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Kronos Quartet to Perform Four Concerts at Carnegie Hall

  • Tuesday, March 9, 2010
    Kronos Quartet to Perform Four Concerts at Carnegie Hall

    Kronos Quartet was credited, in a recent profile in the New York Times, with "reinventing the string quartet as a vehicle of limitless stylistic breadth." This week, Kronos proves yet again how true that is as it concludes its season-long Carnegie Hall Perspectives series, collaborating with numerous artists from around the globe in four concerts on four consecutive nights from Thursday to Sunday in Zankel Hall. Tune in to New York public radio station WNYC today at 2 PM ET to hear Kronos and composer Terry Riley discuss the events and perform live on Soundcheck, at wnyc.org.

    During this Perspectives residency, Kronos performs premieres by Terry Riley, JG Thirlwell, and Derek Charke, among others, while collaborating with artists like electronic music duo Matmos, Portuguese instrument builder and composer Victor Gama, Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq, Swedish post-modern folk duo Hurdy-Gurdy, mugham singers Alim and Fargana Qasimov (featured on Kronos's latest Nonesuch release, Floodplain), Korean artist Dohee Lee, Afghan rubab master Homayoun Sakhi, the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, and many more. In these programs, Kronos also highlights solo work by toy piano virtuoso Margaret Leng Tan, Finnish kantele player Ritva Koistinen, and the Finnish accordion/sampler duo of Kimmo Pohjonen & Samuli Kosminen.

    Kronos launched its Perspectives in November 2009 in a performance with Chinese pipa player Wu Man, who will join the quartet again next week to conclude the residency with a weeklong Professional Training Workshop for three young string quartets and two pipa players. Presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, the workshop will include one public master class on Wednesday, March 17, in Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, and a final concert by the participating musicians on Sunday, March 21, in Zankel Hall. The participants will study a broad range of compositions and arrangements written for Kronos from composers like Aviya Kopelman, Osvaldo Golijov, Tan Dun, Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Terry Riley, and Aleksandra Vrebalov, including collaborative works for pipa and string quartet.

    “In the last 35 years there have been 650 pieces written for Kronos,” says Kronos's Artistic Director David Harrington about his quartet’s Perspectives. “I want our audience to have a sense of as much of the scope of the work of Kronos and the extent of the relationships that we have with many wonderful composers and performers as possible. And we’re going to be exploring what it means to be a musician in our time. In many cases we need translators at our rehearsals. In each concert our instruments will evolve. I don’t think that in all of the years of Kronos we’ve ever assembled a collection of concerts like this.”

    For more information on Perspectives: Kronos Quartet, including video interviews with David Harrington on each of the programs, visit carnegiehall.org. For more upcoming performance information, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

on March 9, 2010 - 12:58pm
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Kronos Quartet was credited, in a recent profile in the New York Times, with "reinventing the string quartet as a vehicle of limitless stylistic breadth." This week, Kronos proves yet again how true that is as it concludes its season-long Carnegie Hall Perspectives series, collaborating with numerous artists from around the globe in four concerts on four consecutive nights from Thursday to Sunday in Zankel Hall. Tune in to WNYC's Soundcheck today to hear Kronos and composer Terry Riley discuss the events and perform live.

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Kronos Quartet was credited, in a recent profile in the New York Times, with "reinventing the string quartet as a vehicle of limitless stylistic breadth." This week, Kronos proves yet again how true that is as it concludes its season-long Carnegie Hall Perspectives series, collaborating with numerous artists from around the globe in four concerts on four consecutive nights from Thursday to Sunday in Zankel Hall. Tune in to New York public radio station WNYC today at 2 PM ET to hear Kronos and composer Terry Riley discuss the events and perform live on Soundcheck, at wnyc.org.

During this Perspectives residency, Kronos performs premieres by Terry Riley, JG Thirlwell, and Derek Charke, among others, while collaborating with artists like electronic music duo Matmos, Portuguese instrument builder and composer Victor Gama, Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq, Swedish post-modern folk duo Hurdy-Gurdy, mugham singers Alim and Fargana Qasimov (featured on Kronos's latest Nonesuch release, Floodplain), Korean artist Dohee Lee, Afghan rubab master Homayoun Sakhi, the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, and many more. In these programs, Kronos also highlights solo work by toy piano virtuoso Margaret Leng Tan, Finnish kantele player Ritva Koistinen, and the Finnish accordion/sampler duo of Kimmo Pohjonen & Samuli Kosminen.

Kronos launched its Perspectives in November 2009 in a performance with Chinese pipa player Wu Man, who will join the quartet again next week to conclude the residency with a weeklong Professional Training Workshop for three young string quartets and two pipa players. Presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, the workshop will include one public master class on Wednesday, March 17, in Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, and a final concert by the participating musicians on Sunday, March 21, in Zankel Hall. The participants will study a broad range of compositions and arrangements written for Kronos from composers like Aviya Kopelman, Osvaldo Golijov, Tan Dun, Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Terry Riley, and Aleksandra Vrebalov, including collaborative works for pipa and string quartet.

“In the last 35 years there have been 650 pieces written for Kronos,” says Kronos's Artistic Director David Harrington about his quartet’s Perspectives. “I want our audience to have a sense of as much of the scope of the work of Kronos and the extent of the relationships that we have with many wonderful composers and performers as possible. And we’re going to be exploring what it means to be a musician in our time. In many cases we need translators at our rehearsals. In each concert our instruments will evolve. I don’t think that in all of the years of Kronos we’ve ever assembled a collection of concerts like this.”

For more information on Perspectives: Kronos Quartet, including video interviews with David Harrington on each of the programs, visit carnegiehall.org. For more upcoming performance information, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

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