PROGRAM TO INCLUDE:
The Bay Area's Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet celebrates 40 years—and launches a fifth decade of innovation—with next-generation guest artists and new works by eminent old friends. Highlights include the Bay Area premieres of music by Philip Glass and Terry Riley, plus indie rock guitarist Bryce Dessner of The National joins Kronos to perform his 2009 commission, Aheym, just released to critical acclaim. And Kronos revisits the composition that inspired the founding of the Quartet—George Crumb's haunting masterwork inspired by the Vietnam War and its aftermath, Black Angels.
*Bay Area premiere
Education & Community Events:
This season, the Kronos Quartet is Cal Performances' Artists-in-Residence, including master classes, workshops, and interactions with campus and community groups and young musicians, culminating with a series of events around their Apr 6 world premiere of Aleksandra Vrebelov's WWI Chronicles.
Dec 2013 and Jan 2014
Master classes and in class sessions with the artists at UC Berkeley and in the community.
Symposium: A Meditation on War
Apr 4, 2–5 pm
The Magnes Museum
"Art and the creative spirit can keep us sane when everything around us is crumbling," states composer Aleksandra Vrebelov, who will give a presentation with collaborators Drew Cameron of the Combat Paper Project, filmmaker Bill Morrison, Kronos Quartet musicians, and UC Berkeley scholar Thomas Laqueur, Department of History.
Donor Event: Donor Intermission
Sat, Dec 7, 8pm
(Donors of $1,500+)
During select performances throughout the season, Producer's Circle members are invited to join us for complimentary refreshments in our donor lounge, the Zellerbach Room, located on the north side of the Zellerbach Hall lobby. For especially popular events, find us on the Mezzanine at Zellerbach Hall. Donor Intermissions are the perfect place to enjoy a complimentary glass of wine in the company of other Producer's Circle members.
Membership benefits like these are our way of thanking our supporters for their much needed contributions. To find out how you can become a Donor, please call 510.643.8783 or visit our Support section.
Program not es are available online. [PDF]
Parking may be a problem on campus for this performance due to a Cal Basketball game. Please see our Parking Alert section for more information.
Multimedia & Interviews
NPR First Watch: Kronos Quartet Plays Music By The National's Bryce Dessner
Wu Man talks about the pipa including its history, how it's played and the many sounds of the ancient plucked instrument.
David Harrington Coaches UC Berkeley Student Quartet
David Harrington of the Kronos Quartet coaches a string quartet made up of UC Berkeley students. He began the Kronos Quartet almost 40 years ago and offers advice to the young musicians as they rehearse a work by Philip Glass written for the Kronos Quartet.