Kronos Quartet at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music


Venue: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium


Chamber Music Monterey Bay strives to bring the best of contemporary and traditional chamber music to our audiences. Usually we present ensembles in Carmel-by-the-Sea. This summer we invite you to join us for a special group adventure to Santa Cruz by luxury coach to hear exceptional music presented by the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. The coach will depart from Carmel High School’s front parking lot at 4 PM, arrive in Santa Cruz for the 7 PM concert, and return after the concert- estimated arrival in Carmel 10:30 PM. A drink and snack on the bus will be provided to all attending.

The San Francisco-based, Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet —David Harrington, John Sherba (violins), Hank Dutt (viola) and Sunny Jungin Yang (cello)—returns to Cabrillo Festival for our annual In the Blue Room concert. For more than 40 years, this groundbreaking group has combined a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually reimagine the string quartet experience. In the process, Kronos has become one of the world’s most celebrated and influential ensembles, performing thousands of concerts, releasing more than 60 recordings, collaborating with many of the world’s most intriguing and accomplished composers and performers, and commissioning over 900 works and arrangements for string quartet. Tonight they present a diverse and compelling program to complement the Cabrillo Festival season. There are works by barrier busting composers from around the world including Islam Chipsy of Cairo, Yevgeniy Sharlat of Moscow, Mario Galeano Toro of Bogota, the legendary American composer Philip Glass, and Cabrillo’s 2018 composer in residence Missy Mazzoli. The pieces range in subject from a #2 pencil, to the Brooklyn Bridge, to the lynchings of the American South in Abel Meeropol’s Strange Fruit made famous by Billie Holiday, to the life and times of gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, illuminated through her radio sessions with Studs Terkel and captured in music by composer Stacy Garrop.

CONCERT PROGRAM:

Islam Chipsy (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Zaghlala زغللةً * ♦
Missy Mazzoli / Harp and Altar *
Philip Glass / Quartet Satz * ♦
Yevgeniy Sharlat / pencil sketch * ♦
Mario Galeano Toro / Microsurco de Liebre *
Abel Meeropol (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Strange Fruit +
Stacy Garrop / Glorious Mahalia *
… I. Hold on
… II. Stave in the ground
… III. Are you being treated right
… IV. Sometime I feel like a motherless child
… V. This world will make you think

PROGRAM SUBJECT TO CHANGE
* Written for Kronos
♦ Composed for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire
+ Arranged for Kronos