Philip Glass and Kronos Quartet

Dracula with Michael Riesman, conductor

“…A quintessential Glass work and a canny homage to the great horror scores of yore.” – Premiere Magazine

For more than 40 years the Kronos Quartet has pursued a singular artistic vision combining fearless exploration with a continual re-imagining of the string quartet experience. One of the most lionized groups of our time, Kronos has released more than 50 recordings of uncommon breadth and creativity, collaborated with the most intriguing and accomplished composers and performers, and commissioned more than 850 works and arrangements.

Among the most influential composers ever to work in film, Philip Glass has reinvented the relationship between music and the moving image. For Dracula, Glass created an intense and atmospheric score for the Kronos Quartet, bringing new life to Universal Pictures’ 1931 classic by Tod Browning. Here they appear together alongside horror film icon Bela Lugosi in a riveting synthesis of music concert and film.

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Concerts in Context: A Pre-Concert Lecture Series

The Kronos Quartet Performs Dracula

Thursday, February 9th at 6:30PM
Gerrard Hall

Join guest lecturers Dr. Sara Levavy, Professor in the Department of American Studies, and Dr. Marcelle Pierson, Professor in the Department of Music.

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Parts of my World
Part II: Philip Glass & Kronos Quartet’s David Harrington* on their friendship, collaboration and the future

*Due to a major snowstorm in the northeast, Laurie Anderson is unable to participate in today’s lecture. This does not impact the Fri., Feb 10th performance by Philip Glass and Laurie Anderson. The Friday, Feb. 10th performance is scheduled to go on as planned. Any updates or changes will be posted immediately to CPA’s website, Twitter and Facebook pages.  Please contact CPA’s Ticket Services Office at 919-843-3333 with any questions.

Thursday, February 9th at 4:30PM (Seating begins at 4PM)
Ackland Art Museum

For more than 40 years the Kronos Quartet has pursued a singular artistic vision combining fearless exploration with a continual re-imagining of the string quartet experience. One of the most lionized groups of our time, Kronos has released more than 50 recordings of uncommon breadth and creativity, collaborated with the most intriguing and accomplished composers and performers, and commissioned more than 850 works and arrangements.

“Philip has added immensely to the culture of contemporary music because he’s open to new ideas and shares his enthusiasms with real generosity,” Kronos founding member Harrington said. “With Kronos and Philip, it has been a back-and-forth relationship. He introduced us to the Gambian kora player Foday Musa Suso and we introduced him to the Chinese pipa player Wu Man. All of these musical explorations have enriched our palette as a quartet – and they show up in his music, too. It has been a remarkable relationship for all of us.”

Before tonight’s  performance of the Glass composed score to the 1931 classic Dracula,  Glass and Harrington will sit down to share their reflections on their decades long relationship and their many collaborations over the years. Don’t miss the unique opportunity to listen to two musical giants share their thoughts on the future, and what they see as exciting and important ideas for young artists going forward.

Carolina Performing Arts is grateful to the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute for making this event possible.
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