Kronos Quartet and the Young People's Chorus

Commissions and Premieres by Terry Riley, Laurie Anderson, Michael Gordon, Maria Schneider and Aleksandra Vrebalov

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

This Sunday at 2 p.m., listen to the Kronos Quartet share the stage with the Young People's Chorus of New York City at this watershed performance from (Le) Poisson Rouge. The concert covers some serious ground, with works by Terry Riley and Michael Gordon; and premieres by Laurie Anderson, Maria Schneider and Aleksandra Vrebalov.

Always relevant, the quartet has been engaging both the popular and the esoteric for some 30 years now. Not that they need an introduction by any means, but just in case you missed it, their C.V. includes collaborations with cultural icons like Riley, Allen Ginsberg and David Bowie.

Here they team up with the YPC, the internationally recognized children's chorus, who, along with Kronos, co-commissioned Michael Gordon's piece, Exalted and Terry Riley's Another Secret eQuation, both heard on this episode of Cued Up. You'll also hear four premieres: Flow (Anderson),spell no. 4 (Vrebalov), a Greek traditional called Smyrneiko Minore (arranged by Jacob Garchik) and String Quartet No. 1, by big band superstar Maria Schneider.

This recording documented the first of two Kronos concerts that took place at (Le) Poission Rouge on October 8 and 9, 2010. Q2 will be streaming the second installment on April 24, 2011.

Join Kronos Quartet cellist Jeffrey Zeigler Monday at 10 a.m. ET for a live Webchat with Olivia Giovetti.


Aleksandra Vrebalov: spell no. 4, for a changing world*

with Young People's Chorus of New York City, directed by Francisco J. Núñez

Terry Riley: Another Secret eQuation

Michael Gordon: Exalted

Arr. Jacob Garchik: Smyrneiko Minore*


Flow (by Laurie Anderson)*

Maria Schneider: String Quartet No. 1, 3rd Movement**

*world premiere
**New York City premiere

Hosted by:

Nadia Sirota

Comments [4]

Ivan from Croatia

The recording listed as Vrebalov's spell no.4 in fact begins with Bryce Dessner's Aheym followed by Vrebalov's spell no. 4.

Jun. 28 2011 05:49 AM
nyifica from Budapest, Hungary

Yes, that's right but it was the original version and not by Kronos Quartet.

Apr. 11 2011 04:22 PM
Q2 from New York

Dear Nyifica,

Yes, Flow played just before the last piece on the program.


Apr. 11 2011 03:19 PM
nyifica from Budapest, Hungary


wasn't Kronos Quartet's version of Laurie Anderson's 'Flow' supposed to be played in the programme?

Best regards,


Apr. 11 2011 05:56 AM

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