Performance Friday, April 15, 2016 | 9 PM

Kronos: Creating a New Repertoire

Zankel Hall
Featuring young artists coached by Kronos Quartet

Part of Late Nights at Zankel Hall.


  • Argus Quartet
    ·· Jason Issokson, Violin
    ·· Clara Kim, Violin
    ·· Diana Wade, Viola
    ·· Joann Whang, Cello
  • Friction Quartet
    ·· Otis Harriel, Violin
    ·· Kevin Rogers, Violin
    ·· Taija Warbelow, Viola
    ·· Doug Machiz, Cello
  • Ligeti Quartet
    ·· Mandhira de Saram, Violin
    ·· Patrick Dawkins, Violin
    ·· Richard Jones, Viola
    ·· Val Welbanks, Cello


  • FODÉ LASSANA DIABATÉ Sunjata's Time (arr. by Jacob Garchik) (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
  • GARTH KNOX Satellites (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
  • WU MAN Four Chinese Paintings (arr. Danny Clay) (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
  • TERRY RILEY Selections from Salome Dances for Peace
    ·· The Gift
    ·· The Ecstasy
    ·· Good Medicine

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • Argus Quartet

    The Argus Quartet is dedicated to reinvigorating the audience-performer relationship through new and innovative concert presentations of diverse repertoire. Connecting with and building up a community of engaged listeners is at the core of the quartet's mission. Past performances include appearances at Carnegie Hall, Laguna Beach Live!, Encinitas' Music by the Sea, Music Academy of the West, and Cello Biennale Amsterdam. The quartet also recently premiered a new work by Eric Guinivan that was awarded a commissioning grant from Chamber Music America. Last fall, Argus began an appointment as the Yale School of Music's fellowship quartet-in-residence.

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  • Friction Quartet

    Friction Quartet, a San Francisco-based string quartet whose performances have been called "terribly beautiful" (San Francisco Classical Voice) and "stunningly passionate" (Calgary Herald), exists to expand the string quartet repertoire and audience for adventurous contemporary music through commissioning composers and performing in underserved schools and communities. Friction received a Chamber Music America grant to commission a piano quintet from Andy Akiho. John Adams shared Friction's video of the second movement of his first string quartet on his homepage and called it "spectacular." Friction is the first ensemble in residence at the Center for New Music in San Francisco.

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  • Ligeti Quartet

    The Ligeti Quartet is dedicated to performing modern and contemporary music, commissioning new works, and engaging diverse audiences. Formed in 2010, the members were united by their fascination with György Ligeti's music. They have played throughout the UK and abroad, in venues such as the Purcell Room, Barbican Centre, and Wigmore Hall, as well as in nightclubs, pubs, jazz clubs, on a fishing boat, and beside a giant polar bear. The quartet regularly performs and records with artists outside of classical music, including Wadada Leo Smith, Sean Noonan, and Shabaka Hutchings. The quartet is the ensemble in residence at Sheffield University.

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Fifty for the Future

The Kronos Quartet / Kronos Performing Arts Association have launched an exciting new commissioning initiative, Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire. Beginning in the 2015–2016 season, Fifty for the Future will commission 50 new works—10 per year for five years—devoted to contemporary approaches to the quartet and designed expressly for the training of students and emerging professionals. The works will be created by an eclectic group of 25 male and 25 female composers. Kronos will premiere each piece and create companion digital materials, including scores, recordings, and performance notes, which will be distributed online for free. Kronos, Carnegie Hall, and an adventurous list of project partners join forces to support this exciting new commissioning, performance, education, and legacy project of unprecedented scope and potential impact to sustain the string quartet as a living art form.

Three of the Fifty for the Future works, co-commissioned with Carnegie Hall, are included on this evening’s program.
Program Notes
Lead support for the 125 Commissions Project is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Public support for the 125 Commissions Project is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Additional funding is provided by members of Carnegie Hall's Composer Club.
The Kronos: Creating a New Repertoire workshop is supported, in part, by The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

Workshops and master classes are made possible, in part, by Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari.
Kronos Quartet is the holder of the 2015–2016 Richard and Barbara Debs Creative Chair at Carnegie Hall.

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