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, Meklit, Michael Wayne Turner III, Lee Knight, and the San Francisco Girls Chorus, as well as a special appearance by the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts 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 the San Francisco Girls Chorus, as well as a special appearance by the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts 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 and guests Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, Lee Knight, and singers from the San Francisco Girls Chorus’ Bayview Chorus Program, as well as a special pre-show performance by SFGC’s Chorus School
Tickets: $10 youth (18 and under), $15 adults / General Admission // Buy tickets >

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


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

        Filming the World, One Song at a Time: The Films of Pete and Toshi Seeger
        Wednesday, May 29, 2019
        7:30 PM | Kanbar Forum, Exploratorium
        Film screening and discussion hosted by Todd Harvey
        (American Folklife Center, Library of Congress)

        Free / General admission
        Presented in collaboration with the Exploratorium

        Women Leaders of Bayview
        Saturday, June 1, 2019
        2:00 PM | Joe Henderson Lab, SFJAZZ Center
        Talk and performance led by Valérie Sainte-Agathe
        featuring Shelley Bradford-Bell, Heidi Hardin, Christopher Street, Lee Knight,
        and singers from the San Francisco Girls Chorus’ Bayview Chorus Program

        Free / General admission

        Pete Seeger: “The World that Music Lives In”
        Saturday, June 1, 2019
        5:00 PM | Joe Henderson Lab, SFJAZZ Center
        Talk by Todd Harvey (American Folklife Center, Library of Congress)
        Free / General admission




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

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, local singer-songwriter Meklit, composer and bassist Jherek Bischoff, writer Rebecca Solnit, filmmaker Sam Green, spoken word artist and actor Michael Wayne Turner III, and musician Brian Carpenter (of Beat Circus and Ghost Train Orchestra) 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.

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 three pieces written for 50 for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire: Flashlight by Stanford University composer Mark Applebaum, whose works frequently consist of both gestural movements and sound; Enthusiasm Strategies by Missy Mazzoli, “one of the more consistently inventive, surprising composers now working in New York” (New York Times); and Tegere Tulon by Diabaté, whose work is inspired by (and receives its title from) the 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. This release includes experimental electronic music producer Jlin’s Little Black Book, which Kronos performs on Opening Night.

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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