There are so many ways to celebrate a milestone anniversary – ACMP at 75 and the Kronos Quartet at 50 – but nobody does it quite like the Kronos Quartet!
It’s an incredible resource – not just for string players! Drawing on 49 years of collaborations with composers from all over the world and all stylistic backgrounds, the Kronos Quartet has curated an eclectic collection of new works celebrating the exciting plurality of classical music in the 21st century. String players may have the added benefit of being able to play these pieces, but all music-lovers will enjoy browsing through the site and listening to the pieces and watching video interviews of the composers.
Kronos and ACMP:
For me, this is the most exciting way in which ACMP can celebrate its own 75th Anniversary, by inviting adult amateur musicians in our community to delve into this fascinating library of new works, and join in on two online master classes with all four members of the Kronos Quartet at 2pm Eastern on Saturday, November 12, 2022 and Saturday, April 15, 2023.
The first step is finding ensembles that would like to actively participate by learning one of the new works and playing in one of the classes.
Shortlist of easy to intermediate level pieces:
If you would like to play in one of the classes, feel free to choose from the whole library. However, some of the pieces are rather challenging. If you would like some guidance on finding more manageable works, members of KPAA’s educational team have created a shortlist of pieces from the collection on the easy-to-medium difficulty end of the spectrum:
SAXOPHONE ALERT: There is an arrangement of Fodé Lassana Diabaté’s piece Sunjata’s Time for saxophone quartet. Saxophonists will get first dibs on this work! Parts for the arrangement are not up on the Kronos site, but ACMP can obtain them for you.
Joining the class as an audience member:
Stay tuned! Once I have all the ensembles lined up, I will share links to sign up as an audience member for each class. Both classes will also be live-streamed on Facebook and archived on the ACMP YouTube account.