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New Music
Kronos Quartet
Fifty for the Future

Cal Performances showcases Kronos Quartet's ambitious and much-lauded Fifty for the Future new-music commissioning and open-access education initiative. The concert features world premieres by composer Misato Mochizuki, whose works are frequently inspired by science and philosophy, and Colombian musician Mario Galeano Toro, who has focused over the past 15 years on researching Colombian tropical music and its diaspora throughout South America. Guest artist Soo Yeon Lyuh, a virtuoso on the haegeum (a traditional Korean string instrument), will perform her Yessori with the quartet. And emphasizing what the Washington Post described as Fifty for the Future's "imaginative generosity in support of creativity," student ensembles from Berkeley High School, the Oakland School for the Arts and the Crowden School will also perform with the ensemble. "Kronos remains as geographically, politically and spiritually feisty as ever" (Los Angeles Times).

KRONOS QUARTET
Islam Chipsy
Zaghlala (Blurred vision caused by strong light hitting the eyes)
(arr. Jacob Garchik)
Aleksandra Vrebalov
My Desert, My Rose
OAKLAND SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS QUARTET
Rhiannon Giddens
(arr. Jacob Garchik)
At the Purchaser's Option with variations
KRONOS QUARTET
Aftab Darvishi
Daughters of Sol
Jlin (arr. Jacob Garchik)
Little Black Book
BERKELEY HIGH SCHOOL QUARTET
Wu Man (arr. Danny Clay)
Four Chinese Paintings
Traditional/Turpan Dance
(arrangement of Uyghur Chebiyat Maqam — Third Dastan for pipa by Wu Man)
KRONOS QUARTET AND SOO YEON LYUH
Soo Yeon Lyuh
Yessori (Sound from the Past)
with special guest Soo Yeon Lyuh, haegeum
KRONOS QUARTET
Mario Galeano Toro
Tolo Midi (World Premiere)
Nicole Lizée
Another Living Soul
CROWDEN SCHOOL QUARTET
Ken Benshoof
Sweeter Than Wine: II. Postscript
KRONOS QUARTET
Misato Mochizuki
Boids (World Premiere)
KRONOS QUARTET AND STUDENT CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Philip Glass
Quartet Satz

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Related Events

Master Classes
Jan 23–25, 2019
TBA
Kronos Quartet has commissioned 50 new works that are available for anyone to download and play. Student ensembles from the Crowden School, Berkeley High School, and Oakland School for the Arts have been invited by Kronos to perform works from this list. Kronos Quartet members will coach and rehearse these works with the students, and the student ensembles will perform at the Kronos Quartet concert on January 25 in Zellerbach Hall.

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Program Notes

Program notes are available online. [PDF]