The concert, part of Kronos’ Five Decades tour, celebrates the ensemble’s 50 years of contributions to the genre with a dynamic mix of new compositions, signature pieces, and commissioned works from Kronos Fifty for the Future. The concert takes place on Monday, November 13th, at 7:30 pm at the Pittsburgh Playhouse in Downtown Pittsburgh.
“Kronos Quartet embodies the innovative energy driving chamber music forward,” says Kristen Linfante, Executive Director of Chamber Music Pittsburgh. “True to Kronos’ reputation for championing new works, this MainStage Live concert features many pieces that were commissioned or arranged for the quartet. Audiences are in for an eclectic treat.”
Hank Dutt (viola), David Harrington (violin), Paul Wiancko (cello), John Sherba (violin) – Photo by Lenny Gonzalez
For 50 years, San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet has “broken the boundaries of what string quartets do” (The New York Times). Since its founding, Kronos has been transforming the string quartet into a living art form. From collaborating with emerging composers around the globe to commissioning and performing socially conscious works, Kronos has consistently explored how music can magnify the critical issues of our time.
One of the most celebrated and influential groups playing today, Kronos has given thousands of concerts worldwide, released more than 70 recordings, commissioned more than 1,100 works and arrangements, and collaborated with many of the world’s most accomplished composers and performers.
Kronos Quartet features David Harrington on violin, John Sherba on violin, Hank Dutt on viola, and Paul Wiancko on cello.
This concert is generously sponsored in part by Russell and Kathy Ayres.
- Severiano Briseño arr. Osvaldo Golijov: El Sinaloense (The Man from Sinaloa)
- Peni Candra Rini arr. Jacob Garchik: Maduswara
- George Crumb: God-music from Black Angels
- Aleksandra Vrebalov: Gold Came from Space
- Nicole Lizée: Death to Kosmische
- Laurie Anderson arr. Jacob Garchik: Flow
- Stacy Garrop: Glorious Mahalia
Featuring the recorded voices of Mahalia Jackson and Studs Terkel
Tickets for the 2023–24 CMP concerts range from $35–53 and can be purchased online.