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Date: February 03, 2017

Time: 7:30 PM PST

City: Kronos Festival 2017: Day 2

Venue: SFJAZZ Center, San Francisco



KRONOS FESTIVAL 2017: Here and Now

Day 2 / “Carrying the Past”
Kronos Quartet with Van Dyke Parks and Soo Yeon Lyuh

Aleksandra Vrebalov / My Desert, My Rose **
        Performed by Dragon String Quartet
        Theo Haber, violin / Kana Luzmoor, violin / Laila Zaidi, viola / Christine Blair, cello

Mohammad Reza Shajarian & Kayhan Kalhor (arr. Sahba Aminikia) / Rain +

Terry Riley / The Serquent Risadome *  SF Bay Area premiere

Hamza El Din (realized by Tohru Ueda) / Escalay (Water Wheel) *

Soo Yeon Lyuh / Yessori (Sound from the Past) **  World premiere
        with special guest Soo Yeon Lyuh, haegeum


A Coney Island of the Mind (Excerpts)  World premiere
Poetry by Lawrence Ferlinghetti / Underscore by Van Dyke Parks
    Straits of Demos
    I Am Waiting
        with Van Dyke Parks, narrator

Dan Becker / Carrying the Past *

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


Friday’s program will highlight some of Kronos Quartet’s local collaborations both old and new. Building on Kronos’ previous work with Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, composer Van Dyke Parks, best known as lyricist for the Beach Boys’ Smile and arranger of countless rock songs by everyone from U2 to Joanna Newsom, will join the quartet to recite the poetry of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, which Parks has set to music. A San Francisco icon, Ferlinghetti was the principal publisher of the Beat Generation and co-owns City Lights Bookstore. Kronos will be joined by haegeum virtuoso and Mills College visiting scholar Soo Yeon Lyuh to premiere “Yessori,” which she has composed for her signature instrument (a two-stringed Korean fiddle) and string quartet.

Kronos will also revisit Minimalism master Terry Riley’s science-fiction fantasia “The Serquent Risadome” (Bay Area premiere), Hamza El Din’s “Escalay” from Pieces of Africa, one of the best-selling and most beloved string quartet albums of all time, and San Francisco-based composer Dan Becker’s “Carrying the Past.” An arrangement of Kayhan Kalhor and Mohammad Reza Shajarian’s “Rain” by artist-in-residence Sahba Aminikia rounds out the evening.

The concert will begin with a very special guest performance by the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts’ premier Dragon String Quartet performing Aleksandra Vrebalov’s “My Desert, My Rose,” which was composed for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire. 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. 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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