Toronto, Ontario, Canada

December 9, 2022
AT 08:00 PM

VENUE: Koerner Hall
PRESENTER: 21C Music Festival, The Royal Conservatory of Music


Kronos Quartet – Music for Change

In Music for Change, Kronos Quartet explores the ways in which music can increase our understanding of our times and our connection to people around the world. “Everything we do as citizens, as human beings, is a statement about how we want the world to be,” says David Harrington, Kronos’ artistic director, founder, and violinist. “Increasingly, I feel my role as musician is to point in constructive musical and cultural directions as we attempt to help repair the torn fabric of our society.” This program highlights the social, political, and cultural upheavals of civil rights movements through works such as Peace Be Till, Zachary J. Watkins’ exploration of the moment just before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, and Glorious Mahalia, Stacy Garrop’s work honoring the life and times of gospel singer Mahalia Jackson.

Full Program:

Steve Reich / Pendulum Music
Traditional (arr. Stephen Prutsman & Kronos Quartet) / Star-Spangled Banner (inspired by Jimi Hendrix) +
Antonio Haskell (arr. Jacob Garchik) / God Shall Wipe All Tears Away (inspired by Mahalia Jackson) +
Stacy Garrop / Glorious Mahalia *

I. Hold on
II. Stave in the ground
III. Are you being treated right
IV. Sometime I feel like a motherless child
V. This world will make you think

featuring the recorded voices of Mahalia Jackson and Studs Terkel

Tanya Tagaq (arr. Tanya Tagaq & Kronos Quartet) / Colonizer (Remix) + world premiere


Aruna Narayan (arr. Reena Esmail) / Mishra Pilu **

Komitas (arr. Mary Kouyoumdjian) / Groung +

featuring the recorded voice of David Barsamian

Abel Meeropol (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Strange Fruit (inspired by Billie Holiday) +
Zachary James Watkins / Peace Be Till *

featuring the recorded voice of Dr. Clarence B. Jones


Presented by the 21C Music Festival.


* Written for Kronos
** Written for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire
+ Arranged for Kronos


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