Kronos Quartet & Wu Man

Sat 9 Mar 2013 to Sat 9 Mar 2013
Event type: 
Premium $87 / Premium Friend/Group $81 A Reserve
The Civic
Cnr Queen & Wellesley Sts, Auckland



A Chinese Home
Conceived by Wu Man, David Harrington, directed by Chen Shi-Zheng

Ghost Opera
For String Quartet and Pipa with water, stone, paper and metal
Music, text and installation by Tan Dun

Auckland Arts Festival 2013 welcomes five of the world’s most intrepid musicians to the stage - the world-renowned Kronos Quartet and the extraordinary Chinese pipa virtuoso, Wu Man. For one night only at the Auckland’s Civic Theatre, the classic string quartet will journey into new territory with two thrilling and boundary stretching works, A Chinese Home and Ghost Opera.

A Chinese Home is a mesmerising soundscape and visual journey for string quartet and pipa, conceived by Wu Man, Kronos’ David Harrington and leading theatre director Chen Shi-Zheng, and inspired by the deconstruction and rebuilding in the USA of a late Qing dynasty dwelling. Written by Academy Award Winning Composer Tan Dun (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Ghost Opera is a reflection on spirituality and ritual through water, metal, stone, paper, incorporating Chinese, American, Tibetan, and English cultures. Bach and Shakespeare are fused with Chinese shadow puppetry and ancient folklore.

This unique, one-off performance with Wu Man is exclusive to Auckland Arts Festival, however the Kronos Quartet are also touring to Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch as part of Chamber Music New Zealand’s Kaleidoscopes 2013 season.

Saturday 9 March, 8pm

Entry details

Book at THE EDGE: / 09 357 3355 / 0800 289 842

Group bookings: / 09 357 3354

Contact details

Media enquiries: Siobhan Waterhouse, Publicist. P: +64 (0)9 374 0317 | M: +64 (0) 22 126 4149 E:

Written by

Auckland Arts Festival

22 Nov 2012