Visual Music

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Visual Music

David Harrington / Violin
John Sherba / Violin
Hank Dutt / Viola
Jeffrey Zeigler / Cello

Alexander V. Nichols / Scenic and Projection Design
Laurence Neff / Lighting Design
Mark Grey / Sound Design

1.  Pendulum Music (1968)
for microphones, amplifiers, speakers and performers
Composer / Steve Reich (b. 1936)

2.  Cat O’ Nine Tails (Tex Avery Directs the Marquis de Sade) (1988) *
Composer / John Zorn (b. 1953)

3.  Three Movements from How It Happens (The Voice of I.F. Stone) (1991–1993) *
It Raged, Perfect Weapon, and What Would Have Happened
Composer / Scott Johnson (b. 1952)
Video / Larry Springer
Voice / I. F. Stone

4.  Bertoia I (2002) *
Composer / Mark Grey (b. 1967)
Video / Catherine Owens

5.  The Day the Earth Stood Still (1950/2002) +
Composer / Bernard Herrmann (1911–1975)
Arranger / Stephen Prutsman

6.  Boogie Woogie #3A (1942) +
Composer / Conlon Nancarrow (1912–1997)
Realization / Trimpin
Video / Alexander V. Nichols
Kronos samples / Mark Grey
Arrangement of Kronos live parts / Stephen Prutsman

7.  Quartetto per archi (1960)
Composer / Krzysztof Penderecki (b. 1933)
Video / Alexander V. Nichols, Larry Springer, and Dan D. Shafer

8.  One Earth, One People, One Love from Sun Rings (2002) *
Composer / Terry Riley (b. 1935)
Video / Willie Williams
Voice / Alice Walker

9.  Bertoia II (2002) *
Composer / Mark Grey (b. 1967)
Video / Catherine Owens

10. Flugufrelsarinn (The Fly Freer) (2000/2002) +
Composer / Sigur Rós
Arranger / Stephen Prutsman
Video / Catherine Owens

*Written for Kronos Quartet
+Arranged for Kronos Quartet

Janet Cowperthwaite / Producer
Laird Rodet / Project Development
Kronos Performing Arts Association / Production Management

Visual Music runs approximately one hour and thirty minutes with no intermission. Program performed without pause.


The Kronos Quartet's "Visual Music" program was uncomplicated, director, heart-on-sleeve. Three of the 10 works played consecutively asserted an antiwar, world-peace message, and a fourth -- though pure music -- rose to the fervor of an anthem.

Chris Pasles, Los Angeles Times

The Kronos players are masters of multimedia...

Allan Kozinn, The New York Times

A concert by the Kronos Quartet is always an involving experience, but even longtime fans had to be amazed by the enveloping sensory input of the legendary string ensemble's latest venture, 'Visual Music'....[A] dazzling 90-minute performance incorporating video, lighting, pre-recorded sound and musical 'sculpture' - all integrated with the same seamless brilliance audiences have come to expect from these estimable musicians.

Georgia Rowe, Contra Costa Times

The concert folded 10 diverse pieces into a seamless 90-minute multimedia production...[The] precise staging, the committed playing and true integration of aural and visual elements left a lasting impression...the concert bristled with adventure and relevance.

Mark Styker, Detroit Free Press

Visual Music was made possible by generous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the James Irvine Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, with additional commissioning funds provided by Barbican, London, UK;  The Carnegie Hall Corporation;  California State University Monterey Bay/World Theater;  Het Muziektheater Amsterdam;  San Francisco Performances; UA Presents/University of Arizona; UCLA Live; and the University of Texas Performing Arts Center, Austin (with the support of the Topfer Endowment for Performing Arts).

4-11-08Houston, TexasWortham CenterHouston Performing Arts Society
12-13-07Mexico City, MexicoBellas ArtesBellas Artes
3-28-06Urbana, IllinoisKrannert Center for the Performing ArtsUniversity of Illinois
4-16-05Tucson, ArizonaCentennial HallUniversity of Arizona Presents
3-7-05Sydney, AustraliaSydney Opera HouseMusica Viva
3-2-05Melbourne, AustraliaHamer Hall, the Arts CentreMusica Viva
2-25-05Perth, AustraliaPerth Concert HallMusica Viva
5-22-04San Francisco, CaliforniaYerba Buena Center for the ArtsYerba Buena Center for the Arts
5-21-04San Francisco, CaliforniaYerba Buena Center for the ArtsSan Francisco Performances
3-14-04Ann Arbor, MichiganPower CenterUniversity of Michigan Musical Society

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Concert Schedule

Jan15Stanford, CaliforniaBing Concert Hall
Jan18Tucson, ArizonaCrowder Hall, University of Arizona School of Music, College of Fine Arts
Jan19Phoenix, ArizonaMIM Music Theater
Jan20Phoenix, ArizonaMIM Music Theater
Jan23Hanover, New HampshireSpaulding Auditorium
Jan25New York, New YorkZankel Hall

Kronos tours often! View all of our venues and dates.