MY LAI with Kronos Quartet at Stanford University

  • bing concert hall Stanford, CA 94305

The infamous 1968 massacre of Vietnamese villagers by American soldiers at My Lai provides the context for this gripping new work written by Stanford faculty composer Jonathan Berger for the Kronos Quartet, tenor Rinde Eckert, and Vietnamese multi-instrumental Vân Ánh Vanessa Võ. 
My Lai, which uses traditional Vietnamese percussion and digitally processed sounds, is told from the perspective of the heroic helicopter pilot who tried to stop the slaughter and was vilified for reporting it. 


Jonathan Berger, composer

Kronos Quartet, Rinde Eckert, Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ, performers

Harriet Scott Chessman, librettist

Brian H. Scott, lighting designer

PRESHOW TALK: THE FORGOTTEN HERO OF MY LAI

At 6:30 pm, join veteran journalist Trent Angers for a preshow talk on U.S. Army helicopter pilot Hugh Thompson. A discussion with the artists also follows the performance.