Cal Performances has longstanding partnerships and close connections with many world-renowned performers. And while you may be most familiar with the names of those artists currently regarded as living legends, part of the joy in developing these relationships has come from watching these stars grow and evolve over time. Cal Performances is proud to support promising artists throughout their career, which simultaneously serves the performers, who benefit from the opportunity to share their passion and exceptional artistry; our audiences, who are introduced to inspiring artists they “don’t yet know they can’t live without”; and the broader field of performing arts, which is reinvigorated, elevated, and expanded by the fresh perspectives new artists contribute. On the topic of supporting rising stars, Cal Performances executive and artistic director Jeremy Geffen said, “One of the best things Cal Performances can do for the arts and arts lovers is to give opportunities to performers and creators early in their careers. I’ve found that, once you provide an opportunity and demonstrate faith, more often than not, your expectations are exceeded.”
Our 2023–24 season features a number of rising-star artists in dance and theater ensembles, in orchestras and chamber groups, and—most substantially in this year’s programming—as featured artists on our recital series. To celebrate their upward trajectory, we’re sharing snapshots of meaningful moments from a few of our rising-star artists’ careers thus far. We hope this scrapbook of sorts will pique your interest concerning the incredible performers making their Cal Performances musical debuts this season!