For more than 45 years, San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually reimagine the string quartet experience. Kronos now returns to the Twin Cities after an 11-year hiatus with two distinct programs drawn from the diverse and dazzling array of Kronos’s Fifty for the Future project, an ambitious five-year commissioning and educational initiative comprised of 50 new works.
Kronos Quartet. Photo: Jay Blakesberg.
On Saturday night, New Global Voices (Program A) features compelling scores by international composers new to Minnesota audiences, such as Aruna Narayan (India/Canada), Peni Candra Rini (Indonesia), and Soo Yeon Lyuh (South Korea). On Sunday, Old Friends (Program B) spotlights a diverse array of composers known here through their past Walker and other Twin Cities performances, including Terry Riley, Tanya Tagaq, and Missy Mazzoli.
The @minnesotapublicradio / @walkerartcenter Members-only presale to Rock the Garden 2022, the Twin Cities’ favorite outdoor concert. There’s still time to become a Member, but don’t leave it to the last minute. The early bird gets the tickets, so dig in now as the presale has opened!
Channel alternative energies with great music in the great outdoors on June 11th. Enjoy two stages of indie music, food trucks, and beer tents while you soak up the sights and sounds of summer in the iconic Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. It’s a perfect summer day!
Launched by the Walker Art Center in 1998, Rock the Garden has been cosponsored by The Current since 2008. Fourteen concerts have been staged outside the Walker since the inaugural event featuring the Jayhawks. Rock the Garden features national and international artists paired with the best in local music. Past performers have included Belle and Sebastian, Bon Iver, David Byrne, Chance the Rapper, De La Soul, Dessa, Doomtree, Father John Misty, Flaming Lips, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Lizzo, Jeremy Messersmith, Metric, MGMT, Modest Mouse, the Revolution, Sonic Youth, Spoon, Stereolab, Trampled by Turtles, Wilco, and many more.
Walker Art Center
Known for presenting today’s most compelling artists from close to home and around the world, the Walker Art Center features a broad array of contemporary visual arts, music, dance, theater, and moving image works. Ranging from concerts and films to exhibitions and workshops, Walker programs empower people to experience the transformative possibilities of the art and ideas of our time and to imagine the world in new ways. The adjacent Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, one of the first urban sculpture parks of its kind in the United States, holds at its center the beloved Twin Cities landmark Spoonbridge and Cherry by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen as well as some 60 sculptures on the 19-acre Walker campus. Visit walkerart.org for more information on upcoming events
The Current is an all-music, noncommercial, member-supported station from Minnesota Public Radio. Now in its 15th year, the award-winning station has grown into a far-reaching community, boasting members and online listeners from around the world. From local to legendary, indie to influential, the Current plays the best new music next to the artists you already love. Part of the Current’s mission is to champion emerging artists, support civic and cultural organizations, and give a platform to important voices that shape our community and make the Twin Cities a great place to live. Visit thecurrent.org to learn more and find a complete list of stations.