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Date: February 02, 2017

Time: 7:30 PM PST

City: Kronos Festival 2017: Opening Night

Venue: SFJAZZ Center, San Francisco



KRONOS FESTIVAL 2017: Here and Now

Opening Night / “The Sun Rises”
Kronos Quartet with Mahsa Vahdat, San Francisco Girls Chorus, and students from Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts

Sahba Aminikia / Grandma’s House *  World premiere
        with students from Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts

Trey Spruance / Séraphîta **
    I. Séraphîta
    III. Le Baphomet
    V. Séraphîtüs

Pete Townshend (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Baba O’Riley +

Mark Applebaum / Darmstadt Kindergarten *

Mahsa Vahdat (arr. Sahba Aminikia) / The Sun Rises +  World premiere
    The Sun Will Rise
    Vanishing Line
    My Ruthless Companion
        with Mahsa Vahdat, vocalist


Kala Ramnath (arr. Reena Esmail) / Amrit **

Ryan Brown / Pinched *

Sahba Aminikia / Music of the Spheres *  World premiere
        with special guest San Francisco Girls Chorus
            conducted by Valérie Sainte-Agathe

Reserved Seating / Robert N. Miner Auditorium
Tickets: $20 / $30 / $45 / $65 // Buy tickets >


The festival will open with the first of ten featured works composed or arranged by the festival’s artist-in-residence Sahba Aminikia. Performed by Kronos and students from the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, “Grandma’s House” is a joyful fanfare inspired by Aminikia’s nostalgia for 1980s Iranian children’s television shows. The evening will feature two incredible locally-based guest artists. The mesmerizing Iranian vocalist (and Oakland newcomer) Mahsa Vahdat will sing songs from her recent a cappella album The Sun Will Rise (Kirkelig Kulturverksted), among others, with new arrangements for herself and Kronos by Aminikia. Returning after last year’s critically acclaimed performance of Aminikia’s “Sound Only Sound Remains,” the vibrant and expressive San Francisco Girls Chorus will premiere his “Music of the Spheres,” which he calls “a lullaby without borders.” The new piece features the melodies and lyrics of lullabies from three different regions of Iran, as well as recordings by the youth choir of the Afghan National Institute of Music, an inspiring program that gives Afghanistan’s most disadvantaged children a safe place to grow, learn, and play music.

The concert will spotlight two works composed for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire by Bay Area artists, including Trey Spruance (of Secret Chiefs 3 and Mr. Bungle) and celebrated Indian classical violinist Kala Ramnath. Launched in 2015, Kronos’ Fifty for the Future is an education program that is commissioning a free, open-access library of string quartets for the express purpose of guiding students and early-career professionals in developing and honing the skills required for the performance of 21st-century repertoire.

The opening night program also includes an unusual instrumental and choreographic work by Stanford University professor Mark Applebaum, “Pinched” by Switchboard Music Festival’s founder Ryan Brown, and a cover of “Baba O’Riley” – The Who’s tribute to the influential California-based composer Terry Riley. Buy tickets >

Explore the music of Kronos Festival 2017’s guest artists, composers and songwriters on Spotify or YouTube.

* Written for Kronos / + Arranged for Kronos / ** Written for Kronos and composed for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire

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