Timing is everything: In the early 1960s, 10 years before the renowned new music ensemble Kronos Quartet formed, minimalist composer Steve Reich was studying music at Mills College in Oakland. In the late 1970s, when Kronos was ensemble-in-residence at Mills, Reich was already well established back in his native New York. And in the early 1980s, when Kronos first approached Reich about a commission for the ensemble, the composer had no interest in writing a work for string quartet. Yet it now seems inevitable that these giants in the field of contemporary classical music would... More >>>