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December 18, 2012

A message from David Harrington, Founder & Artistic Director

After almost 40 years with Kronos, performing hundreds of new works commissioned by our non-profit organization, I’m used to the idea that how I feel about a piece of music will evolve over time.  But I was surprised and delighted when a recent performance of one of Kronos’ signature works, Aleksandra Vrebalov’s Pannonia Boundless, deepened not only my feelings for this wonderful piece, but my sense of and commitment to Kronos’ ongoing mission, here on the cusp of our fifth decade.

What surprised me most about that experience is that it wasn’t Kronos performing the piece. It was a quartet of teenagers: the Pannonia Quartet. That’s right—the young ensemble took its name from this piece, commissioned by Kronos, whose composer was herself a young student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music when I first met her back in 1995. The Pannonia Quartet approached the work in a very different way than Kronos—and it was absolutely right: inspired, vibrant, thrilling… and their own.

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December 04, 2012

From Dan Visconti, Recipient of the Kronos: Under 30 Project commission in 2005

I came home one day with an armful of scores fresh from the copy shop just as someone claiming to be Kronos Quartet founding violinist David Harrington was leaving a message on my answering machine.

Thinking of friends who might have been pulling my leg, I thought, Kronos couldn’t have really chosen me as their next Under 30 composer! The thought of being the next person chosen for Kronos’ commissioning & mentoring program for young artists seemed unreal. However, within minutes I had made contact with David and was beginning one of the most important artistic collaborations of my composing career.

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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.

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November 09, 2012

Remembering Elliott Carter

Elliott Carter passed away earlier this week, just a month shy of his 104th birthday. Kronos is honored to have known him and to have worked with him several times during his long and inspiring career. David Harrington shares his experience.

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October 18, 2012

Kronos: Under 30 / #5 - Deadline Nov. 16!

Since we announced the call-for-composers for Kronos: Under 30 Project / #5, we’ve had applications rolling in from around the globe! With under a month left until the submission deadline, we’d love it if you’d help us spread the word.

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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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