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The iconic Kronos Quartet performs composer Philip Glass’ 2017 commissioned work “Quartet Satz” with guests Attacca Quartet and Friction Quartet on June 24 during the last night of Kronos Festival 2023.
About the concert:
For 50 years, San Francisco’s GRAMMY-winning Kronos Quartet has reimagined and redefined the string quartet experience. This year’s annual festival highlights works from the landmark Kronos Fifty for the Future commissioning and legacy project.
Serving as both muse and vehicle for Philip Glass’ music, Kronos Quartet has played an essential role in the composer’s creative realm for decades. But “Quartet Satz,” Glass’ contribution to Kronos’ Fifty for the Future initiative, isn’t just a dazzling addition to a body of work that constitute one of new music’s definitive relationships. Solemn, measured and inexorable as the tides, the sweeping piece distills the rhythmic and emotional currents that have woven Glass’s music into our consciousness.
“Each movement feels like an entire universe,” says Kronos’ David Harrington. “That’s what I thought before we even played it. Philip was giving us something that encapsulates his entire vision in one work. I think it’s one of his most amazing pieces. Philip has this connection to the early root system of the string quartet, a connection you hear it in its gorgeous sonorities.”
On this night, Kronos took the stage and welcomed two exceptional guest ensembles: New York’s GRAMMY-winning Attacca Quartet and, making their third appearance in this festival, SF’s own innovative Friction Quartet.
David Harrington: violin
John Sherba: violin
Hank Dutt: viola
Paul Wiancko: cello
Amy Schroeder: violin
Domenic Solerni: violin
Nathan Schram: viola
Andrew Yee: cello
Kevin Rogers: violin
Otis Harriel: violin
Mitso Floor: viola
Doug Machiz: cello
Ayane Kozasa: viola
Kronos Fifty for the Future is made possible by Carnegie Hall and many others. Kronos Festival is made possible by support from San Francisco Grants for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation, Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Bernard Osher Foundation.
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