Everything to Know About Cal Performances at Home
Recordings of multiple performances throughout the 2021–22 season, each one available for a limited time and completely free with registration.
Getting Stream Tickets
All streams for our 2021–22 season are free, but registration is required.
Accessing Your Streaming Events
You can find all of your streaming events in the “Digital Content” section of your Cal Performances account. You must be logged into the account you used to register for your performances to access and watch your events.
Watching on Your TV and Devices
You can stream the performances on your computer, laptop, phone, tablet—any device with an internet connection! Watch on your TV by connecting it to your MAC or PC with an HDMI cable or other streaming device.
Sit Back and Enjoy!
Grab a glass of wine or the streaming snack and beverage of your choice, settle in to your favorite chair or couch, hit “play,” and be ready to be wowed. As always, we recommend silencing your cell phone and unwrapping your candy beforehand, but in this case it’s up to you!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
If you can’t find the answers you’re looking for here, or need any assistance, please contact the Ticket Office.
Cal Performances at Home 2021-22 Season
Cal Performances at Home is the name of a series of streamed performances released during the pandemic to keep the joy of performance alive at a time when the pandemic made it impossible for us to be in the same performance space together. While Cal Performances has fully returned to in-person performances this year, we recently received funding to produce and publish recordings of multiple performances from the 2021–22 season.
It is our hope that these recordings help even more people experience the joys of music, dance, and theater and provide a better way to connect with those community members who are not yet ready to return to in-person performances.
To help keep our patrons entertained during January (a period when we have fewer live performances than usual), we plan to release our first three videos weekly during the month. The first three performances will be:
- The Danish String Quartet’s performance of Schubert’s String Quartet in G major, available 1/13–1/19;
- The Bay Area premiere of More Forever, a collaboration between Caleb Teicher & Company (dance) and Conrad Tao (piano), available 1/20–1/26;
- Kronos Quartet performing with special guest vocalist Mahsa Vahdat, available 1/27–2/2.
Additional streaming performances will be announced throughout the season via email, on social media, and on our Cal Performances at Home web page. While the performances will not be announced all at once, it is our goal to select performances for recording that, when taken collectively, create a well-rounded offering to reflect the wide variety of programming that Cal Performances patrons have come to appreciate.
While these recordings are being offered free to the public, they do still require significant time to produce and represent a tremendous amount of work on the part of the artists who put on the live performances. For this reason, we are encouraging anyone who is able and feels moved to do so to consider making a donation to Cal Performances. We greatly appreciate your support, which allows us to share the joy of music, dance, and theater with even more individuals in our community at a time when we most need it!
Reserving tickets for Cal Performances at Home events is similar to purchasing tickets for our live events. On the Cal Performances web site, log in to (or create) your Cal Performances account, then head over to our events calendar to choose the streaming performances you want to view.
Tickets are free, but registration is required.
Cal Performances at Home event tickets “live” in your Cal Performances account, so it is not possible to share them with others. If you wish to reserve a digital performance for another patron, please contact the Ticket Office directly and we will assist you.
When purchasing an event, if you do not already have a Cal Performances account, you will be asked to create one before you check out.
After you have selected your viewer numbers, select ADD TO CART.
You will be directed to the account login page. To create an account, select REGISTER FOR A NEW ACCOUNT.
Fill in all of the required fields.
Make sure to select “Add me to Email Club” to get Cal Performances early access, special offers, and more. You can also choose the genres you love so we may tailor messages of interest.
Select CREATE ACCOUNT at the bottom of the page.
You’ll then be directed to your cart where you can select more performances.
or CHECKOUT to complete your free order.
Remember, to access your performances, you will need to be logged in to the same account with which you made your order.
Yes, but you will need a Cal Performances account to register for and watch your events. For assistance, contact the Ticket Office.
Accessing My Performances
Your Cal Performances at Home streaming events are available on the Digital Content page of your Cal Performances account, and can be accessed from any browser on your computer or device. Please note that the performances are listed by registration date, not by performance date.
You will not be able to access the performance page until noon on the day the stream is available.
First, click on the “My Cal Performances” button located at the bottom of any page on the Cal Performances web site.
Or, if you’re in the Performance Calendar section of the web site, click on the little head icon or “Log In.”
Enter your email address and password and select LOGIN. Your email address is your username.
