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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.

January 25, 2017

Kronos’ Fifty for the Future — Year Three!

Kronos Quartet/Kronos Performing Arts Association (KPAA) is thrilled to announce the 10 composers—five women and five men—who will be participating in Year Three of Kronos’ Fifty for the Future project. Please welcome this eclectic group to the program as they join us in expanding the 21st-century string quartet repertoire for young players.

Islam Chispy (Egypt)
Aftab Darvishi (Iran/Netherlands)
Erin Gee (USA)
Zakir Hussain (India/USA)
Joan Jeanrenaud (USA)
Soo Yeon Lyuh (Korea/USA)
Tod Machover (USA)
Onutė Narbuaitė (Lithuania)
Yevgeniy Sharlat (Russia/USA)
Stephan Thelen (USA/Switzerland)

These ten composers will join the Year One and Year Two artists in creating new works, which Kronos will then premiere around the world. In addition, KPAA will provide companion materials for each piece, including scores, parts, recordings, videos, performance notes, and composer interviews, all of which will be distributed online and made available at no charge.

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January 24, 2017

Students in Southern California take on Kronos’ Fifty for the Future

Kronos had an amazing time working with students from Arnold O. Beckman High School, Orange County School of the Arts, Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Chapman University on several pieces from Kronos’ Fifty for the Future.

Kronos Artistic Director and violinist David Harrington writes, “The students were so prepared, so flexible in their approaches to their instruments, so responsive to everything I said and their total concentration was inspiring. It was a great pleasure for me to hear them play Franghiz Ali-Zadeh’s Reqs!! I hope that they will perform Franghiz’s music soon and have a look at some of the other Fifty for the Future pieces as well.”

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January 11, 2017

Kronos and Carnegie Hall to host Fifty for the Future Master Class for Music Educators

Kronos is absolutely thrilled to be collaborating with The Academy for Teachers and Kronos’ Fifty for the Future Lead Partner Carnegie Hall to introduce music educators to the Kronos Learning Repertoire at a masterclass on Wednesday, February 15, from 9 a.m.–4 p.m., in NYC.

With Kronos, the event will explore several pieces of contemporary string quartet music that are approachable by middle and high school instrumentalists and available for free online. These works are part of Kronos’ Fifty for the Future education initiative, which is commissioning 50 string quartets from 25 female and 25 male composers and musicians from around the world. The deadline to apply for the class is this Thursday, January 12. Click here to learn more!

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