Watch: Kronos Quartet and Face the Music From The Greene Space

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Monday, March 06, 2017

Kronos Quartet, seen here in The Greene Space, will hold the Carnegie Hall Creative Chair in 2015-16. Kronos Quartet and Face the Music return to The Greene Space at WQXR on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 (Stephanie Black)

Tuesday, March 7 at 7:30 pm, watch a live video-stream of the trailblazing Kronos Quartet and Face the Music, Kaufman Music Center's acclaimed youth ensemble The New York Times calls “a force in the New York new-music world,” live from The Greene Space at WQXR. Q2 Music's Helga Davis hosts.

Part of the 2017 Ecstatic Music Festival, the evening includes classic pieces written for Kronos Quartet, as well as new repertoire from the ensemble's ambitious Fifty for the Future initiative, a multi-year project which will create 50 works (by 25 women and 25 men) designed to guide young string quartets in developing and honing the skills required for the performance of 21st-century repertoire.

For more than 40 years, Kronos Quartet has combined a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually re-imagine the string quartet experience, becoming one of the most celebrated and influential groups of our time.

Watch below:


Aleksandra Vrebalov: My Desert, My Rose
Nick Politi (Face the Music alumnus): Excerpt from In Light of My Absence
Tanya Tagaq (arr. Jacob Garchik): Sivunittinni*
Rhiannon Giddens (arr. Jacob Garchik): At the Purchaser's Option with variations *
Aleksandra Vrebalov: Live from the USA
Nicole Lizée: Another Living Soul*
Soo Yeon Lyuh: Yessori (Sound from the Past)*, with special guest Soo Yeon Lyuh, haegeum
Wu Man (arr. Danny Clay): Four Chinese Paintings: IV. Silk and Bamboo 丝与竹

* = Composed for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire

This evening is part of Kaufman Music Center’s 2017 Ecstatic Music Festival, the standard-bearing festival for surprising musical cross-pollinations. The festival brings together composers and performers from different musical genres or scenes for collaborations that lead them in fresh, unexpected directions.

Hosted by:

Helga Davis

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