Day 28: Neo-Classical

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January 28, 2012 by Alex Hoekstra

Classical music is often thought of as an old genre.  That’s fair, I suppose, given that most of the well-renowned composers are long dead, but it’s a testament to the genre itself that their compositions are still being played hundreds of years after their creation.  More than simply being replayed through the ages, classical has doubtlessly been the inspiration for modern music, and when I observe the lack of new music in today’s “new music”, I expect it won’t be long before hearing lines of Chopin sampled in the next Nikki Minaj single.  Classical, though, isn’t dead.  There is, in fact, new classical music being composed even today.  There’s just not much of it.  Not enough, I say.

Amongst the few and the proud producers of classical music in our modern era, and really amongst my favorite classical composers from any era, are the Kronos Quartet.  You might recognize their work from numerous soundtracks, as well as the classiest covers of modern songs you’ve ever heard.  They’re still at it, and they’re sowing the seeds of classical music’s future in a program they developed back in 2003 to support the most promising, talented young composers of our time.

The Kronos: Under 30 Project is in its 5th incarnation, seeking to showcase the freshest blood in the classical talent pool today.

The Kronos: Under 30 Project was created in 2003, Kronos’ 30th anniversary year, to support the creation of new work by young artists, and to help Kronos cultivate stronger connections and develop lasting artistic relationships with the next creative generation.

Since 2003, the project has commissioned four pieces from composers around the world and I’m interested in seeing how the public involvement in the 5th chapter will result in the publicity of their fifth selection.  I expect it’ll be classy.

Only a few days left to support the commissioning of a new masterpiece, so don’t wait until you hear something new on the radio before backing Kronos in their mission to keep classical music alive and kicking.


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