On Tuesday, April 28, 2020, Cal Performances’ board of trustees co-chairs Helen Meyer and Susan Graham, and executive and artistic director Jeremy Geffen, announced the organization’s 2020–21 season, the first full season of Geffen’s curation since he joined the organization in April 2019. Geffen, who previously held the post of senior director and artistic adviser at Carnegie Hall, brings to Berkeley his own close relationships with an international cohort of esteemed artists, initiating new long-term associations with a dazzling variety of ensembles, composers, and performers. The 2020–21 season features more than two dozen artists performing on UC Berkeley’s stages for the first time, representing a wide range of disciplines and genres, as well as the return of longtime Cal Performances collaborators and audience favorites with beloved and rarely performed repertoire.

Cal Performances also announced a new programming initiative, Illuminations, which invites audiences to explore the connections between UC Berkeley’s groundbreaking scholarship and the performing arts, through the themes of Music and the Mind and Fact or Fiction. 

As a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic and guidelines and ongoing direction from public health officials regarding large public gatherings, Cal Performances will be unable to present our fall 2020 performances as originally scheduled. On August 25, 2020 Cal Performances launched Cal Performances at Homean ambitious performing arts streaming series that features 15 newly produced, full-length Main Stage performance video streams available beginning October 1, 2020 through January 14, 2021.

Cal Performances 2020–21 Season Announcement Press Release >>
Cal Performances 2020–21 Season by Genre >>
Cal Performances 2020–21 Season Calendar >>
Cal Performances 2020–21 Season Illuminations: Music and the Mind >>
Cal Performances 2020–21 Season Illuminations: Fact or Fiction >>
Cal Performances 2020–21 Season Commissions and Premieres >>
Cal Performances 2020–21 Season Web Page >>

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Caption: Cal Performances presents Renée Fleming and special guests as part of the Illuminations Music and the Mind series, Thursday, April 15, 2021 in Zellerbach Hall.
(credit: Courtesy of Renée Fleming)
Caption: Bang on a Can All-Stars perform Steel Hammer by Julia Wolfe as part of the Illuminations Fact or Fiction series, Saturday, January 23, 2021 in Zellerbach Hall.
(credit: Courtesy of Bang on a Can All-Stars)
Caption: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Gustavo Dudamel perform March 2–4, 2021 in Zellerbach Hall.
(credit: Smallz + Raskind)
Caption: Mahler Chamber Orchestra and pianist and director Mitsuko Uchida perform Sunday, March 28, 2021 in Zellerbach Hall.
(credit: Decca Justin Pumfrey)
Caption: Boy Blue performs Blak Whyte Gray Friday–Sunday, March 5–7, 2021 in Zellerbach Playhouse.
(credit: Carl Fox)
Caption: The English Concert performs Tamerlano Wednesday, April 28, 2021 in Zellerbach Hall.
(credit: Dario Acosta)
Caption: yMusic performs Saturday, March 13, 2021 in Zellerbach Playhouse.
(credit: Graham Tolbert)
Caption: Artemis performs Saturday, February 27, 2021 in Zellerbach Hall.
(credit: Keith Major)
Caption: Caleb Teicher & Company and pianist Conrad Tao perform More Forever Saturday–Sunday, December 12–13, 2020 in Zellerbach Playhouse. Pictured: Conrad Tao and Caleb Teicher
(credit: Em Watson)
Caption: Angélique Kidjo performs Remain in Light Thursday, November 19, 2020 in Zellerbach Hall.
(credit: Patrick Fouque)
Caption: Mark Morris Dance Group and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale perform Platée Friday–Sunday, May 7–9, 2021 in Zellerbach Hall.
(credit: Bill Cooper)
Caption: Jeremy Geffen, Cal Performances executive and artistic director.
(credit: Kristen Loken)
Caption: Jeremy Geffen, Cal Performances executive and artistic director.
(credit: Kristen Loken)