New Music Concerts at Cal Performances

The Cal Performances new music series welcomes the world’s most innovative artists bringing to life the work of acclaimed living composers and 20th century masters, in programs packed with premieres and new commissions performed by virtuosic ensembles. Featured performers include longtime Cal Performances artists-in-residence, Kronos Quartet; UC Berkeley’s ensemble-in-residence, Eco Ensemble; and visits by the Ensemble Intercontemporain; Max Richter; artists from the cutting-edge Ojai festival; the chamber ensembles Eighth Blackbird and Sō Percussion; the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players; and Bang on a Can All-Stars.

The 2021–22 season brings new music by composers Ted Hearne, Samuel Adams, Andrew Norman, Jake Heggie, Angélique Kidjo, Terry Riley, Stephen Hough, Conrad Tao, Vân-Ánh Võ, and more; and first-time visits by new music ensembles Spektral Quartet and yMusic.

2021/22 Season New Music Events Calendar

New Music

Kronos Quartet
with special guest Mahsa Vahdat

Dec 2, 2021, 7:30pm
New Music

Vân-Ánh Võ and Blood Moon Orchestra
Songs of Strength

World Premiere

Dec 4, 2021, 8pm
New Music

Eco Ensemble
Toshio Hosokawa Portrait Concert

Feb 5, 2022, 8pm
New Music
Spektral Quartet
Feb 13, 2022, 3pm
New Music
Apr 8, 2022, 8pm
Explore the 2021/22 Season

New Music Videos and More

Pianist Keith Jarrett Performs Gershwin's "Summertime"
Sae Eun Park and Kimin Kim of Universal Ballet perform in La Bayadere
Youssou N'Dour and Le Super Étoile de Dakar
Julia Wolfe

by Jonathan Leal, April 30, 2021, San Francisco Classical Voice

Julia Wolfe and Cal Performances Executive and Artistic Director Jeremy Geffen Artist Conversation

An artist conversation with Julia Wolfe, recorded in conjunction with [...]

Nathalie Joachim and Jeremy Geffen Artist Conversation

An artist conversation with Nathalie Joachim, recorded in conjunction with [...]