(Houston) – Performing Arts Houston presents the Kronos Quartet and Sam Green in a live documentary performance of A Thousand Thoughts on April 13, 2024, in Jones Hall. The documentary showcases the legendary group’s 50-year career as groundbreaking musicians, narrated by Sam Green as Kronos performs the score, featuring works by Philip Glass, Terry Riley, and more. Performing Arts Houston presented Kronos Quartet for the first time in 1990. Their April 13, 2024, performance will mark the organization’s fifth time presenting the GRAMMY-winning ensemble. Tickets start at $29, at

For 50 years, San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet—David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola), and Paul Wiancko (cello)—has reimagined what the string quartet experience can be. One of the most celebrated and influential groups of the era, Kronos has given thousands of concerts worldwide, released more than 70 recordings, and collaborated with many of the world’s most accomplished composers and performers across many genres. Kronos has received more than 40 awards, including three GRAMMYs and the Polar Music, Avery Fisher, and Edison Klassiek Oeuvre Prizes. Kronos Performing Arts Association recently announced the retirement of longtime members John Sherba (violin) and Hank Dutt (viola), effective in late June of 2024 following the quartet’s 50th anniversary tour.

Through its nonprofit organization, Kronos Performing Arts Association (KPAA), Kronos has commissioned more than 1,000 works and arrangements for quartet. KPAA also manages Kronos’ concert tours, local performances, recordings, and education programs, and produces an annual Kronos Festival in San Francisco. In its most ambitious commissioning effort to date, KPAA has recently completed 50 for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire. Through this initiative, Kronos has commissioned—and distributed online for free—50 new works for string quartet designed for students and emerging professionals, written by composers from around the world.

Sam Green is a New York-based documentary filmmaker. He received his master’s degree in journalism from University of California, Berkeley, where he studied documentary filmmaking with the acclaimed filmmaker Marlon Riggs. Green’s most recent projects are the “live documentaries” The Measure of All Things (2014), The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller with Yo La Tengo (2012), and Utopia in Four Movements (2010). His performance work has screened at venues such as the Barbican, The Kitchen, TBA Festival, Fusebox Festival, Brighton Festival, and many others. Green’s 2004 feature-length film, the Academy Award–nominated documentary The Weather Underground,premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, was broadcast on PBS, was included in the 2004 Whitney Biennial, and has screened widely around the world.

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Kronos Quartet and Sam Green: A Thousand Thoughts
April 13, 2024
Saturday, 7:30 pm
Jones Hall
Tickets start at $29

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