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

Sep 24, 2022
Kyoto, Japan

VENUE: ROHM Theatre Kyoto, South Hall
PRESENTER: ROHM Theatre Kyoto (Kyoto City Music Art Cultural Promoting Foundation), Kyoto City

Sep 28, 2022
Tokyo, Japan

VENUE: Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall
PRESENTER: Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall

Sep 30, 2022
Saitama, Japan

VENUE: Saitama Arts Theater
PRESENTER: Saitama Arts Theater

Sep 24
Kyoto, Japan

VENUE: ROHM Theatre Kyoto, South Hall
PRESENTER: ROHM Theatre Kyoto (Kyoto City Music Art Cultural Promoting Foundation), Kyoto City

Kronos Quartet performs at Kyoto’s ROHM Theatre on September 24, 2022.
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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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