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Enter to Win Tickets for Kronos Quartet's "Awakening" NY Premiere at BAM's Next Wave Festival

  • Monday, September 19, 2011
    Enter to Win Tickets for Kronos Quartet's "Awakening" NY Premiere at BAM's Next Wave Festival

    Kronos Quartet will give the New York premiere of Awakening: A Musical Meditation on the Anniversary of 9/11, for the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)'s 2011 Next Wave Festival, with four consecutive nights of performances at the BAM Harvey Theatre this Wednesday through Saturday, September 21–24, with special guests the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Kronos Quartet will give a preview of the show when they perform live on Soundcheck from NPR member station WNYC, 93.9 FM; tune in today at 2 PM ET, online at wnyc.org. Afterward, Kronos cellist Jeffrey Ziegler participates in a live online chat on Q2's New Canon, at 4 PM on wqxr.org, along with his wife, composer Paola Prestini, whose music will be featured in Awakening at BAM.

    As a special offer for readers of the Nonesuch Journal, Kronos and Nonesuch Records have partnered with BAM to give away a pair of tickets to the Opening Night performance this Wednesday. For your chance to see the first New York performance, simply leave a comment below or e-mail info@nonesuch.com by Tuesday, September 20, at 6 PM ET, letting us know which album from the quarter century of Kronos Quartet recordings on Nonesuch has meant the most to you. For a look at that remarkable collection, click here. Winners will be chosen at random; no purchase necessary.

    Wednesday's Opening Night performance comes one day after the release of Steve Reich's new album, WTC 9/11; the title piece, which reflects on the World Trade Center attacks of September 11, 2001, was commissioned and performed by Kronos Quartet.

    Awakening: A Musical Meditation on the Anniversary of 9/11 was created by Kronos for a concert in San Francisco on September 11, 2006, five years after the attacks. Its catalyst was the debut of a specially commissioned work by Michael Gordon titled The Sad Park, which incorporates the sampled voices of young children who witnessed the events at Ground Zero.

    Around that nucleus, the group assembled works from Uzbekistan, Iraq, Iran, India, Germany, Argentina, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Canada, and the United States, drawing from composers including Terry Riley, Osvaldo Golijov and Gustavo Santaolalla. Since the premiere, Awakening has been presented in several cities around the US; the Next Wave performances mark its New York debut.

    This collection of works reflects upon those instances where traditional language fails, and music steps in to restore what Kronos Quartet artistic director and violinist David Harrington refers to as “equilibrium in the midst of imbalance.”

    In addition to the Awakening performances, Harrington will participate in an artist talk titled Artists Respond to 9/11 at the BAM Rose Cinemas on Thursday.

    Get a preview of what's to come in this video from BAM:


    To purchase tickets to see Kronos Quartet at BAM, visit bam.org. For additional upcoming performances from Kronos Quartet, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.
on September 16, 2011 - 12:50pm
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Kronos Quartet will give the New York premiere of Awakening: A Musical Meditation on the Anniversary of 9/11, for the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)'s 2011 Next Wave Festival, with four consecutive nights of performances this week. Kronos and Nonesuch Records have partnered with BAM to give away a pair of tickets to the Opening Night performance this Wednesday. Enter here for your chance to see the first New York performance. Kronos Quartet performs live on WNYC's Soundcheck today at 2 PM ET.

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Kronos Quartet will give the New York premiere of Awakening: A Musical Meditation on the Anniversary of 9/11, for the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)'s 2011 Next Wave Festival, with four consecutive nights of performances at the BAM Harvey Theatre this Wednesday through Saturday, September 21–24, with special guests the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Kronos Quartet will give a preview of the show when they perform live on Soundcheck from NPR member station WNYC, 93.9 FM; tune in today at 2 PM ET, online at wnyc.org. Afterward, Kronos cellist Jeffrey Ziegler participates in a live online chat on Q2's New Canon, at 4 PM on wqxr.org, along with his wife, composer Paola Prestini, whose music will be featured in Awakening at BAM.

As a special offer for readers of the Nonesuch Journal, Kronos and Nonesuch Records have partnered with BAM to give away a pair of tickets to the Opening Night performance this Wednesday. For your chance to see the first New York performance, simply leave a comment below or e-mail info@nonesuch.com by Tuesday, September 20, at 6 PM ET, letting us know which album from the quarter century of Kronos Quartet recordings on Nonesuch has meant the most to you. For a look at that remarkable collection, click here. Winners will be chosen at random; no purchase necessary.

