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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.

  • Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Stuart Duncan banjo and fiddle; Edgar Meyer, bass; Chris Thile, mandolin; Aoife O'Donovan, vocals; performing "Here and Heaven"

Issue 63 (August 19)

A strong current of folk music runs through these selections, demonstrating the unique flexibility of the genre.


  • 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” […]

  • A Spooky Now, More Than Ever

Issue 43 (October 28)

In this issue: Excerpt from Giselle performed by Bolshoi Ballet and Orchestra;  Excerpts from HK Gruber’s Frankenstein!! performed by Swedish Chamber Orchestra; William Shakespeare’s Macbeth […]

  • Cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and pianist Sviatoslav Richter perform Beethoven's Final movement from Cello Sonata No. 4 in C major, Op. 102, No. 1

Issue 42 (October 22)

In this issue: Beethoven’s Final movement from Cello Sonata No. 4 in C major, Op. 102, No. 1 performed by Mstislav Rostropovich and Sviatoslav Richter;  […]

  • Tetzlaff Quartet performs Mozart's Mozart's Allegro vivace from String Quartet No. 16 in E-flat major, K. 428/421b

Issue 41 (October 13)

In this issue: Mozart’s Allegro vivace from String Quartet No. 16 in E-flat major, K.  428/421b performed by Tetzlaff Quartet;  “So Is the Day” performed by Bria […]

  • Violinist Tessa Lark performing Telemann's Fantasia No. 7 in E-flat major, TWV 40:20

Issue 40 (September 30)

In this issue: Telemann’s Fantasia No. 7 performed by violinist Tessa Lark; Lin Hwai-min’s Moon Water performed by Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan; Brahms’ […]

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