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Ojai at Berkeley with Steven Schick
Ojai at Berkeley: 2015 Programming
Percussionist and conductor Steve Schick, Music Director of the 2015 Ojai Music Festival and Ojai at Berkeley, introduces this year's programming.

Ojai at Berkeley: A Pierre Dream
Ojai at Berkeley music festival honors composer Pierre Boulez's contributions to the festival and the world of music with a performance of "A Pierre Dream" created by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and featuring live musicians, singers, actors, and video. The complete production will be performed on the opening night of Ojai at Berkeley, Thursday, June 18. Watch a clip.

Ojai at Berkeley: Adams's Sila
Steve Schick discusses the festival opening with John Luther Adams's Sila: The Breath of the World and a salute to Pierre Boulez.

Ojai at Berkeley: Poetry and Music
Steve Schick sets up concerts featuring the musical works of Olivier Messiaen, Pierre Boulez, and Maurice Ravel plus the poetry of Stéphane Mallarmé.

Ojai at Berkeley: Presenting Steven Schick
The concert Presenting Steven Schick includes classics from the percussion repertoire, newly commissioned works, and theatrically staged works such as La Cathédrale de Misère, first performed by Schick when he was a member of a French circus.

Ojai at Berkeley: Bartók and more
Steve Schick highlights the music on the final day, including Bartók's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion; Boulez's Dérive 2; and Lou Harrison's Concerto for Pipa with String Orchestra, among others.



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.


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.


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


Three 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.


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.


(from left to right) Ara Guzelimian, Dean and Provost of The Juilliard School, interviews choreographer and director Mark Morris about Acis and Galatea; the talk is introduced by Cal Performances' Executive and Artistic Director Matías Tarnopolsky. (60:00)



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.

Part 1

Part 2


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)


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



The 2011 Vienna Philharmonic Residency at Cal Performances
Rainer Honeck, Concertmaster, and Tamás Varga, cello, of the famed Vienna Philharmonic coach UC Berkeley music students.


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)



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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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

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

Podcast: Matías Tarnopolsky Artistic Excellence, Advocacy and Accessibility.

Podcast: From the Ground Up with Gillian Moore

Podcast: The Story of Play on Philly with Stanford Thompson

Podcast: The Importance of Music in Young Lives with Melanie DeMore

Podcast: Round Table Discussion with Gillian Moore, Stanford Thompson, Leni Boorstin, Delouge Smith, Russ Sperling and Eric Booth


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.


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.


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.


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.