String quartet Kronos to host two concerts on Saadiyat Island
Enjoy classical music from American four-piece Kronos.
A Grammy-award wining string quartet will be playing two concerts in the capital this month. San Francisco-based Kronos will visit as part of the New York University Abu Dhabi’s Arts Center inaugural season of performing arts.
The group features David Harrington and John Sherba on violins, Hank Dutt on viola and Sunny Yang on the cello. What’s On spoke to Harrington to find out more. Kronos has been playing together for over 40 years. Did you ever expect that kind of longevity? When we started in 1973, I was hoping we’d last a week! I did know I was going to be a musician and that I had to play string quartet music, and I always surrounded myself with people that felt the same way. Why the string quartet? Virtually every composer has said that the sound of the string quartet is one of the most intimate they know of. I love the fact that our music can go from being very soft to incredibly loud and lots of places in-between. What can people expect from your evenings in the capital? In the past 42 years Kronos has commissioned about 900 new pieces. So all of the music we will be bringing to Abu Dhabi has been written for us or arranged for us by men and women from all over the world. It is music that feels very vital to us and reflects various viewpoints and there should be sounds that you’ve never heard from a concert before.
What music is on your iPod?
First of all I don’t have an iPod. I have hundreds of CDs lying around. I’m exploring in great depths Dr N Rajam – she is one of the greatest violinists I’ve ever heard in my life. I’m also listening to a lot of Mohammad Reza Shajarian, from Iran, whom I think is one of the greatest singers. Basically, everyday I’m learning about groups and instruments I’ve never heard of before, so it’s kind of hard to keep track of what I will be listening to next. September 16 and 17
NYUAD Arts Center, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, free, reservations required. Taxi: NYUAD Arts Center, on the East Plaza of the campus. nyuadartscenter.org