Five decades of Kronos

THE Kronos Quartet, probably the world’s most adventurous string quartet, mark five decades of barrier-breaking, border-crossing music with a 50-date world tour in 2024 – and Bristol’s reconstructed Beacon Centre, reopening in early December, has one of only two UK dates, on Thursday 18th January.

The programme, called Five Decades, draws on a fascinating snapshot of the quartet’s astonishing back catalogue and current repertoire, including Steve Reich’s Triple Quartet and music by Sigur Ros, Jlin, Terry Riley, Sun Ra and Laurie Anderson.

Kronos Quartet was founded in Seattle, Washington in 1973 by artistic director David Harrington (violin). In 1977, Kronos relocated to San Francisco, its current home, and violist Hank Dutt joined the group. Violinist John Sherba joined in 1978, and cellist Paul Wiancko joined in 2023.

There will be more details and a special feature on this remarkable group nearer the concert date.