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January 15, 2011

Kronos in Glasgow

More Kronos + festivals: we’ll be spending a long weekend at Glasgow’s Concert Halls in May! Kronos in Glasgow runs from May 12 through 15, we’ll be joined by some very special guest collaborators, hand-picked by us, for a program of events taking place across the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, City Halls, and Old Fruitmarket, and a one-off show at Hamilton Mausoleum.

The festival opens on Thursday, May 12, with Listening with David Harrington, in which he shares some of his latest musical discoveries.

On Friday, May 13, Kronos is joined by several special guests for an exclusive event staged in Glasgow’s Hamilton Mausoleum. This Roman-style domed structure’s high stone vault gives the building one the longest lasting echoes in any man-made structure in the world.

Later that night, Kronos Quartet will be joined by the National Youth Choir of Scotland for Kronos in Glasgow’s opening concert with a program of four Scottish premieres, including Steve Reich’s brand-new work WTC 9/11, which he wrote for Kronos. The piece has been written for three string quartets (two recorded and one live) and features a collection of recorded voices speaking about 9/11, taken from interviews after the event and from archival recordings from the day itself. Also featuring on the program are Terry Riley’s Another Secret eQuation, Michael Gordon’s Exalted, and Jon Rose’s Music from 4 Fences, for which Kronos swap their strings for a specially constructed barbed wire fence. The performance will be accompanied by visual design by Willie Williams, U2’s long-time tour set designer.

On Saturday, May 14, Kronos leads a triple bill of musics from across the globe at the Old Fruitmarket, also featuring Finnish musician Ritva Koistinen, one of the leading players of the kantele, a zither-like string instrument; Azerbaijan’s Alim Qasimov Ensemble; and Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq.

Kronos has picked the Baltimore-based experimental electronic duo Matmos, a.k.a. M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel, to bring Saturday to a close with a late night show in the Old Fruitmarket.

On Sunday, May 15, Kronos Quartet will return to the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for an hour of family fun featuring instrument making, performance, and participation, in which Dr. Craig Woodson will teach the audience how to make their very own Drumpet (a cross between a drum and a trumpet) before leading everyone in a mass participation performance alongside the Quartet. Before and after the performance, there will be a number of additional activities for kids.

Learn more and purchase tickets from Glasgow’s Concert Halls.


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