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Kronos Announces "Fifty for the Future" With Carnegie Hall: 50 New Works Commissioned Over Five Years

By Jaime Prisco j.prisco@classicalite.com on Jan 28, 2015 01:59 PM EST

The Kronos Quartet/Kronos Performing Arts Association, in partnership with Carnegie Hall, has announced “Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire.” Beginning with the 2015-16 season, the project will commission a collection of 50 new works, 10 per year over five years, devoted to the most recent approaches to the string quartet.

The five-year-long project will be commissioned from a group of composers, 25 men and 25 women, designed for the training of students and emerging professions. Kronos will premiere watch work along with all the materials needed such as recordings, video, performance notes and composer interviews, which will be made available online for free.

According to a press release, the idea behind “Fifty for the Future” is to address the need of more resources for young string players. While there are many resources to learn the music of great composers, there is no body of work designed to train students and professionals on techniques required to master our own century’s string quartet literature.

Kronos’s "Fifty for the Future" commissions will be graded on difficulty, from beginner through professional level, which will enable young quartets to develop as players by working their way up through the ascending levels of complexity and technical challenge. Each of the compositions will be approximately five to 10 minutes in length and represent a fully realized musical work to be programmed amid the other repertoire in Kronos’s own touring season.

Carnegie Hall will celebrate its 125th anniversary by starting a new project to commission some 125 new works over the next five years. Fifty of those will be through the ”Fifty for the Future” program. The first 10 "Fifty for the Future" composers, five men and five women, will write pieces for Kronos to premiere during the 2015-16 season.

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