Concert Info

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Date: May 10, 2020

Time: 7:00 PM

City: San Francisco, California

Venue: SFJAZZ Center

Presenter: SFJAZZ

Tickets / Info


At War With Ourselves
Terence Blanchard, composer
Nikky Finney, librettist

Performed by Kronos Quartet, Terence Blanchard, Nikky Finney, voices (TBD), and choir conducted by Valérie Sainte-Agathe

Janet Cowperthwaite, producer
Kronos Performing Arts Association, production management

From SFJAZZ’s website: “The latest major work presented at SFJAZZ by trumpeter, composer, and former SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director Blanchard, At War With Ourselves is an evening-length work for string quartet, chorus and spoken word, originally commissioned by new music’s premier ensemble, the Kronos Quartet, who perform for these two exclusive nights. Part of the Hewlett 50 initiative, the commission opens a new chapter for the New Orleans trumpeter, a vaunted composer with an Academy Award nomination, six GRAMMYs and several dozen films scores to his credit.

“With a libretto by poet Nikky Finney, whose many honors include the National Book Award for her 2011 volume Head Off & Split, the piece explores the ongoing conundrum of race relations and movements for social justice, civil rights and resistance. Layering musical elements to produce a richly nuanced work in keeping with the complexity of the subject matter Blanchard is working with Kronos Quartet and chorus director Valérie Sainte-Agathe. In ensuring that perspectives of younger generations are part of the conversation, Kronos has partnered with Youth Speaks, 826 Valencia, and Sunset Youth Services for a series of workshops and community outreach activities including artist residencies by Blanchard and Finney.”

With support from Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions


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