Wednesday's Opening Night performance comes one day after the release of Steve Reich's new album, WTC 9/11; the title piece, which reflects on the World Trade Center attacks of September 11, 2001, was commissioned and performed by Kronos Quartet.

Awakening: A Musical Meditation on the Anniversary of 9/11 was created by Kronos for a concert in San Francisco on September 11, 2006, five years after the attacks. Its catalyst was the debut of a specially commissioned work by Michael Gordon titled The Sad Park, which incorporates the sampled voices of young children who witnessed the events at Ground Zero.

Around that nucleus, the group assembled works from Uzbekistan, Iraq, Iran, India, Germany, Argentina, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Canada, and the United States, drawing from composers including Terry Riley, Osvaldo Golijov and Gustavo Santaolalla. Since the premiere, Awakening has been presented in several cities around the US; the Next Wave performances mark its New York debut.

This collection of works reflects upon those instances where traditional language fails, and music steps in to restore what Kronos Quartet artistic director and violinist David Harrington refers to as “equilibrium in the midst of imbalance.”

In addition to the Awakening performances, Harrington will participate in an artist talk titled Artists Respond to 9/11 at the BAM Rose Cinemas on Thursday.

Get a preview of what's to come in this video from BAM:


To purchase tickets to see Kronos Quartet at BAM, visit bam.org. For additional upcoming performances from Kronos Quartet, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.
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Kronos Quartet: Awakening, BAM 2011 Next Wave

Comments

While the Nonesuch collection of Kronos recordings is wonderful, the 'Mishima' soundtrack is just one of the most beautiful things i've ever heard (as is the mishima suite available on kronos quartet performs philip glass, but I like the artifact of the soundtrack). I always play it to people who don't really 'get' minimalism just yet. it's a great eye opener for the uninitiated and just a beautiful heartbreaking work of art on its own.

Being a ground zero resident, and a great friend of the Kronos and Steve Reich (you know me well guys!) I would like the two free tickets to the opening. I know I will enjoy it, and it's really not in my budget.

Thanks,

Bunita Marcus

Perhaps I'm fudging a bit but I pick the 25 Years box set.

I look forward to seeing this.

I'd like to say that over the years I've listened to many of your works and covers. I find your music to be very influencial and deep on levels other musicians rarely imitate. I play guitar and write poetry and I'd like u to know that u inspire me to work harder to make it out here. I'd have to say that my favorite piece of your art is the requiem for a dream collection. To me it is utterly perfection and I've had it on repeat for awhile now...poetically I can write so beautifully when I listen to it. I'd truly love to come see u guys in NY I've never been to new York and ive never seen u guys live. It would be a blessing to be able to have witnessed this concert. I wish u well and a perfect show...if I get the tickets you know ill be ecstatic but if not either way I love ya...continue to blow me away please!!!!

would love to see this. would love 2 tickets to the opening.

I have to say Cadenza on the Night Plain besides a great record as it bought Terry Riley a larger audience.

Different Trains is probably the album I listen to most, although I really don't have a favorite. The Quartet has such a diverse catalog of recordings that my choice today of my favorite cd of theirs will most certainly change by tomorrow. Different Trains covers such a dark time in our world's history, but also happens to be very hauntingly beautiful. The way the music follows the natural melody of the recorded voices is brilliantly written and executed. The new album WTC 9/11 has a similar feel to it. A huge thank you to the Kronos Quartet for such a wonderful collection of music over the years. I'm always looking forward to what's next...

Five Tango Sensations has to be my favorite. The pacing of the tunes and the interaction between the quartet and the bandoneón is exquisite. I have to that it is really unfair to ask for just one pick. Kronos plays Glass, Harry Partch: U.S. Highball, Howl, USA, Steve Reich: Different Trains/Electric Counterpoint and Black Angels have all been in heavy rotation on my CD player over the years. For me Kronos consistently engages the listener with challenging works by challenging themselves. One of my favorite bands of all time.

Thanks to all who entered here and via e-mail. Your kind words about Kronos Quartet are very much appreciated. And congratulations to Ross Burlingame, the winner of the tickets to tonight's concert; his favorite Kronos recording is Philip Glass's Mishima soundtrack.

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