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Learn more about Cal Performances' events through videos and podcasts featuring the artists and scholars who create them.

(Video and audio segments featuring artists and scholars from past seasons can be found in our Archives.)

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Kronos Quartet Symposium: April 4, 2014
As part of the Kronos Quartet Residency, Cal Performances presented an exploration of the themes of the Kronos Quartet's program, created as a response to the centennial anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. Historian and journalist Mark Danner offered thoughts on the historical impact of The Great War and the human costs of warfare in the following century; followed by a roundtable discussion moderated by Francesco Spagnolo of the Magnes Collection with artistic collaborators, Kronos Quartet's David Harrington; composer Aleksandra Vrebalov, documentary filmmaker Bill Morrison; and Combat Paper Project creator and Iraq War veteran Drew Cameron.

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Part 2



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Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Symposium: March 7–9, 2014
As part of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Residency, Cal Performances presented a weekend-long symposium offering an in-depth look at how arts and politics intermingle and the complex role an iconic arts institution can play in the course of history, The Vienna Philharmonic 100 Years After the Outbreak of the First World War. Marking UC Berkeley as a world-class research university, Cal Performances provided an opportunity to explore the music and history of Vienna in the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. Join renowned professors, writers, historians, and musicians as they engage in rigorous discussion and historical examination in this free, three-part symposium.

Part 1 (March 8, 10 am)



Part 2 (March 8, 3:15 pm)



Part 2 (March 8, 4:30 pm)



Part 3 (March 9, 11 am)



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3 Minutes with Jeremy Denk, Music Director of Ojai North Music Festival
Pianist Jeremy Denk, 2014 Music Director of Ojai Music Festival (June 12–15) and Cal Performances' Ojai North Music Festival at UC Berkeley (June 19–21) talks about the premiere of the comic opera, The Classical Style, based on the eponymous award-winning book by the late pianist and scholar Charles Rosen with music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky and libretto by Denk; jazz pianist Uri Caine's contributions to the festivals; and works by Ligetti, Ives and Beethoven to be included.



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The Vienna Philharmonic Residency at Cal Performances
Rainer Honeck, Concertmaster, and Tamás Varga, cello, of the famed Vienna Philharmonic coach UC Berkeley music students.



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Audio Podcast
Carol Maillard of Sweet Honey in the Rock Interview

Carol Maillard, one of the original and current members of Sweet Honey in the Rock, talks about the ensemble and her life within the group. Recorded January 2007. (Length: 15:00)

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Wu Man
Wu Man talks about the pipa including its history, how it's played and the many sounds of the ancient plucked instrument.



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Emanuel Ax Talks Brahms and Beyond
Ax talks to composers Missy Mazzoli and Nico Muhly about the new works they have composed for Program One of Ax's Brahms and Beyond project featuring Ax and mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter.



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Basil Twist on Dogugaeshi
Puppeteer Basil Twist talks about Dogugaeshi coming to Zellerbach Playhouse



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Fall Free for All
Take a look at scenes from past Fall Free for All festivals in this exclusive video.



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World Premiere: Mark Morris on Acis and Galatea
Cal Performances presents the world premiere of Handel's Acis and Galatea arranged by Mozart with choreography by Mark Morris. Morris talks about the production that will debut April 25–27, 2014, at Cal Performances' Zellerbach Hall on the campus of UC Berkeley.



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David Harrington Coaches UC Berkeley Student Quartet
David Harrington of the Kronos Quartet coaches a string quartet made up of UC Berkeley students. He began the Kronos Quartet almost 40 years ago and offers advice to the young musicians as they rehearse a work by Philip Glass written for the Kronos Quartet.



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Shai Wosner on Schubert
Pianist Shai Wosner talks about his passion for Schubert in this interview at Cal Performances' Fall Free for All on the campus of UC Berkeley.



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Mark Morris talks about 2013 Ojai Music Festival and Ojai North!
2013 Music Director for Ojai Music Festival (June 6–9) and Ojai North! (June 12–15) Mark Morris talks about curating the Festivals. Works by some of his favorite musicians, including Lou Harrison, John Luther Adams, and Henry Cowell will be performed plus the world premiere of Spring, Spring, Spring, his work set to Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.



