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|
|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.
Single tickets for 2023–24 Season events go on sale at noon as follows:
July 25: 2023–24 Season Subscribers and Donors of $100+
Aug 1: Email Club and UCB Community
Aug 8: General Public