New Commissions from Kronos Quartet

The Kronos Quartet has announced an exciting new project titled Fifty for the Future.  From the Kronos Quartet website: Kronos’ Fifty for the Future is commissioning a collection of 50 new works – 10 per year for five years – devoted to the most contemporary approaches to the string quartet, designed expressly for the training of students and emerging professionals. The works will be commissioned from an eclectic group of composers – 25 men and 25 women – and the collection will represent the truly globe-spanning state of the art of the string quartet in the 21st century. I am deeply excited about…

Reconsidering Space

No one can deny that significant changes are afoot when it comes to the performance and reception of western classical music.  Though I in no way believe that classical music is dying, I believe that it is important to acknowledge that for classical music to thrive in the future we need to reevaluate the place of classical music in society and how to make it as relevant and meaningful, and as incorporated into daily society as it once was. For example, the Kronos Quartet recently gave a concert at a Bleecker Street nightclub in New York City.  Le Poisson Rouge, which…