Raves for Stanford composer Jonathan Berger's 'My Lai'
The massacre of more than 500 innocent civilians by American soldiers in the village of My Lai, on March 19, 1968, was one of the darkest moments of the Vietnam War — one that traumatized the nation and swayed the course of history. The events of that day have been brought to the stage by the Kronos Quartet and collaborators in a new work of the same name by Stanford composer Jonathan Berger and Bay Area novelist Harriet Scott Chessman.
The 85-minute music theater piece for voice, string quartet and Vietnamese instruments, which audiences heard for the first time in a concert premiere that kicked off Stanford Live's Live Context series last October, was just given the red carpet treatment in its first fully-staged performance on Friday at Chicago's Harris Theater.
Read the Chicago Tribune's glowing review (note: free registration may be required).