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June 06, 2016

NPR’s Weekend Edition features Kronos’ Fifty for the Future

On Saturday, June 4, NPR’s Weekend Edition aired a story on Kronos’ Fifty for the Future, featuring interviews with our artistic director David Harrington, composers Garth Knox and Wu Man, and Friction Quartet’s Taija Warbelow, a violist we coached at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. Click here to listen to “Kronos Quartet Wants To Give You Free Music — And Teach You How To Play It”

June 01, 2016

Kronos and Tanya Tagaq Perform World Premiere in Toronto

Fifty for the Future composer Tanya Tagaq joined Kronos on stage at The Royal Conservatory’s 21C Music Festival in Toronto on May 25 to perform the world premiere of Sivunittinni, the piece she wrote for Kronos’ Fifty for the Future.

Of Sivunittinni, The Globe and Mail writes, “With her own language, Tagaq produced a work of formal beauty and power, visceral and structurally beautiful at the same time.”

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May 27, 2016

Toronto Symphony Orchestra Reimagines the Concert Experience

Here at Kronos, we’re always excited by creative and innovative ways to reimagine the concert experience. That’s why we’re thrilled to hear about Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s (a Commissioning Party for Kronos’ Fifty for the Future) new listening guides that use visual symbols and notations to aid the experience of live performances.

As the Creative Review puts it, the guides are made up of “a deft mix of text and graphics” that may be used “while listening to the performance, their layout visualising the thematic progression of the music, indicating the keys in use, what instruments feature and, using morse code-like notation, their duration.”

The Orchestra has been testing out these guides for almost a year now, and audience reception has been extremely positive. Many patrons follow the guides at the concert in real-time, while some take the program books to follow along while listening at home. Even teachers are beginning to incorporate this method as a classroom resource. We’re proud to be partnering with an organization so dedicated to welcoming and engaging all kinds of listeners!

May 20, 2016

Kronos at The Royal Conservatory’s 21C Music Festival

After a whirlwind tour across the UK, Kronos is now headed to Toronto for The Royal Conservatory’s 21C Music Festival (Fifty for the Future Commissioning Partner). We join the lineup Wednesday, May 25 to perform Canadian premieres by Mark Applebaum and Nicole Lizée, along with several pieces from Kronos’ Fifty for the Future.

We are thrilled to have Tanya Tagaq joining us on stage to perform the world premiere of her Fifty for the Future composition, Snow Angel—Sivunittinni. Tagaq will also stay on to perform Nunavut, the piece she wrote for Kronos in 2006.

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May 03, 2016

UK Premieres & Special Guests

Since our last tour in the UK, we’ve gathered a bounty of new compositions and arrangements that we can’t wait to share. Kronos’ Fifty for the Future commissioning and education initiative makes its UK debut with Fodé Lassana Diabaté‘s Sunjata’s Time, Garth Knox‘s Satellites, and Aleksandra Vrebalov‘s My Desert, My Rose, each written for The Kronos Learning Repertoire.

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