Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Awakening 9/11/08

kronos quartetKronos Quartet

"We hope to create equilibrium on the midst of imbalance: a special covering on an open wound" - David Harrington, Kronos Quartet.

Such is the explanation of an extraordinary experience for a tribute to the anniversary of 9/11 that we attended last night at the Phillips Center at the University of Florida. The program was mesmerizing, powerful and profound. The compositions were compelling. This artist's imagination was launched into the outer boundaries of time/space continuum.

The evening ended with a performance of hope and renewal by the P.K. Yonge Middle School Performing Arts Chorus. There wasn't a dry eye in the house.

I've followed the quartet for many years as this sound is synonymous with extreme epiphanies and inspired soulful perceptions. What a long, long way from my California days of eccentric stringed-out versions of "Purple Haze".

"Talking about music is like dancing about architecture". - Laurie Anderson (who performs at UF next week)

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