SPRINGFIELD -- The Grammy award-winning Kronos Quartet will perform at Sangamon Auditorium at the University of Illinois at Springfield on Tuesday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m. The Springfield Choral Society will join the string quartet to perform "Sun Rings," a piece inspired by outer space.
For more than 30 years, the Kronos Quartet -- David Harrington and John Sherba (violins), Hank Dutt (viola), and Jeffrey Zeigler (cello) -- has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to expanding the range and context of the string quartet. In the process, Kronos has become one of the most celebrated and influential ensembles of our time.
"Sun Rings," a work commissioned by NASA and others, is a multimedia production featuring 10 chamber music movements, a 60-piece choir, and sounds recorded from space back-dropped by awe-inspiring images (captured by the Hubble and Voyager telescopes) projected onto a 24x40-foot screen.
Professors Charles Schweighauser and John Martin of the UIS Astronomy-Physics department will give a pre-show presentation at 6:45 p.m. explaining some of the scientific aspects of Sun Rings. Following the performance, members of Kronos -- along with Schweighauser, Martin, and Marion van der Loo of the Springfield Choral Society -- will be available to answer audience questions.
This performance is presented in cooperation with Public Radio WUIS 91.9 and the UIS Department of Astronomy-Physics. It is supported in part by an grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art, and is sponsored by Omni Communications Group, Inc.Tickets for this event are $43 or $38 and are on sale now. To order tickets visit www.SangamonAuditorium.org or order tickets by phone by calling the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office at (217) 206-6160 or toll free at 800-207-6960.
Sangamon Auditorium is located at the University of Illinois at Springfield and hosts more than 120 performances annually. Also home to the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Springfield Ballet Company, it is the only auditorium of its kind and size in the Springfield area, with a seating capacity of 2,018. Sangamon Auditorium continues to fulfill its mission of presenting and supporting varied cultural and educational professional arts activities to audiences in Springfield, Sangamon County, and the surrounding areas. The auditorium administrative offices can be reached at (217) 206-6150 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.