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Kronos Quartet

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“Kronos has led and continues to lead what surely must be the longest unending revolution by any ensemble ever in music history.” – Los Angeles Times

In a potent and poignant artistic response to the 2017 Executive Orders limiting travel to the United States by people primarily from Muslim-majority countries, the 2019 Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet champions works by composers from the original seven “banned countries”: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Kronos is joined by Mahsa Vahdat, one of the world’s premier performers of Persian vocal music. In its rave review of a December performance of this program, the L.A. Times proclaimed Kronos “the most far-ranging ensemble geographically, nationally, and stylistically the world has known.” The repertoire will include signature Kronos works, a new composition from Kronos’ "Fifty for the Future" commissioning project (in which Washington Performing Arts is a partner), and more. On the inspiration for the project, Kronos founder, artistic director, and violinist David Harrington remarked, “Increasingly, I feel my role as an artist is to point in constructive musical and cultural directions as we attempt to help repair the torn fabric of our society.”

Companion Event:
Kronos Quartet will lead a master class with student quartets from the Peabody Institute at Johnson Hopkins University and Shenandoah Conservatory on Saturday, March 2 at 11am. Free, but registration required.

This performance highlights year four of Kronos Quartet’s five-year residency with Washington Performing Arts. The residency involves participation in the Embassy Adoption Program, a partnership with D.C. Public Schools and part of the World in Our City initiative.

This performance is made possible through the generous support of Philip R. West and Barbara Yellen, Pamela Sutherland, and The Randy Hostetler Living Room Music Fund. Washington Performing Arts performances at Sixth & I are made possible through the generous support of the Galena-Yorktown Foundation.

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