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Cal Performances 2019–20 Season Announcement



On Thursday, April 18, 2019, Cal Performances’ board of trustees co-chairs Helen Meyer and Susan Graham, and executive and artistic director Jeremy Geffen, announced the organization’s 2019–20 season, programmed by associate director Rob Bailis. This season showcases an exhilarating and expansive breadth of dance productions, from grand to intimate in scale, featuring a broad range of international performance traditions and starring renowned companies from the US and abroad in Zellerbach Hall, widely considered the finest concert dance venue on the west coast; virtuoso soloists and conductors making their Cal Performances debuts; and immersion in key bodies of work by Beethoven, Bartók, and Liszt. An interdisciplinary set of projects explores the artistic accomplishments of UC Berkeley faculty and alumni and Berkeley natives—with composers, scholars, writers, filmmakers, and performers bringing new and recent work to campus. Dance and contemporary music ensembles perform Cal Performances co-commissioned works, and the season concludes with a Hewlett 50 Arts Commission project staged in collaboration with lead commissioner Stanford Live. Artists and ensembles with meaningful, decades-long relationships with Cal Performances and Bay Area audiences return, and master performers from across the globe travel to Zellerbach Hall for presentations that revive and refresh traditional and contemporary music and dance practices.

Press Documents:

Cal Performances 2019-20 Season Announcement Press Release >>
Cal Performances 2019-20 Season Calendar >>
Cal Performances Education and Community Programs >>
Cal Performances 2019-20 Season >>

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Pictured: Cal Performances presents Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra performing La Bayadère, Wednesday–Sunday, October 30–November 3, 2019 in Zellerbach Hall.
(credit: Natasha Razina)

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Pictured: Cal Performances presents Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra performing La Bayadère, Wednesday–Sunday, October 30–November 3, 2019 in Zellerbach Hall.
(credit: Natasha Razina)

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Pictured: Cal Performances presents An Evening with Kronos Quartet in A Thousand Thoughts Thursday, February 13, 2020 in Zellerbach Hall.
(credit: Jay Blakesberg)

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Pictured: Rotterdam Philharmonic performs with conductor Lahav Shani and pianist Nelson Freire Sunday, March 22, 2020 in Zellerbach Hall.
(credit: Hans van der Woerd)

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Pictured: Soprano Renée Fleming performs Sunday, October 5, 2019 in Zellerbach Hall.
(credit: Andrew Eccles)

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Pictured: Jonathan Biss performs The Complete Piano Sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven in Hertz Hall.
(credit: Benjamin Ealovega)

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Pictured: Cal Performances has invited pianist and composer Myra Melford to co-curate the jazz programming this season with Myra Melford's Jazz Platform, Sunday, October 27, 2019 and Sunday, February 9, 2020 in Hertz Hall.
(credit: Courtesy of David Virelles)

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Pictured: Mark Morris Dance Group performs Mozart Dances Friday–Sunday, September 20–22, 2019 in Zellerbach Hall.
(credit: Stephanie Berger)

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Pictured: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs Tuesday–Sunday, March 31–April 5, 2020 in Zellerbach Hall. Pictured: Chalvar Monteiro
(credit: Andrew Eccles)

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Pictured: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo perform Saturday–Sunday, March 14–15, 2020 in Zellerbach Hall.
(credit: Zoran Jelenic)

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Pictured: Jordi Savall with La Capella Reial de Catalunya and Hespèrion XXI perform Saturday, February 1, 2020 in the First Congregational Church.
(credit: Teresa Llordes)

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Pictured: Peking Acrobats perform Friday–Sunday, November 29–December 1, 2019 in Zellerbach Hall.
(credit: Tom Meinhold)

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