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Kronos Quartet – Music for Change

Kronos Quartet – Music for Change
Kronos Quartet – Music for Change photo
January 21, 2022 | 8:00 PM
  • Starting at: $21.00
  • Venue: Koerner Hall
  • Series: 21C Music Festival
  • Genre: Chamber, New Music, String
  • Presenter: The Royal Conservatory

This concert was originally scheduled for 21C Music Festival 2021: January 29, 2021. 


San Francisco’s Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet brings a program of music from the original seven countries “banned” by the USA — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen —alongside protest music inspired by Pete Seeger. 

How can we honour our heroes and highlight a few of our culture’s musical triumphs, while also keeping a vigilant eye on our problems that continue to morph and fester? We can create a concert unlike any other we have ever played. In this program of imaginative leaps and unexpected connections, Kronos celebrates the 1960s, a time of radical social turmoil and free-wheeling energy in America that led to the formation of Kronos in 1973, and also incorporates elements of the quartet's response to Trump's Muslim Ban of 2017. 

Program: 

Steve Reich: “Pendulum Music”  

Traditional: “Star-Spangled Banner” (inspired by Jimi Hendrix) + (arr. Stephen Prutsman & Kronos) 

Traditional: “Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram” (inspired by Pete Seeger) + (arr. Kronos Quartet) 

Dan Becker: “No More” *  

Antonio Haskell: “God Shall Wipe All Tears Away” (inspired by Mahalia Jackson) + (arr. Jacob Garchik) 

Stacy Garrop: Glorious Mahalia * 
             I. Hold on 
             II. Stave in the ground 
             III. Are you being treated right 
             IV. Sometime I feel like a motherless child 
             V. This world will make you think 
(featuring the recorded voices of Mahalia Jackson and Studs Terkel) 


Dur-Dur Band: “Dooyo” + (arr. Jacob Garchik)

Fatimah Al-Zaelaeyah: “Ya Mun Dakhal Bahr Al-Hawa” (Hey, Who Enters The Sea of Passion?) + (arr. Jacob Garchik) 

Aftab Darvishi: “Turandohkt Song” +  

John Coltrane: “Alabama” + (arr. Jacob Garchik) 

Zachary James Watkins: “Peace Be Till” * 
(featuring the recorded voice of Dr. Clarence B. Jones) 


Interstitial music: 
Bass lines by Mamadou Kouyaté *     
Sound collages by David Harrington, Joel Tarman, and Nikolás McConnie-Saad * 


* Written for Kronos 
** Written for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire 
+ Arranged for Kronos 
 

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