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September 15, 2015

Fall Tour Highlights and Premieres!

After summer tours which included performances at the Roskilde Festival, the Montreaux Jazz Festival, the Cabrillo Festival, and more, Kronos has now started its fall tour!

This season marks the premiere of the first ten works commissioned through Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire. Over the next five years, Kronos, Carnegie Hall and a group of adventurous partners will commission 50 new works (written by 25 men & 25 women) designed for students & emerging professionals. Scores, parts, recordings and other materials will be made available online at no charge, beginning in 2016.

Fifty for the FutureKronos makes its Gulf Region debut and premieres the first two Fifty for the Future commissions at the The Arts Center at New York University Abu Dhabi, where the group is now in residence (Sept 10-17). Fodé Lassana Diabaté, a master balafon player and member of Mali’s Trio Da Kali, joins Kronos in Abu Dhabi for the world premiere of his work Sunjata’s Time. Longtime Kronos collaborator and pipa virtuoso Wu Man’s new Fifty for the Future piece Four Chinese Paintings also receives its world premiere this week.

The group will continue to premiere Kronos’ Fifty for the Future commissions throughout the season - stay tuned for details of upcoming performances in San Francisco, New York, London, Seattle, Toronto and other cities.

Another major highlight of the fall season is the world premiere of Jonathan Berger’s My Lai, with libretto by Harriet Scott Chessman. Kronos, Rinde Eckert, and Vân-Ánh Võ premiere the concert version of the work - a monodrama for tenor, string quartet and Vietnamese instruments - on Oct 10 at Bing Concert Hall presented by Stanford Live. The staged version of My Lai receives its world premiere at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago on Jan 29.

Kronos QuartetOn Oct 20 Kronos appears at New York City’s Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum for the first time to perform George Crumb’s Black Angels. The work, which inspired David Harrington to form the quartet, was written during the Vietnam War. The performance follows the opening of On the Line: Intrepid and the Vietnam War, a major exhibit exploring the impact of the Vietnam War through the lens of the aircraft carrier’s history. Following this unique performance, WNYC’s John Schaefer will moderate a panel featuring members of the Kronos Quartet and Steven Bruns, an associate professor of music at the University of Colorado/Boulder and an expert on George Crumb.

Kronos celebrates Halloween in Los Angeles with Dracula! The quartet joins Philip Glass and Michael Riesman to perform Glass’ original score written for the 1931 horror film classic starring Bela Lugosi. The performances (Oct 29 - 31), presented by LA Opera, take place at the gorgeously restored Theatre at Ace Hotel, a 1927 Spanish Gothic movie palace.

Visit Kronos’ website and follow us on Facebook for more details on the 15/16 season!

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