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Kronos Quartet feat. Maria Schneider World Premiere

In a world premiere made possible by Kronos’ ongoing collaboration with Duke Performances, the modern era’s most adventurous quartet turns its fierce creativity toward a new, Duke-commissioned work by Grammy-winner Maria Schneider — the first time these two icons of innovation have worked together.

Residency runs April 8 – April 10, 2010.


Kronos Quartet April 10 Program:

Ben Johnston: Amazing Grace
John Zorn: Cat o’ Nine Tails
Terry Riley: One Earth, One People, One Love from Sun Rings

Maria Schneider: String Quartet No. 1
**World Premiere – Commissioned by Duke Performances / Duke University**

Traditional (arr. Judith Berkson and Jacob Garchik):  Ov Horachamim
Ramallah Underground (arr. Jacob Garchik): Tashweesh
Traditional (arr. Kronos, transc. Ljova): Tusen Tankar (A Thousand Thoughts)
Aleksandra Vrebalov: …hold me, neighbor, in this storm…

Kronos Quartet founder David Harrington on the April 10 program:
“The thread we’re exploring at Duke is the binding force of various vernacular musics on the work of Kronos. Some of the material began its life in a religious setting; other pieces draw on aspects in pop culture. All the music is incredibly striking in its beauty, and its power to alter the way an audience understands what makes a concert in 2010. Finally, we want to set up Maria’s remarkable new piece with a wide ranging sonic palette.”


“I’ve always wanted the string quartet to be vital, and energetic, and alive, and cool, and not afraid to kick ass and be absolutely beautiful and ugly if it has to be. But it has to be expressive of life. To tell the whole story with grace and humor and depth. And to tell the whole story, if possible.”
–David Harrington, Kronos Quartet

“She puts together stories that speak with the clarity of Ernest Hemingway and the musical grace of Aaron Copland.”
Pittsburgh Tribune, on Maria Schneider


Kronos Quartet & Maria Schneider Residency at Duke University
Thursday, April 8 – Saturday, April 10

##Thursday, April 8##

Conversation & Coaching Session
with David Harrington of Kronos & the Duke New Music Ensemble
Baldwin Auditorium, 12-1:30p

Class visit to Music, Sound & Style and Listen to Music
with the Kronos Quartet & Maria Schneider
Biddle 019 (Bone Hall), 2:50-4:05p

Open rehearsal with the Kronos Quartet & Maria Schneider
Baldwin Auditorium, 5:30-6:30p

##Friday, April 9##

Conversation with the Kronos Quartet & Maria Schneider
A Conversation: Schneider & the New Quartet for Kronos
Biddle 104, 4-5:30p

Listening Session with David Harrington of Kronos & Maria Schneider
Pinhook Bar, 117 West Main St, Durham, 6:30-7:30p

##Saturday, April 10##

Performance: Kronos Quartet
Featuring the World Premiere of a New Quartet by Maria Schneider
Page Auditorium, 8p

Download Kronos & Schneider Duke Residency Schedule (.jpg)

  • Sat, Apr 10, 2010 at 8:00pm
Page Auditorium