Now More Than Ever The Arts Need You

Now, More Than Ever

A series of performing arts videos for a time of physical distancing, compiled by Jeremy Geffen, Executive and Artistic Director, Cal Performances

During these challenging days, as we all spend our time around fewer people in real life, Cal Performances is guiding a series of virtual journeys (using YouTube links) specifically curated for our adventurous and eclectic audiences. For the time being, these recordings of great artists past and present will serve as a reminder of the performing arts’ unsurpassed ability to express the power and potential of the human spirit—until, that is, we can share such moments together again, under the same roof. Cal Performances encourages one and all to find time—each and every day—for the performing arts.

  • Mahan Esfahani: Goldberg Variations Medley

Issue 56 (Feb 26)

Hybrid virtual-live performances of Bach’s Goldberg Variations performed by Mahan Esfahani; Beethoven’s Adagio sostenuto from Piano Sonata, Quasi una fantasia (Moonlight) performed by Mitsuko Uchida; Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” performed by Nina Simone; Smoke, Part 3 performed by Sylvie Guillem and choreographed by Mats Ek


  • Chick Corea on Improvisation

Issue 55 (Feb 19)

Celebrating the life of legendary jazz keyboardist Chick Corea, with Corea’s “Armando’s Rhumba” performed by Bobby McFerrin and Chick Corea; Biber’s Violin Sonata No. 5 […]

  • Boy Blue's Emancipation of Expressionism, choreographed by Kenrick "H20" Sandy

Issue 54 (February 11)

Celebrating Black History Month with Mozart’s “Durch Zärtlichkeit und Schmeicheln” performed by Reri Grist; Excerpt from Im schwarzen Rössl performed by Katherine Dunham; Balm in Gilead […]

  • Andrew Ondrejcak’s short film, "Dido's Lament"

Issue 53 (February 4)

Selections of Purcell’s “When I am laid in earth” (“Dido’s Lament”) from Dido and Aeneas featuring Janet Baker, soprano and London Philharmonic Orchestra; Jessye Norman, […]

  • Frankfurt Radio Symphony performing Sibelius' Nightride and Sunrise

Issue 52 (January 21)

In this issue: Sibelius’ Nightride and Sunrise performed by Frankfurt Radio Symphony; After the Rain choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon and performed by Suzanne Danco and […]

  • Pianist Timo Andres performs Georgs Pelēcis' New Year's Music

Issue 51 (January 15)

In this issue: Georgs Pelēcis’ New Year’s Music performed by Timo Andres; Schumann’s “Aus alten Märchen winkt es” from Dichterliebe, Op. 48 performed by Suzanne […]

  • Pianist Ellis Marsalis performing "Twelve's It"

Issue 50 (December 30)

In this issue: Paganini’s La campanella from Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor, Op. 7 performed by Ivry Gitlis and Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra; […]

  • Bach: "Flößt, mein Heiland" from Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248

Issue 49 (December 18)

In this issue: Bach’s “Flößt, mein Heiland” from Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248; Corelli’s Concerto grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 8, Christmas Concerto performed […]

  • Mark Morris Dance Group in The Hard Nut

Issue 48 (December 11)

In this issue: “Waltz of the Snowflakes” from The Hard Nut in 360° choreographed by Mark Morris and performed by Mark Morris Dance Group; Debussy’s […]

  • Angelique Kidjo performs "Pata Pata" at Austin City Limits

Issue 47 (December 2)

In this issue: Sibelius’ Allegro moderato from Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 performed by Camilla Wicks and Stockholm Radio Symphony Orchestra; Miriam Makeba […]

  • Soprano Diana Damrau performs Wolf's "Auch kleine Dinge" from Italienisches Liederbuch

Issue 46 (November 20)

In this issue: Wolf’s “Auch kleine Dinge” from Italienisches Liederbuch performed by Diana Damrau and Helmut Deutsch;  Mahler’s Adagietto from Symphony No. 5 performed by Lucerne […]

  • Brittany Howard performing "You'll Never Walk Alone" from Carousel

Issue 45 (November 13)

In this issue: Bach’s Opening Chorus from Cantata 66, Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen performed by Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists;  Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “You’ll […]

  • Joyce DiDonato performing Handel's "Ombra mai fu" from Serse

Issue 44 (November 4)

In this issue: “Deep River” performed by Mahalia Jackson;  Handel’s “Ombra mai fu” from Serse performed by Joyce DiDonato and Il Pomo d’Oro; Hahn’s “À Chloris” […]

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