KRONOS QUARTET East Coast Premiere by Philip Glass

October 24, 2013
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Kay Theatre
3800 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
University of Maryland, College Park, MD

To pay tribute to the Kronos Quartet’s 40th anniversary, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center has co-commissioned legendary American composer Philip Glass to write a new work, String Quartet no. 6, that will be the centerpiece of this performance in its East Coast premiere.

Glass has had an extraordinary impact on the musical and intellectual life of his times through his operas, his symphonies, his compositions for his own ensemble and his wide-ranging collaborations. The Baltimore native has collaborated extensively with Kronos Quartet in the past. Kronos first recorded a Glass composition in 1985, and in 1993 released the album Kronos Quartet Performs Philip Glass.

Acknowledged pioneers in contemporary chamber performance, Kronos specializes in new music/contemporary classical music and has commissioned more than 750 works in its 40-year history. This performance marks the Center debut of the Kronos Quartet’s new cellist, Sunny Yang.