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January 15, 2020

Kronos receives NEA Grant for Kronos Festival 6

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced more than $27 million in grants that will provide Americans opportunities for arts participation. Kronos Performing Arts Association is grateful to receive an Art Works – Music grant to support the organization’s sixth self-produced Kronos Festival.

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Art Works is the NEA’s principal grantmaking program. Learn more >

November 21, 2019

Sun Rings receives Grammy nod for engineering excellence

Congratulations to Kronos’ longtime (and often unsung) collaborators Leslie Ann Jones, Robert C. Ludwig, John Kilgore, and Judith Sherman. They have all been nominated, as well as our artistic director, founder and violinist David Harrington, by the Recording Academy for the Best Engineered Album, Classical, Grammy Award for their engineering, mastering, and mixing work on our most recent Nonesuch Records release Terry Riley: Sun Rings.

See all of the 2020 GRAMMY nominees >

Engineer Leslie Ann Jones
Engineer Leslie Ann Jones with assistant engineer Dann Thompson at Skywalker Sound during the Sun Rings recording sessions / credit Lenny Gonzalez

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November 04, 2019

Kronos to receive prestigious Dutch career achievement award later this month

The Kronos Quartet is honored to be awarded the Ouevreprijs for career achievement by the Edison Foundation at the annual Edison Klassiek Awards. Kronos previously received Edisons for the albums Black Angels in 1991 and Kronos Caravan in 2001. With the Ouevreprijs, it is being honored for its achievements over the past 46 years. “Since the first performance in 1973,” says the award jury, “Kronos Quartet has recorded more than 50 albums, invariably filled with new notes for the string quartet. It is high time to crown this unique achievement with an Edison Klassiek Ouevreprijs.”

Edison Awards for Black Angels and Kronos Caravan

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October 30, 2019

Kronos releases official music video for One Earth, One People, One Love

Two months ago, Nonesuch Records released the first full recording of Sun Rings, composed by Terry Riley for string quartet, chorus and pre-recorded spacescapes and performed by Kronos with the vocal ensemble Volti (read the reviews). Today, we release the official music video for the final movement “One Earth, One People, One Love,” which features the voices of astronaut Gene Cernan and poet Alice Walker. Directed by Willie Williams, the video was recently created by Treatment Studio, London. Stream/purchase Sun Rings >

The “One Earth, One People, One Love” film was commissioned for Kronos by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support was provided by Treatment Studio, London.


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October 23, 2019

The reviews are in for SUN RINGS

On August 30, Nonesuch Records released Terry RIley’s Sun Rings, performed by Kronos with the Volti vocal ensemble, and the reviews are now pouring in:

“Few composer-quartet collaborations measure up to the remarkable relationship formed between Terry Riley and the Kronos Quartet, a creative partnership that has spanned almost 40 years… Riley’s deep absorption in and understanding of musical cultures and traditions lends a certain universality to his musical language that resonates powerfully when the world is viewed as a small round object thousands of miles away… Cosmic stuff.” – Gramophone

“Collaborations between legendary minimalist composer Terry Riley and venerated string ensemble Kronos Quartet go back decades… Each [resulting piece] has served to stretch the boundaries of both minimalism and chamber music, usually in the service of introducing audiences to exotic forms of music from different parts of the world… With Riley’s SUN RINGS compositions and the sounds gathered by [physicist Don] Gurnett and NASA, we’re all able to picture ourselves side-by-side with the music of the world beyond our own.” – PopMatters

“SUN RINGS takes us on an acoustic adventure whose sonic and spiritual dimensions embody Riley’s untempered wonder at creation… At a time in history when things are looking dire on so many fronts, SUN RINGS’ unfettered optimism and faith in the essential goodness of humankind is a breath of intergalactic fresh air…. Much of the music on SUN RINGS defies verbal explication. Riley’s genius for creating a unified whole out of seemingly disparate parts is abetted by Kronos’ playing.” – Stereophile Magazine

Sun Rings Press Quote Slideshow

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Concert Schedule

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
Feb13Berkeley, CaliforniaZellerbach Hall
Feb18University Park, PennsylvaniaEisenhower Auditorium

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


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