MPR and The Walker Art Center present
KRONOS QUARTET AND TERRY RILEY (rescheduled from 4/25/20)
Note: The Kronos Quartet show originally scheduled for April 25 has been rescheduled and will take place on October 28, 2020. All tickets purchased for the April 25 performance will remain valid for the new date, so please hang on to your original ticket for entrance.
The Kronos Quartet/Terry Riley performance on April 25th at The Fitzgerald Theater has been postponed.
Due to the recent guidelines and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Minnesota Department of Health, and the Minnesota Governor’s office, our friends and partners at First Avenue have made the difficult decision to postpone all activity in their venues for the months of March and April. While we are saddened that we won’t be hosting the Kronos Quartet and Terry Reilly at the Fitzgerald Theater in April, we respect the decisions being made to put the safety of our audiences front and center during this unprecedented time.
We will be in touch soon with more information regarding postponement details as we have them, and hope you and yours stay healthy and safe.
For 45 years, Kronos Quartet has been blazing sonic trails, expanding notions of classical and chamber music, while regularly appearing at the Walker. Though the group has commissioned more than 1,000 works by an array of international composers, their deepest and longest-lasting relationship has been with pioneering minimalist Terry Riley.
In a program celebrating Riley’s 85th birthday, Kronos honors one of American music’s most influential living composers, joined onstage by Riley (on keyboards) and his son Gyan Riley (guitar). The “genial, bearded guru of American music” (New York Times) who influenced generations of artists—from Phillip Glass and Steve Reich to the Who and Brian Eno—Riley helped drive Kronos’s polystylistic philosophy. The all-Riley program underscores his ever-evolving global aesthetic, the quartet’s distinctive approach to performance, and why they’ve been blowing minds for decades.
California Composer Terry Riley launched what is now known as the Minimalist movement with his revolutionary classic In C in 1964. This seminal work provided a new concept in musical form based on interlocking repetitive patterns. It’s impact was to change the course of 20th Century music and it’s influence has been heard in the works of prominent composers such as Steve Reich, Philip Glass and John Adams and in the music of Rock Groups such as The Who, The Soft Machine, Tangerine Dream, Curved Air and many others. Terry’s hypnotic, multi-layered, polymetric, brightly orchestrated eastern flavored improvisations and compositions set the stage for the prevailing interest in a New Tonality.