|For immediate release
August 28, 2001
|Contact: Gretchen Michael
NPR's In Rehearsal Catches Musical Artists In the (Creative) Act
New Web Show Premieres With a Tour of the Kronos Quartet at Work
WASHINGTON, DC - NPRŽ has launched In Rehearsal, a multimedia Web show that takes visitors behind the scenes into the musical creative process. Through a rich mix of constantly expanding audio, video, photography and text, In Rehearsal presents the artistic process of arranging, rehearsing and performing a work. The program can be accessed through the front page of NPR's Web site at www.npr.org or directly through http://npr.org/programs/inrehearsal. The Web program shares content with NPR radio programs such as Performance Today.
The premiere edition of In Rehearsal (launched August 24) follows the San Francisco-based Kronos Quartet as they develop and perform a new arrangement of Juan Garcia Esquivel's space-age-bachelor-pad concoction "Mini Skirt." Kronos, known for their visionary, experimental spirit, gave longtime collaborator/arranger Osvaldo Golijov the challenge of translating Esquivel's multi-instrumental, offbeat sound into a work for two violins, a viola and a cello.
"In Rehearsal is exciting because it demonstrates the full potential of NPR on the Web," said Jay Kernis, NPR's senior vice president for programming. "The series uses multimedia features with creative and journalistic sensibilities, and that unites the very best NPR has to offer."
Since 1973, the Kronos Quartet has explored musical terrain from Phillip Glass to Astor Piazolla, from Tuva to Zimbabwe. Esquivel's zany pop, Latin and jazz-infused music inspired Kronos, and they plan to include Golijov's arrangement of "Mini Skirt" on their next CD.
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