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Dreamer: Jimmy López and Nilo Cruz

Dates to be announced

Cal Performances at UC Berkeley has received a Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in support of a major project that will see composer Jimmy López and playwright Nilo Cruz collaborate on a new oratorio for orchestra, chorus, and soprano, entitled Dreamer. The piece will explore the US immigrant experience, in particular that of Dreamers—undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children—and what it means for cities to provide sanctuary from prosecution and deportation. Dreamer will be performed during Cal Performances 2018–19 season (dates to be announced) by conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra of London. The Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions, a five-year, $8 million initiative celebrating the foundation's 50th anniversary, supports the creation and premiere of new works by world-class performing arts organizations in Bay Area communities.

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Pictured: Composer, Jimmy López

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Pictured: Composer, Jimmy López

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Pictured: Librettist, Nilo Cruz

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Pictured: Librettist, Nilo Cruz

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