Kronos at 40: 24-Hour Marathon Anniversary Stream

The Influential New-Music Ensemble Celebrates its 40th Anniversary Season

Monday, March 24, 2014

Kronos Quartet Kronos Quartet (from left to right: David Harrington, Sunny Yang, Hank Dutt and John Sherba) (Photo by Jay Blakesberg)

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: 

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

Hosted by:

Phil Kline

Produced by:

Alex Ambrose

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Comments [4]

David Detrich from Iron River, MI

Who wrote Caliphonia, and Six Fragments for guitar? I think this music is worth considering further.

Mar. 25 2014 08:52 AM
TXC from Sutton Place South

Thank you for putting on this anniversary tribute to Kronos Quartet. Even though I only listened to a few minutes of the 24 hours of programming, the sound of Kronos was like a healing balm upon my soul. Best wishes to all four members!

Mar. 25 2014 12:24 AM

@John Prokop
Unfortunately we are not allowed to pre-publish playlists, however every hour will be unique, 100% Kronos, and feature hosting, audio clips from current Kronos members and composer tributes. We hope you can tune in!

Mar. 11 2014 01:17 PM
John Prokop from SF

Will there be schedule/program of the material that will be broadcast during the marathon?

Mar. 10 2014 07:28 PM

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