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September 23, 2019

Check out Kronos’ new Fifty for the Future site

Kronos Quartet/Kronos Performing Arts Association announces the launch of a new website for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, the San Francisco–based nonprofit’s ongoing multi-year commissioning, performance, education and legacy initiative. Designed and developed by the San Francisco design and storytelling company First Person, the site provides a gateway to discover, explore and learn contemporary string quartets composed by 25 women and 25 men from around the world. The free digital learning library currently contains 30 scores and parts, recordings and supplemental learning materials. When completed, this collection will feature 50 new pieces. Launched in 2015 with Lead Partner Carnegie Hall, the initial scores have been downloaded more than 14,000 times in 88 countries and territories worldwide.

Fifty for the Future homepage and composers page

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August 30, 2019

Sun Rings out today

Nonesuch Records has released Sun Rings, composed by Terry Riley for string quartet, chorus, and pre-recorded spacescapes and performed by Kronos Quartet with Volti. The ten-movement, 80-minute work is available on CD, as a digital download in MP3 and FLAC formats, and on Apple Music, Spotify and many other streaming services. Purchase/stream >

Sun Rings

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July 23, 2019

In memorium: Ben Johnston (1926-2019)

American composer Ben Johnston died this Sunday at the age of 93. He was a longtime friend and collaborator of Kronos. Artistic director, founder and violinist David Harrington writes:

“Ben Johnston wrote his String Quartet No. 4 (‘Amazing Grace’) in 1973 for the Fine Arts Quartet from Chicago. When John Sherba joined Kronos in 1978, he brought with him memories of hearing the world premiere of that stunning work as a student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Kronos began playing this fabulous set of ‘Amazing Grace’ variations in 1979, and soon we became friends with Ben Johnston.

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July 19, 2019

Celebrating the moon landing 50th with a Sun Rings music video

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Kronos has a new music video to share with you! Featuring “Beebopterismo,” the initial track off Kronos’ upcoming Nonesuch Records release Sun Rings, the video was edited by Robert Edridge-Waks and combines video footage from Willie Williams’ visual design for Kronos’ live multimedia production of the work.

Get the track now when you pre-order the album >

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July 10, 2019

Nonesuch to release Kronos’ new album Terry Riley: Sun Rings on August 30

The first full recording of Sun Rings, Kronos Quartet’s 2002 collaboration with composer Terry Riley for string quartet, chorus, and pre-recorded space sounds, will be released by Nonesuch Records on August 30, 2019. Sun Rings is available to pre-order from iTunes, the Nonesuch Store, and Amazon, where the album track “Beebopterismo” may be downloaded instantly, and may be streamed at Spotify and Apple Music. Listen below.



Commissioned in part by the NASA Art Program, Sun Rings premiered at University of Iowa’s Hancher Auditorium in October 2002. The fully staged multimedia production, which features visual design by Willie Williams, has since been performed by Kronos nearly 50 times in 11 countries and 18 states. The Sun Rings album was produced by Judith Sherman, recorded at Skywalker Sound with engineer Leslie Ann Jones, and includes the San Francisco-based vocal ensemble Volti, under the direction of founder and artistic director Robert Geary.

Kronos Quartet and Terry Riley with Leslie Anne Jones, Judith Sherman, and Dann Thompson
Kronos Quartet and Terry Riley with Leslie Ann Jones, Judith Sherman, and Dann Thompson at Skywalker / credit Lenny Gonzalez

One movement from the piece—“One Earth, One People, One Love”—was previously included on Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector: Music of Terry Riley (2015), a compilation that includes “Cry of a Lady” (originally released on 2014’s A Thousand Thoughts), “G Song” and Cadenza on the Night Plain (from 1998’s 25 Years), and previously unreleased recordings. This release, as well as Salome Dances for Peace (1989), Requiem for Adam (2001), and The Cusp of Magic (2008), were all collected into a 5-CD box set titled One Earth, One People, One Love: Kronos Plays Terry Riley.

Kronos performing Sun RIngs in Poland
Kronos performing Sun Rings in Krakow, Poland at the Sacrum Profanum Festivalin 2014 / credit Wojciech Wandzel

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Concert Schedule

Jan20Phoenix, ArizonaMIM Music Theater
Jan23Hanover, New HampshireSpaulding Auditorium
Jan25New York, New YorkZankel Hall
Jan28Lexington, KentuckyHaggin Auditorium, Mitchell Fine Arts, Transylvania University
Jan30Santa Fe, New MexicoLensic Performing Arts Center
Feb6San Francisco, CaliforniaCaroline H. Hume Concert Hall, San Francisco Conservatory of Music

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

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