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June 05, 2017

Who will be #50?

We could not be more thrilled to announce that the initial 15 open access string quartet scores and parts that we have commissioned and released online for FREE through Kronos’ Fifty for the Future have been downloaded by musicians, students, composers, and music fans in 49 countries worldwide. Thank you all!

Preview all of the available contemporary string quartets below, and then help us get to 50 countries by:
1) Downloading your favorite here: http://kronosquartet.org/fifty-for-the-future

2) Posting your performance of your favorite work like these groups.

(Please always tag us or email us when you post your performance. We love seeing groups around the world perform this work! And, please make sure people know where you found the music by linking back to our website.)

October 31, 2016

Kronos’ Fifty for the Future featured in Strings magazine

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the magazine that covers classical and new music around the world, the December issue of Strings spotlights Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire as its cover feature. Read the article >

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October 07, 2016

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

As of today, you can now learn to play new string quartets written by Ken Benshoof, Nicole Lizée, Kala Ramnath, Tanya Tagaq, and Merlijn Twaalfhoven! Scores and parts, recordings, and additional learning materials are now available on our website, free of charge.

Commissioned for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, these join previously released works by Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Fodé Lassana Diabaté, Garth Knox, Aleksandra Vrebalov, and Wu Man. When completed in 2020, this collection will feature 50 new works composed by an eclectic, international group of 25 female and 25 male composers. Kronos’ Fifty for the Future is devoted to the most contemporary approaches to the string quartet and designed expressly for the training of students and emerging professionals.

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October 03, 2016

Kronos’ Fifty for the Future at UCLA

We’re headed to Los Angeles this week for a residency at the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, a Legacy Partner of Kronos’ Fifty for the Future! We are deeply honored to join SITI Company Anne Bogart, Robert Wilson and Laurie Anderson as a CAP UCLA Artist Fellow, a program “dedicated to celebrating masters of their craft.”

If you’re in LA, we’ll be performing at UCLA Royce Hall on Friday at 8PM, the same day we release materials for the next five Fifty for the Future compositions. The first half of the concert will feature new works commissioned from Scottish violist Garth Knox, Trio Da Kali’s balafon player Fodé Lassana Diabaté, Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq, Azerbaijani contemporary composer Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Canada’s “brilliant musical scientist” Nicole Lizée, and Indian violin virtuoso Kala Ramnath for Kronos’ Fifty for the Future education initiative.

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September 19, 2016

Philip Glass to Receive National Medal of Arts

We are thrilled to congratulate Philip Glass—longtime friend and collaborator of Kronos, and one of Kronos’ Fifty for the Future composers—on his 2015 National Medal of Arts! President Barack Obama will present the awards at the White House in conjunction with the National Humanities Medals this Thursday, September 22. The event will be live streamed at whitehouse.gov/live.

The National Medal of Arts citations recognize “Philip Glass for his groundbreaking contributions to music and composition. One of the most prolific, inventive, and influential artists of our time, he has expanded musical possibility with his operas, symphonies, film scores, and wide-ranging collaborations.” Congratulations to Philip on this well-deserved honor!

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