San Francisco Performances presents

Kronos Quartet: Awakening

A Musical Mediation on the Fifth Anniversary of 9/11

Mon Sep 11, 2006
Herbst Theatre
$35 - $49
Classical Music, Concert Hall, Music, World Music


Featuring music from Turkey, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, Iraq, India, Germany, Canada, United States, Argentina, Sweden and Finland.

"Through a wealth of musical perspectives, we hope to create equilibrium in the midst of imbalance, a special covering on an open wound." - David Harrington, Kronos founder

"Awakening" by longtime Kronos collaborator Dmitry Yanov-Yanovsky from Uzbekistan headlines a program that draws on music from 12 countries. "Kronos says all that needs to be said about the constructive power of a pluralist, rather than a fundamentalist, view of the world," ("The New Yorker," April 2006) and in this spirit the Grammy Award-winning quartet presents arrangements of Indian, Iraqi, Swedish, German and Turkish music alongside quartets by the Finn Aulis Sallinen; Argentinians Osvaldo Golijov and Oscar-winning Gustavo Santaolalla; Canadian John Oswald; and Americans Michael Gordon and Terry Riley, both of whose works were written in response
to the terrorist attacks.

MICHAEL GORDON (United States) "The Sad Park" (West Coast premiere)

DMITRI YANOV-YANOVSKY (Uzbekistan) "Awakening"

UNKNOWN (arr. Kronos, transc. Ljova) (Iraq) "Oh Mother, the Handsome Man Tortures Me"

TERRY RILEY (United States) "One Earth, One People, One Love from Sun Rings"

OSVALDO GOLIJOV & GUSTAVO SANTAOLALLA (Argentina) "Darkness 9/11" from the film "11’09”01"

EINSTÜRZENDE NEUBAUTEN (arr. Paola Prestini & Kronos) (Germany)

AULIS SALLINEN (arr. Kronos) (Finland) "Winter Was Hard" with special guest, The Piedmont Choirs

Plus other works...

About Kronos Quartet:
Synonymous with musical innovation, the Kronos Quartet is known for its unique artistic vision and fearless dedication to experimentation. For 30 years, Kronos has assembled a body of work unparalleled in its range and scope of expression, and, in the process, has captured the attention of audiences worldwide.

About San Francisco Performances:
San Francisco Performances is recognized internationally as one of the leading presenting organizations in the world. Founded by Ruth Felt in 1979 with a season of seven concerts, the organization is now in its 27th season and proudly features more than 60 mainstage performances of chamber music, recitals, contemporary dance, and jazz. Through the years, SF Performances has presented more than 100 premieres and San Francisco debuts, introducing such acclaimed artists in recital as cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, and soprano Dawn Upshaw, as well as international dance companies such as France's Ballet Preljocaj and Sweden's Cullberg Ballet. In
recognition of San Francisco Performances' many years of service to the arts, Ruth Felt was honored in 2005 with top awards from Chamber Music America, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association.

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  1. Herbst Theatre
    401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA