Kronos Quartet & Sam Green: “A Thousand Thoughts”

February 15, 2022 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Kridel Grand Ballroom
1119 SW Park Ave.

In partnership with the Northwest Film Center.

A live documentary with The Kronos Quartet, written and directed by Sam Green and Joe Bini.

For over 45 years, San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet – David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola), and Sunny Yang (cello) – has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually reimagine the string quartet experience. In the process, Kronos has become one of the most celebrated and influential groups of our time, performing thousands of concerts worldwide, releasing more than 60 recordings of extraordinary breadth and creativity, collaborating with many of the world’s most accomplished composers and performers, and commissioning more than 1,000 works and arrangements for string quartet.

This season, we are so excited to present the Portland debut of A Thousand Thoughts, a “live documentary” film that chronologically unfolds the Kronos Quartet’s multi-decade career. Academy award-nominated filmmaker Sam Green and Emmy award-winner Joe Bini have teamed up with Kronos Quartet for a wildly creative multimedia performance piece that blends live music and narration with archival footage and filmed interviews with such prominent artists as Philip Glass, Tanya Tagaq, Steve Reich, and more. Learn more about A Thousand Thoughts.

A Thousand Thoughts was easily the [Sundance] festival’s most mind-blowing experience.”  Newsweek
“Watching it was the most joyous experience you could have at Sundance this year.” Slate

Friends of Chamber Music’s Commissioning Partnership with Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire is dedicated to the memory of BOB FRASCA and is made possible by a gift from the BOB AND JEANNE FRASCA FUND. We are happy to feature performances from Portland Youth Philharmonic and Metropolitan Youth Symphony musicians in the lobby before “A Thousand Thoughts” as part of this project.

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The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.

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