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Kronos Quartet Announces New 2012–13 Tour Dates, Including Laurie Anderson Collaboration Premiere

Kronos Quartet & Laurie Anderson by Jay Blakesberg

After a European tour which included four Cultural Olympiad performances in the UK, plus concerts in Malta, Finland, and the Czech Republic, Kronos Quartet has returned home to San Francisco and has announced a new set of tour dates. The group will be performing across the US, Europe, and Australia in the upcoming concert season, with more concerts to be announced this fall. See below for all of the currently scheduled dates; for additional information and ticket links, go to

The upcoming season will bring the premiere of a new collaboration between Kronos Quartet and Nonesuch Records label mate Laurie Anderson. The evening-length work premieres at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on February 1 and 2, 2013, and then will be performed at the Adelaide Festival on March 2, the soon-to-open Bing Concert Hall at Stanford Live on April 20 and 21, and Peak Performances at Montclair State University in New Jersey on May 10 and 11. Additional performances will be announced soon.

Back home in San Francisco, Kronos Quartet concludes its multi-year partnership with the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on February 21 and 22, 2013, with a program highlighting the vibrant creative voices of its hometown composers. The program features two world premieres: a new work for string quartet and electronics by composer/performer and media artist Pamela Z, co-commissioned by YBCA and the Kronos Performing Arts Association, and String Quartet No. 3, “The Mezzanine” by Nathaniel Stookey, who at age 17 was the youngest composer ever commissioned for the San Francisco Symphony’s New and Unusual Music Series. The program also features the West Coast premiere of Carrying the Past by Dan Becker, chair of the composition department at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, as well as works by other San Francisco musicians.

Kronos' next trip back to the UK will be in December as part of All Tomorrow’s Parties, December 7–9, 2012, a music festival that takes place at Pontins Holiday Camp in Camber Sands, East Sussex, England. This edition of the festival is curated by The National (including Bryce Dessner, with whom Kronos previously collaborated), with a line-up that also includes performances from Deerhoof, The Antlers, Owen Pallett, Sharon Van Etten, My Brightest Diamond, Hauschka, Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire, and So Percussion.

Kronos Quartet will join the Santa Rosa Symphony at the new Joan & Sanford I. Weill Hall at the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University, October 6–8, 2012. The performances—the symphony’s first regular season concerts in its new home—include Concerto for String Quartet, Orchestra and Electronics (The Last Internal Combustion Engine), a world premiere by its composer-in-residence and University of California Berkeley faculty member Edmund Campion.

For more information and to purchase tickets, go to


Sep 15–17 Sacrum Profanum Festival Krakow, POLAND
Sep 21 Approximation Festival Düsseldorf, GERMANY

Sep 30 Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley Berkeley, CA
Oct 6–8 Weill Concert Hall, Green Music Center Rohnert Park, CA
Oct 18 Englert Theatre Iowa City, IA

Oct 21 Teatro Sociale Bergamo, ITALY
Oct 25 Béla Bartók National Concert Hall Budapest, HUNGARY
Oct 31 De Oosterpoort Groningen, NETHERLANDS
Nov 2 Uppsala International Sacred Music Festival Uppsala, SWEDEN
Nov 3 Oslo World Music Festival Oslo, NORWAY
Dec 7 All Tomorrow's Parties Camber Sands, UK

Jan 11 Napa Valley Opera House Napa, CA
Jan 17 Valentine Theatre Toledo, OH
Jan 18 Gartner Auditorium Cleveland, OH
Jan 19 Southern Theatre Columbus, OH
Feb 1&2 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center* College Park, MD
Feb 21&22 Lam Research Theater, YBCA San Francisco, CA

Mar 2 Adelaide Festival* Adelaide, AUSTRALIA

Mar 23 Carpenter Performing Arts Center Long Beach, CA

Apr 3 World Minimal Music Festival Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
Apr 4 Muziekgebouw Frits Philips Eindhoven Eindhoven, NETHERLANDS

Apr 20&21 Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University* Stanford, CA
May 3 Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall New York, NY
May 5 Colonial Theatre Keene, NH
May 10&11 Alexander Kasser Theater* Montclair, NJ

* w/ Laurie Anderson


Hi, just wish Kronos would come to South Africa to perform. Just once. :D

Thank you for info on KRONOS QUARTET & LAURIE ANDERSON I work for federal university public fm radio station since 80´s and have LPS of Laurie and Kronos since then. I was at CANECÃO IN RIO DE JANEIRO IN THE EARLY 90´S for Kronos concert too bad I had to miss Laurie though. i wish I could get cds remaSTERED AND NEW STUFF TO PLAY AT RADIO FOR NEW GENERATIONS DON´T EVEN DREAM THEY EXIST. Can you get me material from them? Please yes come again to Brasil but on tour reaching us here above at northeast region not just south around Rio and São Paulo etc. Great news and please respond to this coment. In facebook I am MAUD FLANDERS.

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