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Kronos Quartet
Wu Man, pipa

January 18, 2015


Wu Man on playing the pipa video David Harrington Coaches UC Berkeley Students

The Cusp of Magic

White Man Sleeps


Wu Man and Kronos have developed an exquisite ensemble sensibility that combines modern inventiveness with the tonal blend of Western strings and ancient Chinese lute. Last year, Wu Man was the first non-Western performer to win Musical America's Instrumentalist of the Year, and Kronos "continues with undiminished ferocity to make unprecedented string quartet history" (Los Angeles Times).

Program Notes

Program notes are available online. [PDF]


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.

The Kronos Quartet as a Dot Cloud

@ Hertz

UC Berkeley's Hertz Hall, the intimate and inviting concert venue at the heart of the campus, will be home this season to some of Cal Performances' most unforgettable musical experiences. Combining exciting repertoire and exquisite performances by some of today's most acclaimed musicians, Hertz Hall is the perfect setting to enjoy sublime music-making.

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Sun, Jan 18, 7 pm