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September 19, 2016

Philip Glass to Receive National Medal of Arts

We are thrilled to congratulate Philip Glass—longtime friend and collaborator of Kronos, and one of Kronos’ Fifty for the Future composers—on his 2015 National Medal of Arts! President Barack Obama will present the awards at the White House in conjunction with the National Humanities Medals this Thursday, September 22. The event will be live streamed at whitehouse.gov/live.

The National Medal of Arts citations recognize “Philip Glass for his groundbreaking contributions to music and composition. One of the most prolific, inventive, and influential artists of our time, he has expanded musical possibility with his operas, symphonies, film scores, and wide-ranging collaborations.” Congratulations to Philip on this well-deserved honor!

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September 14, 2016

Rhiannon Giddens Wins Banjo Award

Last weekend, it was announced that Rhiannon Giddens, a Year One composer for Kronos’ Fifty for the Future, would be awarded this year’s Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. The board, which includes Mr. Martin along with other banjo stars like Bela Fleck and Tony Trischka, decided unanimously to grant Giddens the prize, as she is “eminently qualified, and we want to have the banjo world and the wider world know that it is a diverse instrument with many different styles.”

Our congratulations to Ms. Giddens on this tremendous award! We could not be more thrilled to have her on our Fifty for the Future team, and we can’t wait to perform with her in Austin, TX next week.

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September 12, 2016

Wonderful Weekend at DePauw University

Much gratitude to everyone who came out to our DePauw University concert on Saturday! It was thrilling to premiere The Journey of the Horizontal People, Raven Chacon‘s new piece for Kronos’ Fifty for the Future, and such a treat to perform as part of DePauw’s 21CMposium (Commissioning Partner), an inspiring event with incredibly thoughtful artists and educators. We love that 21CM is reimagining how the next generation of musicians might be trained for a musical landscape that continues to face a difficult paradox: as music becomes more easily accessible and ubiquitous, it is becoming harder and harder for many musicians to make a living at their art while following traditional paths.

August 30, 2016

A Dream Come True

We are still sailing so high from our Esterhazy concert at Haydn Hall last week, and want to thank everyone who attended – you were so incredibly attentive and enthusiastic. It was truly a cosmic experience that we will never forget.

We hope that Haydn’s ghost appreciated our tribute to his work: we performed eight new works composed for Kronos’ Fifty for the Future that we hope will continue what the Father of the String Quartet started by sustaining the string quartet as a living art form for centuries more to come.

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August 24, 2016

Kronos at Esterhazy!

We’ve been rehearsing this week in the birthplace of the string quartet art form – Haydn Hall at Schloss Esterházy. A dream come true!

We are ecstatic for tomorrow’s concert, where we’ll premiere Trey Spruance’s and Nicole Lizée’s new works for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire. We’ll be highlighting other works commissioned for Kronos’ Fifty for the Future, including pieces by Tanya Tagaq, Wu Man, Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Trio Da Kali’s Fodé Lassana Diabaté, Garth Knox, and Aleksandra Vrebalov.

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