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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.)


Composer John Adams
Composer John Adams stopped by Cal Performances to talk about his work being performed by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra March 20–22. Hear him talk on five topics:

His smaller scaled works

Shaker Loops (on program A)

Son of Chamber Symphony (on program B)

Chamber Symphony (on program C)

Why Adams conducts his own compositions

The Nile Project
Egyptian-born Mina Girgis, ethnomusicologist and founder of The Nile Project, came to Cal Performances to talk about the residency, including the politics of the region as well as the music that will drive the four days of activities. Hear him answer important questions about The Nile Project:

Genesis of the Nile Project
Founder of The Nile Project, Mini Girgis, discusses how The Nile Project began.

Mistrust Among Nile Basin Countries
Founder of The Nile Project, Mina Girgis, discusses why there has been so much mistrust among Nile basin nations.

Will music help change the dynamics of the Nile region?
Founder of The Nile Project, Mini Girgis, discusses why music is the starting point to resolve conflict.

The Nile Project and University Students
Founder of The Nile Project, Mini Girgis, discusses why university students are fundamental to the success of the Project.

The Artists of The Nile Project
From hesitation to global music-making; Mini Girgis, founder of The Nile Project, discusses the artists' involvement with the Project.

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Steven Schick, discusses Project TenFourteen
Percussionist, teacher, conductor and Artistic Director of the San Francisco Contemporary Players, Steven Schick, discusses Project TenFourteen, a new four concert series featuring 12 world premieres from contemporary composers, including Crumb, Berio, and Birtwistle. The works will be performed by the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the second oldest contemporary music ensemble in the United States, as part of Cal Performances' 2014/15 Season.


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


Make a Difference with Cal Performances
Cal Performances creates transformative arts experiences for our community. Learn how you can make a difference by partnering with us.


Mikhail Baryshnikov explains the genesis of The Old Woman
Following the story of a struggling writer who cannot find peace with himself, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Willem Dafoe star in Daniil Kharms' 1930s political novella and pitch-black comedy The Old Woman (November 21–23 in Zellerbach Hall), adapted by Darryl Pinckney and directed by Robert Wilson (Einstein on the Beach).


Netia Jones on Britten's 1964 church parable Curlew River
Director Netia Jones comes to Zellerbach Hall to prep for Curlew River (November 14 & 15) and shares her thoughts about the production.


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.


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)


Ojai North Music Festival 2013
Cal Performances' fourth annual Ojai North Music Festival was held on June 19–21, 2014, in Hertz Hall. Here are links to three of the concerts, including the comic opera The Classical Style: An Opera (of Sorts) (Concert 1 June 19 at 8 pm, Second Half); Timo Andres and The Knights performing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major, K. 537, "Coronation," first movement, Allegro; and Jeremey Denk performing Ligeti's Piano Etude No. 4, from Book I.

Additional Ojai North concerts will be added shortly.

Timo Andres and The Knights

The Classical Style

Jeremy Denk


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


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)


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)


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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