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.

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

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