Kronos Quartet + Van-Anh Vo Take Families on a Trip Around the World

On Saturday, January 30, Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet made its Exelon Family Series debut with Around the World with Kronos. Along with special guest Van-Anh Vanessa Vo, Kronos performed music spanning 4 continents and 9 countries. Following the performance, all audience members were invited to participate in a Q&A with the artists.

 

Kronos Quartet and Van-Anh Vo in a Q&A with the audience
Kronos Quartet and Van-Anh Vo in a Q&A with the audience

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 re-imagining the string quartet experience. In the process, Kronos has become one of the world’s most celebrated and influential ensembles, performing thousands of concerts worldwide, releasing more than 50 recordings, collaborating with many of the world’s most intriguing and accomplished composers and performers, and commissioning more than 850 works and arrangements for string quartet. Click here to learn more about Kronos Quartet.

 

In addition to the performance Saturday, the Harris Theater hosted children and families from Turning the Page for a pizza party, educational activities, and a special pre-performance interaction with Van-Anh Vo. Turning the Page engages public school parents to be more effective and active participants in their children’s education, through partnerships with several elementary schools in the North Lawndale community.

 

Van-Anh Vo plays the t'rung with Turning the Page families
Van-Anh Vo plays the t’rung with Turning the Page families

Van-Anh gave the children a chance to play one of her instruments, the t’rung, encouraged everyone to participate through clapping and singing, and answered lots of questions from the very curious and excited group.

The Harris provided more than 300 underwritten tickets for this performance through the Access Tickets Program, to partners including Turning the Page, Merit School of Music, USO of Illinois, Cool Classics!, and several CPS elementary school partners. Click here to learn more about the Access Tickets Program.

 

This engagement was made possible by Shana and Peter Ellis, lead sponsors. The Harris Theater gratefully acknowledges the generous support of Exelon, the Exelon Family Series Presenting Sponsor.