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Innovative Kronos Quartet return to NZ

Innovative Kronos Quartet return to NZ

10 January 2005

World leaders in musical innovation, the internationally acclaimed Kronos Quartet make their debut visit to Auckland in February and return to Wellington for the first time in nine years in March.

Kronos are one of the world¹s most influential and sought after contemporary music ensembles, and for over 30 years have changed the way audiences experience music.

The group are renowned for crossing musical and artistic boundaries, with their recordings and performances appealing to lovers of classical, jazz, rock and world music.

The members of the quartet are excited about sharing their worldwide experiences with Kiwi audiences. Founding member and violinist David Harrington says, "We want to give our audiences the widest possible experience of our work. It has been a long time since our last performance in New Zealand and we realised that there have been many wonderful pieces written for Kronos in recent years. This is our chance to share a few of them."

For New Zealand¹s largest chamber music presenter, Kronos¹ visit kick-starts the beginning of a year where the traditional is combined with the unconventional. CMNZ Chief Executive Brian Budd says "The Kronos Quartet embrace a diversity of music and culture that is emblematic of CMNZ¹s 2005 season: eclectic and electrifying music for all music lovers. Kronos¹ performances will be without a doubt, a must see for music fans of all genres."

Chamber Music New Zealand presents Kronos Quartet by arrangement with Arts Projects Australia. The Auckland concert is supported by the Endeavour Trust. The Wellington concert is presented with support from the Willi Fels Trust, Adam Foundation and Peter and Carolyn Diessl.

For more information ph 0800 CONCERT (266 2378) or visit www.chambermusic.co.nz

Chamber Music New Zealand acknowledges major funding from Creative New Zealand.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:

http://chambermusic.co.nz/artists/79.php Auckland Festival AK05: http://www.ak05.co.nz/ Kronos Quartet: www.kronosquartet.org

GIG DATES

Auckland - Wednesday 23 February, Auckland Town Hall, 8pm Presented as part of Auckland Festival AK05

Wellington - Monday 14 March, Wellington Town Hall, 8pm

ABOUT CMNZ

Chamber Music New Zealand present local and international chamber music ensembles throughout New Zealand. Their annual Celebrity Season showcases premier international artists, while the Associate Societies programme focuses on New Zealand performers. The New Zealand Community Trust Chamber Music Contest, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2005, fosters the musical stars of the future.

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