KRONOS FESTIVAL 2019

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KRONOS FESTIVAL 2019

Valérie Sainte-Agathe (San Francisco Girls Chorus), Artist-In-Residence

May 30, May 31 and June 1, 2019

SFJAZZ Center (201 Franklin Street, San Francisco, California)
Click the concert titles below to learn more and view programs


THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2019
Opening Night
7:30 PM | Robert N. Miner Auditorium
Kronos Quartet with Valérie Sainte-Agathe and guests Rebecca Solnit, San Francisco Girls Chorus, and others, as well as a special appearance by the Asawa SOTA Dragon String Quartet
Tickets: $20-$65 / Reserved seating // Buy tickets >


FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2019
Day 2
7:30 PM | Robert N. Miner Auditorium
Kronos Quartet with Valérie Sainte-Agathe and guests CocoRosie, Jherek Bischoff, Sam Green, and San Francisco Girls Chorus, as well as a special appearance by the Asawa SOTA Dragon Saxophone Quartet
Tickets: $20-$65 / Reserved seating // Buy tickets >


SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2019
Family Concert / “Around the World with Kronos”
11:00 AM | Robert N. Miner Auditorium
Kronos Quartet with Valérie Sainte-Agathe, Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, Lee Knight + more
Tickets: $10 youth (18 and under), $15 adults / General Admission // Buy tickets >

        KRONOS LABS
        Free and open to the public;
        first come, first served.

        Big Five of Bayview
        2:00 PM | Joe Henderson Lab
        Talk and performance led by Valérie Sainte-Agathe
        featuring Christopher Street, Lee Knight + more

        Free / General admission

        Pete Seeger: “The World that Music Lives In”
        5:00 PM | Joe Henderson Lab
        Talk by Todd Harvey (American Folklife Center)
        Free / General admission

Day 3
7:30 PM | Robert N. Miner Auditorium
Kronos Quartet with Valérie Sainte-Agathe and guests Sam Amidon, Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, Lee Knight, the San Francisco Girls Chorus, and others, as well as a special pre-show talk by Dr. Lucy Durán
Tickets: $20-$65 / Reserved seating // Buy tickets >


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet/Kronos Performing Arts Association (KPAA) presents KRONOS FESTIVAL 2019, Kronos’ fifth annual three-day music festival. This year, the festival highlights the voices of singers, storytellers, and activists over three evening concerts, a Saturday morning family concert, and Kronos Labs, free public events that are new this year.

During the festival, a wide range of artists will join Kronos on stage. Experimental duo CocoRosie, Malian griot singer Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté (of Trio Da Kali), and the San Francisco Girls Chorus are all returning from last year’s festival. In addition, folk musicians Sam Amidon and Lee Knight, composer and guitarist Jherek Bischoff, writer Rebecca Solnit and filmmaker Sam Green will perform. Highlighting Kronos’ legacy of mentorship, students from the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts once again take center stage during the festival. Kronos is honored that Valérie Sainte-Agathe, artistic director of the San Francisco Girls Chorus and frequent Kronos collaborator, will be Kronos Festival 2019’s Artist-in-Residence. Additional guests will be announced.

Each festival presents Kronos with an opportunity to unveil new work. The ensemble will debut the first part of a project, commissioned by the FreshGrass Foundation, that will commemorate the life and legacy of folk icon and activist Pete Seeger, who would have turned 100 years old this May. Kronos will also perform 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.

Kronos also premieres two pieces written for 50 for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire. One is by Stanford University composer Mark Applebaum, whose works frequently consist of both gestural movements and sound, and another by Diabaté, whose work is inspired by the tegere tulon—a tradition of handclapping songs and dances created spontaneously by girls in country villages of southern Mali. Kronos’ 50 for the Future is a string quartet commissioning, performance, education and legacy project that is creating a library of 50 works—composed by 25 women and 25 men—designed to guide young amateur and early-career professional string quartets in developing and honing the skills required for the performance of 21st-century repertoire. During Kronos Festival 2019, scores and parts, recordings, and other pedagogical materials for five new works will be made publicly available on Kronos’ website, bringing the total number of available works to 30.

Kronos Festival 2019 is produced by the Kronos Performing Arts Association (KPAA) and is part of the San Francisco-based 501(c)3 nonprofit’s KRONOS PRESENTS program. It is made possible by generous support from San Francisco Grants for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation, and the Kronos Performing Arts Association Board of Directors.

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