Kronos’ 40th anniversary celebration brings Philip Glass to Vancouver

Kronos Quartet

The Kronos Quartet. Photo by Jay Blakesberg.

Forty years ago, the Kronos Quartet came together in Seattle. Now the ensemble will help launch the new season of the Chan Centre with Kronos at 40, a performance Saturday Oct. 19. To mark the anniversary, and make the quartet’s return to Vancouver even more special, they’ll premiere a new work by Philip Glass: String Quartet No. 6, co-commissioned by Kronos and the Chan Centre.

Glass, a renowned New York-based composer known for his minimalist works, will be in attendance as well. He’ll give a talk before the Chan Shun Concert Hall.

Besides the world premiere of the new Philip Glass work, the quartet will perform selections from their acclaimed 2009 album Floodplain, a Canadian premiere of a work by Montreal-based composer Nicole Lizée, and other pieces.

San Francisco-based Kronos Quartet is one of the most widely recognized string quartets in the world. Renowned for advancing the development of chamber music through commissioning and performing new compositions, the group has also collaborated with a diverse cadre of artists. These include Allen Ginsberg, David Bowie, Tanya Tagaq and more.

Glass’s works include 20 operas, eight symphonies, multiple concerto and concert pieces and soundtracks, including The Hours and Koyaanisqatsi.

Kronos at 40
Sat. Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. (Philip Glass in conversation at 6:30) at Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, UBC (6265 Crescent Road)
Tickets: $36-72 at

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