos' work is a series of long-running, in-depth collaborations with many of the world's foremost composers. One of the quartet's most frequent composer-collaborators is "Father of Minimalism" Terry Riley, whose work with Kronos includes the early Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector; Cadenza on the Night Plain and Salome Dances for Peace; 2002's Sun Rings, a multimedia, NASA-commissioned ode to the earth and its people, featuring celestial sounds and images from space; and Another Secret eQuation for youth chorus and string quartet, premiered at a concert celebrating Riley's 75th birthday. Kronos commissioned and recorded the three string quartets of Polish composer Henryk Mikolaj Górecki, with whom the group worked for more than 25 years. The quartet has also collaborated extensively with composers such as Philip Glass, recording his string quartets and scores to films like Mishima and Dracula (a restored edition of the Bela Lugosi classic).
Glaser Center (View)
547 Mendocino Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95404