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August 17, 2016

Kaufman Music Center Launches Program for Female Composers

The Kaufman Music Center’s Face the Music program (Kronos’ Fifty for the Future Legacy Partner and KPAA Institutional Partner) in New York City has teamed up with Missy Mazzoli, Ellen Reid, Reena Esmail—a frequent arranger for and collaborator with Kronos—and Kristin Kuster to launch the Luna Composition Lab, an incredible new program developed to inspire girls and young women to compose. The Luna Lab aims to address the lack of female role models and a lack of encouragement by connecting participants with established female professionals who will provide one-on-one mentorship and lessons throughout the year. Over the course of each term, each young composer will create a new piece of music to be performed at a concert at the end of the term.

We can’t wait to see what great female composers and compositions emerge from this program! To learn more about the Luna Composition Lab, click here.

August 12, 2016

Tickets Now On Sale for Fifty for the Future–Filled Shows

Tickets went on sale this week for a number of our upcoming shows. All programs will include brand new music written for Kronos’ Fifty For The Future‬ education initiative by Garth Knox, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Trio Da Kali’s Fodé Lassana Diabaté, Tanya Tagaq, Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Nicole Lizée, Kala Ramnath, and more!

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July 25, 2016

Kronos’ Fifty for the Future Recordings Now In Session!

We’re at Studio Trilogy in our hometown of San Francisco all week to record new works written for Kronos’ ‪Fifty For The Future‬ education initiative by composers Ken Benshoof, Nicole Lizée, Kala Ramnath, Tanya Tagaq, and Merlijn Twaalfhoven. These recordings will be available to stream for free on Soundcloud and here on our website in October.

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July 18, 2016

Raven Chacon Featured in SITE Santa Fe

Raven Chacon, a Year Two composer for Kronos’ Fifty for the Future, is one of the participating artists in SITE Santa Fe‘s 2016 biennial, “much wider than a line,” which opens its doors to the public today. Chacon’s work, the “Native American Composers Apprentice Project,” is a 12-year project that has involved visiting various schools in the Navajo, Hopi, and Salt River Pima reservations, and working with students to compose short string quartet pieces. Every year, the New York–based ETHEL string quartet travels to the Grand Canyon to perform the student compositions, of which there are now over 300. This year, SITE Santa Fe is featuring scores and recordings of six of these student compositions from the past decade. We truly admire Chacon’s commitment to educating and inspiring these young students, and we hope they continue to write amazing music for string quartet!

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June 30, 2016

Holland Festival premieres new works by Fifty for the Future Year One composer Merlijn Twaalfhoven

On June 23, Kronos Quartet premiered Merlijn Twaalfhoven’s Play, a new work for string quartet commissioned as part of Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, at the Holland Festival in Amsterdam. Scores and parts, a recording, and learning materials for Twaalfhoven’s Play are scheduled to be released, free of charge, on Kronos’ Fifty for the Future web page this coming October.

Two days later on June 25, over 100 bassoonists—both young and old, beginners and virtuosos—came together at the Holland Festival to play the world premiere of Twaalfhoven’s Grand Subphonia for the biggest band of bassoons. This tremendous performance marked the grand finale of the Save the Bassoon campaign, a movement developed to save the bassoon from decline and stimulate children to pick up a classical instrument. Twaalfhoven wrote the piece as an ode to the bassoon’s underrated range of sound, and included parts that would accommodate bassoon players of every level. Watch more about the making of this piece here, and read more about it here.

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