Theater and Music Preview: THE TUNE IN FESTIVAL (CAP UCLA)

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by Nia Liat on September 27, 2020

in Music,Theater-Los Angeles,Virtual

CAP UCLA presents
The Tune In Festival
A Convergence of Music and Poetry in a Time of Change
Oct. 28 – Oct. 31; Online

“When the work of Pete Seeger is examined in its entirety,
I find that he has pointed a way forward for musicians and the community around us.”
~ David Harrington, Kronos artistic director, founder and violinist

Get ready for a convergence of music and poetry in a time of change. CAP UCLA’s Tune In Festival is a four-day convening of musicians and poets from across the U.S., Canada and Latin America, from Wednesday, October 28, through Saturday, October 31, 2020, online. More than 20 artists and ensembles will come together in cross-cultural solidarity to pay respect to the time-honored tradition of music and poetry as a source of resilience, protest and inspiration. The festival kicks off on Wednesday, October 28th with a tribute to the late Pete Seeger by Kronos Quartet, San Francisco’s string quartet; David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola) and Sunny Yang (cello). The quartet will be joined by award-winning Los Angeles choral ensemble Tonality, L.A.-based singer-songwriter Jolie Holland, folk singer Lee Knight and Ethio-American singer-songwriter Meklit.

The Tune-In concept was created by executive and artistic director Kristy Edmunds in 2008 as a response to the financial collapse and premiered at the Park Avenue Armory. “Tune In is the voice of revolution — of right now and of what has been fought against by Black and Brown people since forever. What these music-makers and poets address through their lives and experiences are the anthems of ENOUGH and finding ways to move us into the change we have always known to be urgent,” said Edmunds.

Thursday and Friday’s format will follow a 30-minute set from each artist or ensemble. Followed by Saturday’s full day event from 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. with a break from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Participating artists include the most watched youth poetry troupe Get Lit; a capella favorites Sweet Honey In the Rock; Peruvian folk singer Nano Stern; and Canadian duo The Small Glories. The full schedule and list of artists follow below.

CAP UCLA presents The Tune In Festival
A convergence of music and poetry in a time of change
Wednesday, Oct. 28 – Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020
prerecorded Live in Los Angeles & elsewhere
free to enjoy with an RSVP through CAP UCLA


Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020 at 7 p.m.:
  • 7:00 p.m.        Kronos Quartet & Friends Celebrate Pete Seeger with Lee Knight, Meklit, Jolie Holland and Tonality
Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.:
Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.:
Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.:

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