Kronos Quartet, Fifty for the Future
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Kronos Quartet: Fifty for the Future

“The most far-ranging ensemble geographically, nationally and stylistically the world has known.” —Los Angeles Times

For more than 45 years, San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually reimagine the string quartet experience. Kronos now returns to the Twin Cities after an 11-year hiatus with two distinct programs drawn from the diverse and dazzling array of Kronos’s Fifty for the Future project, an ambitious five-year commissioning and educational initiative comprised of 50 new works.

On Saturday night, New Global Voices (Program A) features compelling scores by international composers new to Minnesota audiences, such as Aruna Narayan (India/Canada), Peni Candra Rini (Indonesia), and Soo Yeon Lyuh (South Korea). On Sunday, Old Friends (Program B) spotlights a diverse array of composers known here through their past Walker and other Twin Cities performances, including Terry Riley, Tanya Tagaq, and Missy Mazzoli.

Copresented by Schubert Club Mix and YourClassical Minnesota Public Radio

Program length: Approximately 75 minutes, with no intermission

Each evening features performances of works by an array of incredible composers:

March 19 / New Global Voices

Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté (arr. Jacob Garchik), Aftab Darvishi, Jlin (arr. Jacob Garchik), Nicole Lizée, Soo Yeon Lyuh, Aruna Narayan (arr. Reena Esmail), Peni Candra Rini (arr. Jacob Garchik), and Aleksandra Vrebalov. Program approx. 70 min., not including encores.

March 20 / Old Friends

Rafiq Bhatia (world premiere performance), Bryce Dessner, Philip Glass, Joan Jeanrenaud, Angélique Kidjo (arr. Jacob Garchik), Missy Mazzoli, Terry Riley, and Tanya Tagaq (arr. Jacob Garchik). Program approx. 71 min., not including encores.

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Ticket Prices & Packages
Single tickets: $48, $39 ($39, $32 Walker and MPR members).

Join the special VIP postshow meet and greet for an additional $50 per ticket (available both nights, limited; ticketed online only).

Two-show ticket package: $70 ($56 Walker and MPR members).

Two-show VIP package with postshow meet and greet: $100 (available both nights, limited; ticketed online only).

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  • Program support provided by Producers’ Council members Leni and David Moore, Jr./The David & Leni Moore Family Foundation.