Director of Chamber Music and Professor of Viola and Chamber Music Doris Lederer, Diploma, Curtis Institute of Music, will work with select undergraduate students to rehearse and perform a new string quartet piece by Azerbaijani composer Franghiz Ali-Zadeh for the Kronos Quartet’s Fifty-for-the-Future project and masterclass from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, at the Smithsonian’s Freer Sackler in Washington, D.C., as hosted by Washington Performing Arts (WPA). The piece will also be performed at the EDGE Ensemble’s spring concert at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, at Bright Box Theater (15 N. Loudoun St., Winchester, Virginia).
Members of the Amalthea Quartet include Colleen Bennett ’19 (Bachelor of Music in Performance, Violin), Elizabeth Knaub ’19 (Bachelor of Music in Performance, Viola), Devin Jones ’19 (Bachelor of Music in Performance, Cello) and Mary Wynn Willson ’19 (Bachelor of Music in Performance, Violin).
Kronos Quartet/Kronos Performing Arts Association (KPAA), the San Francisco-based non-profit organization of the Kronos Quartet, has launched Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, a string quartet commissioning, performance, education, and legacy project of unprecedented scope and potential impact. The initiative partners with organizations throughout the United States like WPA to co-commission work by 50 composers—25 women and 25 men—from all over the world. Kronos is commissioning a library of 50 works, available for free download, designed to guide young amateur and early career professional string quartets in developing and honing the skills required for the performance of 21st-century repertoire. Visit kronosquartet.org/fifty-for-the-future to learn more.