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The Inaugural Project
of Berkeley RADICAL

The Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem
2015 Orchestra Residency

Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar
Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela

September 22–26, 2015

The Music of Beethoven

Join us for the official launch of Berkeley RADICAL, Cal Performances' new initiative that connects the intellectual life of UC Berkeley and our community with the most inspiring artists of our time, and creates programs that help engage new generations with great works of art to pave the way to life-long artistic literacy.

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Just Announced!

Gustavo Dudamel returns to Cal Performances for master classes with the UC Berkeley student conductors and the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, plus a Berkeley Talks event with Cal Performances' Executive and Artistic Director Matías Tarnopolsky. All events are free and open to the public.

Please Note: Tickets for these events are free; however separate advance reservations are required for each event. Two tickets per person please.

Saturday, February 20
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11:30 am–1 pm
Master Class Part I, Hertz Hall
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Gustavo Dudamel leads the first part a master class with student conductors and the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra. Program: Brahms' Symphony No. 1. Open to the public for observation.

Please note: this event is sold out, but we are taking reservations for STANDBY tickets. Admission is not guaranteed. Standby ticket holders will be asked to line up at the venue 1/2 hour before start time and will be admitted as space allows.

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2–3:30 pm
Master Class Part II, Hertz Hall
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Maestro Dudamel leads the second part of a master class with the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra. Program: Tchaikovsky 4. Open to the public for observation.

Please note: this event is sold out, but we are taking reservations for STANDBY tickets. Admission is not guaranteed. Standby ticket holders will be asked to line up at the venue 1/2 hour before start time and will be admitted as space allows.

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4:15–5:15 pm
Berkeley Talks, Hertz Hall
A Conversation with Gustavo Dudamel

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Gustavo Dudamel in conversation with Cal Performances Executive and Artistic Director Matías Tarnopolsky

Please note: this event is sold out, but we are taking reservations for STANDBY tickets. Admission is not guaranteed. Standby ticket holders will be asked to line up at the venue 1/2 hour before start time and will be admitted as space allows.

RSVP


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Our inaugural Berkeley RADICAL Residency with Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela (SBSOV) featured a wealth of exciting concerts, programs, film screenings, academic endeavors, University collaborations, and more! We explored classical music's emblematic composer in conjunction with one of the most forward-looking conductors of our day. Many events were free and open to the public!

September 2015 Schedule of Events

Wednesday, September 23
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10 am–1 pm
Classroom visits by SBSOV ensembles
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Building on Cal Performances' long and productive relationship with the Berkeley Unified School District, small ensembles from the SBSOV will present concerts in three Berkeley middle schools.


Thursday, September 24
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10 am–1 pm
Classroom visits by SBSOV ensembles
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8 pm
Concert, Zellerbach Hall
Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor

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Beethoven: Egmont Overture
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7



Friday, September 25
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11 am–5 pm
Symposium, Hertz Hall:
Beyond the Valley of the Ninth—The Afterlives of Beethoven's 'Choral' Symphony

Organized by Nicholas Mathew, UC Berkeley Associate Professor of Music
With Andrea Bohlman (UNC Chapel Hill), Stephen Hinton (Stanford University), Alexander Rehding (Harvard University), Christopher Reynolds (UC Davis), Anicia Timberlake (Williams College), and Mina Yang

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UC Berkeley Associate Professor of Music Nicholas Mathew, author, most recently, of Political Beethoven (Cambridge University Press) hosts a full-day symposium integrating the subject matter of the Berkeley RADICAL Residency into the Berkeley academic community. Bringing together exceptional academic voices from across the country, a group of leading music scholars will explore the various meanings Beethoven's Ninth, among the most variously interpreted and widely traveled of compositions, has accrued in its long history.

5:30 pm
Sunset Gala Cocktail Reception, Hearst Greek Theatre
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Sold Out.

7:30 pm
Concert, Hearst Greek Theatre
Gustavo Dudamel at the Greek: Beethoven's Ninth
with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

Mariana Ortiz, soprano
J'nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano
Joshua Guerrero, tenor
Soloman Howard, bass

Chamber Chorus of the University of California and Alumni
Marika Kuzma, Director

Pacific Boychoir Academy
Kevin Fox, Founding Artistic Director

San Francisco Girls Chorus
Valerie Sainte-Agathe, Music Director and Principal Conductor

9 pm
Gala Dinner
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Sold Out. See our Gala at the Greek page for more event information.


Saturday, September 26
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11 am–12 pm
Family Concert, Zellerbach Hall
Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela
Joshua Dos Santos, conductor
Introduced by Gustavo Dudamel

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Program: TBA

1–3 pm
Open Rehearsal, Zellerbach Hall
UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra

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Professor David Milnes, Music Director of the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, will lead an open rehearsal. Open to the public for observation. The Master Class with Gustavo Dudamel, originally scheduled for this time, will be rescheduled.

3:30–4:30 pm
Side by Side with SBSOV musicians, Bay Area El Sistema students and UC Berkeley Students, Zellerbach Hall
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Cal Performances will host the first-ever Seminario on the UC Berkeley campus, an immersive musical sharing that invites young musicians from a half-dozen local El Sistema music programs to rehearse and perform alongside members of the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. In this final session of the day, young musicians play side by side on the Zellerbach Hall stage as peers with the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra and SBSOV.

4 pm
Update: Music and Discussion: Alejandro Carreño and Matías Tarnopolsky, Wheeler Auditorium
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An adventurous hour of chamber music and impromptu discussion with SBSOV Concert Master Alejandro Carreño and Cal Performances Executive and Artistic Director Matías Tarnopolsky on the socio-musical ideas of the El Sistema movement, and life within the orchestra. The program will be announced from the stage. This event replaces the Berkeley TALKS event originally scheduled for this time.

6–8:30 pm
Film Screening, Wheeler Auditorium
Crescendo: The Power of Music
A film by Jamie Bernstein and Elizabeth Kling
followed by a 10 min youth performance and a panel discussion

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This film about the rise of El Sistema in the US, directed by musical evangelist Jamie Bernstein and Elizabeth King, is an in-depth, verité-based look at three schoolchildren — two in West Philadelphia and one in New York City's Harlem — as they participate in a pair of Sistema-inspired youth orchestra programs.

Panel discussion: Jamie Bernstein and Elizabeth Kling, moderated by Cal Performances' Associate Director, Rob Bailis.