To all our audiences, performers, composers, funders, and supporters who participated in the Kronos Festival last week: thank you for helping us celebrate Kronos Fifty for the Future in the most beautiful way—with music, and with each other. Almost a decade ago, we set out to build a free library of 50 new works—a fully accessible collection of string quartet music that would speak not only to the story of Kronos’ own five-decade career, but also to the great abundance of our musical world. Now, in celebrating the completion of this repertoire, this Festival has in some ways marked a culmination; but seeing this music performed by younger generations on our Festival stages was a welcome reminder that this is just the beginning.
From the opening night pre-show by the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Clarinet Quartet to Victoria Shen‘s experimental turntable set, from Aizuri Quartet‘s rock ‘n’ roll pencil exploits to Kronos’ tutti finale with Attacca and Friction Quartets, every performance breathed new life into the repertoire and highlighted the singularity of each group. We hope you enjoyed the Festival as much as we did!
A multi-million-dollar project, Kronos Fifty for the Future was built by a community: over the past decade, more than 50 arts organizations and presenters around the world have joined Carnegie Hall in providing unprecedented financial support to realize this unique initiative, and dozens of funders and individuals have joined in as well. Kronos/Kronos Performing Arts Association is grateful to those who made and continue to make this project possible, and we look forward to shepherding the collection to new generations of musicians and audiences for years to come.
Kronos Festival is produced by the Kronos Performing Arts Association and is part of the San Francisco–based 501(c)3 nonprofit’s KRONOS PRESENTS program. It is made possible by support from San Francisco Grants for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation, Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Bernard Osher Foundation.
Thank you for your support
Everyone at Kronos Quartet / Kronos Performing Arts Association would like to thank all of our supporters who have engaged with our work or made donations to the organization. We are hard at work on several new projects and collaborations as part of KRONOS Five Decades, and we can’t wait to celebrate this milestone anniversary with you. Our work depends on support from individuals. Please consider making a contribution as we plan for this very special season. Thank you!