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Kronos Quartet

Kronos Quartet

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  • Mon 11 Mar ’13, 7:30pm – 9:30pm


Michael Fowler Centre, 111 Wakefield Street, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult A Reserve: $68.00
  • Adult B Reserve: $52.00
  • Adult C Reserve: $36.00
  • Child: $10.00


Chamber Music NZ

“Passionate and superb. If ever an ensemble has found a fountain of youth, it is this one.” - Los Angeles Times

“An intense, heady experience that could move a listener to the core” - The New York Times.

Inventive. Eclectic. Experimental. Exhilarating. This is Kronos - the most daring string quartet in the world. This year marks the 40th birthday of the Kronos Quartet, and to celebrate they are bringing the best of the music of our time for a four-centre, landmark New Zealand tour.

Featuring David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola) and Jeffrey Zeigler (cello), Kronos Quartet tells the stories of new music like no other. Employing pre-recorded tape, amplification and spectacular virtuosity, they have spent 40 years travelling the globe and constantly experimenting with what it means to be a string quartet.

This programme is classic Kronos - beginning with their transformative Indian raga and ranging from ancient Serbia to modern-day New Zealand, taking in Jack Body’s Arum Manis, written for Kronos in 1991; and the transcendental third string quartet by the man considered by Arvo Pärt to be the world’s “greatest living composer” - Valentin Silvestrov, from the Ukraine.

WTC 9/11, by Steve Reich, is one of Kronos’s signature works and the most moving and immediate of all those written in response to the World Trade Centre tragedy: and...hold me, neighbour, in this storm... is a recent Kronos commission from Serbian composer Aleksandra Vrebalov, fusing the modern western string quartet with Orthodox plainchant and the instruments of the ancient Serbian poets.

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