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Kronos Festival 2022: Program 1 – Visiting Presenter

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Date(s) - 04/07/2022
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM



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The San Francisco–based Kronos Quartet is thrilled to present the return of its annual Kronos Festival to live, in-person performance. This year’s 3-day/night showcase is inspired by the Bay Area’s rich diversity and continues Kronos’ commitment to artistic and cultural breadth—with featured composers and guest artists representing 10 nations.

Kronos Festival opens with the world premiere of Janety, a joyful work by Malian griot singer Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté written for this year’s 40th Anniversary of Kronos Performing Arts Association Executive Director and Kronos Manager Janet Cowperthwaite. A member of renowned ensemble Trio Da Kali, Diabaté is inspired in her work by the tegere tulon—traditional handclapping songs and dances created spontaneously by girls in villages of southern Mali. Artist-in-Residence Jacob Garchik joins the quartet on trombone and tuba for Upon a Star, a suite arranged by Garchik based on the music of Spielberg films. The program concludes with Cadenza on the Night Plain, a 13-movement work written for Kronos by prolific collaborator Terry Riley. Music critic Kyle Gann called Cadenza “the archetypal Kronos piece.”

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