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Special Events, Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen, principal conductor; November 9-11 11, 2012; Patron Sponsors: Shirley D. and Philip D. Schild


For the third season in a row, a preeminent orchestra comes to Berkeley for an extended visit, providing audiences with incredible in-depth opportunities to hear the finest musicians perform the world's greatest music.

Fri, Nov 9


Symphony No. 7

Symphonie fantastique
Sat, Nov 10


Cast to include:
Johan Reuter (Wozzeck); Angela Denoke (Marie); Peter Hoare (the Captain);
Frode Olsen (the Doctor); Hubert Francis (the Drum-Major); Joshua Ellicott (Andres)

UC Berkeley Chamber Chorus, Marika Kuzma, director
Tavern and Military bands: Members of the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra,
David Milnes, director
Members of Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir, Robert Geary, director
Sun, Nov 11

Symphony No. 9

"The Philharmonia is on a high with Esa-Pekka Salonen," wrote The Observer of London's Philharmonia Orchestra and indeed, this revered ensemble has entered the new millennium during the most exciting phase in its history. Led by one of today's visionary conductors, Esa-Pekka Salonen, the orchestra is a musical pioneer, leading the field with its extraordinary quality of playing. The Philharmonia is also celebrated for its use of new technology to reach and inspire a global audience.

The orchestra has enjoyed fruitful collaborations with many of the past century's greatest conductors, including Wilhelm Furtwängler, Richard Strauss, Arturo Toscanini, and Herbert von Karajan. Otto Klemperer was the first of many outstanding principal conductors, a storied list that includes Riccardo Muti, Giuseppe Sinopoli, and Christoph von Dohnányi.

Current Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen made his London conducting debut in 1983 at age 25 with the Philharmonia, stepping in at the last minute to lead a now-legendary performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 3. Today, he has forged an incredible, dynamic relationship with the ensemble, both as a conductor and composer, rediscovering and reinvigorating the music of the past as well as creating and championing the music of our time.

Join these formidable artists as they perform cornerstones of the symphonic repertoire, and arguably, the greatest opera of the 20th century, Alban Berg's Wozzeck.


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Related Events

Performance: Esa-Pekka Salonen Composer Portrait
Thu, Nov 8
Hertz Hall

Gloria Cheng, piano
Calder Quartet
Kacy Clopton, cello
Eco Ensemble
David Milnes, conductor
One of the leading and most inventive voices writing music today, Esa-Pekka Salonen begins his Cal Performances residency with a concert of his own music. In this Composer Portrait concert, Salonen introduces four signature works written between 2000 and 2010 in a discussion moderated by Cal Performances Director Matías Tarnopolsky. UC Berkeley's own Eco Ensemble, under the direction of David Milnes, performs the exuberant cello and ensemble work Mania; leading Los Angeles-based pianist Gloria Cheng performs Dichotomie, written specially for her as a surprise; and the extraordinary Calder Quartet performs Salonen's only string quartet, Homunculus. This is the first event in a four concert residency with London's Philharmonia Orchestra.

Education & Community Events: Sightlines
Fri, Nov 9, 7-7:30 pm
Zellerbach Hall

Esa-Pekka Salonen and Matías Tarnopolsky discuss the program. Open to ticket holders of that night's performance only.

Donor Event: Donor Intermission
Friday, November 9, 8pm
Zellerbach Hall Mezzanine
(Donors of $1,200+)

During select performances throughout the season, Producer's Circle members are invited to join us for complimentary refreshments in our donor lounge, the Zellerbach Room, located on the north side of the Zellerbach Hall lobby. For especially popular events, find us on the Mezzanine at Zellerbach Hall. Donor Intermissions are the perfect place to enjoy a complimentary glass of wine in the company of other Producer's Circle members.

Membership benefits like these are our way of thanking our supporters for their much needed contributions. To find out how you can become a Donor, please call 510.643.8783 or visit our Support section.

Education & Community Events: Composer Colloquium
Sat, Nov 10, 10:30-12:00 pm
125 Morrison

The Department of Music Composer Colloquium hosts a conversation with conductor and composer Esa-Pekka Salonen. Free and open to the public.

Education & Community Events: Sightlines
Sat, Nov 10, 6-6:30 pm
Zellerbach Hall

Prof. Mary Ann Smart, Dept of Music and Prof. Chenxi Tang, Dept of German, discuss Wozzeck. Open to ticket holders of that night's performance only.

Education & Community Events: Sightlines
Sun, Nov 11, 2-2:30 pm
Zellerbach Hall

David Milnes, Conductor, UC Symphony Orchestra and Matías Tarnopolsky, discuss Mahler's 9th Symphony and the UC Symphony Orchestra's experience with the Philharmonia Orchestra. Open to ticket holders of that afternoon's performance only.

Education & Community Events: UC Symphony Orchestra Open Rehearsal with Esa-Pekka Salonen
Sun, Nov 11, 5:30-7:30 pm
Zellerbach Hall

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts a rehearsal of the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra. Participants are selected by the Department of Music. Free and open to observers.

Program Notes

Program notes are available online. [PDF]

Parking Alerts

Parking may be a problem on campus for the Saturday, November 10, performance due to a Cal Football game. Please see our Parking Alert section for more information.

Multimedia & Interviews

Matías Tarnopolsky talks to Esa-Pekka Salonen
Cal Performances' Director Matías Tarnopolsky talks to Esa-Pekka Salonen, Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Philharmonia Orchestra, via Skype at the presenter's 2012-2013 season press conference.

Esa-Pekka Salonen talks about Wozzeck

Esa-Pekka Salonen on Beethoven

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Fri, Nov 9, 8 pm
Sat, Nov 10, 7 pm
Sun, Nov 11, 3 pm
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