Del Sol String Quartet

Whole Sol Festival

Del Sol Quartet Celebrates 25 Years

November 16-18, 2017

For its 25th anniversary season, Del Sol will present three concerts celebrating California’s distinct musical legacy of unfettered invention, openness, cultural inclusion, and innovation.  The festival will be presented at the Atrium Theatre at the San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building

Thursday Nov 16 @ 8PM
Friday Nov 17 @ 8PM
Saturday Nov 18 @ 8PM
Festival Pass & Party

*Spend $100 or more & receive a copy of our latest album “Dark Queen Mantra” (pick up at the festival)

Thursday, November 16: Dark Queen Mantra
Music of Terry Riley with special guests Gyan Riley and Terry Riley

Opening night celebrates the music of Terry Riley and the release of Del Sol’s new album, Dark Queen Mantra. The evening features Del Sol’s distinctive, off-book versions of G Song and The Wheel & Mythic Birds Waltz, performed from memory. Guitarist Gyan Riley joins Del Sol in the first performance of an expanded version of Terry Riley’s Dark Queen Mantra. Terry Riley will also play solo and in duo with Gyan.

“Terry Riley doesn’t limit his music within a final double-bar but allows it to keep on growing.  He composed more music for us to play after finishing Dark Queen Mantra, and so we are performing an expanded version of that piece for the first time on this concert,” Del Sol violinist Benjamin Kreith explains. “As a quartet, we’ve found new energy and growth through the experience of performing Terry’s quartets off-book, by memory. As musicians, we’ve found an inspiring example — Terry has the strength to follow his own path balanced with the humility and curiosity of an eternal student.”

Friday, November 17: It’s Our Party

With special audience participation in Gyan Riley’s piece for quartet and ukuleles, “It’s Our Party” features three world premieres — by young Turkish composer Erberk Eryilmaz, who brings the irresistible energy of his native folk music to the concert stage; Theresa Wong, a brilliant Berkeley-based composer/improviser, who explores the resonances of just intonation; and Gyan Riley, whose new piece for quartet features an audience-participation ukulele choir. This evening also includes electronic soundscapes and visuals by composer Daniel Wohl.

Sign up to join the ukulele choir – which will premiere Gyan Riley’s new piece.    

Saturday, November 18: Kanto Kechua
Music of Gabriela Lena Frank with special guest Gabriela Lena Frank

Closing night features the world premiere of Kanto Kechua by the award-winning, multicultural composer Gabriela Lena Frank, whose music reflects and explores her Peruvian heritage. Frank joins Del Sol with her whirlwind piano playing, and the concert will also include her favorite Andean-inspired chamber music. Equally at home onstage with the Philadelphia Orchestra or volunteering in a rural high school, Gabriela Lena Frank embodies the ideals of musical community.

Festival Pass & Post-concert Celebration / Party

Save by attending the festival with an all-access festival pass.  Both regular festival passes & VIP passes available.

Saturday evening’s post-concert reception / party is open to Del Sol donors of $150+ and VIP festival pass holders.  Gather with fellow supporters, festival composers, and the Quartet to celebrate both the legacy and the exciting future adventures of Del Sol, along with delicious food & drink.


The Whole Sol Festival is funded, in part, by grants from the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (through the Zellerbach Family Foundation’s Community Arts Program), The Amphion Foundation, Inc., the Mervyn L. Brenner Foundation, The American Turkish Society, and San Francisco Grants for the Arts.

The pianists in these performances are sponsored in part by a grant from the Ross McKee Foundation.

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