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 nonesuch.com/on-tour.
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 nonesuch.com/on-tour.
KRONOS QUARTET ON TOUR
||Sacrum Profanum Festival
||Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
||Weill Concert Hall, Green Music Center
||Rohnert Park, CA
||Iowa City, IA
||Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
||Uppsala International Sacred Music Festival
||Oslo World Music Festival
||All Tomorrow's Parties
||Camber Sands, UK
||Napa Valley Opera House
||Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center*
||College Park, MD
||Lam Research Theater, YBCA
||San Francisco, CA
||Carpenter Performing Arts Center
||Long Beach, CA
||World Minimal Music Festival
||Muziekgebouw Frits Philips Eindhoven
||Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University*
||Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall
||New York, NY
||Alexander Kasser Theater*
* w/ Laurie Anderson