Concert Schedule

Kronos Quartet will be touring all year! View all venues and dates.

May30KRONOS FESTIVAL 2019: Opening NightSFJAZZ Center, San Francisco
May31KRONOS FESTIVAL 2019: Day 2SFJAZZ Center, San Francisco
Jun1KRONOS FESTIVAL 2019: Family ConcertSFJAZZ Center, San Francisco
Jun1KRONOS FESTIVAL 2019: Pete Seeger (Free Talk) SFJAZZ Center, San Francisco
Jun1KRONOS FESTIVAL 2019: Day 3SFJAZZ Center, San Francisco
Jun18New Haven, ConnecticutShubert Theater
Jun21East Hampton, New YorkGuild Hall
Jun26Barcelona, SpainTeatre Grec
Jun27Barcelona, SpainTeatre Grec
Jul11London, UKBarbican Hall, Barbican Centre
Jul18Ostrava, Czech RepublicGong Auditorium, Dolní Vítkovice

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UPDATED – Meklit added to Kronos Festival 2019 and more announcementsApril 26, 2019

Kronos Festival 2019 is in less than five weeks, and Kronos has some exciting new developments:

NEW UPDATE (May 6, 2019) – Oakland-based writer, poet, spoken word artist, actor, dancer, emcee, and choreographer Michael Wayne Turner III has also been added to Voices of a People’s History on Opening Night (May 30). He and Kronos previously collaborated on Echoes, a spoken-word chamber opera composed by Danny Clay, written and performed by Youth Speaks with Kronos and The Living Earth Show, and presented by San Francisco Performances and Kronos Presents.

ADDITIONAL UPDATE (April, 29, 2019) – Musician, singer-songwriter, composer, arranger, and band leader Brian Carpenter of Beat Circus and Ghost Train Orchestra will join the June 1 Day 3 concert as part of Kronos and Friends Celebrate Pete Seeger at 100.

San Francisco Bay Area singer-songwriter Meklit Hadero will join the May 30 Opening Night concert as part of Howard Zinn’s Voices of a People’s History and June 1 Day 3 concert as part of Kronos and Friends Celebrate Pete Seeger at 100.

Also on Opening Night, Kronos will premiere Enthusiasm Strategies, composed by Missy Mazzoli for Kronos’ 50 for the Future education initiative.

Kronos’ oft-requested arrangement of Sigur Rós‘s “Flugufrelsarinn” has been added to the Day 2 concert on May 31.

The complete program for the June 1 Saturday morning Family Concert has been announced.

Listen to playlists on Spotify or YouTube to get a taste of many of the guest artists and composers who will be featured during our fifth annual music festival, including CocoRosie, Sam Amidon, Jlin, Bang on a Can’s Michael Gordon, Jherek Bischoff, Trio Da Kali’s Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, San Francisco Girls Chorus, filmmaker Sam Green, and many many others.

Kronos Festival 2019 poster

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“It left me with a huge sense of optimism:” David Harrington at the inaugural Aga Khan Music AwardsApril 05, 2019

David Harrington, Kronos’ founder, artistic director, and violinist, is proud to have served as a member of the Master Jury for the inaugural Aga Khan Music Awards, which were held this past weekend in Lisbon, Portugal. The Aga Khan Music Awards were created to recognize and support exceptional talent, creativity, promise, and enterprise in music performance, creation, education, preservation, and revitalization in societies across the world in which Muslims have a significant presence. The jury also included ethnomusicologist Jean During (France), artist, curator, and teacher Salima Hashmi (Pakistan), musician and musicologist Nouri Iskandar (Syria), and choreographer Akram Khan (UK).

“It is with immense hope for the future that Janet Cowperthwaite, Kronos’ manager and the managing director of the Kronos Performing Arts Association, and I can report on our days attending the Aga Khan Music Awards,” writes David. “These days were filled with inspiring, thrilling performances; and we were surrounded by some of our most thoughtful and visionary colleagues gathered from many corners of the creative world. To witness a brand new celebration of music at its inauguration, to hear the power and reach of music clearly resounding with energy, diversity, and mystery, and to see the dedication, devotion, and support musicians deserve but frequently are not given—we are left with a huge sense gratitude and optimism. We can say that the Aga Khan Music Awards now point our troubled, fragile world toward an inclusive and positive new place. The most difficult step has been taken, that first step in a new direction. We are grateful to His Highness the Aga Khan and to Prince Amyn Aga Khan for their vision and devotion to this initiative. We also thank the Aga Khan Music Initiative Director Fairouz Nishanova and Senior Consultant Theodore Levin for their tireless work and creativity.  And finally, we thank and congratulate the Laureates and all the fabulous musicians!”

AKMA Steering Committee and Master Jury
His Highness the Aga Khan, Prince Amyn Aga Khan, Prince Hussain Aga Khan, and Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan with the Steering Committee and the Master Jury of the 2019 Aga Khan Music Awards at the Ismaili Centre Lisbon.

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