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October 12, 2012

European Tour & Highlights at Home

Kronos has had an exciting last few weeks full of performances at home in California, and we’re looking forward to trips to New York and Europe later this month!

Fall began with six local performances at home here in the San Francisco Bay Area. Cal Performances’ Fall Free For All on Sept. 30 kicked it all off. Kronos played the very first notes of the first Fall Free For All in 2010, and this year we closed the day out, celebrating our first year as Cal Performances Artists-in-Residence. Zellerbach Hall was packed that Sunday, then we returned two days later for a SchoolTime performance for hundreds of students from ages 5 - 18. The afternoon was spent coaching several UC Berkeley students who were working on contemporary pieces.

Last Friday we played a set to open for our friend, famed electronic musician Amon Tobin at UC Berkeley’s Greek Theatre. It was exciting to play for 5,000+ people outside, and the crowd went wild for the finale - Clint Mansell’s Death is the Road to Awe (watch here).

The next day we headed up to the acoustically stunning new Joan & Sanford I. Weill Hall at the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University to take part in the Santa Rosa Symphony‘s first concerts in its new home. We joined the Santa Rosa Symphony for the world premiere of its composer-in-residence/UC Berkeley faculty member Edmund Campion‘s Concerto for String Quartet, Orchestra and Electronics (The Last Internal Combustion Engine), which the San Francisco Chronicle‘s Joshua Kosman called “a vivid and richly imagined concerto…both a celebration and an elegy for a particular vein of 20th century technology.”

On October 16th in New York City, MATA - a nonprofit organization dedicated to commissioning and presenting works by young composers from around the world - will honor Kronos at its Benefit Gala. There will be remarks by Philip Glass, Steve Reich and Jennifer Bilfield (Stanford Live), as well as performances by Pannonia Quartet (Face the Music), and Kronos collaborator/composer Jacob Garchik’s The Heavens. A few tickets are still available here for the benefit event, which will be a very special evening for us.

Later that week we head to Iowa City (Oct 18) before departing for Europe for several performances. In Italy we’ll be taking part in a science festival called Bergamo Scienza (Oct 21), followed by a performance of UNIKO in Budapest, Hungary (Oct 25). In Pécs, Hungary, we’re happy to see composer István Márta - whose work Doom, A Sigh is featured on our album Black Angels - at his festival at Kodály Centre Concert Hall (Oct 29). We perform in Groningen, Netherlands (Oct 31), before heading to Uppsala, Sweden for a performance with live radio broadcast (Nov 2), and our first performance in Oslo, Norway in 12 years (Nov 3).

Learn more about upcoming performances and purchase tickets here.

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