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February 01, 2017

“Finding the beauty inside the appalling”

“Originally assembled to perform George Crumb’s caustic antiwar opus “Black Angels” in 1973, Kronos Quartet has spent some four decades on the cutting edge of new music, forging a vast international network of collaborators. But the San Francisco string quartet’s global vision has rarely seemed as timely and urgent as the Kronos Festival 2017: Here and Now.”

Read the complete San Francisco Chronicle feature >

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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 23, 2017

“An uplifting antidote:” Reviews from this weekend’s SoCal concerts

“Kronos Quartet’s concert Friday evening at Sherwood Auditorium was an uplifting antidote to Donald Trump’s inaugural address. Trump proposed, ‘America first.’ Kronos countered with ‘One Earth, One People, One Love.’ Everything on the program was commissioned by Kronos, and their choice of composers celebrated inclusivity… It was a typical Kronos Quartet program, yet it assumed special significance.” –  The San Diego Union-Tribune

“In the last quarter of the 20th century, [Kronos Quartet] revolutionized everything in string quartet country and beyond… The quartet remains as geographically, politically and spiritually feisty as ever. Forget about genre; Kronos made that an irrelevant term ages ago. The place to begin is probably politics. The string quartet serves better than just about anything I can think of as a salvation from all that is going on right now from which you may desperately crave respite… Kronos was founded in the early 1970s specifically to play George Crumb’s ‘Black Angels,’ a string quartet in protest of the Vietnam War. Kronos has never stopped taking a stand.” – Los Angeles Times

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January 18, 2017

Watch the trailer for Kronos Festival 2017

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January 11, 2017

Explore the music of Kronos Festival 2017

Follow to the links below check out the music of the guest artists, composers, and songwriters that will be highlighted throughout Kronos Festival 2017: Here and Now:

        Spotify

        YouTube

If you are in the Bay Area between February 2-4, we hope you can join us for our annual hometown music festival at SFJAZZ.

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Concert Schedule

Aug5Santa Cruz, CaliforniaSanta Cruz Civic Auditorium
Sep1Zakopane, PolandKościół Świętego Krzyża w Zakopanem
Sep4Santa Barbara, CaliforniaCampbell Hall
Sep6Turin, ItalyConservatorio Giuseppe Verdi
Sep7Milan, ItalyPiccolo Teatro Grassi
Sep9Ventspils, LatviaLielā zāle, Teātra nams “Jūras vārti”

Kronos tours often! View all of our venues and dates.

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