Bay Area Music Groups

The Bay Area is home to literally hundreds of classical music organizations, from community choruses to world-renowned orchestras, opera companies and chamber ensembles. This listing provides all the vital statistics for Bay Area music groups, as well as a summary of what they do best. Search by type of organization or alphabetically. Note to classical music groups: If your organization is not listed here or there is an error in your listing, please email [email protected].

Kings Mountain Art Fair

Founded: 1963
Where to hear them: Kings Mountain Art Fair

Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble

Kitka is a professional women’s vocal ensemble dedicated to producing concerts, recordings, and educational programs that develop new audiences for music rooted in Eastern European women’s vocal traditions.

Founded: 1979
Artistic Director: Shira Cion, Janet Kutulas and Juliana Graffagna
Where to hear them: Various venues around the Bay Area

Kol Truah

Founded: 2004
Artistic Director: April McNeely/Pamela Sawyer
Where to hear them: at various locations, especially Congregation Netivot Shalom, Berkeley, CA

Kronos Quartet

In its 30-plus years, the internationally renowned Kronos Quartet has redefined what a string quartet can be. With its commitment to new and experimental works, especially in collaboration with composers and other performing artists, Kronos has made possible the musical explorations of countless other ensembles.

Founded: 1973
Artistic Director: David Harrington, violin and founder
Where to hear them: Kronos appears regularly as part of several Bay Area concert series

Kunst Stoff

KUNST-STOFF, originaly based in San Francisco, is a Goldie award winning, contemporary dance/production company that has been creating eclectic movement-focused art experiences for the past 15 years that focuses on international collaborations and co-productions.

L'Ensemble Médical

Founded: 2009 in Germany
Artistic Director: Gundi Gabrielle
Where to hear them: Germany and on tour in many countries

La Peña Community Chorus

The chorus was founded based on the Nueva Canción (or "New Song Movement") of Chile. In addition they perform styles based in the folk and social justice movements of all Latin America.

Founded: 1978
Artistic Director: Lichi Fuentes
Where to hear them: La Peña Cultural Center

La Peña Cultural Center

La Peña is a vibrant community cultural center with a national reputation and a global vision that promotes peace, social justice and cultural understanding through the arts, education and social action. As a welcoming gathering place, La Peña provides opportunities for artists to share diverse cultural traditions, to create and perform their work, and to support and interface with diverse social movements. Annually, La Peña presents over 200 events with emerging and established artists; organizes an arts education program; produces new works by local artists, presents internationally and nationally renowned artists, and houses a Latin American café which complements the organization's mission.

Founded: 1974
Artistic Director: Paul B. Chin
Where to hear them: La Peña Cultural Center

La Riche & Co.

Oboe repertoire from the 18th century with harpsichord and cello accompaniment.

Artistic Director: Gonzalo X Ruiz

Lacuna Arts

Founded: 2012
Artistic Director: Sven Edward Olbash
Where to hear them: St. Mary the Virgin

Lady K & the Kings of Swing

Artistic Director: Kaye Leedham