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Sarah Cahill's A Sweeter Music Concert

Pianist Sarah Cahill plays and talks about the music of Frederic Rzewski, including his arrangement of the anti-war song Down by the Riverside which inspired Cahill's 2009, concert A Sweeter Music. For the program, she commissioned 18 composers to write new works on the theme of peace. The concert includes a new work by Frederic Rzewski. (Length 6:30)



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Video Program Notes
Merce Cunningham's Craneway Event

Watch and listen as choreographer Merce Cunningham and Cal Performances' Director Robert Cole visited Ford Point, the former Ford assembly plant in Richmond, California, that served as the venue for Cunningham's Craneway Event, a site-specific work performed by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company on November 9, 2008. (Length: 2:00)

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Video Program Performance: Made in Catalunya with Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson
On October 24, 2008, performance artist Laurie Anderson (in Berkeley, California) joined musician/poet Lou Reed (in Barcelona, Spain) via the internet to perform the works of Catalan poets Brossa, Espriu, Carner and Vinyoli. The 45 minute live performance, in English, as experienced last year at the Made in Catalunya event in New York City, was presented by KOSMOPOLIS International Literature Fest; video performance, produced by Cal Performances. (Length: 60:00)





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Audio Podcast
Trisha Brown Interview

In an exclusive Cal Performances interview taped Friday January 19, 2007, in New York City, choreographer Trisha Brown talks about her newest work, I love my robots, which will have its West Coast premiere in Berkeley on January 26 and January 27, 2007. Among other inside information, Trisha Brown reveals that she will be dancing in I love my robots on January 26, 2008. (Length: 11:35)

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

One of the highlights of the 2007 Berkeley Festival & Exhibition was the American premiere of Alessandro Striggio's 16th-century long-lost Missa sopra Ecco sì beato giorno for 40 and 60 voices, the largest known contrapuntal choral work in Western music. UC Berkeley musicologist and renowned harpsichordist Davitt Moroney discovered the work at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France after a two decade search. In the latest installment of Cal Performances' web series, Video Program Notes, Professor Moroney talks about the search and the music that London's Guardian called "a masterpiece...not just the choral event of the year but possibly of the decade." (Length: 6:00)



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Audio Podcast
Alan Pierson Interview

Alan Pierson, new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound's Artistic Director, talks about the company, his becoming a conductor and the work of Conlon Nancarrow. (Length: 24:00)

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Jake Heggie and Ricky Ian Gordon Interview

Composers Jake Heggie (Dead Man Walking, The End of the Affair) and Ricky Ian Gordon (Grapes of Wrath) are friends and admirers of each other's work. In this often witty and entertaining conversation, they discuss composing art songs and play excerpt from their repertoires. Recorded April 2007. (Length: 22:00)

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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)

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Highland, Heath & Holler Interview

Highland, Heath & Holler fiddlers extraordinaire Bruce Molsky (above) and Alisdair Fraser (below) talk about the jigs, reels and spirited tunes that make-up their concert titled Celtic Music's Voyage to Appalachia at Zellerbach Hall Sunday, April 1, 2007. This exclusive Cal Performances interview was taped in New York City in January 2007. (Length: 12:00)

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Video Program Notes
The Tyrant

Composer Paul Dresher talks about the making of his solo opera The Tyrant, written for tenor John Duykers. The interview includes excerpts from the opera. The production's West Coast premiere was presented by Cal Performances in 2007. (Length: 6:00)