"[Esa-Pekka Salonen] is one of the UK's greatest musical assets."

The Observer, London

Orchestra & Chamber Music
Esa-Pekka Salonen, principal conductor & artistic advisor
Philharmonia Orchestra, London
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

In Cal Performances' annual major orchestral residency, Esa-Pekka Salonen and London's Philharmonia Orchestra return with three ambitious programs that include a recent cello concerto by Salonen himself and the West Coast premiere of a Cal Performances co-commission exploring the lives of Bay Area immigrants.

Engaging with an issue that speaks uniquely to our times, acclaimed Peruvian composer Jimmy López, who earned his doctorate at UC Berkeley, will compose Dreamer, a new oratorio informed by interactions with Bay Area and campus immigrant communities, telling deeply personal stories through music and opening his process to audiences through a series of public programs. A rising star on the international scene, López has been called "one of the most interesting young composers anywhere today" (Chicago Sun Times). For Dreamer, he teams up with a frequent collaborator as librettist—the Pulitzer Prize-winning, Cuban American playwright Nilo Cruz.

Additional Residency Highlights
Following on the success of the orchestra's Stravinsky programs two seasons ago—praised as "musically thrilling and dramatically potent" (The Mercury News)—Salonen conducts the rarely performed complete score for The Firebird. Bartók's virtuosic Concerto for Orchestra, his last completed work, is paired with Salonen's dazzling 2017 Cello Concerto, featuring Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk, and Sibelius' evocative The Oceanides. And Bruckner's magnificent Seventh Symphony shares a program with Schoenberg's moody tone poem for strings, Verklärte Nacht.

Fri, March 15, 8pm
The Oceanides
Cello Concerto
Truls Mørk, cello
Concerto for Orchestra
Sat, March 16, 8pm
Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night)
Symphony No. 7
Sun, March 17, 3pm
Dreamer (Cal Performances Co-commission)
Libretto by Nilo Cruz
Ana María Martínez, soprano
The Firebird (complete)

This event is part of the 2018/19 Berkeley RADICAL programming initiative, Citizenship. Learn more and watch videos >


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Program Notes

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