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Date: May 30, 2019

Time: 7:30 PM

City: KRONOS FESTIVAL 2019: Opening Night

Venue: SFJAZZ Center, San Francisco




Opening Night

Kronos Quartet with Valérie Sainte-Agathe and guests Rebecca Solnit, Meklit, Michael Wayne Turner III, Lee Knight, and San Francisco Girls Chorus, as well as a special appearance by the Dragon String Quartet

Rhiannon Giddens (arr. Jacob Garchik) / At the Purchaser’s Option with variations *
        Performed by Dragon String Quartet (Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts)

Mark Applebaum / Flashlight *  World premiere

Jlin (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Little Black Book *

Voices of a People’s History
        Introduced by Valérie Sainte-Agathe
    Howard Zinn / “The Problem Is Civil Obedience”
        Read by Rebecca Solnit
    Marge Piercy / “The Low Road”
        Read by Meklit
    Pete Seeger / “Step by Step” from the American Miners’ Association Constitution
        Read by Lee Knight
    Martin Luther King, Jr. / Excerpts from “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” (Memphis, Tennessee, April 3, 1968) and “The American Dream” (Ebenezer Baptist Church, July 4, 1965)
        Read by Michael Wayne Turner III

Michael Gordon / Exalted **
        with San Francisco Girls Chorus, conducted by Valérie Sainte-Agathe

Fatimah Al-Zaelaeyah (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Ya Mun Dakhal Bahr Al-Hawa (Hey, Who Enters The Sea of Passion?) +

Missy Mazzoli / Enthusiasm Strategies *  World premiere

Stacy Garrop / Glorious Mahalia **  Bay Area Premiere
    I. Hold on
    II. Stave in the ground
    III. Are you being treated right
    IV. Sometime I feel like a motherless child
    V. This world will make you think
        featuring the recorded voices of Mahalia Jackson and Studs Terkel

The Board of Directors of the Kronos Performing Arts Association is proud to help sponsor this performance.


Kronos Festival 2019 kicks off with a program that features the Bay Area premiere of Glorious Mahalia, a work by Chicago-based composer Stacy Garrop that celebrates legendary singer Mahalia Jackson through the words and spirit of oral historian and activist Studs Terkel. To create the piece, Garrop scoured the Chicago History Museum and WFMT’s Studs Terkel Radio Archive. Glorious Mahalia highlights two of Terkel’s broadcasts – a concert from 1957 and an interview from 1963 – that he recorded with Jackson. The San Francisco Girls Chorus, conducted by SFGC artistic director and Kronos Festival 2019 artist-in-residence Valérie Sainte-Agathe, joins Kronos to perform the requiem Exalted, composed for Kronos by Bang on a Can co-founder Michael Gordon.

Writer Rebecca Solnit, spoken word artist and actor Michael Wayne Turner III, singer-songwriter Meklit and storyteller and folk musician Lee Knight read selected testimonies – speeches, letters, poems, songs, petitions, and manifestos – that bring to life the extraordinary stories of Americans who helped shape the country’s social movements. These readings are part of Voices of a People’s History, a national project inspired by Voices of a People’s History of the United States, the companion volume to historian Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States.

Highlighting works from Kronos’ Fifty for the Future open access education initiative, the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts’ Dragon String Quartet opens the show with music by Rhiannon Giddens, and Kronos premieres Flashlight by Stanford University composer Mark Applebaum and Enthusiasm Strategies by composer and Luna Composition Lab mentorship program for female composers co-founder Missy Mazzoli. Kronos also performs experimental electronic music producer Jlin’s Little Black Book—the score and parts, recording and other learning materials for which are being released on Kronos’ website during the Festival.

Get a taste of the guest artists and composers who will be featured during Kronos Festival 2019 on Youtube or Spotify.

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

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

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