• 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.

  • Lawrence Brownlee and Justina Lee perform three spirituals for NPR's Tiny Desk Concert

Issue 62 (July 15)

A few instances of how composers have been known to reuse, reduce, edit, and adapt both their own music and that of others.


  • 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 […]

  • Sheku & Isata Kanneh-Mason performing “The Swan” from Le carnaval des animaux

Issue 30 (August 3)

In this issue: Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason guest curates this special edition of Now, More Than Ever.


  • Timo Andres performing “How can I live in your world of ideas?”

Issue 29 (July 27)

In this issue: Pianist Timo Andres performing “How can I live in your world of ideas?”; an excerpt from Cappella Mediterranea’s production of Rameau’s Les […]

  • Yoann Bourgeois performing to Debussy's "Clair de lune" played by Alexandre Tharaud

Issue 28 (July 23)

In this issue: acrobat/dancer Yoann Bourgeois performs to Debussy’s “Clair de lune;” Janine Jansen performs Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso with the Berlin Philharmonic; vocalist […]

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