Sun, Sept 29, 2013
10:30 am-6 pm
Join in the fun as Cal Performances launches the season with the 4th annual Fall Free for All, a full day of free performances across the UC Berkeley campus. Fill your day with a sampler of performing arts with offerings for every palette—no tickets required!
Fall Free for All map [JPG]
Lower Sproul Construction Updates
UC Berkeley is currently revitalizing the area around Zellerbach Hall, causing some significant changes to Zellerbach Hall access and the pathways between performance venues. Please see our Lower Sproul Construction Project page for more information on how to get to the Hall, parking information, and more. A detailed map of the Fall Free for All venues and pathways will be posted soon!
Take a look at scenes from past Fall Free for All festivals in this exclusive video.
Schedule by StagesAlumni House
Schedule by Time10:30 am
Artists & Programs
Crosspulse Duo with Keith Terry and Evie Ladin
Alumni House Toll Room, 12 pm
Crosspulse is known for its rhythm-based, intercultural music and dance, particularly for work that incorporates Body Music: clapping, snapping, slapping, stepping, and vocalizing. Besides being fun, interactive, and accessible for all ages, the music raises awareness of the many rhythmic possibilities in our surroundings.
Department of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies / Studio Set
Bancroft Studio, 2 pm
TDPS present student work in choreographic and scenic studies developed within their classes. The works range from high energy to deeply personal studies and explorations, and audience members will interact with students and professors about the process of studying and making performance at TDPS.
Daniel Barash Shadow Puppets
Daniel Barash uses the ancient art of shadow puppetry to animate stories and folktales from around the world. For this performance, the public is invited to make original shadow puppets in a workshop from 12-3 pm, which they can then use to participate an interactive shadow puppet program of best loved folktales from around the world.
He's My Brother She's My Sister
Zellerbach Hall, 5 pm
The sibling duo of Rachel and Robert Kolar lead the danceable, hipster folk band He's My Brother She's My Sister. Eclectic musical influences of folk, glam rock, blues, and cabaret shine through in performances the LA Record describes as "...a time warp to the golden present, wrapping nostalgia around the here and now with throwback flair and good taste â€¦ The songs are as catchy as a radio pop jam, but throw off the trappings of plastic pop and wrap you in fur, folk, and the last drops of moonlight."
Instrument Petting Zoo
Choral Rehearsal Hall, Cesar Chavez Building, 12 pm - 5 pm
Filled with a variety of percussion, string, woodwind, and brass instruments, the instrument petting zoo gives children of all ages the opportunity to have hands-on experiences in music under the guidance of student musicians from UC Berkeley and The Crowden School.
La Danse du Cleves: Late medieval pop music from England, France and Italy
Wheeler Auditorium, 1 pm
Popular medieval music? Yes, this program features secular and sacred songs and dances that were known and loved in 13th and 14th century France and Italy. Esteemed early music practitioners, the ensemble features Shira Kammen on vielle, harp, and voice; percussionist Peter Maund; Allison Zelles Lloyd on harp and vocals; and vocalist Marsha Genensky.
La Tania Baile Flamenco
Zellerbach Hall, 1 pm
World-class flamenco dancer and master teacher La Tania presents a solo performance, accompanied by guitar, vocals, violin, and percussion. The program opens with La Tania performing her Farruca dance, followed by a musical selection, and concludes with Alegrias.
La Tania, artistic direction and choreography, dancer
Clara Rodriguez, singer
Roberto Aguilar, guitar
Treggar Otton, violin
Sage Baggott, percussion
Wheeler Auditorium, 11 am
Nahuatl for 'The Mockingbirds,' Los Cenzontles aims to celebrate Mexican heritage through their artistry. Their performance includes Mexican music and dance in the styles of the San Jarocho and traditional mariachi as well as original songs and popular rhythms.
Marcus Shelby Quintet
Hertz Hall, 4 pm
Renowned jazz artist, teacher, composer, and arranger, Marcus Shelby is a vital musical presence in the Bay Area. With Shelby on acoustic bass, Joe Warner on piano, Howard Wiley on tenor saxophone, Sly Randolf on drums, and Tiffany Austin on vocals, the ensemble performs original and classic jazz; a preview to the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra's Tribute to Duke Ellington at Cal Performances on May 2!
New Century Chamber Orchestra with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin
Zellerbach Hall, 11 am
The New Century Chamber Orchestra, renowned for their innovative programming and electrifying performances, is one of the few orchestras in the world without a conductor. Led by Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, the Orchestra's program features the music of American composer Michael Daugherty and Czech master Josef Suk.
Zellerbach Hall, 3 pm
Groundbreaking San Francisco based contemporary dance company ODC/Dance presents Waving Not Drowning (A Guide to Elegance), a wry consideration of culture, fashion, manners and feminine perspective by artistic director Brenda Way.
Pacific Boychoir Academy
Wheeler Auditorium, 3 pm
An Oakland-based school with music at its core, the Pacific Boychoir Academy modernizes the traditional boychoir—youth ensembles trained to sing in churches across Europe. "The sound that these boys produce is of a quality that I have not heard in any group of young singers performing in the States at present. This is combined with secure intonation, sensitive blend, strong musicianship, and a rigid discipline which never inhibits the pure joy that these boys invest in their singing." (Maestro Donald Palumbo, Chorus Master, Lyric Opera of Chicago). Their set includes Mendelssohn/Laudate Pueri; Mozart/Te Deum; Rachmaninoff/Bogoroditse, Devo; Lennon-McCartney/Here Comes the Sun; Annie Lennox/Sweet Dream; Simon, arr. Kirby Shaw/Bridge Over Troubled Water; George and Ira Gershwin, arr. Mark Hayes/I Got Rhythm; Lennon McCartney/All You Need is Love.
