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Kronos Quartet

March 2, 2024
Zellerbach Hall

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Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Bay Area’s own Kronos Quartet—the groundbreaking ensemble that helped reinvent the string quartet for our global, connected, contemporary world through cross-cultural and cross-genre collaborations, ambitious commissioning projects, and enduring partnerships with living composers. The concert features two world premieres commissioned for the quartet’s anniversary from Michael Gordon and Peni Candra Rini. Kronos’ most recent collaboration with Gordon was Campaign Songs, arrangements from the canon of American patriotic, political, and folk music. Indonesian composer Candra Rini was among the artists selected to participate in Kronos’ visionary Fifty for the Future initiative, which commissioned 50 international composers to create scores made available as a resource at no cost for the next generation of string quartet players. “No one is ever going to say that Kronos Quartet is satisfied with the string quartet status quo” (The New York Times).