Kronos Quartet: At War With Ourselves
Kronos Quartet
At War With Ourselves

Kronos Quartet

Michael Abels, composer
Nikky Finney, librettist

MAY 5-8 | Hewlett 50

May 07 - May 08, 2022
Miner Auditorium
SatMay 7
7:30 PM

$25 | $45 | $65

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SunMay 8
7:00 PM

$25 | $45 | $65

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At War With Ourselves is an evening-length work for string quartet, chorus and spoken word commissioned by new music’s premier ensemble, the Kronos Quartet, who perform for these two exclusive nights with a choir directed by Valérie Sainte-Agathe.

Part of the Hewlett 50 initiative and co-commissioned with SFJAZZ, the work is composed by Michael Abels, who has recently come to prominence for his scores for Jordan Peele's films Get Out and Us. His orchestral work Global Warming has been received 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.

With a libretto by poet Nikky Finney, whose 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 and Finney are working with Kronos Quartet as well as choral 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.”

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With a libretto by poet Nikky Finney, At War With Ourselves explores the ongoing conundrum of race relations and movements for social justice, civil rights, and resistance. 

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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

KRONOS QUARTET
David Harrington 
violin
John Sherba
violin 
Hank Dutt
viola 
Sunny Yang
cello

Valérie Sainte-Agathe choral conductor

Michael Abels composer
Nikky Finney librettist

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

KRONOS QUARTET
David Harrington 
violin
John Sherba
violin 
Hank Dutt
viola 
Sunny Yang
cello

Valérie Sainte-Agathe choral conductor

Michael Abels composer
Nikky Finney librettist

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

Wa Habibi

Michael Abels

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

Kronos Quartet

Wa Habibi

Michael Abels

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

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