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.

  • Soprano Barbara Bonney performs Brahms' “Ihr habt nun traurigkeit.”

Issue 60 (April 21)

Three instances in classical music and opera that touch on the subject of maternal affection, plus an Alvin Ailey classic.

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  • Ohad Naharin's Echad Mi Yodea, performed by Batsheva – The Young Ensemble

Issue 59 (April 8)

A celebration of spring including work from Batsheva – The Young Ensemble, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Wagner’s Parsifal, Kasumi Watanabe, and Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

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  • Sae Eun Park and Kimin Kim of Universal Ballet perform in La Bayadere

Issue 58 (March 25)

In the spirit of solidarity in condemning hate crimes aimed at Asians and Asian Americans, this issue hopes to draw attention to a deep well of […]

  • Sasha Waltz & Guests perform In C

Issue 57 (March 10)

A wide variety of performances for everyone, including: In C choreographed and performed by Sasha Waltz; Bartók’s Allegro non troppo from Violin Concerto No. 2 […]

  • 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; […]

  • 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 […]

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