Overview
Ludovic Morlot, conductor


Program A (April 7)

JOHN LUTHER ADAMS
Become Desert (California Premiere)
(featuring Volti San Francisco; Robert Geary, artistic director)

SIBELIUS
Symphony No. 2




Program B (April 8)

SIBELIUS
The Oceanides

BRITTEN
Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from Peter Grimes

JOHN LUTHER ADAMS
Become Ocean



Pulitzer Prize and Grammy-Winning Work


The Seattle Symphony performs John Luther Adams' Pulitzer Prize-winning Become Ocean, a stunning work that makes a powerful statement about climate change. The piece was commissioned by the orchestra and won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition.

The SSO also performs the California premiere of Adams' newest work, Become Desert; Sibelius' folk-infused Second Symphony and impressionistic tone poem The Oceanides; and a series of instrumental interludes from Britten's opera Peter Grimes.

Please note: Program A runs 1 hour 45 minutes including intermission, Program B runs 1 hour 40 minutes including intermission.


Art Works, National Endowment for the Arts This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.


A Berkeley RADICAL programming initiative. More information on
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Public Events


RESIDENCY
SEATTLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Apr 7–8

Pre-performance Talk
Sat, Apr 7, 2018, 7pm
Zellerbach Hall

Maestro Ludovic Morlot and composer John Luther Adams talk with Cal Performances executive and artistic director Matías Tarnopolsky.

Free to ticket holders.

Tone Poem Workshop
Sun, Apr 8, 2018, 1pm
250 Morrison Hall
Imitation and Evocation. A workshop for all ages and abilities, led by music teaching artist Giorgia Ghizzoni, founder of The Creative Way Around, with commentary by John Luther Adams. Using a series of participatory and improvisational techniques, reenact how composers evoke the forces and sounds of nature.

Designed for participants of all ages. Free and open to the public with advance registration.

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Master Class
Sun, Apr 8, 2018, 6pm
Zellerbach Hall
Maestro Ludovic Morlot coaches chamber ensembles from the UC Berkeley Dept. of Music. Works by Mendelssohn, Franck, and Debussy.

Free and open to the public.

Major support for public programs provided by Bank of America.

Multimedia

John Luther Adams: Become Ocean (promo trailer)

Berkeley RADICAL 2017/18 Season: Vaulting Walls

John Luther Adams: Become Ocean

Program Notes


Program notes are available online. [PDF]

Donor Benefits

Donor Event: Intermission Hospitality
Sat, Apr 7, 8pm
Zellerbach Hall Mezzanine
(Donors of $1500+)
Producer's Circle members are invited to join us for complimentary refreshments on the Mezzanine at Zellerbach Hall during the above performance(s). Donor Intermission Hospitality is the perfect place to enjoy a complimentary glass of wine in the company of other Producer's Circle members.

Donor Event: Intermission Hospitality
Sun, Apr 8, 3pm
Zellerbach Hall Mezzanine
(Donors of $1500+)
Producer's Circle members are invited to join us for complimentary refreshments on the Mezzanine at Zellerbach Hall during the above performance(s). Donor Intermission Hospitality is the perfect place to enjoy a complimentary glass of wine in the company of other Producer's Circle members.

Donor Event: Open Rehearsal with the Seattle Symphony
Sat, Apr 7, 11am
Zellerbach Hall
(Donors of $450+)
Cal Performances welcomes the phenomenal Seattle Symphony, led by conductor Ludovic Morlot, for a weekend that features recent works by composer John Luther Adams. Come enjoy an exclusive rehearsal as the orchestra rehearses for their performances here in Berkeley.

Friends Appreciation Concert and Post-Performance Reception
Seattle Symphony
John Luther Adams: Become Ocean and Become Desert
Sun, Apr 8
Zellerbach Hall
(Donors of $100+)
In appreciation of your support, we invite current members to the Friends Appreciation Concert and Post-Performance Reception with an artist from our season. Join us for the concert, and then stay for some dessert and a glass of wine on the Mezzanine.

Donors who renew or join with a gift of $100 or more during the month of March are offered up to 2 tickets to the concert and post-performance reception.

Donors of $750 or more are eligible to receive up to 4 tickets to the concert and reception.

RSVP to Jamie McClave at socialcalperformances.org or 510.642.8395
To purchase performance tickets, please contact the ticket office at 510.642.9988.

Membership benefits like these are our way of thanking our supporters for their much needed contributions. To find out how you can become a Donor, please call 510.643.8783 or visit our Support section.

Mt. Beautiful wines generously donated by Leigh Teece in appreciation of Cal Performances' education outreach.


Donor Parking
As a service to our donors at the $750 level and above, we offer the opportunity to reserve parking for our performances. Reserve parking online 5 business days or more in advance of the performance, or by contacting Cal Performances' Development Department at 510.642.8653 or email donate@calperformances.org.

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Additional information regarding donor parking benefits can be found on our Donor Services/Parking page.