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September 19, 2016

Philip Glass to Receive National Medal of Arts

We are thrilled to congratulate Philip Glass—longtime friend and collaborator of Kronos, and one of Kronos’ Fifty for the Future composers—on his 2015 National Medal of Arts! President Barack Obama will present the awards at the White House in conjunction with the National Humanities Medals this Thursday, September 22. The event will be live streamed at whitehouse.gov/live.

The National Medal of Arts citations recognize “Philip Glass for his groundbreaking contributions to music and composition. One of the most prolific, inventive, and influential artists of our time, he has expanded musical possibility with his operas, symphonies, film scores, and wide-ranging collaborations.” Congratulations to Philip on this well-deserved honor!

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September 14, 2016

Rhiannon Giddens Wins Banjo Award

Last weekend, it was announced that Rhiannon Giddens, a Year One composer for Kronos’ Fifty for the Future, would be awarded this year’s Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. The board, which includes Mr. Martin along with other banjo stars like Bela Fleck and Tony Trischka, decided unanimously to grant Giddens the prize, as she is “eminently qualified, and we want to have the banjo world and the wider world know that it is a diverse instrument with many different styles.”

Our congratulations to Ms. Giddens on this tremendous award! We could not be more thrilled to have her on our Fifty for the Future team, and we can’t wait to perform with her in Austin, TX next week.

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