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April 03, 2017

A Spring Afternoon with Kronos benefitting Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire

On Sunday, April 30th, from 3 to 6:00 p.m., Kronos will host an intimate afternoon filled with music and inspiration at a private home in Stanford, California, to benefit Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire. The musical program features Kronos Quartet and two Bay Area-based student ensembles – Dragon String Quartet from Ruth Asawa San Francisco School for the Arts and Claudius Quartet from Young Chamber Musicians – performing recent work commissioned by Kronos’ Fifty for the Future, including West Coast premieres of string quartets by Laurie Anderson and Rhiannon Giddens. After the outdoor concert, enjoy appetizers, drinks, and conversation with the artists, as well as special guests like Joan Jeanrenaud, former longtime Kronos cellist and Fifty for the Future composer, on the grounds of our hosts’ beautifully restored 1914 home.

Tickets are $250. All proceeds benefit Kronos’ Fifty for the Future, a major initiative of the San Francisco-based 501(c)3 nonprofit Kronos Performing Arts Association. Capacity is limited. Please RSVP by April 15, 2017. Contact Mason Dille, Development Manager 415.731.3533, email

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March 21, 2017

“Kronos Quartet: Making free music for the future”

This week, BBC World News America reported on Kronos’ Fifty for the Future. Watch the story here!

We are grateful for the help and support provided by Washington Performing Arts, Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, Carnegie Hall, and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in making this segment possible.

March 07, 2017

Livestream today’s NYC concert

Please tune in TODAY at 4:30 p.m. PST / 7:30 p.m. EST for the Livestream of our Ecstatic Music Festival concert at WNYC’s Greene Space in New York City. This performance will feature recent works from Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, our education and legacy project that is commissioning – and distributing for free – the first learning library of contemporary repertoire for string quartet. Joining Kronos will be special guests haegeum virtuoso Soo Yeon Lyuh (Fifty for the Future Year 3 composer) and student quartets from Kaufman Music Center’s Face the Music, a Fifty for the Future Legacy Partner.

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February 27, 2017

World Premiere of Nicole Lizée’s “Black MIDI” at New Creations Festival

Kronos is excited to be performing the world premiere of Nicole Lizée’s Black MIDI with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) (Fifty for the Future Commissioning Partner) next Saturday, March 11 as part of the TSO’s New Creations Festival. A Fifty for the Future composer and frequent collaborator, Lizée has written a new piece for string quartet and orchestra that explores what Black MIDI could be. The piece tells a story of “how what begins as artificially imposed MIDI commands can then spur the imagination and cross into the analog or human world.”

To learn more about the program, click here.

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February 16, 2017

Fifty for the Future Workshop with Carnegie Hall and The Academy for Teachers

Thank you Carnegie Hall, lead partner in Kronos’ Fifty for the Future education initiative, and The Academy for Teachers for organizing the “Music in the 21st Century” Master Class at the Weill Music Institute last week. And thank you to the two student quartets from the Kaufman Center’s Face the Music (Fifty for the Future Legacy Partner) who joined the workshop to perform and discuss Aleksandra Vrebalov’s My Desert, My Rose and Fodé Lassana Diabaté‘s Sunjata’s Time. It was a privilege to share the initial string quartets of our growing learning library with so many engaged and inspiring middle and high school music educators.

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