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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.

To mark the release, Kronos and 135 students from both the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) are performing a concert featuring select works from Kronos’ Fifty for the Future at SFCM. Including the members of Kronos and the SFCM students, this epic concert features 72 violinists, 19 violists, 31 cellists and 17 bassists! Kronos and the SFCM students have been coaching the different SFUSD ensembles in the repertoire since the beginning of the school year.

Kronos’ Fifty for the Future is made possible in part through the support and participation of more than 30 institutional commissioning partners, including Carnegie Hall. Kronos’ Fifty for the Future has received funding from The National Endowment for the Arts, Peggy Dorfman & the Ralph I. Dorfman Family Fund, Andrea Abernethy Lunsford, Marjorie Randolph and many other generous foundations, businesses and individuals throughout the world.

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