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July 11, 2017

Fifty for the Future on SiriusXM Symphony Hall’s “Living American”

Did you miss David Srebnik’s interview with Kronos’ artistic director, founder, and violinist David Harrington on SiriusXM Symphony Hall’s “Living American,” a weekly series devoted to living American composers, yesterday? You can catch it again on SiriusXM Radio Channel 76 (or stream online) on FRIDAY (July 14) at Midnight ET / 9PM PT, or Sunday (July 16) at 6PM ET / 3PM PT.

You’ll hear music composed for Kronos’ Fifty for the Future by Ken Benshoof, Wu Man, Aleksandra Vrebalov, and Kala Ramnath, as well as a live version of Bryce Dessner’s Aheym, recorded in the SiriusXM Performance Theatre in Washington DC, “God Music” from George Crumb’s Black Angels, and “The Ecstasy” from Terry Riley’s Salome Dances for Peace.

June 26, 2017

Fifty for the Future on Classical KUSC

Two weeks ago, Kronos founder, violinist, and artistic director David Harrington spoke to Brian Lauritzen in Los Angeles at Classical KUSC about Kronos’ Fifty for the Future before a concert at LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Listen to the interview here (after a brief excerpt at the beginning of the 30-minute episode, the conversation continues at 16:16).

To listen to and download the scores for the works featured in the story (as well as others), please visit our project website:

June 19, 2017

Taïga String Quartet plays Garth Knox’s Satellites!

Composer Garth Knox recently sent us this video of the Taïga String Quartet (Louise Gorm, Isabelle Bania, Alice Vaz, and Maria Edlund) performing “Dimensions,” the third movement of his Fifty for the Future string quartet Satellites. Check it out below!

To watch other groups perform music from Kronos’ Fifty for the Future project, check out this YouTube playlist.


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June 14, 2017

Kronos receives NEA support to distribute free string quartets

Kronos Performing Arts Association and Kronos Quartet are honored to announce that we have received an Art Works’ Media Arts grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support our ongoing efforts to provide open access to contemporary string quartet scores and parts, recordings, and other instructional and study materials, online and free of charge through Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire!

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June 05, 2017

Who will be #50?

We could not be more thrilled to announce that the initial 15 open access string quartet scores and parts that we have commissioned and released online for FREE through Kronos’ Fifty for the Future have been downloaded by musicians, students, composers, and music fans in 49 countries worldwide. Thank you all!

Preview all of the available contemporary string quartets below, and then help us get to 50 countries by:
1) Downloading your favorite here:

2) Posting your performance of your favorite work like these groups.

(Please always tag us or email us when you post your performance. We love seeing groups around the world perform this work! And, please make sure people know where you found the music by linking back to our website.)


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