CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS
Kronos Quartet has been at the vanguard of what’s innovative and exciting in music for more than 40 years. The iconic ensemble returns to Carnegie Hall for a program that reveals the musicians' remarkable gifts for expanding the range and context of the string quartet.
Part of: Zankel Sampler II
·· David Harrington, Violin
·· John Sherba, Violin
·· Hank Dutt, Viola
·· Sunny Yang, Cello
Paul Wiancko, Cello
MICHAEL GORDON Clouded Yellow
PHILIP GLASS Quartet Satz
MISSY MAZZOLI Enthusiasm Strategies
MISATO MOCHIZUKI Boids
TERRY RILEY "The Electron Cyclotron Frequency Parlour" from Sun Rings
TERRY RILEY "One Earth, One People, One Love" from Sun Rings
BRYCE DESSNER Le Bois (World Premiere)
STEVE REICH Different Trains
In honor of the centenary of his birth, Carnegie Hall’s 2019–2020 season is dedicated to the memory of Isaac Stern in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to Carnegie Hall, arts advocacy, and the field of music.
For more than 45 years, San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet has combined a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually reimagine the string quartet experience. In the process, Kronos has become one of the world’s most celebrated and influential ensembles, performing thousands of concerts, releasing more than 60 recordings, collaborating with many of the world’s most accomplished composers and performers, and commissioning more than 1,000 works and arrangements for string quartet. Kronos has received more than 40 awards, including the prestigious Polar Music Prize, the Avery Fisher Prize, and the Edison Klassiek Oeuvreprijs for career achievement.
Integral to Kronos’ work is a series of long-running collaborations with many of the world’s foremost composers, including Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Philip Glass, Nicole Lizée, Vladimir Martynov, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, and Aleksandra Vrebalov. Additional collaborators have included Sam Amidon, Laurie Anderson, Asha Bhosle, Noam Chomsky, Rhiannon Giddens, Sam Green, Zakir Hussain, múm, Trevor Paglen, Van Dyke Parks, San Francisco Girls Chorus, Tanya Tagaq, Trio Da Kali, Mahsa Vahdat, Tom Waits, Wu Man, and Howard Zinn.
On tour for five months per year, Kronos appears in the world’s most prestigious concert halls, clubs, and festivals. Kronos is equally prolific and wide-ranging on recordings, including two Grammy-winning albums—Landfall with Laurie Anderson (2018) and Alban Berg’s Lyric Suite featuring Dawn Upshaw (2003)—both released by longtime label Nonesuch Records. Kronos’ other recent releases include Ladilikan (World Circuit Records) with Trio Da Kali, an ensemble of Malian griot musicians assembled by Aga Khan Music Initiative; Placeless (Kirkelig Kulturverksted) with Iranian vocalists Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat; and Sun Rings (Nonesuch), composed by Terry Riley for string quartet, chorus, and pre-recorded spacescapes.
The nonprofit Kronos Performing Arts Association manages all aspects of Kronos’ work, including the commissioning of new works, concert tours and home season performances, education programs, and the annual Kronos Festival. In 2015, Kronos launched Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, an education and legacy project that is commissioning—and distributing online for free—50 new works for string quartet composed by 25 women and 25 men.