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Kronos Quartet, Laurie Anderson Launch Tours of Australia

Kronos Quartet & Laurie Anderson by Jay Blakesberg

Kronos Quartet launches a two-week tour of Australia and New Zealand with a performance at Perth Concert Hall tonight as part of the Perth Festival. The group will be joined by Laurie Anderson for the Australian premiere of Landfall, a new work by Anderson, which received its world premiere (under the title Scenes from My New Novel) at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in Maryland earlier this month. The artists perform the piece together at the Adelaide Festival this Saturday.

Kronos continues its tour with a second Perth Festival performance on Thursday in a program featuring Steve Reich's WTC 9/11 as well as works by Bryce Dessner, Omar Souleyman, Aleksandra Vrebalov, and others. Following Saturday's Landfall performance, the Quartet has an additional Adelaide Festival concert at Thebarton Theatre, performing JG Thirlwell's Manorexia with Dessner as special guest, and a final Australian show at the Melbourne Recital Centre next week featuring the Australian premiere of Valentin Silvestrov's String Quartet No. 3.

The New Zealand leg of the tour begins the next Saturday, March 9, in a performance of Tan Dun's Ghost Opera and A Chinese Home with Wu Man for the Auckland Festival, followed by shows in Wellington, Dunedin, and Christchurch.

Laurie Anderson follows the Landfall performances with a second event for the Adelaide Festival, performing her piece Dirtday! this Sunday. In addition, an exhibition of her work will be presented at the Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of Art in Adelaide as part of the Adelaide Festival, opening on Friday. Anderson spoke with ABC Radio National earlier today in advance of this week's events; listen online at She heads next to Paris, where she is the focus artist of a multi-event Domaine Privé at Cité de la Musique.

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Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet

Feb 27 Perth Concert Hall, Perth Festival Perth, AUSTRALIA
Mar 2 Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Adelaide, AUSTRALIA

Kronos Quartet

Feb 28 Perth Concert Hall, Perth Festival Perth, AUSTRALIA
Mar 4 Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide Festival Adelaide, AUSTRALIA
Mar 6 Melbourne Recital Centre Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Mar 9 The Civic, Auckland Arts Festival  Auckland, NEW ZEALAND
Mar 11 Michael Fowler Centre Wellington, NEW ZEALAND
Mar 13 Regent Theatre Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND
Mar 14 Aurora Centre Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND

Laurie Anderson

Mar 3 Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Adelaide, AUSTRALIA


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