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January 22, 2019

Reena Esmail and Susie Ibarra Named 2019 USA Fellows in Music

We are thrilled to share that two of Kronos’ friends and collaborators—composer Reena Esmail (arranger for Kala Ramnath‘s and Zakir Hussain‘s Fifty for the Future pieces) and Year 4 composer Susie Ibarra —were recently named 2019 Unites States Artists Fellow in Music! We are proud to be working with these incredible musicians who make up two of just six musicians to receive this career grant. Congratulations to Reena and Susie on this well-deserved honor!

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June 17, 2018

AVAILABLE NOW! Five new string quartets from Kronos’ Fifty for the Future

Today, we released the scores and parts, recordings and other learning materials for the next five Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire string quartets, composed by Islam Chipsy, Aftab Darvishi, Philip Glass, Onutė Narbutaitė and Yevgeniy Sharlat. This marks the halfway point of the five-year project with 25 pieces released! Download the scores and parts and explore more materials here, and listen to the five new works below:


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May 09, 2018

NEA Grant for Kronos’ Fifty for the Future

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. Included in this announcement are two Art Works grants totaling $60,000 to the Kronos Performing Arts Association for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, our education and legacy project that is commissioning – and distributing for free – the first learning library of contemporary repertoire for string quartet. The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts. Learn more >

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April 16, 2018

Fifty for the Future at Kronos Festival 2018

Just ten days until Kronos Festival 2018 kicks off at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco on Thursday, April 26. We are already in rehearsals with Zakir Hussain and Guillermo Galindo, whose Fifty for the Future pieces will premiere at this year’s festival. Works by 50FTF’s Islam Chipsy, Fodé Lassana Diabaté, Philip Glass, Rhiannon Giddens, Nicole Lizée, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Garth Knox, Yevgeniy Sharlat, and Aftab Darvishi will also be performed throughout the festival by Kronos, students from Ruth Asawa SOTA, and the Amaranth Quartet.

Tickets are going fast (opening night has already sold out!), so don’t wait to get your tickets. Learn more and reserve your seats >

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March 16, 2018

Two Fifty for the Future Composers on NPR’s Fresh AIr

Our recent collaborations with Laurie Anderson – “Landfall” on Nonesuch Records – and Trio Da Kali – “Ladilikan” on World Circuit Records – were featured on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross today. Thank you to critic Milo Miles. Listen to the review here.

Laurie Anderson and Trio Da Kali’s Fodé Lassana Diabaté are both composers for Kronos’ Fifty for the Future. Scores, parts, recordings and more for Anderson’s and Diabaté‘s string quartets are available on our website free of charge.