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.

  • 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 in E minor performed by Rachell Ellen Wong and Robert Warner; Beethoven’s Maestoso – Allegro from String Quartet No. 12 in E-flat major performed by […]

  • 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’ […]

  • Soprano Karita Mattila in Beethoven's Fidelio

Issue 39 (September 23)

In this issue: We remember US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by taking a look at Operas featuring female characters who refuse to become […]

  • Shostakovich's The Nose performed by The Royal Opera, choreographed by Otto Pichler

Issue 38 (September 16)

In this issue: Shostakovich’s The Nose performed by The Royal Opera; an excerpt from Rebel’s Les Éléments performed by Musica Antiqua Köln; violinist Vijay Gupta […]

  • Ivo Pogorelich performs J.S. Bach's English Suite No. 2 in A minor

Issue 37 (September 9)

In this issue: Pianist Ivo Pogorelich performs J.S. Bach’s English Suite No. 2 in A minor; violinist Roberts Balanas covers Sir Elton John; New York […]

  • Now, More Than Ever, We Need the ARTS! A series of performing arts videos for a time of physical distancing

Issue 36 (September 2)

In this issue: Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato guest curates this special edition of Now, More Than Ever.


  • Jean Rondeau performs Royer's Vertigo on the harpsichord

Issue 35 (August 27)

In this issue: A showcase of some of the most impressive keyboard artists of our time or previous generations, including Jean Rondeau, Annie […]

  • Now, More Than Ever: After Dark

Issue 34 (August 20)

In this issue: Our first “After Dark” edition of Now, More Than Ever, celebrates the sweet and funny, decidedly offbeat, edgy, odd, and out-and-out raunchy […]

  • Barbara Bonney and Anne Sofie von Otter in R. Strauss' "Presentation of the Rose" Scene from Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59

Issue 33 (August 17)

In this issue: We explore the most beautiful moments in 20th-century music, and beyond, including R. Strauss’s “Presentation of the Rose” Scene from […]

  • Pianist Keith Jarrett Performs Gershwin's "Summertime"

Issue 32 (August 13)

In this issue: Pianist Keith Jarrett performs Gershwin’s “Summertime;” Catalyst Quartet performs “Strum;” Damien Sneed explains the history of Gospel; an excerpt of Kirov Ballet […]

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