KRONOS QUARTET

Sun, June 11, 2017 5:00 pm


For more than 40 years, San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet—David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola), and Sunny Yang (cello)—has combined a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually re-imagining the string quartet experience. In the process, Kronos has become one of the world’s most celebrated and influential ensembles, performing thousands of concerts worldwide, releasing more than 50 recordings, collaborating with many of the world’s most eclectic composers and performers, and commissioning more than 800 works and arrangements for string quartet. A Grammy winner, Kronos is also the only recipient of both the Polar Music Prize and the Avery Fisher Prize. With a staff of ten, the non-profit Kronos Performing Arts Association (KPAA) manages all aspects of Kronos’ work, including the commissioning of new works, concert tours and home-season performances, and education programs.

KRONOS QUARTET
David Harrington, violin
John Sherba, violin
Hank Dutt, viola
Sunny Yang, cello

ABOUT KRONOS QUARTET Since 1973, Kronos has built a compellingly eclectic repertoire for string quartet, performing and recording works by 20th-century masters (Bartók, Schnittke), contemporary composers (John Adams, Aleksandra Vrebalov), jazz legends (Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk), rock artists (guitar legend Jimi Hendrix, Brazilian electronica artist Amon Tobin), and many others.

Integral to Kronos’ work is a series of long-running, in-depth collaborations with many of the world’s foremost composers, including: “Father of Minimalism” Terry Riley, on projects such as the NASA-commissioned Sun Rings (2002) and The Serquent Risadome (2014); Philip Glass, including an all-Glass CD in 1995 and the premiere of String Quartet No. 6 in 2013; Azerbaijan’s Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, featured on the 2005 CD Mugam Sayagi; Steve Reich, including Kronos’ recording of the Grammy-winning composition Different Trains (1989)and WTC 9/11 (2011); and many more.

Kronos has collaborated regularly with performing artists from around the world such as Chinese pipa virtuoso Wu Man, performance artist Laurie Anderson, Azeri vocalist Alim Qasimov, legendary Bollywood “playback singer” Asha Bhosle, and Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq. Kronos has also performed and/or recorded with the likes of Paul McCartney, Allen Ginsberg, Zakir Hussain, Rokia Traoré, Tom Waits, Howard Zinn, Betty Carter, Nelly Furtado, and rock bands The National and Sigur Rós. In dance, the famed choreographers Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, and Eiko & Koma have created pieces with Kronos’ music.

Kronos’ work has been featured prominently in film, including two recent Academy Award–nominated documentaries: the AIDS-themed How to Survive a Plague (2012) and Dirty Wars (2013), an exposé of covert warfare. Kronos also recorded full scores by Philip Glass (for Mishima and Dracula) and by Clint Mansell (Noah, The Fountain, and Requiem for a Dream) and has contributed music to 21 Grams, Heat, and other films.

The quartet tours extensively each year, appearing in the world’s most prestigious concert halls, clubs, and festivals. Kronos is equally prolific and wide-ranging on recordings, including the releases Pieces of Africa(1992), a showcase of African-born composers that simultaneously topped Billboard’s Classical and World Music lists; Nuevo (2002), a Grammy- and Latin Grammy–nominated celebration of Mexican culture; and the 2004 Grammy-winner, Alban Berg’s Lyric Suite.Kronos two most recent releases (both in 2014) are Kronos Explorer Series, a five-CD retrospective boxed set; and the single-disc A Thousand Thoughts, featuring mostly unreleased recordings from throughout Kronos’ career. Music publishers Boosey & Hawkes and Kronos have published two volumes (in 2006 and 2014, respectively) of the Kronos Collection of sheet music.

With a staff of ten based in San Francisco, the non-profit Kronos Performing Arts Association (KPAA) manages all aspects of Kronos’ work, including the commissioning of new works, concert tours and home-season performances, and education programs—such as recent extended residencies at UC Berkeley’s Cal Performances; the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland; and the Special Music School at the Kaufman Music Center in New York City.

WHAT TO EXPECT: -A unique, brilliant and contemporary string quartet experience.  -Cabaret table seating options.  -Doors Open: 4:30. -Limited VIP Tables available. General Admission: non-table seating

CONCESSIONS: -A selection of wine, beer, soft drinks along with Peet’s coffee, tea and a variety of snacks and freshly baked goods available for purchase, and may be enjoyed in the theater. -No table service available.

TIPS: -Purchase Tickets in advance for best pricing and seating. -The JCC is still open at show time, please consider carpooling, and give yourself time for parking.


PROGRAM:

Franghiz Ali-Zadeh
/ Rǝqs (Dance) *
Composed for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire
Mohammad Reza Shajarian & Kayhan Kalhor (arr. Sahba Aminikia) / Rain +
Yotam Haber / From the Book *
Composed for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire
Abel Meeropol (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Strange Fruit +
Rajam (arr. Reena Esmail) / Dadra in Raga Bhairavi +
Sahba Aminikia / Pareeshān (Abstracted) * 
Pete Townshend (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Baba O’Riley +

 INTERMISSION

Omar Souleyman (arr. Jacob Garchik) / La Sidounak Sayyada (I’ll Prevent the Hunters from Hunting You) +
George Gershwin (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Summertime +
Laurie Anderson (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Flow +
Aleksandra Vrebalov / …hold me, neighbor, in this storm… *

PROGRAM SUBJECT TO CHANGE
* Written for Kronos
+ Arranged for Kronos