Members of the St Lawrence String Quartet
Hertz Hall, 12 pm
Hailed for imaginative and spontaneous music-making, the SLSQ excels at string repertoire ranging from established literature to contemporary works. Members of the ensemble join the Fall Free for All with Beethoven's early yet grand String Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 3.
Theatre of Yugen
Wheeler Auditorium, 5 pm
Theatre of Yugen performs traditional Kyogen—Japan's classic comedic form—using the traditional stylized voice and movement, and biting satirical humor, while presenting the works in English. The two works on the program, Owl Mountain Priest [Fukuro Yamabushi] and Sweet Poison [Busu] address such worldly concerns as greed, vanity, and the pleasure of outwitting someone.
San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows
Hertz Hall, 2 pm
The Adler Fellowship supports talented young musicians from the Merola Opera Program. Each year, Fellows participate in a residency at the SF Opera, where they receive intensive individual training and the opportunity to perform on one of the country's most prestigious stages.
Jacqueline Piccolino, soprano; Laura Krumm, mezzo-soprano; Hadleigh Adams, bass-baritone; Phillipe Sly, bass-baritone; and Sun Ha Yoon, coach and pianist
Shadow puppet workshop
Alumni House Sibley Room, 12-3 pm
Shadow puppeteer and teaching artist Daniel Barash guides participants in creating their own shadow puppets using provided materials. At 4 pm, everyone is invited to the Toll room to participate in an interactive shadow puppet program of best loved folktales from around the world. See you in the land of shadows.
UC Jazz Ensembles
Alumni House Patio, 1 pm & 3 pm
Enjoy the fresh sounds of instrumental jazz in the casual setting of an outdoor Patio. Dedicated to the performance, study and promotion of jazz, UC Jazz Ensembles provide opportunities for students to pursue their love of jazz in multiple formats, from big band to intimate ensembles.
Venezuelan Music Project with Jackeline Rago
Alumni House Toll Room, 2 pm
Jackeline Rago presents an interactive performance based on the folk music of her native Venezuela, as well as the musics of Latin America and the Caribbean. Her Venezuelan Music Project includes vocals, guitar, percussion, flute, alto saxophone, and bass.
Jackeline Rago, strings, vocals
Donna Viscuso, flute, sax
Bil Hager, bass
Michaelle Goertlitz, percussion
Anna Maria Violich vocals
Omar Ledezma percussion, vocals
Save 10% on all Cal Performances 2013/14 Season tickets when purchased at Fall Free for All!* See the map for Ticket Office locations. Please note: offer is available only for in-person orders and purchases made via our mobile app on Sunday, September 29. To redeem the discount on your phone or other mobile device, please stop by any of the three Information Booths for the promo code (map).
If you RSVPd for the 25% off offer on tickets to Cal Performances 2013/14 Season events, you will be sent an email with instructitons on how to redeem your discount.
Enter-to-Win Visit the Fall Free for All information booths located on Spieker Plaza, and at Hertz Hall and Wheeler Auditorium to enter your name for our Grand Prize drawing!
* Excludes sold-out performances including selected special events, Mitsuko Uchida, and Pinchas Zukerman. Offer is subject to availability per event and not applicable towards previous ticket purchases. Offer is not applicable in combination with other discounts.
Planning to attend the Fall Free for All this Sunday? Here are some helpful tips and information!
Lower Sproul Redevelopment
The UC Berkeley campus, specifically the area of Lower Sproul plaza, is currently undergoing an exciting initiative that will lead to a revitalization of Lower Sproul Plaza (in front of Zellerbach) and the surrounding area.
During the ongoing construction patrons will not be able to access Zellerbach Hall via Bancroft Avenue. The easiest way to access Fall Free for All is through Spieker Plaza, located at the corner of Dana and Bancroft — a drop off zone will be available for patrons with disabilities. Please be sure to visit our website for the most up-to-date information including a map of how to access the event.
Performances are absolutely free — but space is limited!
If you have your heart set on seeing a specific performance, our recommendation is to plan ahead and arrive early—we expect quite a few people and lines are a possibility. While admission is free to all venues and no tickets are required, all seating is limited to the capacity of the venue and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. We hope you will find that with five stages and more than 15 different events to choose from, there will be plenty of amazing free performances to go around!
As always in Berkeley, parking can be challenging. Many UC lots are available for paid public parking on weekends; however, due to several other events occurring on campus throughout the day we highly recommend arriving early or taking public transportation. Please note that due to ongoing construction the MLK lot located underneath Zellerbach Hall is temporarily closed. See our Parking section for locations and tips.
Cal Performances and our event sponsor BART highly recommend that you consider taking public transportation to the event! For more information or to plan your trip online, www.bart.org. For additional information, see our Public Transportation section.
For program guides, restroom locations, and more, please visit our information booths located near Spieker Plaza (at Dana/Bancroft), Hertz Hall, Alumni House and Wheeler Auditorium. Please see the program guide for locations.
Buying Cal Performances 2013/14 Tickets at Fall Free for All
Ticket windows will be open at Zellerbach Hall, Zellerbach Playhouse, and Hertz Auditorium. Please see the program guide for locations.
Fall Free for All is within walking distance to many restaurants and eateries; see our website for recommendations on dining options within the area. For dining options located in the campus area, visit our Dining page.
Food will also be available for purchase in front of Zellerbach Hall.
Or, make a day out of it, and picnic within one of UC Berkeley's beautiful outdoor spaces! Please keep in mind that picnic baskets, food, and open containers will not be allowed inside any of the venues.
For special ticket discount offers for Fall Free for All attendees and Enter-to-Win Opportunities, see the Special Offers tab.
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