Cal Performances showcases Kronos Quartet's ambitious and much-lauded Fifty for the Futurenew-music commissioning and open-access education initiative. The concert features world premieres by composer Misato Mochizuki, whose works are frequently inspired by science and philosophy, and Colombian musician Mario Galeano Toro, who has focused over the past 15 years on researching Colombian tropical music and its diaspora throughout South America. Guest artist Soo Yeon Lyuh, a virtuoso on the haegeum (a traditional Korean string instrument), will perform her Yessori with the quartet. And emphasizing what the Washington Post described as Fifty for the Future's "imaginative generosity in support of creativity," student ensembles from Berkeley High School, the Oakland School for the Arts and the Crowden School will also perform with the ensemble. "Kronos remains as geographically, politically and spiritually feisty as ever" (Los Angeles Times).
Jan 23–25, 2019
Kronos Quartet has commissioned 50 new works that are available for anyone to download and play. Student ensembles from the Crowden School, Berkeley High School, and Oakland School for the Arts have been invited by Kronos to perform works from this list. Kronos Quartet members will coach and rehearse these works with the students, and the student ensembles will perform at the Kronos Quartet concert on January 25 in Zellerbach Hall. Coaching sessions that are open to the public for observation will be announced at a later date.
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