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Kronos Quartet
Kronos Quartet © Jay Blakesberg

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Großer Saal
Tue, 8 May 2018   20:00

Kronos Quartet

Hamburg International Music Festival

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What does the universe sound like? The legendary Kronos Quartet gives a concrete answer to the question with the piece »Sun Rings« by Terry Riley, the high priest of minimal music, who sets real NASA recordings in this work. But these remarkably versatile musicians also show that they can switch effortlessly from crossover jazz from their native America to Irish folk and Chinese avant-garde in their concert programme. In keeping with the festival motto »Utopia« and their own project »Fifty for the Future«, which sponsors young composers, they bring together visionary music from every continent, generation and style: in short, music that overcomes boundaries.

The Kronos Quartet is one of today’s leading ensembles for contemporary music. The quartet has a repertoire numbering some 600 works – three times as many as the complete string quartet oeuvre of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms. This remarkable number is easily explained: since the quartet was founded in 1973, they have commissioned no fewer than 400 compositions from composers all over the world. The result is a quite unique formation with a colourful and varied repertoire, and a stage presence that is every bit its equal.


Kronos Quartet

David Harrington violin
John Sherba violin
Hank Dutt viola
Sunny Yang violoncello


Aleksandra Vrebalov
My desert, my rose

Islam Chipsy

Nicole Lizée
Another living soul

Sahba Aminikia
Pareeshān (Abstracted)

Laurie Anderson
Flow (Arrangement: Jacob Garchik)

Konono No. 1
Kule Kule (Arrangement: Jherek Bischoff)

Wladimir Martynow
The beatitudes

George Gershwin
Summertime / Porgy and Bess, arr. Jacob Garchik, nach Janis Joplin

Missy Mazzoli
Harp and altar

- Pause -

Wu Man
Silk and bamboo / aus: Four chinese paintings

Frangis Ali-Sade
Rəqs (Dance)

Kala Ramnath
Amrit / arr. Reena Esmail

Rhiannon Giddens
At the purchaser's option with variations (Arrangement: Jacob Garchik)

God shall wipe all tears away

Omar Souleyman
La Sidounak Sayyada (Arrangement: Jacob Garchik)

Terry Riley
One earth, one people, one love / Sun Rings für Streichquartett, Chor und Weltraumklänge

Estimated end time: 22:55

Promoter: HamburgMusik gGmbH

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Between the old Kaispeicher and the new glass structure is the Plaza, a public viewing platform on the 8th floor of the Elbphilharmonie. Tickets for concerts in the Grand and Recital Halls include a visit to the Plaza two hours before the start of the concert or event; all other visitors require a Plaza ticket.

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Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
Großer Saal

Heart of the Elbphilharmonie: the Grand Hall seats 2,000 guests in the »vineyard« style. The stage for artists and orchestras is situated at the centre of the concert hall and is surrounded by terraced seating.

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  • Getting Here

    Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
    Platz der Deutschen Einheit
    20457 Hamburg

    The Elbphilharmonie can be easily reached by bus, underground, bicycle and ferry.

    Underground line U3: Baumwall (approx. 450 m from the Elbphilharmonie)
    Underground line U4: Überseequartier (approx. 950 m from the Elbphilharmonie)
    Bus 111: Am Kaiserkai (Elbphilharmonie) (approx. 150 m from the Elbphilharmonie)

    City bicycle (Stadtrad) stations: Am Baumwall and Am Kaiserkai / Großer Grasbrook
    There are sufficient bicycle stands available in front of the Elbphilharmonie.

    Ferry 72 (from Landungsbrücken pier): »Elbphilharmonie« pier

  • Parking

    There is limited parking available in the Elbphilharmonie and the HafenCity.

    »Elbphilharmonie« multistorey carpark (open 24 hours a day, 433 parking spaces):
    Parking charge per hour: €4.50
    Daily rate: €50.00
    Please note that visitors to the Elbphilharmonie should use the entrance marked »Elbphilharmonie«. The entrance »Elbphilharmonie Hotel« is reserved for »The Westin Hamburg« hotel guests and the charge is €5.00 per hour.

    Multistorey carpark »Speicherstadt«: Am Sandtorkai 6, 20457 Hamburg (722 parking spaces, approx. 750 m from the Elbphilharmonie)

    Überseequartier underground carpark: Überseeallee 3, 20457 Hamburg (420 parking spaces, approx. 850 m from the Elbphilharmonie)

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    All halls and spaces are accessible for visitors with disabilities. More information at www.elbphilharmonie.de/en/accessibility.

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Grand Hall
Elbphilharmonie Großer Saal © Michael Zapf

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