For nearly half a century, the Kronos Quartet has pioneered new ways to think about the string quartet, whether playing on pop records, commissioning bold and adventurous pieces of new music, or engaging with the multiverse of broad musical influence. They’ve now created an ambitious program called 50 for the Future, where 50 composers from around the world will each create a piece intended to help budding quartets learn and advance. These pieces are meant, in part, to bring cutting-edge ideas and techniques to the mass of young music students, building a base of daring musicians capable of engaging with decades of work to come. We’re thrilled to say that Big Ears 2019 performer Rafiq Bhatia is among the 50 slated to work with Kronos. We’ll be hearing the repercussions of this program for years to come.