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Acclaimed string quartet to perform

Nov. 12, 1998



The Baylor University's School of Music's Distinguished Artist Series continues at 8 tonight in Jones Concert Hall in the Glennis McCrary Music Building with the performance of the Kronos Quartet.

The Kronos Quartet, consisting of violinists David Harrington and John Sherba, violist Hank Dutt and cellist Joan Jeanrenaud, formed in 1973 in Seattle, Wash.

Kronos, critiqued as possibly the world's most popular chamber group, brings to Baylor its style of classical music with a combination of unique musical visions and fearless dedication to experimentation.

'They are a traditional classical quartet as far as their musical instruments go, but that is where it ends,' said Ava Maria Hackett, assistant to the managing director of the Kronos Quartet.

More than 400 works have been written or arranged for Kronos, which continues to collaborate with such leading composers as Steve Reich, Terry Riely and John Adams.

Kronos tours extensively, with more than 100 concerts each year in concert halls, clubs and jazz festivals throughout countries such as the United States, New Zealand, Russia, Hong Kong, Canada and Japan. Recent tours include appearances at the Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Moscow's Tchaikovsky Hall and Theatre de la Ville in Paris.

'I think the Kronos are looking forward to both the performance and working with the students while they are in town,' Hackett said. 'It's been maybe six or seven years since the first time they have been to Waco.'

The quartet will offer a master class on Friday. Advanced cello students will have the opportunity to learn different techniques and ask the artists questions.

General admission tickets for the Kronos Quartet concert are priced at $12. Students, Baylor faculty and staff and senior citizens will be admitted for $8.

Lariat reporter Jennie Bissell also contributed to this story.

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