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Kronos Quartet Launches Weeklong Residency at Syracuse University

  • Monday, November 7, 2011
    Kronos Quartet Launches Weeklong Residency at Syracuse University

    Kronos Quartet will take part in a weeklong residency at Syracuse University that gets under way today. The residency will include workshops, film screenings, talkbacks, and a concert featuring the world premiere of Douglas Quin's Polar Suite.

    First up among the residency's public events is a screening of Darren Aronofsky's 2000 film Requiem for a Dream Tuesday night, followed by a talkback with members of Kronos and Syracuse Professor Douglas Quin at the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium. Nonesuch Records released Kronos Quartet's recording of Clint Mansell's score for the film in 2000.

    On Wednesday, Kronos Quartet performs a concert in Setnor Auditorium at the university's College of Visual and Performing Arts, preceded by a pre-concert talk from Professor Theo Cataforis. The program opens with Steve Reich's WTC 9/11, which Kronos performs on Reich's new album of the same name, and includes the world premiere of Quin's Polar Suite. The piece was commissioned by Kronos and features soundscape recordings from the polar regions of the earth and outer space, processed samples, plus interactive electronics involving the revolutionary human/machine interface called the K-Bow Bluetooth Sensor Bow, designed by electronic music pioneer Keith McMillen (who has also designed instruments for Laurie Anderson among others). For more on the K-bow and Polar Suite, visit kronosquartet.org.

    “This is an opportunity to essentially relearn our instruments and to transform how we approach live performance," says Kronos Quartet founder and artistic director David Harrington. "Polar Suite is a very different kind of string quartet and an extraordinary sonic adventure—thanks in large part to the K-bow and what is now possible.”

    On Thursday, Kronos Quartet will appear in a leadership lecture series program in Syracuse University's Whitman School of Management.

    “I invited Kronos Quartet to Syracuse University because I see them as a beautiful crossover in different fields: technical, musical, historical,” says Carole Brzozowski, Syracuse University arts presenter. “It’s a classically-based quartet with a standing in pop culture that makes them a topic of discourse on our campus.”

    For more information on this week's residency, visit syr.edu. For information and ticket links to these and other upcoming performances from Kronos Quartet, go to nonesuch.com/on-tour.

    To pick up a copy of the Requiem for a Dream soundtrack, WTC 9/11, or any of the albums in Kronos Quaret's Nonesuch catalog, head to the Nonesuch Store, were CD orders include high-quality, 320 kbps MP3s at checkout.

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Kronos Quartet will take part in a weeklong residency at Syracuse University that gets under way today. It will include workshops, a screening of Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream with a post-screening Q&A, and a concert featuring Steve Reich's WTC 9/11 and the world premiere of Douglas Quin's Polar Suite. The piece incorporates soundscape recordings from the polar regions of the earth and outer space, processed samples, plus interactive electronics involving the K-Bow Bluetooth Sensor Bow designed by Keith McMillen.

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Kronos Quartet will take part in a weeklong residency at Syracuse University that gets under way today. The residency will include workshops, film screenings, talkbacks, and a concert featuring the world premiere of Douglas Quin's Polar Suite.

First up among the residency's public events is a screening of Darren Aronofsky's 2000 film Requiem for a Dream Tuesday night, followed by a talkback with members of Kronos and Syracuse Professor Douglas Quin at the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium. Nonesuch Records released Kronos Quartet's recording of Clint Mansell's score for the film in 2000.

On Wednesday, Kronos Quartet performs a concert in Setnor Auditorium at the university's College of Visual and Performing Arts, preceded by a pre-concert talk from Professor Theo Cataforis. The program opens with Steve Reich's WTC 9/11, which Kronos performs on Reich's new album of the same name, and includes the world premiere of Quin's Polar Suite. The piece was commissioned by Kronos and features soundscape recordings from the polar regions of the earth and outer space, processed samples, plus interactive electronics involving the revolutionary human/machine interface called the K-Bow Bluetooth Sensor Bow, designed by electronic music pioneer Keith McMillen (who has also designed instruments for Laurie Anderson among others). For more on the K-bow and Polar Suite, visit kronosquartet.org.

“This is an opportunity to essentially relearn our instruments and to transform how we approach live performance," says Kronos Quartet founder and artistic director David Harrington. "Polar Suite is a very different kind of string quartet and an extraordinary sonic adventure—thanks in large part to the K-bow and what is now possible.”

On Thursday, Kronos Quartet will appear in a leadership lecture series program in Syracuse University's Whitman School of Management.

“I invited Kronos Quartet to Syracuse University because I see them as a beautiful crossover in different fields: technical, musical, historical,” says Carole Brzozowski, Syracuse University arts presenter. “It’s a classically-based quartet with a standing in pop culture that makes them a topic of discourse on our campus.”

For more information on this week's residency, visit syr.edu. For information and ticket links to these and other upcoming performances from Kronos Quartet, go to nonesuch.com/on-tour.

To pick up a copy of the Requiem for a Dream soundtrack, WTC 9/11, or any of the albums in Kronos Quaret's Nonesuch catalog, head to the Nonesuch Store, were CD orders include high-quality, 320 kbps MP3s at checkout.

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