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November 12, 2012

Kronos ‘Down Under’

We’re excited to announce our next trip to Australia & New Zealand! In addition to the Australian premiere tour of our new work with Laurie Anderson, we’ll be joined in some performances by guest artists including Bryce Dessner and Wu Man. See the full list of tour dates and programs here.

The tour kicks off at the Perth Festival (Feb 27) with our new evening-length collaboration with legendary artist / composer Laurie Anderson, which premieres at Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in February before traveling to Australia, California, New Jersey, and the UK. The following day (Feb 28) in Perth, Kronos performs Steve Reich’s WTC 9/11, as well as works from Syria, Vietnam, India, and Sweden.

The Australian tour continues with the new Laurie Anderson collaboration at the Adelaide Festival (Mar 2), followed by a program featuring Kronos & JG Thirlwell’s Manorexia, with special guest Bryce Dessner of the National (Mar 4). We’ll be joined on stage by Bryce Dessner, and JG Thirlwell’s Manorexia will be joined by the Zephyr Quartet.

Melbourne Recital Hall is our next stop in Australia (Mar 6). The program highlights four Australian premieres, including String Quartet No. 3 by Valentin Silvestrov - whom Arvo Pärt called “the world’s greatest living composer” - and Nicole Lizee’s The Golden Age of the Radiophonic Workshop [Fibre-Optic Flowers], which received its premiere at the BBC Proms this summer.

The tour closes with our first trip back to New Zealand in eight years. Pipa virtuoso & longtime collaborator Wu Man joins us at the Auckland Festival for A Chinese Home and Tan Dun’s Ghost Opera (Mar 9). In Wellington (Mar 11), Dunedin (Mar 13), and Christchurch (Mar 14) we’ll perform music by New Zealand’s own Jack Body, as well as works by Steve Reich and Aleksandra Vrebalov.

Learn more about our upcoming Australia and New Zealand performances here.

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