Press Release – Chamber Music New Zealand
Inventive, eclectic, experimental and exhilarating – Kronos Quartet returns to Auckland in March for an Arts Festival concert to open Chamber Music New Zealand’s 2013 Kaleidoscopes season.
One of the most renowned ensembles of contemporary musicians, this year marks the 40th birthday of the Kronos Quartet, and to celebrate they are bringing the best of the music of our time for a four-centre, landmark New Zealand tour opening in Auckland on Saturday 9 March with a special concert with renowned pipa player Wu Man for Auckland Arts Festival, followed by concerts in Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch.
Featuring David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola) and Jeffrey Zeigler (cello), Kronos Quartet tells the stories of new music like no other. Employing pre-recorded tape, amplification and spectacular virtuosity, the American ensemble has spent 40 years travelling the globe and constantly experimenting with what it means to be a string quartet.
For the Auckland Arts Festival concert on Saturday 9 March, they are joined by renowned pipa player Wu Man to perform two of their best known works : Tan Dun’s Ghost Opera, based on Chinese spirituality and ritual and using water, stone and paper in a compelling audio-visual experience; and A Chinese Home, a rich and layered soundscape conceived by Wu Man and David Harrington, and directed by Chen Shi-Zheng.
For more information and to book tickets visit www.chambermusic.co.nz.
Chamber Music New Zealand acknowledges major funding from Creative New Zealand.
“an intense, heady experience that could move a listener to the core” The New York Times
CHAMBER MUSIC NEW ZEALAND 2013 ‘KALEIDOSCOPES’ SEASON: KRONOS QUARTET
In association with Auckland Arts Festival by arrangement with Arts Project Australia
Programme: Auckland Arts Festival Concert Only with Wu Man
Tan Dun | Ghost Opera
Wu Man/David Harrington/Chen Shi-Zheng | A Chinese Home
AUCKLAND: The Civic, THE EDGE | Saturday 9 March 8pm | Book at 0800 BUY TICKETS (289 842) | with Wu Man as part of Auckland Arts Festival