October 11, 2017

Rhiannon Giddens Named 2017 MacArthur Genius Grant Winner

We are thrilled that Rhiannon Giddens, one of our Year 1 composers for Kronos’ Fifty for the Future, has been named a MacArthur Foundation 2017 “Genius” Grant Winner! The MacArthur fellowships, awarded annually by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for exceptional “originality, insight and potential.” Giddens joins a group of 23 other “exceptionally creative” individuals; see the full list and read more about the fellows here.

We can’t think of anyone more deserving of this honor. Congratulations, Rhiannon!

September 12, 2017

National Arts in Education Week

This week is Arts Education Week! For artists like ourselves, there is no end to our arts education (and we hope there is no end to yours either). As David, our artistic director, founder, and violinist, is fond of saying, “I think of playing in Kronos as having three teachers every day. Sunny, Hank, John - they’re always teaching me. When we add a composer, we are listening to what he or she says to us, trying to assemble a body of evidence about the music at hand, so the composer becomes a teacher as well. The same goes for all of our collaborators. We’re always trying to figure out how Kronos can extend its experiences and enlarge the palette of what can be done by two violins, a viola, and a cello.”

Whether you would like to celebrate, participate in, or advocate for the arts (or all of the above!) during National Arts In Education Week, you can learn more on the Americans for the Arts’ website: http://www.americansforthearts.org/by-topic/arts-education/national-arts-in-education-week

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