Opening Night!

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Opening Night!

Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 7:30pm
San Francisco, California

Tickets: $25 / $45 / $65

The festival launches with OPENING NIGHT!, featuring a kaleidoscope of music inspired by world events and culture. In the West Coast premiere of Chernobyl.The Harvest, composer, vocalist, and Indian harmonium player Mariana Sadovska reflects on the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster in her native Ukraine. Kronos presents the world premiere of Azerbaijani composer Franghiz Ali-Zadeh’s new work for Kronos’ Fifty for the Future project. Students from Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts join Kronos for Osvaldo Golijov’s joyous arrangement of the popular Mexican tune El Sinaloense, and Kronos premieres a new arrangement of a raga by beloved Indian violinist N. Rajam. Wu Man‘s Four Chinese Paintings, her new work written for Kronos’ Fifty for the Future, also receives its Bay Area premiere.


Franghiz Ali-Zadeh / Regs (Dance) *  World premiere
   Composed for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire
Wu Man (realized by Danny Clay) / Selections from Four Chinese Paintings * SF premiere
      I. Gobi Desert at Sunset 大漠夕阳
      IV. Silk and Bamboo 丝与竹
   Composed for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire
N. Rajam (arr. Reena Esmail) / Dadra in Raga Bhairavi +  World premiere
Astor Piazzolla / Four, for Tango *
Severiano Briseño (arr. Osvaldo Golijov) / El Sinaloense (The Man from Sinaloa) +
      with special guests Students from Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts,
      directed by Tristan Arnold and Henry Hung
Mariana Sadovska / Chernobyl.The Harvest *  West Coast premiere
      I.  Doroha. Дорога (The Road)
      II. Zhnyva. Жнива (The Harvest)
      III. Platch. Плач (Lamentation)
      IV. Rai. Рай (Paradise)
      with special guest Mariana Sadovska, voice, harmonium

Performed without intermission

Updated:  1/19/2016

* Written for Kronos
+ Arranged for Kronos

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Kronos Festival 2016 is a program of KRONOS PRESENTS, a new initiative showcasing Kronos’ commissioned works, artistic projects, and far-ranging musical collaborations through an annual festival, education, community activities, and other events. KRONOS PRESENTS is a program of the Kronos Performing Arts Association. Donate here.

Kronos Festival Support

Kronos Festival 2016: Explorer Series is made possible by generous support from Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and The Bernard Osher Foundation, with additional support provided by the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, the Aga Khan Music Initiative, the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies at Stanford University, and the Board of Directors of the Kronos Performing Arts Association. Additional funding is provided by the Finnish Music Foundation (MES).