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July 20, 2011

New Tour Dates Announced!

Kronos is on the road this summer and fall! Take a look at the full tour schedule to see if there is a concert near you.

The quartet started the summer with a trip to New York to receive the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, which recognizes outstanding achievement and excellence in music. In a ceremony held at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, several people made remarks, including Nonesuch Records President Robert Hurwitz, who spoke of the label’s long relationship with Kronos as well as the quartet's boundless "idealism and optimism" and "life-long mission discovering and working with composers." After New York, the quartet headed north to Toronto's Luminato Festival, where Kronos was the artist-in-residence this year. In addition to concerts with Homayun Sakhi, Wu Man, and Alim & Fargana Qasimov, Kronos participated in residency activities at local schools, libraries, as well as a free outdoor concert with the Annex Quartet, Sakhi Trio, and the Qasimov Ensemble.

The quartet is now in Europe, with concerts in France, Malta, Poland, Germany, Ireland, and Northern Ireland. The tour began with a stop in Saint-Riquier, France, followed by a performance in Valetta at the Malta Arts Festival. Next is Krakow for the Festival of Polish Music, where the program includes premieres by Mark Nowakowski, Ken Walicki, and Alter Yechiel Karniol (arr. Judith Berkson) (July 22), followed by a trip to Germany for a concert in Ingostadt (July 24). The tour continues in Cork - the Irish premiere of Steve Reich's WTC 9/11 takes place as part of The Reich Effect festival (July 28), and finally Kronos heads to Derry, Northern Ireland for the Walled City Music Festival (July 30.)

In August, the quartet makes a special trip to Stockholm to receive the Polar Music Prize! The ceremony - which will be broadcast live in Sweden - takes place on August 30, with King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden handing out the awards. This year's other laureate is singer/songwriter/poet Patti Smith, and previous laureates include Björk, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, Sir Paul McCartney, and Ravi Shankar, as well as Kronos collaborators Steve Reich, György Ligeti, and Sofia Gubaidulina.

Kronos will return to the US in September for a premiere involving two longtime collaborators. Clarinetist David Krakauer - whose previous work with the group includes Osvaldo Golijov's The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind - joins Kronos for the world premiere of Aleksandra Vrebalov's Babylon, Our Own at the Clarice Smith Center in College Park, Maryland (Sept 16.)

As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the fall schedule also includes several performances of Awakening: A Musical Meditation on the Anniversary of 9/11, featuring music from 11 countries, including works by Terry Riley, Michael Gordon, and John Oswald. The evening-length work receives its New York premiere as the opening of the BAM NEXT WAVE Festival (Sept 21-24). Kronos has a long history with BAM, dating all the way back to 1986. Awakening will also be performed at the University of Utah's Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City (Sept 13) and at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Connecticut in Storrs (Sept 27.

Learn more and see our full list of upcoming tour dates on our website.

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