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Kronos Quartet goes under the surface

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Family concert at the Aquarium with the Festival artist-in-residence. 

Inside the Rotunda, a large, round room with aquariums from floor to ceiling, you can hear one of the world's very best string quartets play for you – and for all the fish! 

Kronos Quartet comes from the American seaport of San Francisco, and was founded more than 45 years ago. The four musicians have performed thousands of concerts and like to do things their own way. They are especially fond of playing new music, and at this concert you can hear many works written by living composers from all over the world. The programme includes music inspired by Malian handclapping songs, Chinese paintings and outer space. 

The event takes place inside the Bergen Aquarium on the public holiday Ascension Day, allowing you to meet penguins, flounders and sharks before or after the concert!

Photo: Evan Neff


​Kronos Quartet is also doing a classical concert at Håkonshallen, and you can meet the four musicians in a conversation at Kulturhuset in an event to be launched later. The quartet also performs at the Opening Ceremony, and will participate in workshops during their Festival stay.

Bergen International Festival is a Commissioning Partner for Kronos Quartet's Fifty for the Future.

This partnership between Kronos Quartet and Bergen International Festival is made possible by the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation. 



​40 min


​Standard: 25

The ticket must be purchased together with an entrance ticket for the Aquarium.


    • Kronos Quartet
    • David Harrington violin
    • John Sherba violin
    • Hank Dutt viola
    • Sunny Yang cello

Music by

    • Knox  
    • Oswald
    • Kidjo
    • Tagaq 
    • Lizée 
    • Man 
    • Haskell
    • Diabaté
    • Rouse       ​


    • Garth Knox (1956–)
      3. Dimensions

    • John Oswald (1953–)
      Spectre (excerpt) 

    • Angélique Kidjo (1960–)
      YanYanKliYan Senamido #2 
      Arr.: Jacob Garchik

    • Tanya Tagaq (1975–)
      Sivunittinni (excerpt) 
      Arr.: Jacob Garchik

    • Nicole Lizée (1973–)
      Another Living Soul (excerpt) 

    • Wu Man (1962–)
      Two Chinese Paintings: Silk and Bamboo (inspired by traditional Huanlege) (excerpt) 
      realised by Danny Clay (1961–)

    • Antonio L. Haskell (1892–1965)
      God Shall Wipe All Tears Away (inspirert av Mahalia Jackson)
      Arr.: Jacob Garchik

    • Hawa «Kassé Mady» Diabaté (1974–)
      Tegere Tulon
      1. Funtukuru
      Arr.: Jacob Garchik

    • Ervin T. Rouse (1917–1981)
      Orange Blossom Special 
      Arr.: Danny Clay 

Supported by

The Savings Bank Foundation DNB – Dextra MusicaGrieg Foundation, and Mid Atlantic Arts through USArtists International, a program in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding.


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