On-Demand Video: Kronos Quartet 40th Birthday Celebration

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On Monday, March 24 at 7:30 pm, Q2 Music presented a live concert and videocast from The Greene Space at WQXR featuring one of the most renowned and influential new-music groups of our time, the Kronos Quartet. Celebrate the ensemble's 40th anniversary with an exclusive evening of music and conversation, hosted by Helga Davis.

The concert is the culmination of a 24-hour marathon of the quartet’s music on Q2 Music and focuses on some of the ensemble’s current repertoire, including the fifth and newest Under 30 Commission, Mary Kouyoumdjian.

Complete Program:

“Kronos at 40” / a film by Evan Neff
Nicole Lizée / Death to Kosmische *
Geeshie Wiley (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Last Kind Words +
Margarita Lecuona (arr. Osvaldo Golijov) / Tabú +
Mary Kouyoumdjian / Bombs of Beirut *

* Written for Kronos / + Arranged for Kronos

Founded in 1973, the Kronos Quartet—presently, David Harrington, John Sherba (violins), Hank Dutt (viola), and Sunny Yang (cello)—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.