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November 06, 2017

“American treasure” Ken Benshoof inducted into Kronos Hall of Fame

After Kronos’ concert at Federal Way Performing Arts & Event Center this past Saturday, composer and longtime friend Ken Benshoof was inducted into the Kronos Hall of Fame.

Benshoof has written nine compositions for Kronos over the years, including “sweeter than wine” for Kronos’ Fifty for the Future initiative, and Traveling Music, which was the first composition ever written for Kronos. “With Traveling Music, Ken Benshoof started the musical odyssey of Kronos,” writes David Harrington, Kronos’ founder, artistic director, and violinist. “We are incredibly fortunate that the very first piece ever written for us was such fantastically beautiful, energetic, propulsive, and optimistic music. Ken’s work has paved the way for everything we have ever done. He is an American treasure.”

Kronos Performing Arts Association’s Board of Directors awards the Kronos Hall of Fame distinction to recognize and honor an individual’s extraordinary and distinguished contributions to Kronos.

November 02, 2017

It’s one of our most beautiful collaborations.

Kronos’ artistic director, founder, and violinist David Harrington was recently interviewed about Ladilikan, the quartet’s recent collaborative album with Malian griot group Trio Da Kali, by both The Guardian and Radio New Zealand.

From The Guardian piece: “The first time David Harrington met Trio Da Kali, they made him cry. [He] was at the home of a colleague in London where he was to be introduced to the three Malian musicians. The door opened and there stood Hawa Diabaté, who spontaneously broke into a Malian praise song on the threshold. ‘She was smiling and singing for me,’ Harrington tells me. Her song moved him to tears. Almost five years later, he is still spellbound. ‘It was incredible to be brought into a world of music I’d never encountered.’”

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October 16, 2017

Listen to them, children of the night. What music they make… on their Halloween tour of Dracula!

Announcing a special West Coast Halloween Tour of the classic monster movie Dracula with Philip Glass’s score performed LIVE by Kronos and Glass. Tickets still available but going fast!

Wed, Oct 25 / Portland, Oregon // Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (Presented by Portland’5 Centers for the Arts and Chamber Music Northwest) – Buy Tickets >

Sat, Oct 28 / Costa Mesa, California // Segerstrom Center for the Arts (Presented by Segerstrom and Philharmonic Society of Orange County) – Buy Tickets >

Tue, Oct 31 / Oakland, California // Paramount Theatre of the Arts (Presented by SFJAZZ) – Buy Tickets >

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October 11, 2017

Album of the Day!

Yesterday, Bandcamp featured Ladilikan, Kronos’ collaborative album with Trio Da Kali (released last month by World Circuit Records) as their Album of the Day. Critic and radio producer Katy Henriksen writes: “Throughout Ladilikan, two musical worlds collide, but it feels less like an unwieldy fusion than a natural, elemental whole. From start to finish, Ladilikan shatters the binary to sublime effect.” Read the review>

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October 06, 2017

Tomorrow, San Francisco’s Civic Center will echo with its own stories and new music by Danny Clay

Kronos is thrilled to premiere Echoes with Youth Speaks and The Living Earth Show tomorrow, Saturday, October 7, at Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. If you’re in the Bay Area, we hope you’ll join us for this powerful spoken-word chamber opera, which features poetry, music, dialogue, and recorded streetscapes. SAVE 50% OFF TICKETS! Just use promo code ‘echo’ when you order online or by phone – (415) 392-2545. Echoes starts at 7:30 p.m., but we recommend arriving at least 30 minutes early for a special pre-show performance in the lobby.

Learn more >

Watch the official trailer >
KQED “The Do List” feature >
San Francisco Chronicle interview with Echoes composer Danny Clay >
San Francisco Classical Voice feature >

Presented by San Francisco Performances in association with KRONOS PRESENTS

Concert Schedule

Sep1Zakopane, PolandKościół Świętego Krzyża w Zakopanem
Sep6Turin, ItalyConservatorio Giuseppe Verdi
Sep7Milan, ItalyPiccolo Teatro Grassi
Sep9Ventspils, LatviaLielā zāle, Teātra nams “Jūras vārti”
Sep15Eisenstadt, AustriaSchloss Esterhazy

Kronos tours often! View all of our venues and dates.


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