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Kronos at 40: 24-Hour Marathon Anniversary Stream

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No new-music ensemble has as aggressively and over such an extended period of time defined and re-defined contemporary music as the Kronos Quartet, and this year it celebrates its 40th anniversary season.

On Monday, March 24 starting at 12:01 am ET (and now with special encore presentation Saturday, March 29), Q2 Music presents KRONOS AT 40 – a marathon stream of 24 distinct hours of diverse commercial recordings, dynamic, unreleased studio tracks (courtesy of Nonesuch Records) and concert performances featuring the quartet's major contributions to 20th and 21st century music. Kronos at 40 precedes the Kronos's premiere-laden celebration at Carnegie Hall on Friday, March 28. 

Kronos at 40 highlights include:

  • Live, video-streamed performance at 7:30 pm ET by the Kronos Quartet from The Greene Space at WQXR. Featured composers include Nicole Lizée and newest Under 30 commissionee Mary Kouyoumdjian as well as arrangements of Geeshie Wiley and Margarita Lecuona.
  • Commentary and anecdotes from all four members of the quartet—David Harrington, John Sherba (violins), Hank Dutt (viola) and Sunny Yang (cello).
  • Audio tributes from an all-star cast of composers and collaborators including Steve Reich, Wu Man, Osvaldo Golijov, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Kevin Volans, Foday Musa Suso, Christine Southworth, Donnacha Dennehy among many more. 

Founded in 1973, the Kronos Quartet has sought to re-imagine the string quartet through commissions, cross-genre collaborations and multimedia performances. Kronos has commissioned more than 800 works, including important pieces by Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Henryk Górecki, Osvaldo Golijov and Terry Riley. Its 50 recordings range from arrangements of Bollywood scores to Bill Evans tunes and even mariachi music. The quartet has won both the Avery Fisher Prize and the Polar Music Prize for its achievements.

 

Enjoy a slideshow of Kronos Quartet over the years: 

Kronos 40th Anniversary
Kronos 40th Anniversary ( Courtesy of Lenny Gonzalez )
Kronos Quartet Group Shot
Kronos Quartet Group Shot ( Courtesy of Michele Clement )
Kronos with Henryk Gorecki
Kronos with Henryk Gorecki ( Courtesy of Kronos Performing Arts Association )
Kronos, Fragile
Kronos, Fragile ( Courtesy of Kronos Performing Arts Association )
Kronos, Visual Music
Kronos, Visual Music ( Courtesy of Kronos Performing Arts Association )
Kronos with Aulis Sallinen
Kronos with Aulis Sallinen ( Courtesy of Stefan Bremer )
Kronos, Ghost Opera
Kronos, Ghost Opera ( Courtesy of Kronos Performing Arts Association )
Kronos with Wu Man
Kronos with Wu Man ( Courtesy of Lenny Gonzalez )
Kronos, Dracula
Kronos, Dracula ( Courtesy of Kronos Performing Arts Association )
Kronos, Live
Kronos, Live ( Courtesy of Jay blakesberg )
Kronos at 25
Kronos at 25 ( Courtesy of Kronos Performing Arts Association )
Kronos, Homayoun Performance
Kronos, Homayoun Performance ( Courtesy of Kronos Performing Arts Association )
Kronos with Terry Riley
Kronos with Terry Riley ( Courtesy of Michele Clement )
Kronos with the Pacific Boychoir Academy and Young Women's Chorus of San Francisco
Kronos with the Pacific Boychoir Academy and Young Women's Chorus of San Francisco ( Courtesy of Lenny Gonzalez )
Kronos with Morton Feldman
Kronos with Morton Feldman ( Courtesy of George Newsom )
Kronos with Bryce Dessner
Kronos with Bryce Dessner ( Courtesy of Lenny Gonzalez )
Kronos, A Chinese Home
Kronos, A Chinese Home ( Courtesy of Jay Blakesberg )
Kronos, Black Angels
Kronos, Black Angels ( Courtesy of Catherine Ashmore )
Kronos, A Chinese Home
Kronos, A Chinese Home ( Courtesy of Jay Blakesberg )
Kronos, Music from 4 Fences
Kronos, Music from 4 Fences ( Courtesy of Jay Blakesberg )
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