If you forgot your password, select FORGOT PASSWORD, and request a password reset. You will be sent an email with a link to reset your password. If you can’t recall your login name or are unsure what email address is connected to your Cal Performances account, please contact the Ticket Office at 510-642-9988 or firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Once logged in, select “Digital Content” to access your Cal Performances at Home performances.
Events will not be available for viewing until noon on the first day the stream is available, and most can be accessed for one week. Availability dates are shown on the event listing calendar.
If you remember your login name but not your password, simply request a password reset on the the Cal Performances account page to create a new one. If you can’t recall your login name or are unsure what email address is connected to your Cal Performances account, please contact the Ticket Office at 510.642.9988 or email@example.com for assistance.
Watching My Streamed Performances
The performances are accessible only through an internet browser. You cannot use Vimeo, YouTube, or other streaming apps/services. To watch on your TV, you must be able to stream, cast, or mirror from your computer or mobile device by running your browser to your television set. There are a variety of ways to do that.
Many newer desktop and laptop MACs and PCs have an HDMI port that you can connect to your TV directly for audio and video. If your device doesn’t have an HDMI port, you can buy the appropriate adaptor- one end of the adaptor plugs into your device and an HDMI cable to the TV plugs into the other end.
- HDMI from Mac, PC, tablet or smartphone to TV – many desktop and laptop MACs and PCs have an HDMI port that you can connect to your TV directly for audio and video. If your device doesn’t have an HDMI port, you can buy the appropriate adaptor that connects an HDMI cable to the TV. Once connected, use your computer browser to access your performances from your Digital Content page of your Cal Performances account.
- AppleTV – “Airplay” from iOS devices or “Mirror” from your MAC browser.
- ChromeCast – “Cast” from the Google Chrome browser on your PC or MAC, or from your iPad or iPhone.
- Android or iOS devices – Watch on your device by logging in to your Cal Performances account then selecting “Digital Content.”
- SmartTVs – We do not have any native SmartTV apps at this time. You can find information on mirroring to your TV at these links – FireOS – RokuTV – AndroidTV
We recommend testing these options well in advance of premiere night so that you ready when the event begins! We are happy to provide some useful tips on how to watch the performances on other devices, however, we are unable to provide any customer service or technical support for TV streaming.
No. You can access your performances only by opening a browser on your device, logging in to your Cal Performances account then selecting “Digital Content.”
Yes! One registration permits unlimited viewing during the time the recording is available.
We require minimum stable download speeds of 500 kbps or faster in order to view our lowest quality, SD 240p. Since bandwidth tends to fluctuate for a number of unforeseen variables, we always recommend you use a dedicated Internet line of 5 Mbps or faster to stream and download high quality videos on the Internet. For optimal performance, a hardwired connection via Ethernet is best, but if you prefer to use WiFi, be sure that your router is configured correctly and that your network is not being shared with other devices (this can limit the starting speeds you pay your ISP for).
Not sure what speeds your device is receiving? Visit https://testmy.net/download (on mobile or desktop) for an estimate. We recommend performing this test a few times since bandwidth can change.
We support playback in browsers that can decode H.264 videos in an HTML5 player. If you’re using an older browser, system, or website, we ask that you upgrade to be able to watch the performances.
- Chrome 30+ (has automatic updates)
- Firefox 27+ (has automatic updates)*
- Internet Explorer 11*
- Microsoft Edge
- Safari 9+
*H.264 video is only supported in Firefox for Windows 7 and later. Firefox versions on Windows XP are not supported.
*Older versions of Internet Explorer (IE 10, 9, 8, etc) that lack support for the TLS 1.2 protocol and HTML5 cannot be used to watch the performances . As of January 12, 2016, Microsoft has stopped releasing updates to older versions of IE.
In addition to the audio controls of your chosen viewing device, there is a volume control button inside the video stream of the concert and is located in the lower right corner of the video frame.
Yes, there is an option to view the video in full screen mode. That option is located in the lower right corner of the video frame. To exit full screen mode at any time, you can press the “Esc” button to return to the main viewing page. We recommend viewing in full screen mode for the best experience. Please note that chat is not available when you are viewing in full screen mode.
Most freezing and buffering issues are caused by the strength, stability, and speed of your internet connection.
First, we suggest that you refresh the page. You may be asked to login to your account again after refreshing. If this doesn’t resolve the issue, check your internet to make sure you’re still connected.