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Cal Performances' 2015/16 public engagement events bring Berkeley RADICAL to life. Look for opportunities to tie together the season's overarching themes; uncover the rich complexities of a single performance; follow a single artist's work interpreted anew; or explore artistic concepts underlying a particular genre. Additionally, interactive activities give you a chance to participate in and respond to the artistic process. Unless otherwise noted, all activities are free and open to the public.

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2015/16 Thematic Programming

Aesthetic Responses to the Natural World/Soundscapes

Art inspired by the natural world is a particularly rich programmatic vein in the 2015/16 season, correlating to the centenary of the creation of the National Parks System. We explore aesthetic, spiritual, and creative responses to the natural world in twin symposia associated with Cloud Gate Dance Company of Taiwan's production of Rice (Jan 23) and St Louis Symphony's performance of Messaien's Des Canyons aux Étoiles... ("From the Canyons to the Stars") with spectacular commissioned images by Deborah O'Grady (Jan 30), plus residency activities associated with Kaija Saariaho, Fall 2015 Bloch Lecturer at the Dept of Music, whose Notes on Light will be performed by the eco ensemble (Oct 23), and the Kronos Quartet with Terry Riley's Sunrings (May 1). Click on each performance title to learn more about related public events.

10/23 eco ensemble
1/22–23 Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, Rice
1/31 St. Louis Symphony, Deborah O'Grady
5/1 Kronos Quartet
The Music of Sergei Prokofiev

Audience members are invited to explore Prokofiev's music in a linked series of events throughout the season, including pre- and post-performance sessions and a symposium featuring renowned Russian music scholar, Richard Taruskin, professor emeritus of UC Berkeley's Department of Music, and other speakers to be announced.

10/1–4 Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra, Cinderella
1/24 & 3/4–6 Yefim Bronfman, piano
3/26 Montreal Symphony Orchestra

Contemporary performance is explored through the Revisions curated thematic strand, with public events as diverse as the artists represented. Rich Berkeley RADICAL residencies by Ensemble Intercontemporain, Rude Mechs, and Trajal Harrell offer an in depth look at new and diverse performance practices and ways of creating for the stage.

11/6–7 Ensemble Intercontemporain
11/19–22 Rude Mechs, Stop Hitting Yourself
3/18–19 Trajal Harrell, The Ghost of Montpellier Meets the Samurai

The ZellerBACH thematic strand features linked pre-performance talks and a final community response panel exploring the dynamic attraction of Bach's music for artists and audiences to this day. J.S. Bach's music lives on in creative works spanning new choreography by Twyla Tharp, a concert by the accomplished early music ensemble Bach Collegium Japan, and a program of Bach's partitas and sonatas performed by violinist Gil Shaham accompanied by original, commissioned films by David Michalek.

10/16–18 Twyla Tharp 50th Anniversary Tour
10/24 Bach Collegium Japan
4/14 Gil Shaham, violin with films by David Michalek
Artistic Residencies and Public Events

9/18 Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
9/24–26 Simón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela residency
10/9 Orquestra Buena Vista Social Club
10/16–18 Twyla Tharp 50th Anniversary Tour residency
10/24 Bach Collegium Japan
11/5–7 Ensemble Intercontemporain residency
11/18–22 Danish String Quartet residency (return in Feb)
11/19–22 Rude Mechs, Stop Hitting Yourself residency
11/27–29 Mummenschanz
1/22–23 Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, Rice
1/24 Yefim Bronfman, piano (returns Mar 4 & 6)
1/24 Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour
1/29–31 St Louis Symphony residency with a commissioned multimedia presentation by Deborah O'Grady, Des Canyons aux étoiles
2/24–28 Danish String Quartet
2/27–28 Chitresh Das Dance Company
3/4 & 6 Yefim Bronfman, Prokofiev Piano Sonatas
3/11–13 Mark Morris Dance Group & Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
L'Allegro il penseroso ed il moderato
3/18–19 Trajal Harrell
3/29–4/3 Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater residency
4/14 Gil Shaham, violin with films by David Michalek
5/1 Kronos Quartet