Kronos Quartet: At War With Ourselves
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Kronos Quartet
World Premiere

CANCELED: Kronos Quartet—At War With Ourselves

Michael Abels, composer
Nikky Finney, librettist

MAY 7–10 | World Premieres

May 09 - May 10, 2020
Miner Auditorium

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Original show description below.

ALL SFJAZZ SHOWS AND EVENTS CANCELED THROUGH AUGUST 16

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have made the decision to cancel the remainder of the 2019–20 Season, including all shows and education events that were previously scheduled from March 11–May 31, the 38th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival, which was scheduled from June 9–21, and Summer Sessions 2020 which was scheduled from July 9–August 16.

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A world premiere from composer Michael Abels, At War With Ourselves is an evening-length work for string quartet, chorus and spoken word, originally commissioned by new music’s premier ensemble, the Kronos Quartet, who perform for these two exclusive nights. Best known as the soundtrack composer for writer/director Jordan Peele’s Oscar-winning 2017 horror film Get Out and 2019 follow-up Us, Abels blends modern classical composition with popular forms rooted in the American tradition.

Abels' orchestral work Global Warming has had over 100 performances by the nation’s most prominent symphony orchestras, and he has received commissions from the Nashville Symphony, the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Los Angeles Opera. Recently, Abels composed the score for Stefon Bristol’s Spike Lee-produced sci-fi film See You Yesterday and contributed to Kathryn Bigelow’s 2017 crime film Detroit.

With a libretto by poet Nikky Finney, whose many honors include the National Book Award for her 2011 volume Head Off & Split, the piece explores the ongoing conundrum of race relations and movements for social justice, civil rights and resistance. Layering musical elements to produce a richly nuanced work in keeping with the complexity of the subject matter Abels is working with Kronos Quartet and chorus director Valérie Sainte-Agathe. In ensuring that perspectives of younger generations are part of the conversation, Kronos has partnered with Youth Speaks, 826 Valencia, and Sunset Youth Services for a series of workshops and community outreach activities including artist residencies by Abels and Finney.

WITH SUPPORT FROM
Hewlett50

A keen ear and a deft ability to adapt structural elements from popular music into the symphonic idiom.

Houston Chronicle on Michael Abels

A keen ear and a deft ability to adapt structural elements from popular music into the symphonic idiom.

Houston Chronicle on Michael Abels

Personnel

Michael Abels composer
Nikky Finney librettist

KRONOS QUARTET
David Harrington violin
John Sherba violin
Hank Dutt viola
Sunny Yang cello
Valérie Sainte-Agathe choral conductor

The quartet remains as geographically, politically and spiritually feisty as ever. Forget about genre; Kronos made that an irrelevant terms ages ago.

Los Angeles Times

Personnel

Michael Abels composer
Nikky Finney librettist

KRONOS QUARTET
David Harrington violin
John Sherba violin
Hank Dutt viola
Sunny Yang cello
Valérie Sainte-Agathe choral conductor

The quartet remains as geographically, politically and spiritually feisty as ever. Forget about genre; Kronos made that an irrelevant terms ages ago.

Los Angeles Times

Watch & Listen

Kronos Quartet

'Round Midnight

Michael Abels

Sikiliza Kwa Wahenga (Main Title from 'Get Out')

Kronos Quartet

'Round Midnight

Michael Abels

Sikiliza Kwa Wahenga (Main Title from 'Get Out')