San Francisco’s Grammy-winning, world-renowned Kronos Quartet
celebrates 40 years with
a career-spanning program steeped in the quartet’s trademark eclecticism.
The evening includes two Los Angeles premieres: a new arrangement of Philip Glass’
Orion: China, featuring pipa virtuoso and longtime Kronos collaborator Wu Man; and the
work for Kronos from the recipient of the fifth “Kronos: Under 30 Project” commission for
The program also includes recent Kronos favorites such as the surging
Death Is the Road to Awe from Clint Mansell’s score to The Fountain; the Jewish blessing
Sim Sholom, in an arrangement based on a 1913 recording by the great cantor Alter Yechiel
Karniol; and an arrangement of Wagner’s mesmerizing Prelude to Tristan und Isolde.
Complementing these newer works are two classics from the Kronos repertoire: Polish
composer Krzysztof Penderecki’s early Quartetto per archi and the work that inspired Kronos’
founding in 1973, George Crumb’s haunting, Vietnam War–themed Black Angels.