Kronos Quartet Concert Explores Cultural Changes
Syracuse University’s Arts Engage will present a concert by the uniquely creative Kronos Quartet on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 8 p.m. in Setnor Auditorium, located in SU’s Crouse College. The concert is the culminating event in the University’s 50th anniversary celebration of the Belfer Audio Archives, and is part of the Pulse Performing Arts Series.
Tickets for the concert are $10 for students/faculty/staff with valid I.D. and $20 for the general public and are currently available at the Schine Box Office, 315-443-4517.
Free and accessible parking is available in the Q-1 lot; additional parking is available in the Irving Garage. Campus parking availability is subject to change; call 315-443-2191 for current information.
The Kronos concert will explore past and present responses to war through technology and music. Selections from the program will harken back to the cultural soundscape of 1913 that led to World War I. This 100-year retrospective will feature antique acoustic metal horns from the Belfer collection and will include compositions from the Kronos Quartet repertoire.
“SU Arts Engage has been in partnership with Kronos Quartet for over two years, presenting multiple concerts and engaging them in multidisciplinary residencies with our students,” says University Arts Presenter Carole Brzozowski. “The Belfer celebration is the perfect culmination of this ongoing relationship. Their concert in Setnor Auditorium will highlight the deep resources of the Belfer Audio Archives by combining technology, music, contemporary culture and past events into one incredible performance, focused on cultural responses to war. Part of what makes the Kronos Quartet so dynamic is their fearless willingness to address important cultural changes through music.”
Prior to the concert, Kronos first violinist David Harrington and Alex Ross, music critic at The New Yorker magazine, will engage in conversation about how the archival sounds documented in audio recordings, such as those housed at Belfer, intersect with the ensemble’s cutting-edge music making. The conversation will take place on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Sutton Pavilion at Syracuse Stage, 820 E. Genesee St., and is free and open to the public.
Celebrating its 40th anniversary this season, the San Francisco-based Kronos Quartet—David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola) and Sunny Yang (cello)—has combined a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually re-imagining the string quartet experience. In the process, Kronos has become one of the world’s most celebrated and influential ensembles, performing thousands of concerts worldwide, releasing more than 50 recordings, collaborating with many of the world’s most eclectic composers and performers, and commissioning more than 800 works and arrangements for string quartet.
A Grammy winner, Kronos is also the only recipient of both the Polar Music Prize and the Avery Fisher Prize.
For more information on the concert, contact Arts Engage at 443-0296 or firstname.lastname@example.org.