One of the most celebrated and influential string quartets of our time

Feb 11, 2023
Iowa City, Iowa

VENUE: The Auditorium, Hadley Stage
PRESENTER: Hancher – The University of Iowa

Feb 14, 2023
Bowling Green, Ohio

VENUE: Kobacker Hall
PRESENTER: Bowling Green State University

Mar 1, 2023
Albany, Australia

VENUE: Albany Entertainment Centre, Princess Royal Theatre
PRESENTER: Perth Festival

Feb 11
Iowa City, Iowa

VENUE: The Auditorium, Hadley Stage
PRESENTER: Hancher - The University of Iowa

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Mỹ Lai

On March 16, 1968, the United States Army killed over 500 unarmed civilians in the hamlet of Mỹ Lai, Vietnam. The unimaginable brutality of the event impacted all those who witnessed it firsthand, including helicopter pilot Hugh Thompson, who, against orders, intervened to save Vietnamese lives. Thompson’s story is the basis of the opera Mỹ Lai, composed by Jonathan Berger (music) and Harriet Scott Chessman (libretto) for Kronos Quartet, Vietnamese multi-instrumentalist Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ, and vocalist Rinde Eckert. This recording of Mỹ Lai captures the visceral, phantasmal depictions of Thompson’s grief, horror, and guilt as he is haunted by persistent memories of that cataclysmic day, half a world and nearly four decades away. Tense and unforgiving, Mỹ Lai is “a gripping affair, beginning to end” (New York Times). Presented here alongside recollections by Vietnamese survivor Trần Văn Đức, it is a memorial to all the Mỹ Lai villagers killed on that grim day.

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