Kronos Quartet

20/21/22 Performance Season

 

A THOUSAND THOUGHTS
A LIVE DOCUMENTARY with KRONOS QUARTET
WRITTEN and DIRECTED by SAM GREEN and JOE BINI

An audience favorite at the 2018 Sundance and San Francisco International Film Festivals, A Thousand Thoughts features filmmaker Sam Green and Kronos together on stage. Through live music, storytelling, filmed interviews, and archival footage, what emerges is both an intimate portrait of the 47-year-old quartet and a meditation on music itself – the act of listening to it closely, the experience of feeling it deeply, and the power that it has to change the world.

 

At War With Ourselves – 400 Years of You (premiering Fall 2021)

At War with Ourselves – 400 Years of You is a new evening-length work for string quartet, chorus, and narrator that explores race relations, social justice, and civil rights in America. With music by Michael Abels (Get Out, Us) and words by National Book Award-winning poet Nikky Finney, who will narrate live performances, the 17-movement song-cycle features the Kronos Quartet and an adult choir conducted by the San Francisco Girls Chorus artistic director Válerie Sainte-Agathe. The 80 minute piece is described by Finney as “a rhapsodic modern day paean spun from the skin of history.” Engagements will include a multi-day residency in addition to the performance(s); residency activities include rehearsals with local singers and education and community opportunities.

 

Music for Change 

Kronos’ “Music for Change” programs explore issues of social justice, both historic and contemporary. Past programs have featured music from “banned”countries where Muslims have a significant presence, the songs of activist Pete Seeger, and iconic voices of the 1960s.

 

Kronos in Concert: New and Signature Works

In the 21/22 season, Kronos’ concerts will include new works by composers Sahba Aminikia, Mary Kouyoumdijian, Vladimir Martynov, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Zachary Watkins, and Wu Man, along with signature works by Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Hamza el Din, Philip Glass, Nicole Lizee, and many others.

 

FIFTY FOR THE FUTURE:THE KRONOS LEARNING REPERTOIRE

Kronos Quartet’s groundbreaking commissioning, performance, education, and legacy initiative continues as a model partnership with composers, presenters, and academic institutions. Integrated as a core agenda into its touring plans, Kronos’ Fifty for the Future is creating an open access library of contemporary repertoire for future generations of musicians and composers everywhere. Presenter partners may be able to arrange coaching or workshop sessions with young musicians as a component of touring engagements.

The final works in the collection will be released in 2021. Kronos looks forward to sharing new pieces by Rafiq Bhatia, Bryce Dessner, Angélique Kidjo, Missy Mazzoli, Aruna Narayan, and Terry Riley, among others.

 

Kronos and Sō Percussion (premiering between Jan-June 2022, available to book during this period for co-commissioners)

Kronos Quartet and Sō Percussion perform an evening-length program of new work. This program will feature brand-new commissions from four composers: Tyondai Braxton, Bryce Dessner, Nicole Lizée, and Angélica Negrón.

 

SUN RINGS

Composed by Terry Riley for string quartet, chorus, and pre-recorded spacescapes, this landmark piece, which also features visual design by Willie Williams, returns to the stage. Commissioned by NASA, “Sun Rings is a major, moving work [in which] art and science enjoy a triumphant meeting” (Los Angeles Times).