Cal Performances update on COVID-19

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November 6, 2020

Cal Performances had high hopes that we would be able to transition back to some form of live performance presentation this coming spring; unfortunately, as large gatherings are still not allowed by state, local, and university officials at this time, and the performing arts community worldwide will still be operating on a very limited basis in the coming months, we regret to announce that we will be unable to present our spring 2021 performances as originally planned.

The good news is that we are currently working with artists to finalize plans for another rich series of high-quality, professionally produced video performances that will premiere on the Cal Performances at Home digital platform beginning in February or early March. As before, we ask for your patience as we develop this new season, which we plan to unveil in early January. We have some exciting ideas and plans in mind for these new video presentations, many of which will feature some of Cal Performances most beloved artists. In addition, plans for our previously planned Spring 2021 Gala will be announced at that time.

Please know that at the time of our announcement in January, 2020–21 Season Subscribers will be offered a full range of options regarding  subscription tickets already purchased, including the option to make a tax-deductible donation in lieu of the original purchase, place the value of tickets “on account” to use for purchasing tickets next season, or receive a full refund for tickets.

As ever, and while this period of social distancing stretches on, we are extremely grateful for the patience, understanding, and loyal support. While there is nothing that will ever fully replace the live performing arts, we’re committed to bringing you many more wonderful artistic experiences this spring through Cal Performances at Home.

June 17, 2020

A short while ago, UC Berkeley released information regarding its plans for limited operations during the upcoming fall 2020 semester due to the continuing coronavirus pandemic. As a result of these guidelines and ongoing direction from public health officials regarding large public gatherings, it has now become clear that Cal Performances will be unable to present our fall 2020 performances as originally scheduled. At present, we remain hopeful that performances scheduled for January through June 2021 will take place as planned.

Over the coming weeks, Cal Performances will be working with our artists to develop a reimagined fall season featuring creative and alternate ways of presenting programs and related events in the safest way possible. Options include re-scheduling programs to spring 2021 and beyond, as well as developing plans to spotlight the work of our artists through online/digital formats.

We ask for your patience as we develop these new initiatives and plan a strategy for communicating your options to you at one time, including new event format details and information about all your ticketing options for fall events. Please know that you will be offered a full range of choices regarding the subscription tickets you have already ordered, including free ticket exchanges, the option to make a tax-deductible donation in lieu of your original ticket purchase, or a full refund for these fall events.

There is no need to contact us at this time; we will follow up with you within six to eight weeks.

Thank you for your patience, understanding, and loyal support during this challenging time.

While there is nothing that will ever fully replace the live performing arts, we’re committed to bringing you a rich and fulfilling fall season. Because now, more than ever, we need the performing arts.

April 28, 2020

At Cal Performances, we understand that a great deal of uncertainty still lies ahead regarding when—and how—we will once again all be able to come together to enjoy the live performing arts under the same roof. The well-being of our audiences, artists, and staff is our top priority, and we assure you that we will follow all recommended public health and governmental guidelines to keep you, our patrons, safe and healthy through this extended pandemic.  Please note that this may result in changes to our usual ticketing and seating processes, mailing timelines, and day-of-show procedures. We will be sure to communicate these plans with you throughout the coming months.

Cal Performances Ticket Office is also implementing updated, more flexible refund and exchange policies. Should performance plans change, or should audience members feel uncomfortable attending a performance for which they hold tickets, Cal Performances will offer a wide range of options, including free ticket exchanges, the option to donate tickets, or a full and timely refund.

Please see our Audience Safety Commitment for more information >

Please make sure to provide us with your most current email address and phone number when purchasing tickets, so that we are able to contact you with the very latest updates.

Contacting the Ticket Office.
Please note that our Ticket Office windows are currently closed in conjunction with UC Berkeley’s decision to limit campus operations, however there is good news! Our Ticket Office phone lines are now open on the following limited hours:

Tuesday–Friday, noon–4pm. Closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

As our staff is working remotely and is limited, we ask for your patience regarding potential phone wait times. Subscriptions for our 2020–21 Season are also available 24/7 online at a reduced service fee: $10 per Subscription order. Subscribe online >

March 17, 2020

With heavy hearts, Cal Performances is canceling all remaining performances and events in our 2019–20 season, in accordance with recommendations from local, national, and international public health authorities regarding slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and in conjunction with UC Berkeley’s decision to limit campus operations through the spring semester.

Cal Performances will automatically issue refunds for these tickets through their original payment methods. We greatly appreciate your patience as we arrange refunds for thousands of ticket purchases. Please allow up to three weeks for these transactions to be processed.

Cal Performances’ staff and artists share what is surely your deep disappointment over this unprecedented decision. We also understand that these actions have the power to make a real difference in the fight to slow this pandemic, not just for the health and safety of our own patrons, artists, and staff members, but for the wider community as well. We’re proud to stand alongside so many individual community members, university colleagues, and performing arts professionals around the world in working together to take meaningful action.

Contacting the Ticket Office.
While there is no need to contact us individually to request a refund for a previously canceled or future event, we do understand that you may have questions and requests that you would like to discuss. Due to the closure of our Ticket Office phone lines and walk-up windows through April 12, if you would like to communicate with us directly, please write to us at and we will return your email as soon as possible. Or, if you would like to speak with someone in person regarding a ticketing matter, please call 510.642.1082 and leave a message. A Ticket Office representative will return your call as soon as possible during regular business hours, Tue–Fri, noon–5:30pm; Sat and Sun, 1–5pm.

Share your support.
Many of you have expressed concern about the financial impact of these cancellations and we thank everyone who has inquired about donating the value of their tickets to support the artists and Cal Performances. At this time, and due to the high volume of refunds we are processing, we cannot automatically change your refund into a donation; however, we invite you to extend your support by making a donation of any size directly.

Did you know? The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law on March 27, 2020. Among other changes, The CARES Act offers a new above-the-line charitable deduction of up to $300 for taxpayers who do not itemize deductions. Learn More >

Looking ahead towards a much brighter future, we continue to put the finishing touches on our 2020/21 Season and hope to give you an update soon on when we will be releasing all of the details. Like all of you, we look forward to the time when we are all able to—once again—enjoy together the tremendous power of the live performing arts.

Please note: the following performances have been postponed or cancelled at this time:

Jonathan Biss, piano; The Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Mar 7 & 8 (cancelled for artist health reasons unrelated to the coronavirus situation.)

Laverne Cox, Mar 12

Dorrance Dance; SOUNDspace, Mar 13–15

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Mar 14 & 15

The Summit: The Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6, Mar 20

Mnozil Brass; Cirque, Mar 21

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Lahav Shani, conductor, Mar 22

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Mar 31–Apr 5

Spektral Quartet, Apr 5

Yamato The Drummers of Japan; Passion, Apr 7

Bollywood Boulevard; A Journey Through Hindi Cinema Live, Apr 9

Amir ElSaffar’s Rivers of Sound Orchestra, Apr 14

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch; Palermo Palermo, Apr 24–26

John Malkovich in The Music Critic, Apr 30

The Tallis Scholars; The Field of the Cloth of Gold Music of Jean Mouton and William Cornysh, May 1

Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha; Volcano Theatre Company with the Moveable Beast Collective, May 2 & 3

Radiolab‘s Jad Abumrad, May 9

MOMIX; Viva MOMIX!, Jun 5–6