The University of Iowa
Kronos Quartet performs "At War with Ourselves – 400 Years of You" with narrator Nikky Finney and a choir, conducted by Valérie Sainte-Agathe.
Jason Ayer/University of South Carolina

Kronos Quartet

At War With Ourselves –
400 Years of You

Presented by
ADULTS: $50 / $40 / $30
COLLEGE STUDENTS: $40 / $10 / $10
YOUTH: $40 / $10 / $10
Saturday, February 11, 2023, 7:30 pm

Part of Hancher's Golden Anniversary Season

A Hancher commission

A rhapsodic modern-day song cycle spun from the skin of history for string quartet, chorus, and narrator, At War With Ourselves – 400 Years of You features a text by National Book Award-winning poet Nikky Finney inspired by her 2013 poem “The Battle of and for the Black Face Boy.” The music was composed by Michael Abels, composer for the Jordan Peele films Us and Get Out. This powerful new work explores race relations, social justice, and civil rights in 21st century America.

At War With Ourselves –
400 Years of You

Michael Abels, composer
Nikky Finney, text and narrator
performed by the Kronos Quartet and Tonality, conducted by Valérie Sainte-Agathe

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Avoid the lines by making your food selections before you come to Hancher Auditorium. The Stanley Café will have staff members ready to get your order—including beverages you order when you pick up your food—fast! 

Orders must be placed by noon the day before the performance.

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This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit


David and Sally Dierks
MidWestOne Bank
Bill Rubright in loving memory of Karen G. Rubright and Emilie J. Rubright
George and Carrol Woodworth


RUNNING TIME: 85 minutes (without an intermission)


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Kronos Quartet performing on center stage connected to amps and cords. Choir surrounding outside of quartet.
The Daily Iowan - Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Alongside writer Nikky Finney and choral group Tonality, the group performed music by Michael Abels and told the story of racism in America.

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