Kronos Quartet To Perform George Crumb’s Black Angels
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Tuesday, October 20
Performance by the Iconic Quartet to be Followed by Panel Discussion Exploring the
Ability of Music to Humanize History
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will host the Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet as they perform George Crumb’s Black Angels in the uniquely relevant setting of Intrepid, which served three tours of duty in the Vietnam War. The performance will be followed by a discussion of music’s ability to reflect issues of past and present with insight and sensitivity on Tuesday, October 20 at 7:30pm at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on Pier 86 (46 Street and 12 Avenue, Manhattan).
Black Angels, subtitled “Thirteen Images From the Dark Land”, was written in response to the Vietnam War and, in Crumb’s own words, is “a kind of parable on our troubled contemporary world.” After hearing Black Angels for the first time in 1973, David Harrington was inspired to form the Kronos Quartet, now one of the most celebrated and influential groups of our time, known for its fearless commitment and groundbreaking artistic vision. The performance is presented in conjunction with the October opening of the Intrepid Museum’s major new exhibition, On the Line: Intrepid & the Vietnam War, a major exhibition exploring the events and impact of the Vietnam War through the lens of Intrepid’s history.
Following the performance, John Schaefer, host of NPR’s Soundcheck, will lead a discussion with the members of the Kronos Quartet and Dr. Steven Bruns, an associate professor of music and expert on George Crumb. The panel will explore the power of music to shape our understanding of history and offer insight into the experiences and emotions of the individuals who lived it.
Presale tickets are available for Intrepid Museum members starting July 13. Tickets will become available to the general public on July 28. Front Orchestra tickets are $60 ($55 for members); Rear Orchestra tickets are $25 ($23 for members).
To purchase tickets or for more information, please visit www.intrepidmuseum.org.