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- March 04, 2015
All of us at Kronos - the Quartet, staff and Board of Directors - are deeply saddened by the death of our friend and colleague Orrin Keepnews. Orrin produced several Kronos recordings, served on the Kronos Board for more than 15 years, and was a great mentor and friend. We value our long association and feel lucky for the chance encounter decades ago when Orrin and David shared a ride from a California Arts Council meeting in Sacramento and hit it off. We are grateful for Orrin’s wisdom, leadership, support and guidance over the years, and we send our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. Orrin was a truly unique voice in music, and he will always have a very special place in our hearts.
- February 20, 2015
On Tuesday, March 10, Centrediscs, the label of the Canadian Music Centre, releases Tundra Songs, featuring Kronos Quartet in a trio of works by Canadian composer Derek Charke. Guest artist Tanya Tagaq, the charismatic Polaris Prize-winning Inuit throat singer, appears on the 30-minute title track, which David Harrington, Artistic Director of Kronos, describes as “really one of the major, spectacular pieces that has ever been written for Kronos.” The disc also includes Cercle du Nord III which, like Tundra Songs, incorporates environmental sounds from northern Canada; and four of Charke’s series of Inuit Throat Song Games. All of these pieces were commissioned and premiered by the Kronos Quartet to critical acclaim in North America and Europe.
- January 28, 2015
The Kronos Quartet/Kronos Performing Arts Association is pleased to announce an exciting new commissioning initiative – Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire. Beginning in the 2015/16 season, Kronos’ Fifty for the Future will commission a collection of 50 new works – ten per year for five years – devoted to the most recent approaches to the string quartet, designed expressly for the training of students and emerging professionals. The works will be commissioned from an eclectic group of composers – 25 men and 25 women – and the collection will represent the truly globe-spanning state of the art of the string quartet in the 21st century.
- December 30, 2014
As 2014 draws to a close, we’d like to ask you to keep Kronos Quartet / Kronos Performing Arts Association in mind when making year-end tax-deductible charitable gifts.
In addition to being a world renowned quartet, Kronos is also a nonprofit organization with a dedicated community of supporters. The Kronos Performing Arts Association commissions new music from composers of all ages and cultures, coaches young musicians from elementary through college levels and beyond, and reaches global audiences with our concerts and projects.
Please help us continue this important work — which reaches people of all ages worldwide — by making a donation before January 1st.
- December 11, 2014
Mark Sokol, violinist and co-founder of the Concord Quartet and long time chair and member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s chamber music program, died two weeks ago. David Harrington remembers his friend and colleague from their early days playing music together in Seattle, Washington.
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