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May 10, 2012

2012 Summer Tour Announced!

Kronos is on the road this summer, including several Cultural Olympiad performances in the UK! Take a look at the full tour schedule to see if there is a concert near you.

The quartet kicks things off this weekend at home in San Francisco with Women’s Voices (May 11 & 12), a program featuring the artistic voices of several contemporary women composers and performers. The performances feature the world premiere of All Clear written and performed by multi-instrumentalist, singer, and composer Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ, as well as Derek Charke’s Tundra Songs featuring Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq.

After that, Kronos heads to Europe for the first of two trips this summer. The tour begins in Amsterdam (May 18), followed by a performance in Rotterdam (May 19), where Hanna Kulenty’s String Quartet No. 5 receives its world premiere. Next Kronos joins Philip Glass and Michael Riesman for six performances of Dracula, featuring Glass’ original score for the 1931 horror film classic Dracula (starring Bela Lugosi) performed with the film. The performances take place in Paris (May 21 & 22), Grenoble (May 23), Glasgow (May 25), Cardiff (May 27), and Birmingham (May 29.) Kronos’ tour wraps up in Stockholm - where the quartet returns for the first time since receiving the Polar Music Prize last summer - with the world premiere of ReFrag by Hurdy Gurdy (June 3.)

In July the quartet returns to the UK for several Cultural Olympiad performances. The tour begins in Glasgow (July 15) with an outdoor performance celebrating the ten-year anniversary of Terry Riley’s Sun Rings  - a multimedia work for string quartet, chorus and pre-recorded spacescapes - which takes place at the new Riverside Museum. The BT River of Music Festival in London (July 21 & 22) is the next stop, for two outdoor performances with several special guests. BT River of Music welcomes the world to London with a once-in-a-lifetime weekend of free music at landmarks along the River Thames, the weekend before the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Kronos performs on the Asia stage twice - first with with Homayun Sakhi and Salar Nader (July 21), followed by a performance with Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ (July 22).

Capping off Kronos’ time in London is the group’s debut at BBC Proms (July 24)! Kronos is looking forward to the special late-night performance, featuring the world premiere of Nicole Lizée’s The Golden Age of the Radiophonic Workshop (Fibre-Optic Flowers), as well as music by Omar Souleyman, Sofia Gubaidulina, and Aleksandra Vrebalov.

Learn more, purchase tickets, and see our full tour schedule here.


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