Kronos Quartet
Mixed repertoire including Peace Be Till
Performance Dates
Saturday, January 18, 2020 8:00pm at CROWDER HALL

The weekend of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we invite you to a performance by Kronos Quartet that will include Peace Be Till, a new work composed by young Oakland-based musician Zachary James Watkin. This piece is based on the pivotal moment in 1963 in Washington, D.C. when Mahalia Jackson exhorted Martin Luther King to “Tell ’em about the dream.” A request which sparked one of the most powerfully moving pieces of rhetoric ever recorded: Martin Luther King, Jr. set aside his script and improvised the now iconic portion of the “I Have a Dream” speech that became synonymous with the civil rights movement. For more than 40 years, Kronos Quartet – David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola) and Sunny Yang (cello) – has combined a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually reimagine the string quartet experience. In the process, they have become one of the most influential groups of our time. Join us for commemoration and celebration and experience the phenomen that is Kronos Quartet! This event is part of the 2020 Tucson Cello Congress.

Kronos Quartet Repertiore:

Traditional (arr. Stephen Prutsman & Kronos) / Star-Spangled Banner (inspired by Jimi Hendrix) +

Traditional (arr. Jacob Garchik) / The House of the Rising Sun (inspired by The Everly Brothers) +

Stacy Garrop / Glorious Mahalia * 

            I. Hold on

            II. Stave in the ground

            III. Are you being treated right

            IV. Sometime I feel like a motherless child

            V. This world will make you think

featuring the recorded voices of Mahalia Jackson and Studs Terkel

George Gershwin (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Summertime (inspired by Janis Joplin) +

Antonio Haskell (arr. Jacob Garchik) / God Shall Wipe All Tears Away (inspired by Mahalia Jackson) +

Abel Meeropol (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Strange Fruit +

Zachary James Watkins / Peace Be Till *

            featuring the recorded voice of Dr. Clarence B. Jones


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