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Campus and Community Partnership

Cal Performances taps into the academic and creative resources at UC Berkeley and beyond to create uniquely insightful encounters with artists, scholars, and specialists around the performances on our stages. These events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Cal Performances' 2011/12 Season Education & Community Programs events will include in-depth exploration of the art and artistry of Desdemona, the Mariinsky Orchestra, and Kronos Quartet programs, to name only a few. Check our web site for updates on 2011/12 Season Education and Community Programs in development, or receive the Education & Community Programs schedule by signing up for our Email Club.

The full schedule will be updated on this page as available.

Mariinsky Orchestra

Key Notes: Music for Symphony Orchestra
Fri, Oct 14, 5-6 pm
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Maestro Gergiev Coaches Members of the University Orchestra
Sat, Oct 15, 11 am-1 pm
Zellerbach Hall
Maestro Valery Gergiev coaches the University Orchestra in preparation of two works, Franz Liszt/Les Preludes and Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5. Open to the public for observation, no tickets required.

Sat, Oct 15, 7-7:30 pm
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The Townsend Center for the Humanities and Cal Performances present Peter Sellars, Toni Morrison (via Skype), and Rokia Traoré. In conjunction with the US premiere of Desdemona at Cal Performances.

Desdemona Takes the Microphone: Toni Morrison and Shakespeare's Hidden Women"
Thu, Oct 27, 5-6:30 pm
Zellerbach Playhouse
A lecture by Peter Sellars, director. Free and open to the public.

Panel Discussion
Dialogues Across Histories, Continents, Cultures
Fri, Oct 28, 12-3 pm
Zellerbach Playhouse

Part 1: Imagining a Shared Space
A conversation with Peter Sellars, director, Toni Morrison, writer (via Skype); Rokia Traoré, musician, Tamara Roberts (Dept of Music), Abdul JanMohammed (English), and Darieck Scott (African American Studies).

Part 2: African Music Speaks
Peter Sellars, director, and Rokia Traoré, musician

The lecture and panel discussion are free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Free tickets will be available at Zellerbach Playhouse 1 hour before each event or contact the Townsend Center:

Fri, Oct 28, 7-7:30 pm
Sat, Oct 29, 7-7:30 pm
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Film: PINA — Dance, dance, otherwise we will be lost (2011), Wim Wenders
Wed, Nov 30, 2011, 7:00 pm
Shattuck Cinemas
2230 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley
Presented by Cal Performances and the Goethe-Institut of San Francisco
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Admission is free but reservations are required. Maximum of two (2) tickets per order, first come first served.

Sarah Graham

Malcolm Martineau Master Class
Mon, Jan 16, 7 pm
Morrison Hall
Malcolm Martineau, the renowned artsong interpreter who is in town to accompany mezzo-soprano Susan Graham (Sat, Jan 14 at 8 pm in Zellerbach), will conduct a master class for Berkeley singers on Monday, January 16 at 7 pm in Morrison Hall. Observers are welcome!

Frühlingsglaube, Franz Schubert
Jessica McKenzie, soprano
Jeffrey Sykes, piano

Er ist's, Robert Schumann
Kayla Sheehan, soprano
Jeffrey Sykes, piano

An eine Äolsharfe, Johannes Brahms
Neil Wade, tenor (student from the Young Musicians Program, age 15)
James Meredith, piano

Der Zauberer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Alana Mailes, soprano
Jeffrey Sykes piano

Lied eines Schiffers an die Dioskuren, Franz Schubert
Lawrence Chu, bass-baritone
Jeffrey Sykes, piano

Kronos Quartet

Composer Colloquium
Fri, Feb 3
3:00-4:30 pm
125 Morrison Hall
Free and open to the public

The weekly Composer Colloquium at the Department of Music welcomes members of the Kronos Quartet for a moderated session about commissioned works.

Sun, Feb 5

6:00-6:30 pm
Hertz Hall
Free to ticket holders

A pre-performance talk by Aida Huseynova, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University at Bloomington

Mon, Feb 6

Lecture Demonstration
430-6 pm
125 Morrison Hall
Free and open to the public

A lecture demonstration with Alim and Fargana Qasimov and ensemble members, moderated by Aida Huseynova, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University at Bloomington. Presented in association with the Center for Near Eastern Studies and the Department of Middle Eastern Studies.