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The Assad Brothers and Paquito d'Rivera
A Sightlines pre-performance talk with Jesse "Chuy" Varela, music director of KCSM Jazz 91 radio, with the artists, Sergio Assad and Paquito d'Rivera, recorded April 10, 2013.


Pictured (l to r): Jesse "Chuy" Varella, Sergio Assad and Paquito D'Rivera

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Naomie Kremer talks about The Secret Garden
Cal Performances and San Francisco Opera present the world premiere of The Secret Garden, a family opera based on the beloved children's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Music is by composer Nolan Gasser and the libretto is by Carey Harrison. The production's visual designer Naomie Kremer talks about how she created the video backgrounds for the opera. The production runs March 1-10, 2013.



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Reaching for the Stars: A Forum on Music Education November 28 & 29, 2012
As part of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Orchestra Residency of Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra with Gustavo Dudamel, Cal Performances produced a two-day music education symposium titled Reaching for the Stars. Moderated by the highly respected teaching artist Eric Booth, the event featured a panel of esteemed music educators and speakers from around the country and the world including maestro Dudamel and Dr. José Antonio Abreu founder of El Sistema. Watch and Listen to a video and podcasts of the talks and presentations that made up the conference.


Pictured (l to r): Stanford Thompson, Gillian Moore and Eric Booth

Welcome by Cal Performances Director Matías Tarnopolsky; Keynote address by Eric Booth
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Cal Performances' Director Matías Tarnopolsky talks with Gustavo Dudamel, the Music Director of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, and José Antonio Abreu, founder of El Sistema, about the importance of music education for children.




Podcast: Round Table discussion with Stanford Thompson, Gillian Moore, Leni Boorstin and Eric Booth
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Podcast: Matías Tarnopolsky Artistic Excellence, Advocacy and Accessibility.
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Podcast: From the Ground Up with Gillian Moore
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Podcast: The Story of Play on Philly with Stanford Thompson
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Podcast: The Importance of Music in Young Lives with Melanie DeMore
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Podcast: Round Table Discussion with Gillian Moore, Stanford Thompson, Leni Boorstin, Delouge Smith, Russ Sperling and Eric Booth
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Matías Tarnopolsky talks to Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem
Matías Tarnopolsky, Director of Cal Performances, talks to Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem about their love of classical music and why they are sponsoring the Orchestra Residency of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela with Gustavo Dudamel, conductor.



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Einstein on the Beach Artist Talk
Director and designer Robert Wilson, composer Philip Glass and choreographer Lucinda Childs discuss Einstein on the Beach. The talk is moderated by Cal Performances' Director Matías Tarnopolsky and was recorded on October 28, 2012 at Zellerbach Playhouse.



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Einstein on the Beach
Artists Robert Wilson, Philip Glass and Lucinda Childs talk about the making of Einstein on the Beach, An Opera in Four Acts, which will have its West Coast premiere at Cal Performances October 26-218, 2012.



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Laurie Anderson's Dirtday!
Performance artist and master storyteller Laurie Anderson talks about her new work Dirtday! which will have its West Coast premiere on September 18, 2012, at Cal Performances.



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AileyCamp!
AileyCamp, the nationally acclaimed summer youth program, conceived by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and locally produced by Cal Performances, teaches life lessons through ballet, modern, jazz and African dance to Berkeley/Oakland middle school students. Follow three AileyCampers from beginning impressions through the grand finale performance at the end of the six week experience. (Length: 8:25)



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The Vienna Philharmonic 2011 Residency at Cal Performances
The Vienna Philharmonic Residency in Berkeley included three concerts in addition to a number of open rehearsals, sectionals, master classes and a chamber music concert for students. Watch as musicians from this famed orchestra work with UC Berkeley music students. (Length 2:55; 2011)



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Cal Performances in the Classroom: A Teacher Workshop on The Music of Revelations
Watch as one of Cal Performances teaching artists, Melanie DeMore, works with classroom teachers to prepare them and, in turn, their students, to see the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater perform in a special one hour SchoolTime performance at Zellerbach Hall. (Length: 2:40; 2011)



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Cal Performances At 100
Composer Jake Heggie narrates the story of Cal Performances' origin and highlights from its 100 years featuring luminaries such as Yo-Yo Ma, Mark Morris, Dave Brubeck and Laurie Anderson. Recorded April 2006. (Length: 11:00)

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