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Kronos Summer Festival

A massive free festival that starts Saturday 19 June and lives online to the end of August

All the details at serious.org.uk/Kronos

Kronos Performing Arts Association
and Serious have created a huge free online summer festival that starts on Saturday 19 June and can be enjoyed right across the summer

The Festival features 15 world premieres by composers such as Sahba Aminikia, Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, Nicole Lizée, and Vân-Ánh Võ, alongside many of Kronos’ signature works, including Clint Mansell’s Lux Aeterna from Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream, God-music from George Crumb's Black Angels, Terry Riley’s One Earth, One People, One Love and Vladimir Martynov’s The Beatitudes. The Festival also features several pieces that were commissioned as part of Kronos’ ground-breaking ‘Fifty for the Future’ project. 

Art, activism and the fight for civil rights are key themes in Kronos' works, represented in the Kronos Summer Festival in pieces by Sahba Aminikia, Stacy Garrop, Nicole Lizée, Bill Morrison, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Eiko Otake, Kayla Pellom, Pete Seeger, Valerie Soe, Vân-Ánh Võ and Zachary James Watkins.

Along with three 45-minute concerts, the festival features KRONOS FESTIVAL Kids! - a lively and engaging 30-minute presentation for audiences of all ages 

Kronos has achieved lasting renown for transforming the string quartet concert into an immersive experience with lighting, video, audience participation, and more. In similar fashion, KRONOS SUMMER FESTIVAL’s programmes stand apart from usual music streams. Rather than capturing a continuous concert, each programme is a mosaic of original films and performances, with contributions from such noted filmmakers as Sam Green (a world premiere), Bill Morrison (a world premiere), and Valerie Soe constituting a mini-festival within the festival. The programme will also feature new short films from the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, created to illuminate specific musical works.

The full programme can be seen this Saturday, and then viewed online at leisure 24 hours a day right across the summer at serious.org.uk/kronos

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