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    Kronos Launches New Fifty for the Future Website with Free Access to Contemporary String Quartets

    Kronos Quartet / Kronos Performing Arts Association (KPAA) has announced the launch of a new website for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, the San Francisco–based nonprofit's ongoing multi-year commissioning, performance, education, and legacy initiative. Designed and developed by the San Francisco design and storytelling company First Person, the site provides a gateway to discover, explore, and learn contemporary string quartets composed by twenty-five women and twenty-five men from around the world. The free digital learning library currently contains thirty scores and parts, recordings, and supplemental learning materials. When completed, this collection will feature fifty new pieces. Launched in 2015 with Lead Partner Carnegie Hall, the initial scores have been downloaded more than 14,000 times in eighty-eight countries and territories worldwide.

    From the start, two key goals of the project have been to provide open access to a contemporary repertoire and to encourage curiosity in a wider world of music. Kronos's violinist John Sherba explains: "When I was seventeen or eighteen, I'd go to the library to look for scores. I'd pull one after another and usually think 'I'm not ready for this.' I'd put each back because I was frightened of learning something different than the usual violin concertos I was taught. What's great about Kronos's Fifty for the Future is that not only are the scores easily available, but we also put up our own recordings so you can hear how they might sound. If there's an extended technique, we or the composer will demonstrate how it's done. So some of the mystique of the piece is being clarified. I think if I had had this resource when I was eighteen, the scores I put back on the shelf would have been on my music stand, and I would have been playing them. This is what I'm so excited about."

    The new site emphasizes these goals of access and exploration by providing a variety of avenues for discovery. "It is incredibly thorough and intuitive," says Danny Clay, a San Francisco–based composer, arranger, and educator whom Kronos has collaborated with on multiple occasions. "I love all of the different sortable categories as a means of helping musicians find the right fit for their skill level or their interests."

    "We are thrilled to launch this new website," says Janet Cowperthwaite, KPAA's managing director. "Fifty for the Future is our most ambitious initiative to date, and our team has been working for months to develop this visually dynamic and engaging resource. It is our hope that this new site will enable the music of Kronos's Fifty for the Future to become even more accessible to players and listeners all over the world. We are grateful to the National Endowment for the Arts for its support and to our colleagues at First Person for their imagination, creativity and dedication. We could not have wished for more thoughtful collaborators."

    Explore works by composers Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Laurie Anderson, Ken Benshoof, Raven Chacon, Islam Chipsy, Aftab Darvishi, Fodé Lassana Diabaté, Mario Galeano Toro, Guillermo Galindo, Rhiannon Giddens, Philip Glass, Yotam Haber, Zakir Hussain, Joan Jeanrenaud, Jlin, Garth Knox, Aleksander Kościów, Nicole Lizée, Lu Yun, Soo Yeon Lyuh, Onutė Narbutaitė, Kala Ramnath, Karin Rehnqvist, Yevgeniy Sharlat, Trey Spruance, Tanya Tagaq, Stephan Thelen, Merlijn Twaalfhoven, Aleksandra Vrebalov, and Wu Man at kronosquartet.org/fifty-for-the-future.

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Kronos Quartet / Kronos Performing Arts Association (KPAA) has announced the launch of a new website for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, its ongoing multi-year commissioning, performance, education, and legacy initiative. The site provides a gateway to discover, explore, and learn contemporary string quartets composed by twenty-five women (including Laurie Anderson and Rhiannon Giddens) and twenty-five men from around the world. The free digital learning library currently contains thirty scores and parts, recordings, and supplemental learning materials. Launched in 2015 with Lead Partner Carnegie Hall, the initial scores have been downloaded more than 14,000 times in eighty-eight countries and territories worldwide.

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Kronos Quartet / Kronos Performing Arts Association (KPAA) has announced the launch of a new website for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, the San Francisco–based nonprofit's ongoing multi-year commissioning, performance, education, and legacy initiative. Designed and developed by the San Francisco design and storytelling company First Person, the site provides a gateway to discover, explore, and learn contemporary string quartets composed by twenty-five women and twenty-five men from around the world. The free digital learning library currently contains thirty scores and parts, recordings, and supplemental learning materials. When completed, this collection will feature fifty new pieces. Launched in 2015 with Lead Partner Carnegie Hall, the initial scores have been downloaded more than 14,000 times in eighty-eight countries and territories worldwide.

From the start, two key goals of the project have been to provide open access to a contemporary repertoire and to encourage curiosity in a wider world of music. Kronos's violinist John Sherba explains: "When I was seventeen or eighteen, I'd go to the library to look for scores. I'd pull one after another and usually think 'I'm not ready for this.' I'd put each back because I was frightened of learning something different than the usual violin concertos I was taught. What's great about Kronos's Fifty for the Future is that not only are the scores easily available, but we also put up our own recordings so you can hear how they might sound. If there's an extended technique, we or the composer will demonstrate how it's done. So some of the mystique of the piece is being clarified. I think if I had had this resource when I was eighteen, the scores I put back on the shelf would have been on my music stand, and I would have been playing them. This is what I'm so excited about."

The new site emphasizes these goals of access and exploration by providing a variety of avenues for discovery. "It is incredibly thorough and intuitive," says Danny Clay, a San Francisco–based composer, arranger, and educator whom Kronos has collaborated with on multiple occasions. "I love all of the different sortable categories as a means of helping musicians find the right fit for their skill level or their interests."

"We are thrilled to launch this new website," says Janet Cowperthwaite, KPAA's managing director. "Fifty for the Future is our most ambitious initiative to date, and our team has been working for months to develop this visually dynamic and engaging resource. It is our hope that this new site will enable the music of Kronos's Fifty for the Future to become even more accessible to players and listeners all over the world. We are grateful to the National Endowment for the Arts for its support and to our colleagues at First Person for their imagination, creativity and dedication. We could not have wished for more thoughtful collaborators."

Explore works by composers Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Laurie Anderson, Ken Benshoof, Raven Chacon, Islam Chipsy, Aftab Darvishi, Fodé Lassana Diabaté, Mario Galeano Toro, Guillermo Galindo, Rhiannon Giddens, Philip Glass, Yotam Haber, Zakir Hussain, Joan Jeanrenaud, Jlin, Garth Knox, Aleksander Kościów, Nicole Lizée, Lu Yun, Soo Yeon Lyuh, Onutė Narbutaitė, Kala Ramnath, Karin Rehnqvist, Yevgeniy Sharlat, Trey Spruance, Tanya Tagaq, Stephan Thelen, Merlijn Twaalfhoven, Aleksandra Vrebalov, and Wu Man at kronosquartet.org/fifty-for-the-future.

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