The Colin Currie Group was founded by its namesake to celebrate and showcase the music of Steve Reich, and in its 15-year history has developed a close collaborative relationship with the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer. Currie is a world-class percussionist, and has assembled a superlative ensemble of percussion, strings, keyboards, and winds, augmented by the fantastic Synergy Vocals, to perform Reich’s challenging music—from his iconic works of the 1970s and 1980s to brand-new commissions. Here in Berkeley, the group celebrates Reich’s 86th birthday, performing his influential Music for 18 Musicians and his classic Tehillim, the first work in which he explored his Jewish heritage. A Cal Performances co-commission, Traveler’s Prayer is a sinuous, pensive setting of three Old Testament texts—a work the Guardian describes as “very different from anything Reich has composed before.”
Colin Currie, conductor and percussionist, and Micaela Haslam of Synergy Vocals will engage in a post-concert Q&A with Cal Performances executive and artistic director Jeremy Geffen. Free to all ticket holders.
This event is part of Cal Performances’ Illuminations: “Human and Machine” programming for the 2022–23 season.
Run time for this concert is approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes, including intermission, but not including any possible encores.
Parking will be a problem on campus for this performance on November 3 due to a Cal Women’s Basketball game versus Vanguard.
Most, if not all, University parking lots will be reserved for game patrons and city-owned lots may have a limited number of spots available. Traffic will be heavy. We advise you to arrive early and to seriously consider alternative transportation.
Please see our Parking Alert section for more information.