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].

Keith Hennessy/Circo Zero

Artistic Director: Keith Hennessy
Where to hear them: San Francisco

Kensington Symphony Orchestra

The Kensington Symphony Orchestra is a community orchestra which draws its members from all walks of life and professions, from students to retirees, and includes both fine amateur players as well as professional musicians. Part of the KSO's mission is to make classical/symphonic music accessible and affordable to the community.

Founded: 1977
Artistic Director: Geoffrey Gallegos
Where to hear them: Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley and the El Cerrito Performing Arts Theater

Kenwood Community Club

Artistic Director: Robb Hunt
Where to hear them: The Depot in Kenwood

Kids Can Groove

Founded: 2011
Where to hear them: Around the Peninsula

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