On Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 8 p.m., renowned eclectic string ensemble the Kronos Quartet will perform at The Lyric Theatre, 135 College Avenue. The concert is presented by the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech, the Department of Music at Virginia Tech, and The Lyric Theatre.

Tickets are $35 for the general public, $30 for seniors and $15 for students. To purchase tickets, call (540) 951-4771, go to The Lyric website, or stop by The Lyric Theatre during regular box office hours, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday-Friday.

For more than 30 years, the Kronos Quartet — David Harrington, John Sherba (violins), Hank Dutt (viola) and Jeffrey Zeigler (cello) — has pursued a singular artistic vision: combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to expanding the range and context of the string quartet. In the process, Kronos has become one of the most celebrated and influential groups of our time, performing thousands of concerts worldwide, releasing more than 45 recordings, collaborating with many of the world's top composers and performers, and commissioning more than 650 works and arrangements for string quartet. 

Listen to the Kronos Quartet perform "Alap" from Raga Mishra Bhairavi. "Alap," composed by Ram Narayan, arranged by the Kronos Quartet, and transcribed by Ljova, is on the program for Oct. 6 (program subject to change).

Through the comprehensive Arts Initiative, Virginia Tech has made a strong commitment to the arts on campus and in the surrounding communities. The cornerstone of the Arts Initiative is the $89 million Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech.  Opening in 2013, the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech will include: a 1,260-seat, state-of-the-art performance hall for music, theatre, and dance performance and visual arts galleries for traditional, digital, and new media exhibitions. It also will include the Center for Creative Technologies in the Arts, a laboratory for innovation where faculty and students in coordination with partners from Virginia’s school systems can research, develop, and apply modules for learning in a collaborative, trans-disciplinary setting. Built in conjunction with the existing resources at Virginia Tech, the charge of the Center for Creative Technologies in the Arts will be to address educational, economic, and cultural needs in southwest Virginia.

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