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December 19, 2017

Watch Kronos perform at NPR Music’s 10th Anniversary Concert

“Collaboration. It’s at the heart of many of NPR Music’s finest moments,” writes NPR music producer Tom Huizenga for All Songs Considered today. “And it’s in the DNA of the intrepid Kronos Quartet, which some 40 years ago began working with composers around the globe to spotlight new music. Opening our 10th anniversary concert at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., Kronos, true to form, gave an appreciative audience both a world premiere and an extraordinary surprise collaboration.” Click here to watch our entire set from the celebration.

The evening’s program included “House of the Rising Sun” as played by the Everly Brothers with The Wrecking Crew; “Zaghlala,” a brand new song written by Islam Chipsy for Kronos’ Fifty for the Future education initiative; “Summertime” by George Gershwin as played by Big Brother and the Holding Company with Janis Joplin; and “Born Alone” by Wilco, for which we were joined on stage by lead singer Jeff Tweedy. All arrangements of these pieces were created for us by our longtime collaborator Jacob Garchik.

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