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

Early Bird discounts through Sept 17

Spend $100 or more & receive a copy of our latest album “Dark Queen Mantra”

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 Rileys 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: Its Our Party

With special audience participation in Gyan Riley’s piece for quartet and ukuleles, “Its 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  – available soon 

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 Party

Discounted festival passes & VIP passes available.

Saturday evening’s post-concert 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.


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