KRONOS Festival: Opening Night (2/2/2017)

Thursday, February 2, 2017
7:30pm

SFJAZZ Center
201 Franklin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

San Francisco Girls Chorus 
Valérie Sainte-Agathe, Music Director and Principal Conductor
With KRONOS Quartet, Mahsa Vahdat, Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts,
and recordings from the youth choir of the Afghan National Institute of Music

The KRONOS Festival will open with the first of ten featured works composed or arranged by the festival’s artist-in-residence Sahba Aminikia. Performed by Kronos and students from the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, “Grandma’s House” is a joyful fanfare inspired by Aminikia’s nostalgia for 1980s Iranian children’s television shows.

The mesmerizing Iranian vocalist (and Oakland newcomer) Mahsa Vahdat will sing songs from her recent a cappella album The Sun Will Rise (Kirkelig Kulturverksted), among others, with new arrangements for herself and Kronos by Aminikia. Returning after last year’s critically acclaimed performance of Aminikia’s “Sound Only Sound Remains,” the vibrant and expressive San Francisco Girls Chorus will premiere his “Music of the Spheres,” which he calls “a lullaby without borders.” The new piece features the melodies and lyrics of lullabies from three different regions of Iran, as well as recordings by the youth choir of the Afghan National Institute of Music, an inspiring program that gives Afghanistan’s most disadvantaged children a safe place to grow, learn, and play music.

Tickets $20 / $30 / $45 / $65
Or call SFJAZZ Box Office at 415-788-7353