- March 20, 2014
40th Anniversary Bash at Carnegie Hall
As a highlight of our 40th anniversary season, Kronos Quartet performs at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium on Friday, March 28 at 8 PM! The concert features collaborations with many of our close colleagues and longtime artistic partners. Several program highlights are the world premiere of Terry Riley’s The Serquent Risadome, as well as works by Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, Clint Mansell, and more. Special guests include Bryce Dessner, Wu Man, Jherek Bischoff, four young string quartets from Face The Music, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Purchase tickets here, and use discount code KQT19138 to receive 15% off. (Discount valid through March 24 at 11:59 PM EDT.)
Riley’s The Serquent Risadome is his 27th new score for Kronos, a collaboration that has spanned more than three decades. It takes its title from a “short futuristic tale” he wrote, using mostly made-up words, called The Autodaydreamographical Anteriopod. The Serquent Risadome was commissioned by Carnegie Hall.
Composer Bryce Dessner (of The National) will play guitar on Aheym, the title piece from his recent album of works written for Kronos. Pipa virtuoso Wu Man, a frequent partner, will be heard in the New York premiere of Philip Glass’s Orion: China. Multi-hyphenate entertainer Jherek Bischoff joins in on electric bass for A Semiperfect Number, which he premiered with Kronos last July at Lincoln Center Out of Doors.
Kronos will partner with four young string quartets from Face the Music, forming a small string orchestra for Osvaldo Golijov’s arrangement of El Sinaloense (The Man from Sinaloa) by Severiano Briseño. Face the Music is a program of the Kaufman Music Center, where Kronos Quartet is in residence this season. It is the only teen ensemble in the U.S. dedicated to the creation and performance of music by living composers.
Aleksandra Vrebalov’s Bubbles is her fourth score for Kronos, and pairs the quartet with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. The program is completed by Laurie Anderson’s Flow; film music by Clint Mansell from Requiem for a Dream and The Fountain; and arrangements of the traditional Scandinavian folk song Tusen Tankar, Syrian musician Omar Souleyman’s La Sidounak Sayyada, and early blues singer Geeshie Wiley’s 1930 song Last Kind Words. Additionally, a short documentary celebrating the group’s history will be screened for the first time, directed by Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Sam Green.
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