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December 30, 2011

Awakenings: A Kronos Quartet Residency

In January, Kronos heads to the Barbican for Awakenings, an unprecedented week-long residency in London. Awakenings includes three concerts in three different venues, the world premiere of a new work by Valentin Silvestrov, collaborations with two London choirs (Trinity Laban Chamber Choir and the New London Children’s Choir), and a series of creative learning events with young musicians and the public.

The residency begins on January 21 with two quartet master classes with Junior Guildhall musicians. It continues on January 22 with Kronos Lab, a three day workshop in which four emerging quartets are given the chance to explore contemporary repertoire with the members of Kronos. There will also be discussions around the rehearsal process, the art of collaboration, and building audiences. On January 25, a Kronos Talk event, open to the public, gives audiences a chance to discuss our approach to collaborating and commissioning, working with composers, and the process of rehearsing a new work.

Each of the three concerts between January 24 and 27 takes place in a different venue. The first concert, Made in America, on January 24 at Hackney Empire, features works by American composers, including Bryce Dessner’s Aheym, the European premiere of Tyondai Braxton’s Uffe’s Woodshop, and London premieres by Terry Riley and Michael Gordon. The second concert takes place on January 26 at the Barbican and is entitled Awakening: A Musical Meditation on the Anniversary of 9/11. It is the UK premiere of a special program created in 2006 to respond to the fifth anniversary of the events of 9/11. The third concert, Early Music, takes place on January 27 at Wilton’s Music Hall, and features the world premiere of String Quartet No. 3 by Valentin Silvestrov. (The Early Music event is sold out but tickets are still available for Made in America and Awakening.)

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Barbican’s website.

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