The legendary string quartet present an adventurous concert of new works never before heard in the Middle East, featuring the acclaimed Chinese pipa virtuoso Wu Man, and Tajikistan’s Sirojiddin Juraev, a master of Central Asian long-neck lutes, on dutar.

Many of the compositions will be drawn from from Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, an education and legacy initiative that is commissioning – and distributing for free – the first learning library of contemporary repertoire for string quartet. The Arts Center is a Legacy Partner of this unprecedented project that recently inspired The Washington Post to declare “Kronos Quartet is at it again, committing acts of imaginative generosity in support of creativity.

Listen to their collaboration with Wu Man

Presented in partnership with the Aga Khan Music Initiative

“The Kronos Quartet has broken the boundaries of what string quartets do.” – The New York Times

The program for the evening includes

  • Islam Chipsy (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Zaghlala زغللةً
  • Aleksandra Vrebalov / My Desert, My Rose
  • Aftab Darvishi / Daughters of Sol World premiere
  • Franghiz Ali-Zadeh / Rǝqs (Dance)
  • Philip Glass / Quartet Satz
  • Yevgeniy Sharlat / pencil sketch

These works were composed for Kronos’ Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire.

  • Kronos Quartet, Sirojiddin Juraev, and Wu Man
  • Kronos Quartet
  • Sirojiddin Juraev, dutar, tanbur, sato
  • Wu Man, pipa

All works by Sirojiddin Juraev, with string quartet and pipa parts arranged for Kronos and Wu Man by Jacob Garchik.

These arrangements were commissioned for the Kronos Quartet, Sirojiddin Juraev, and Wu Man by the Aga Khan Music Initiative, a program of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, and the Kronos Performing Arts Association. Additional support was provided by Asia Society.

Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire is a program of the Kronos Performing Arts Association and is made possible by generous support from an adventurous group of partners, including Carnegie Hall, The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi, and many others.