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Published on Mar 14, 2012
The Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet, an internationally acclaimed string quartet that performs new and contemporary classical music, presented two workshops for 800 students from the Paterson Public Schools on Wednesday, February 29 at William Paterson University in Wayne as part of the University's Music After School Program.
The workshops, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, were held in the University's Shea Center for Performing Arts. Approximately 400 Paterson 4th through 8th grade students attended each performance. Schools represented included Alexander Hamilton Academy, Norman S. Weir Elementary School, S.T.A.R.S. Academy, and School No. 7. Kronos also provided a master class for William Paterson University music students.
The Music After School Program is a partnership between the William Paterson University Music Department, the Paterson Public Schools, the Paterson YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic. Now in its fourth year, the program offers after-school music instruction for Paterson Public School children in grades 5 through 8 provided by William Paterson music student teaching fellows and faculty, as well as music enrichment activities. The Music After School Program is funded by a grant from the Muna and Basem Hishmeh Foundation.
For more than 30 years, the Kronos Quartet has built a diverse repertoire for string quartet performing and recording works that range from 20th century classical composers like Bartók to rock legends such as Jimi Hendrix. The ensemble, named Musicians of the Year in 2003 by Musical America, has commissioned more than 750 works and arrangements for string quartet and released more than 45 groundbreaking recordings.