Kronos Quartet ready to take you on a musical adventure ‘Around the World’ in family matinee

Profile of the four members of the Kronos Quartet.

Featuring an eclectic and energetic mix of music styles that will keep the entire family captivated at The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi.

As part of their encore residency at The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) the world-renowned Kronos Quartet invites families from across the UAE to watch Around the World with Kronos on Friday, February 16 at 4pm.

A musical adventure around the world, ideal for the entire family (ages 7up). This 60-minute show is a chance to bring your children to watch one of the world’s most influential string quartets. This concert boasts an eclectic and energetic mix of music styles from across the globe, including India, Egypt, Syria, Scotland, USA, and the Democratic Republic of Congo to name a few.

The alchemy of songs offer an ideal playlist for children to experience sounds and cultures from a variety nationalities. The likes of Egypt’s Islam Chipsy, Konono No1 from the Democratic Republic of Congo Garth Knox from Scotland, and Colombia’s Mario Galeano Toro. The program for the afternoon’s show is as follows:

●      Islam Chipsy (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Zaghlala زغللةً – Egypt

●      Ramallah Underground (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Tashweesh – Palestine

●      Traditional (arr. Jacob Garchik) / God Shall Wipe All Tears Away – USA

●      Omar Souleyman (arr. Jacob Garchik) / La Sidounak Sayyada – Syria

●      Traditional (arr. Jacob Garchik) / The House of the Rising Sun – USA

●      N. Rajam (arr. Reena Esmail) / Dadra in Raga Bhairavi – India

●      Konono No1 (arr. Jherek Bischoff) / Kule Kule – Democratic Republic of Congo

●      Garth Knox / Satellites: III. Dimensions – Scotland

●      Mario Galeano Toro / Microsurco de Liebre – Colombia

●      Traditional (arr. Stephen Prutsman) / Wa Habibi (Beloved) - Lanon

●      Wu Man (arr. Danny Clay) / Four Chinese Paintings: IV. Silk and Bamboo 丝与竹  – China

This international collection of sounds is thanks to Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire – the Quartet’s education and legacy initiative, all from the Kronos Performing Arts Association

Bill Bragin, executive artistic director at The Arts Center at NYUAD, is looking forward to the return of the Quartet, saying: “Kronos Quartet has had an enormous impact on contemporary music, and the way we think about what a string quartet can be. They’ve expanded the size and scope of the canon for over 40 decades, reinventied how their instruments are played, and expanded the notion who is thought of as a composer for string quartet. They also had an enormous impact on the UAE when they helped open our inaugural season, and defined the role of The Arts Center in the process. We’re thrilled to have been a Legacy Partner of the 50 for the Future initiative and a co-commissioner of A Thousand Thoughts, and even more thrilled to have them back on our campus along with Sam Green, coaching students, visiting classes, and sharing their unparalleled artistry.” 


Tickets are now on sale, with the performance on Friday, February 16 at 4pm.

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