My Lai

Music, Classical and opera
Kronos Quartet
Photograph: Jay Blakesberg Kronos Quartet

The Kronos Quartet is joined by Vietnamese musician Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ for the world premiere of Jonathan Berger’s operatic one-hander about the U.S. Army’s massacre of civilians during the Vietnam War. Mixing traditional string quartet arrangements with Vietnamese instruments, voice and recorded sound, the narrative is presented in a non-linear fashion that finds its protagonist reflecting on the war in melodic fits and starts.

By: Zach Long


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