Kronos Quartet


Kule Kule (arr. Jherek Bischoff) Konono No. 1
Quartet Satz Philip Glass
Another Living Soul Nicole Lizée
Boids Misato Mochizuki
The Electron Cyclotron Frequency Parlour (Sun Rings) Terry Riley
Enthusiasm Strategies Missy Mazzoli
Clouded Yellow Michael Gordon
The House of the Rising Sun (arr. Jacob Garchik) Traditional
IV. Sometime I feel like a motherless child (Glorious Mahalia) Stacy Garrop
Alabama (arr. Jacob Garchik) John Coltrane
Different Trains Steve Reich


Summertime (Porgy & Bess) George Gershwin
Orange Blossom Special Ervin T. Rouse

The Kronos Quartet is a living legend when it comes to the string quartet. Its recordings of works of the pillars of minimalism, such as Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Philip Glass and Arvo Pärt, are nothing short of mythical. As Ars Musica’s guest of honour on the occasion of the 30 years of the festival, the Californian quadriga invites you to discover works that have been newly written and arranged for it by Riley and Glass, amongst others. The Quartet also interprets Steve Reich’s Different Trains, an illustrious work for string quartet and magnetic tape that they were the first to record on disc. This work, which is part way between a sound documentary and an instrumental work creates a powerful parallel between testimonies of American commuters in the 1940s and survivors of the Holocaust trains.

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  • 20th Century classics that rock our world

    Out with the old, in with the new! Ars Musica, the music festival that boldly goes where others fear to tread (i.e. modern and contemporary classical music) celebrates it’s 30th year. Out of a very busy birthday programme we have lifted three pieces you cannot miss – whether you’re a diehard avant-garde junkie or a newbie to the new music scene.

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