22/23 Performance Season
A THOUSAND THOUGHTS
A LIVE DOCUMENTARY with KRONOS QUARTET
WRITTEN and DIRECTED by SAM GREEN and JOE BINI
An audience favorite at the 2018 Sundance and San Francisco International Film Festivals, A Thousand Thoughts features filmmaker Sam Green and Kronos together on stage. Through live music, storytelling, filmed interviews, and archival footage, what emerges is both an intimate portrait of the 47-year-old quartet and a meditation on music itself – the act of listening to it closely, the experience of feeling it deeply, and the power that it has to change the world.
At War With Ourselves – 400 Years of You
At War with Ourselves – 400 Years of You is a new evening-length work for string quartet, chorus, and narrator that explores race relations, social justice, and civil rights in America. With music by Michael Abels (Get Out, Us) and words by National Book Award-winning poet Nikky Finney, who will narrate live performances, the 17-movement song-cycle features the Kronos Quartet and an adult choir conducted by the San Francisco Girls Chorus artistic director Válerie Sainte-Agathe. The 80 minute piece is described by Finney as “a rhapsodic modern day paean spun from the skin of history.” Engagements will include a multi-day residency in addition to the performance(s); residency activities include rehearsals with local singers and education and community opportunities.
Kronos Quartet’s groundbreaking commissioning, performance, education, and legacy initiative continues as a model partnership with composers, presenters, and academic institutions. Integrated as a core agenda into its touring plans, Kronos’ Fifty for the Future is creating an open access library of contemporary repertoire for future generations of musicians and composers everywhere. Presenter partners may be able to arrange coaching or workshop sessions with young musicians as a component of touring engagements.
The final works in the collection will be released in 2021. Kronos looks forward to sharing new pieces by Rafiq Bhatia, Bryce Dessner, Angélique Kidjo, Missy Mazzoli, Aruna Narayan, and Terry Riley, among others.
Kronos and Sō Percussion