The Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Orchestra Residency
Inaugural RADICAL Residency: Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra

The residency activities of inaugural RADICAL artists Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra included symposiums, master teaching, lecture/demonstrations, a film screening, rehearsals open to Bay Area students of all ages, and more.

Famed conductor Gustavo Dudamel, a shining example of youth musical education and an outspoken advocate for arts accessibility, was excited to inaugurate this important new initiative.

"Being able to combine music, learning and ideas is at the heart of the new Berkeley RADICAL, and the Simón Bolívar Orchestra and I are very happy to be returning to Cal Performances as part of this innovative idea," said Dudamel. "We are proud to be Cal Performances' first Berkeley RADICAL artists. I know from my own childhood in Venezuela that the arts can be the force and inspiration to imagine a better future. They transformed my life and have given generations of young people purpose and vision and hope."

Additional 2015/16 Berkeley RADICAL events focused on the following themes:

The Natural World
Our planet and life upon it has long been an inspiration for generations of artists, with an increasing focus on the need to balance humankind's thirst for advancement with preservation and moderation. This programmatic theme explored our ever-deepening connection to the natural world, anchored by a collaboration between the St. Louis Symphony and photographer Deborah O'Grady celebrating the centenary of the National Parks System, co-commissioned by Cal Performances.

Modern life and technology move at a dizzying speed, constantly providing us with an array of new creations and perspectives to experience and absorb, while expanding our access to the classics of the past like never before. This theme focused our attention on some of the newest work made in the U.S., including the Rude Mechanicals' latest theater work Stop Hitting Yourself and the work of dance maker Trajal Harrell; features the Cal Performances debut of new music luminaries, the Ensemble Intercontemporain; and shined a spotlight on artists who are contemporizing and invigorating the great works of the past with new energy and ideas.

This season offered many Bach experiences through the lens of choreographers, film makers, arrangers, and new bearers of the Baroque tradition a world away from Europe. Throughout the year, we will go on a curated tour, trailing the eternal voice of this great master as it becomes the context for these new works of art.