Kronos Quartet (photo Nacion Imago)

A Thousand Thoughts

Kronos Quartet + Sam Green
Sat 25 May 2024 20:15 - 21:50
Sat 25 May 2024
20:15 - 21:50
  • Sat 25 May 2024
    20:15 - 21:50
    Grote Zaal


19:15 / Entreehal / Pre programme Echoes of Nothing
Dokwerk Saxophone Quartet plays Raivis Misjuns and Ramin Amin Tafreshi

20:15 / Grote Zaal / Main programme
Documentary A Thousand Thoughts written and directed by Sam Green and Joe Bini, featuring music from George Crumb, Philip Glass, John Adams, Terry Riley, John Zorn and more

Philip Glass String Quartet No. 2 ‘Company’: Movement II *
Terry Riley
Requiem for Adam (excerpt)*
George Crumb
Selection from Black Angels
- 10. God-music
- 1. Threnody I: Night of the Electric Insects (excerpt)
Ryan Brown
John Adams
John's Book of Alleged Dances: 1. Judah to Ocean*
Tanya Tagaq (arr. Jacob Garchik)
Sivunittinni (excerpt)** 
Ken Benshoof
Traveling Music: I. Gentle, easy* 
Fodé Lassana Diabaté (arr. Jacob Garchik)
Sunjata’s Time: 5. Bara kala ta** 
Terry Riley
The Wheel*
David Harrington
Drone from Dirty Wars*
Café Tacvba (arr. Osvaldo Golijov)
12/12 (excerpt)* 
Philip Glass
String Quartet No. 3 ‘Mishima’: Blood Oath
Aleksandra Vrebalov
The Sea Ranch Songs: 7. Chapel, Rainbows*
Laurie Anderson (arr. Jacob Garchik)
John Zorn
Meditation ‘The Blue of Noon’ fromThe Dead Man*
Perotinus (arr. Kronos Quartet)
Viderunt omnes (excerpt)+
Clint Mansell (arr. David Lang)
Selection from Requiem for a Dream+
- Lux Aeterna
- Ghosts of a Future Lost 
John Oswald
Spectre (excerpt)*
Wu Man T
wo Chinese Paintings: II. Silk and Bamboo (inspired by Huanlege)**
Ervin T. Rouse (arr. Danny Clay)
Orange Blossom Special (excerpt)+ 

* Written for het Kronos Quartet
** Written for Kronos Fifty for the Future
+ Arranged for het Kronos Quartet


Kronos Quartet:
David Harrington violin
John Sherba violin
Hank Dutt viola
Gabriel Cabezas cello

Sam Green presentation

Sam Green spreker

Dokwerk Saxophone Quartet (pre programme):
Lisa Schreiber soprano saxophone
Jen-Hong Wu alto saxophone
Ileana Termini tenor saxophone
Pedro Silva baritone saxophone

Delving into fifty years of Kronos Quartet with film and music

In A Thousand Thoughts, the Kronos Quartet embarks on a journey through its legacy of fifty years. Live music and film merge into a multimedia event about what music is, what listening means, and how music can change the way we experience the world. In addition to music by all the great minimalists, the programme features new work, music by non-Western composers and, of course, George Crumb’s Black Angels, the work that prompted the formation of the Kronos Quartet.

David Harrington founded the Kronos Quartet in 1973 in San Francisco during the post-hippie era. The quartet, which has always been different from the norm, did not play Haydn, but did play a surprisingly rough version of Jimi Hendrix’s Purple Haze, as well as meditative American minimal music. Eschewing abstract modernists, such as Stockhausen and Boulez, they chose the unsettling genius of George Crumb. He set the Vietnam War to music in a cinematic horror fantasy in which Schubert’s Der Tod und das Mädchen is combined with romantic expressive modernism. Documentary filmmaker Sam tells the captivating story of this unique string quartet live on stage.