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Kronos Quartet: The America Program - Sunday, April 10th, 2011

The Kronos Quartet: The America Program with David Barron, vocalist

Sunday, April 10, 2011 7:00 pm - Dekelboum Concert Hall

Violinist David Harrington formed the Kronos Quartet after hearing George Crumb's Black Angels on the radio and thinking to himself that it was "something wild, something scary" and "absolutely the right music to play." Black Angels was the first piece the Kronos Quartet ever performed, and since then they have appeared on a multitude of recordings and performed new music all over the world. The world-famous group returns to the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center to perform The America Program, celebrating the work of six American composers with distinct musical visions. Inspired by sources as disparate as human speech, flamenco rhythms and traditional American hymns, these works provide an interplay of concept and sound that will echo in the ear and the mind.

Learn more about the Kronos Quartet and the works and composers featured on this program through resources available in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library:

   Streaming audio: Listen to recordings of The Kronos Quartet and pieces included on this program on Naxos Music Library

  Recordings by The Kronos Quartet held in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

  Films featuring The Kronos Quartet in the studio and performance

  Books containing scholarly essays on the world-renowned chamber group

The Kronos Quartet's America Program will include:

  Ben Johnston - Amazing Grace

 Missy Mazzoli - Harp and Altar

 Laurie Anderson - Flow +

 Steve Reich - WTC 9/11

 Harry Partch - U.S. Highball: A Musical Account of Slim’s Transcontinental Hobo Trip

  Morton Feldman - Structures

AUDIO CLIP: An excerpt from Ben Johnston's Amazing Grace, recorded by The Kronos Quartet