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Kronos Quartet
Rinde Eckert
Vân-Ánh Võ

My Lai

FULLY STAGED PRODUCTION

March 4, 2018

Jonathan Berger, composer
Harriet Scott Chessman, librettist

Kronos Quartet’s fully-staged collaboration with composer Jonathan Berger and librettist Harriet Scott Chessman explores the aftermath of My Lai, a tragic episode in the American Vietman War when American soldiers massacred hundreds of unarmed villagers, from the perspective of the helicopter pilot who tried to intervene. Berger’s score blends Rinde Eckert’s voice with the strings of the Kronos Quartet augmented by traditional Vietnamese instruments played by Vân-Ánh Võ, and an electronic soundscape of helicopters, voices, and snippets of American blues.

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Pictured: Kronos Quartet, Rinde Eckert, and Vân-Ánh Võ perform My Lai, Sunday, March 4, 2018 in Zellerbach Hall.

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Pictured: Kronos Quartet, Rinde Eckert, and Vân-Ánh Võ perform My Lai, Sunday, March 4, 2018 in Zellerbach Hall.

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Pictured: Kronos Quartet, Rinde Eckert, and Vân-Ánh Võ perform My Lai, Sunday, March 4, 2018 in Zellerbach Hall.

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Pictured: Kronos Quartet, Rinde Eckert, and Vân-Ánh Võ perform My Lai, Sunday, March 4, 2018 in Zellerbach Hall.

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Pictured: Kronos Quartet, Rinde Eckert, and Vân-Ánh Võ perform My Lai, Sunday, March 4, 2018 in Zellerbach Hall.

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