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Learn more about Cal Performances' events through the artists and scholars who create them.

A full list of our videos can be found on our YouTube Playlist.

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Matías Tarnopolsky

Meet Cal Performances' new Director Matías Tarnopolsky. (recorded May 2009; length: 4:00)



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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; 2002)



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AileyCamp!

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 2002 AileyCampers from beginning impressions through the grand finale performance at the end of the six week experience. (Length: 7:00)



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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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Davitt Moroney and The Well-Tempered Clavier

Renowned harpsichordist and UC Berkeley musicologist Davitt Moroney performs a unique weekend-long marathon of J. S. Bach's masterpiece The Well-Tempered Clavier Books 1 and 2 on October 24 & 25, 2009. How does he prepare for such a Herculean effort? Watch and listen as Prof. Moroney explains. (Length: 3:00)



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Merce Cunningham and Robert Cole Reminisce

Watch and listen as choreographer Merce Cunningham and Robert Cole, Cal Performances' former Director, tell the story of a near catastrophe that occurred on stage the first time they worked together over 50 years ago in Buffalo, New York. This segment was shot in 2008 at Ford Point in Richmond, CA., while Cunningham was making preparations for The Craneway Event commissioned by Cal Performances and performed November 9, 2008. (Length: 1:46; 2008)



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Three Decembers

Composer Jake Heggie plays excerpts from and talks about his new chamber opera Three Decembers based on an original story by Terence McNally. The opera stars mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade and is about the loving but often-strained relationship between a famous actress and her two grown children. The 2008 West Coast premiere was co-presented by Cal Performances and the San Francisco Opera. (Length: 6:30)



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Audio Podcast
Three Decembers: Jake Heggie and Frederica von Stade Interview

Composer Jake Heggie and mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade talk about Heggie's new chamber opera Three Decembers in which von Stade stars. The story revolves around the loving but often-strained relationship between a famous actress (sung by von Stade) and her two grown children, one of whom is a gay man whose partner is dying of AIDs and the other an alcoholic daughter in a failing marriage. Heggie and von Stade talked with California magazine writer Andrew Gilbert. (Length: 14:15)(Photo: Cristina Taccone)

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