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Kronos Quartet
with special guest Wu Man, pipa

TERRY RILEY The Cusp of Magic (first movement)
TRADITIONAL (arr. Wu Man, real. Danny Clay) Glimpses of Muqam Chebiyat
WU MAN (real. Danny Clay) Two Chinese Paintings
STEVE REICH Different Trains
TAN DUN Ghost Opera

ENCORE:
RAHUL DEV BURMAN Mehbooba Mehbooba (Beloved, O Beloved)

Kronos Quartet visits with frequent collaborator Wu Man for a kaleidoscopic program largely comprised of compositions written for the unique instrumentation of string quartet plus pipa. Terry Riley’s The Cusp of Magic creates a sweet and joyful synergy between the quartet and the plucked Chinese lute. Tan Dun’s otherworldly, ritualistic Ghost Opera was written for the first meeting of this quintet in 1994 and has remained in Kronos’ repertoire ever since. The two works are complemented by a Wu Man original composition and her arrangements of Chinese traditional themes, created for Kronos’ open access education initiative Fifty for the Future. And topping off the concert, Steve Reich’s Different Trains won the 1990 Grammy for Best Contemporary Composition and is one of Kronos’ signature works. “[Kronos’] ability to inhabit completely different musical and cultural worlds within minutes of each other betrays the quartet’s depth of study, musical and technical prowess, and devotion to a variety of musical cultures and styles” (The Strad).

This performance is made possible, in part, by Linda and William Schieber.

Run time for this performance is approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes including intermission. 

Apr 1, 2023, 8pm
Add to Calendar 04/01/2023 08:00 pm 04/01/2023 09:30 pm America/Los_Angeles Kronos Quartet with special guest Wu Man, pipa https://calperformances.org/events/2022-23/new-music/kronos-quartet-with-special-guest-wu-man-pipa/ Zellerbach Hall
Tickets start at $48

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Apr 1, 2023, 8pm
Add to Calendar 04/01/2023 08:00 pm 04/01/2023 09:30 pm America/Los_Angeles Kronos Quartet with special guest Wu Man, pipa https://calperformances.org/events/2022-23/new-music/kronos-quartet-with-special-guest-wu-man-pipa/ Zellerbach Hall
Tickets start at $48

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