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Leif Ove Andsnes on 2012 Ojai North! at Cal Performances
The 2012 Music Director for Ojai North!, Leif Ove Andsnes, talks about some of the artists and works that make up this year's festival including conductor/composer Reinbert de Leeuw, actress/singer Barbara Sukowa and pianist Marc-André Hamelin. Ojai North!, a partnership between Ojai Music Festival and Cal Performances, runs June 11–14, 2012, on the campus of UC Berkeley



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Podcast: Conductor Marin Alsop on the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Conductor Marin Alsop talks about the Orchestra's programs on March 30 & 31, 2012, which will include works by Copland, Tower and Higdon, among others (3/30), and Einhorn's Voice of Light along with the 1928 version of The Passion of Joan of Arc (3/31). She is interviewed by Matías Tarnopolsky, Director of Cal Performances.

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Pictured (l to r): Matías Tarnopolsky and Marin Alsop



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Podcast: Artistic Director Robert Battle talks about the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Artistic Director Robert Battle talks about the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the company's program. He is interviewed by Dance specialist Kathryn Roszak.

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Pictured (l to r): Kathryn Roszak and Robert Battle



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Podcast: Conductor Ton Koopman on the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir.
Conductor Ton Koopman talks about the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir and the evening's program. He is interviewed by Jeffrey Thomas, artistic director of the Bay Area early music ensemble American Bach Soloists.

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Pictured (l to r): Jeffrey Thomas and Ton Koopman



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Podcast: Choreographer Bill T Jones discusses his work Story/Time.
Choreographer Bill T. Jones talks about his latest work Story/Time He is interviewed by Dance specialist Kathryn Roszak.

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Pictured (l to r): Kathryn Roszak and Bill T. Jones



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Podcast: Composer Ed Campion and Matías Tarnopolsky on the Eco Ensemble's January 21st concert
Composer and Professor of Music at UC Berkeley, Ed Campion talks about his piano concerto that was performed at Hertz Hall as well as the legacy of contemporary music. As a member of CNMAT and one of the founders of the Eco Ensemble (with David Milnes), he is a force shaping the future of music. He is interviewed by Matías Tarnopolsky, Director of Cal Performances.

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Pictured (l to r): Ed Campion and David Milnes address the Eco Ensemble during a rehearsal.



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Podcast: Maestro Charles Dutoit on the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Charles Dutoit talks about the program that he will conduct on January 28, 2012, with guest artist pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Works by Kodaly, Liszt and Brahams are discussed. He is interviewed by Matías Tarnopolsky, Director of Cal Performances.

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Pictured (l to r): Charles Dutoit and Matías Tarnopolsky



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Video Program Notes
Alessandro Striggio's Missa sopra Ecco sì beato giorno for 40 and 60 voices

One of the highlights of the 2008 Berkeley Festival & Exhibition was the American premiere of Alessandro Striggio's 16th-century long-lost work for 40 and 60 voices. Encore performances will be given February 3 & 4, 2012. Watch and listen to UC Berkeley musicologist and conductor Davitt Moroney as he discusses this work. (Length: 6:00)



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Podcast: Bill T. Jones talks about Story/Time.
Choreographer, writer and director Bill T. Jones talks about his new work Story/Time that will have its West Coast premiere in Berkeley on February 24 & 25, 2012. He is interviewed by Lisa Wymore, UC Berkeley dance professor and co-artistic director of Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts.

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Pictured (l to r): Lisa Wymore and Bill T. Jones



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Trey McIntyre: Lobby Talk
Choreographer Trey McIntyre talks with dance specialist Kathryn Rozak in a Lobby Talk focusing on the program and McIntyre's company. Listen to this Lobby Talk recorded in front of a live audience on Friday, November 18, 2011.

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Pictured (l to r): Kathryn Roszak and Trey McIntyre



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San Francisco Opera Orchestra: Key Notes
Maestro Nicola Luisotti of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra talks with UC Berkeley musicologist Anicia Chung Timberlake in a Key Notes talk focusing on the program, the Maestro's artistic vision, and upcoming activities of the orchestra. Listen to this Key Notes recorded in front of a live audience on Friday, October 28, 2011.

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Pictured (l to r): Anicia Chung Timberlake and Maestro Nicola Luisotti



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Symposium Talk: Desdemona Takes The Microphone: Toni Morrison and Shakespeare's Hidden Women
As part one of a two-part symposium presented by Doreen B. Townsend Center and Cal Performances, director Peter Sellars discusses giving voice to the unheard characters in Shakespeare's Othello.



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Symposium Talk: Dialogues Across Histories, Continents and Cultures
As part two of a two-part symposium presented by Doreen B. Townsend Center and Cal Performances, Peter Sellars, Toni Morrison, and Rokia Traore in speak conversation with UC Berkeley faculty: Abdul JanMohamed (English); Tamara Roberts (Music); Darieck Scott (African American Studies).



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Mariinsky Orchestra: Key Notes
When Maestro Valery Gergiev and Cal Performances' Director Matías Tarnopolsky sat down to talk, the topics included Gergiev's tenure as Musical Director of the Mariinsky Orchestra of St. Petersburg and Tchaikovsky's six symphonies that the orchestra will perform October 14-16 at Zellerbach Hall. Listen to this Key Notes talk recorded in front of a live audience on Friday, October 14, 2011.

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Pictured (l to r): Maestro Valery Gergiev and Cal Performances' Director Matías Tarnopolsky.



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Peter Sellars and Desdemona
Peter Sellars talks about the genesis of his new project with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison based on Shakespeare's Othello. The music is composed by African singer/songwriter Rokia Traoré who also stars in the production as the maid Barbary. Cal Performances is co-producer and commission of the project and will present the American premiere October 26-29, 2011. (Length: 2:15; 2011)



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Behind the Scenes at Cal Performances
Take a look backstage on opening night of the Bolshoi Ballet's production of Swan Lake at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley. Watch what it takes to get great art on the stage while running Cal Performances, "the most adventurous high-quality performing arts organization in the country" (The Wall Street Journal). (Length: 7:00)