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November 12, 2015

KRONOS PRESENTS Kronos Festival 2016: Explorer Series

Kronos Quartet / Kronos Performing Arts Association is thrilled to announce its second annual hometown music festival—Kronos Festival 2016: Explorer Series—with seven concerts over four days (February 4–7, 2016) connecting San Francisco audiences to a wide range of musical voices and traditions from around the globe.

Featuring virtuoso pipa player Wu Man as artist-in-residence, the festival showcases Kronos in collaboration with guest performers David Coulter (born in the UK), Fodé Lassana Diabaté (Mali), Ritva Koistinen (Finland), Mariana Sadovska (born in Ukraine), and Vân-Ánh Võ (born in Vietnam). San Francisco Girls Chorus and musicians from Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts also join Kronos onstage to perform KPAA–commissioned works, and the festival culminates in a daytime family concert celebrating the Lunar New Year.

With the Explorer Series, Kronos celebrates the spectrum of human experience by engaging with countless musical cultures from around the world. Kronos’ four concert programs feature new and recent works by internationally-renowned contemporary composers, including Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Sahba Aminikia, Donnacha Dennehy, Philip Glass, Nicole Lizée, Karin Rehnqvist, and Aleksandra Vrebalov, many of whose works are receiving Bay Area, US, or world premieres.

Kronos Festival 2016: Explorer Series also marks the Bay Area debut of KPAA’s new education program, Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire. Beginning in the 2015/16 season, Kronos’ Fifty for the Future will commission 50 new works—10 per year for five years, by 25 women and 25 men—devoted to contemporary approaches to the quartet, and designed expressly for the training of students and emerging professionals. The first ten composers were announced early in 2015, and the festival will feature three of these new works, by Franghiz Ali- Zadeh (world premiere), Fodé Lassana Diabaté, and Wu Man, all performed in the Bay Area for the first time.

Learn more about the program and purchase tickets to Kronos Festival 2016: Explorer Series here.


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