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Kronos Quartet

Willie Williams, Visual Design

May 1, 2016


David Harrington Coaches UC Berkeley Students

Sun Rings

For Sun Rings, the titans of the contemporary string quartet meet the pioneer of musical minimalism in an immersive, expansive production. Terry Riley creates "a sound both definitively human and celestial" (Los Angeles Times) from NASA recordings of the eerie whistling, whirring, and humming of outer space, blended with live strings and gripping imagery by visual designer Willie Williams. Kronos deftly inhabits these evocative "spacescapes" in a timeless work that peers far into the unknown of the cosmos while keeping us moored to those most basic human experiences of wonder, compassion, and connection.

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Berkeley RADICAL Thematic Explorations: Aesthetic Responses to the Natural World/Soundscapes
Art inspired by the natural world is a particularly rich programmatic vein in the 2015-16 season, correlating to the centenary of the creation of the National Parks System. We explore artistic, spiritual, and creative responses to the natural world in twin symposia associated with Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan's production of Rice (Jan 23) and St Louis Symphony's performance of Messaien's Des canyons aux étoiles... ("From the Canyons to the Stars") with spectacular images by Deborah O'Grady (Jan 30). This exploration includes the eco ensemble's performance of Kaija Saariaho's Notes on Light (Oct 23), and the Kronos Quartet with Terry Riley's Sunrings (May 1).

Pre-performance talk
Sun, May 1, 6–6:30 pm
Zellerbach Hall
Terry Riley and David Harrington will talk about their creative and personal collaboration over many years working together, with "Sun Rings" and its history at the center.
Free to ticketholders.

Major support for public programs provided by Bank of America.

Program Notes

Program notes are available online. [PDF]


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

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Sun, May 1, 7 pm