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November 17, 2017

Hewlett awards Kronos grant to support new work with Terence Blanchard and Nikky Finney

Kronos Performing Arts Association is honored to announce that we’re commissioning composer Terence Blanchard and poet Nikky Finney to create an evening-length work for string quartet, chorus and spoken word, entitled At War with Ourselves. Made possible by a Hewlett 50 Arts Commission from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the project is a collaboration that will also Valérie Sainte-Agathe, who will assemble and direct the choir. The project will include workshops and artist residencies with San Francisco-based organizations Youth Speaks, 826 Valencia and Sunset Youth Services.

We are grateful to the Hewlett Foundation for their generosity. Learn more our Hewlett 50 Arts Commission >

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November 13, 2017

EXTENDED! Save 50% off 50 Kronos albums through 11/15!

UPDATED! Until 3:00 p.m. PST on Wednesday, November 15, our complete Nonesuch Records catalog – CD, vinyl, MP3, FLAC & HD – is 50% off at store.nonesuch.com! Just enter promo code THANKS at checkout to get your discount.

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November 07, 2017

AVAILABLE NOW! Five more string quartets from Kronos’ Fifty for the Future

As of today, you can now study and learn to play new string quartets written by Laurie Anderson, Soo Yeon Lyuh, Karin Rehnqvist, Trey Spruance and Stephan Thelen. Scores and parts, recordings, and learning materials are now available on our website, free of charge. Listen to the works below:



This online release adds to previously published pieces by Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Ken Benshoof, Raven Chacon, Fodé Lassana Diabaté, Rhiannon Giddens, Yotam Haber, Joan Jeanrenaud, Garth Knox, Aleksander Kościów, Nicole Lizée, Kala Ramnath, Tanya Tagaq, Merlijn Twaalfhoven, Aleksandra Vrebalov and Wu Man, bringing this learning library of contemporary repertoire for string quartets to a total of 20 works. When completed, this collection will feature 50 new string quartets composed by an eclectic, international group of 25 female and 25 male composers. Kronos’ Fifty for the Future is devoted to the most contemporary approaches to the string quartet and designed expressly for the training of students and emerging professionals. Launched in 2015, the initial 15 scores of the initiative have been downloaded over 4,500 times in 60 countries and territories worldwide.

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November 06, 2017

“American treasure” Ken Benshoof inducted into Kronos Hall of Fame

After Kronos’ concert at Federal Way Performing Arts & Event Center this past Saturday, composer and longtime friend Ken Benshoof was inducted into the Kronos Hall of Fame.

Benshoof has written nine compositions for Kronos over the years, including “sweeter than wine” for Kronos’ Fifty for the Future initiative, and Traveling Music, which was the first composition ever written for Kronos. “With Traveling Music, Ken Benshoof started the musical odyssey of Kronos,” writes David Harrington, Kronos’ founder, artistic director, and violinist. “We are incredibly fortunate that the very first piece ever written for us was such fantastically beautiful, energetic, propulsive, and optimistic music. Ken’s work has paved the way for everything we have ever done. He is an American treasure.”

Kronos Performing Arts Association’s Board of Directors awards the Kronos Hall of Fame distinction to recognize and honor an individual’s extraordinary and distinguished contributions to Kronos.

November 02, 2017

It’s one of our most beautiful collaborations.

Kronos’ artistic director, founder, and violinist David Harrington was recently interviewed about Ladilikan, the quartet’s recent collaborative album with Malian griot group Trio Da Kali, by both The Guardian and Radio New Zealand.

From The Guardian piece: “The first time David Harrington met Trio Da Kali, they made him cry. [He] was at the home of a colleague in London where he was to be introduced to the three Malian musicians. The door opened and there stood Hawa Diabaté, who spontaneously broke into a Malian praise song on the threshold. ‘She was smiling and singing for me,’ Harrington tells me. Her song moved him to tears. Almost five years later, he is still spellbound. ‘It was incredible to be brought into a world of music I’d never encountered.’”

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Concert Schedule

Jan17Halifax, Nova Scotia, CanadaRebecca Cohn Auditorium, Dalhousie Arts Centre
Jan19New York, New YorkZankel Hall
Jan20Purchase, New YorkThe PepsiCo Theatre
Jan25Columbus, OhioMershon Auditorium
Feb2San Francisco, CaliforniaHerbst Theater

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