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Noisy Machine: Kronos Quartet

Sunday, January 13, 2019 • 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:00 p.m.


Since their founding in 1973, Kronos Quartet—David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola), and Sunny Yang (cello)—has been recognized for their innovative and unique reimagining of the string quartet. Their work has evolved to include a range of educational outreach and a commitment to inspire and foster the next generation of string musicians. In this spirit, they return to the Exploratorium for three one-of-a-kind, fully acoustic performances, each staged in a different gallery. Each set will be inspired by the location of the performance, and crafted to captivate listeners of all ages.

Performance Locations

Under the Tinkerer’s Clock
11:30 a.m.
Gallery 2

Surrounded by Tidal Memory
12:30 p.m.
Gallery 4

Basking in the Sun Painting
2:00 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3

Please note: These nontraditional performances will be on the museum’s frenetic exhibit floor. There will be no seating or amplified sound. While sightlines and optimal sound quality cannot be guaranteed, a unique and intimate experience can be.

For 45 years, San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet has combined a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually reimagining the string quartet experience. In the process, Kronos has become one of the world’s most celebrated and influential ensembles, performing thousands of concerts worldwide, releasing more than 60 recordings, collaborating with many of the world’s most eclectic composers and performers, and commissioning more than 1,000 works and arrangements for string quartet. Kronos is in the midst of a five-year initiative called Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire. Commissioned from an international group of composers (25 women and 25 men), this eclectic collection of 50 new works is devoted to the most contemporary approaches to the string quartet, designed expressly for the training of students and emerging professionals.