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Kronos at 40

Kronos Quartet celebrates its 40th anniversary and launches a fifth decade of innovation and exploration with an impressive array of projects and special events during its 2013-14 season. Since Kronos’ debut concert at North Seattle Community College in November, 1973, it has become one of the most influential groups in any musical genre. They changed the way chamber music is presented by incorporating sound and lighting design, and theatrical elements. On July 14 they will perform free mega-concert at Stern Grove Festival in San Francisco.

Highlights of Kronos’ program include the world premiere of Notoation, a festival-commissioned work by electronic musician Amon Tobin; Death Is the Road to Awe by Clint Mansell, from his soundtrack to Darren Aronofsky’s film The Fountain; plus works by Café Tacvba, Ramallah Underground, and others.

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Wordless Music, the concert series run by Ronen Givony when he is not overseeing the classical and new-music programming at Le Poisson Rouge, is devoted to showing fans of indie rock and contemporary classical music that the two genres have a common appeal.

Mr. Givony’s latest offering, heard on Saturday evening (21 st May) at the New York Society for Ethical Culture (the program was also played on Friday), was built around two works with rock connections: Philip Glass’s “Heroes” Symphony (1996), which is based on themes from David Bowie’s 1977 album “Heroes,” and “Doghouse” (2010), the latest orchestral score by Jonny Greenwood, who is best known as a member of Radiohead. Gyorgy Ligeti’s Chamber Concerto (1970), a study in energy and texture that prefigures some of Mr. Greenwood’s work, was interposed between them.

For the occasion the conductor Brad Lubman convened the Wordless Music Orchestra, a freelance new-music band that included, this time, all four members of the JACK Quartet and players from Alarm Will Sound, Signal (which played the Ligeti on its own) and other ensembles.

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As the Arts Beat informs while the San Francisco-based Kronos Quartet prepared for a European tour, beginning on Thursday in Athens, its bags became a little heavier on Tuesday with two major awards.

Kronos will receive the Avery Fisher Prize (which carries a cash grant of $75,000), awarded in New York to individuals or chamber ensembles for outstanding achievement and excellence in music, as well as the Polar Music Prize (with a cash grant of about $166,000), awarded in Stockholm, also intended to recognize exceptional achievement in music.

The Polar award will be given on Aug. 30, when a similar award will be given to the singer and songwriter Patti Smith. To make the ceremony really interesting, the Swedes should stipulate that the winners have to perform together. These particular artists would probably enjoy it!

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