Kronos Festival


Kronos Festival 2019

May 30, May 31 and June 1, 2019

201 Franklin Street, San Francisco, California

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



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, 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 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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