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Cal Performances presents MY LAI performed by Kronos Quartet

  • Zellerbach Hall Berkeley, CA, 94704 United States (map)

Programming included for My Lai, a monodrama for tenor, string quartet and Vietnamese instruments, includes a display of of new work handmade paper artwork by Drew Cameron and discussions with the artists at various events on campus.

FULLY STAGED PRODUCTION Jonathan Berger, composer Harriet Scott Chessman, librettist

It was nearly 50 years ago that American soldiers massacred hundreds of unarmed Vietnamese villagers at My Lai. Kronos Quartet's fully staged collaboration with composer Jonathan Berger and novelist Harriet Scott Chessman revisits the horrors of that day and its aftermath, from the perspective of the heroic helicopter pilot who tried to intervene. Berger's "richly evocative" and "hauntingly beautiful" (San Francisco Chronicle) score blends Rinde Eckert's expressive voice with string quartet augmented by traditional Vietnamese instruments played by Vân-Ành Võ, and an electronic soundscape of helicopters, voices, and snippets of American blues.

Public Forum Sat, Mar 3, 2018 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater, 2120 Oxford Street, Berkeley With the My Lai creative team: composer Jonathan Berger, librettist Harriet Scott Chessman, Drew Cameron of Combat Paper, and performers Rinde Eckert, VÂn-ánh Võ, and David Harrington BAMPFA will present a film series in conjunction with this event. Details to be announced.

The Public Forum is free and open to everyone. BAMPFA films will be ticketed.

Post-performance Talk "Catharsis Café" Sun, Mar 4, 2018 Zellerbach Hall Mezzanine Join us after the performance at the Catharsis Café

We often hear from patrons that discussing what they've just seen or heard immediately following a performance is an important part of the overall experience of attending the performing arts. And a challenging, thought-provoking work such as My Lai is tailor-made to spark interesting discussion and meaningful reflection.

Join us immediately following the performance upstairs on the Mezzanine for an informal discussion with fellow theatergoers over drinks and snacks from the café

Catharsis: the purging of the emotions or relieving of emotional tensions, especially through certain kinds of art. Free to ticket holders. Advance Registration requested.

Free to ticket holders. Advance Registration requested. (opens in January 2018).