Kronos Quartet, At War With Ourselves

Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music

Adult $35 | Senior $30 | Non-UR Student/Youth $10 | UR Student $5

Music by Michael Abels
Text & Narration by Nikky Finney
Conducted by Valérie Sainte-Agathe

A rhapsodic modern day paean spun from the skin of history for string quartet, chorus, and narrator, At War WithOurselves – 400 Years of You features a libretto by National Book Award-winning poet Nikky Finney inspired by her 2013 poem “The Battle of and for the Black Face Boy.” The music was composed by Michael Abels, composer for the Jordan Peele films Us and Get Out. This powerful new work explores race relations, social justice, and civil rights in 21st century America. Finney says the work is addressed to “both Black and white, both enslaved and free, bystander and non-bystander. We were then and now, At War With Ourselves. All of us, one human battlefield."

Read more at Deceptive Cadence, From NPR Classical: Four centuries of Black American history are told in new Kronos Quartet performance.