<< February 2017 >>

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Noon Concert: James Lim, piano

Performing Arts - Music | February 1 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

James Lim, piano
HAYDN Sonata in C Major, Hob XVI: 50
CHOPIN Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38
GINASTERA Sonata No. 1, Op. 22

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Featuring the Music Department’s varied and diverse performance activities, the Department of Music presents a series of free weekly concerts each semester in Hertz Hall. Inaugurated in 1953, these concerts are very popular and well...   More >

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Music and Song from Mongolia

Performing Arts - Music | February 2 | 7:30 p.m. | Cal State University, East Bay, Recital Hall (MB1055), Music Building

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Music Department, Cal State University East Bay, Department of Music

An exploration of the diversity of Mongolian music, from traditional folk to folk-inspired hip-hop, mixing ethnographic video and audio recordings, narration, and live musical performance.

Performers and speakers include:
Charlotte D’Evelyn, Loyola Marymount University
Urtaa Gantulga, Musician
Tamir Hargana, Northern Illinois University
Peter Marsh, California State University, East...   More >

Friday, February 3, 2017

Available Light: John Adams / Lucinda Childs / Frank Gehry

Performing Arts - Dance | February 3 | 8 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Cal Performances

Join us in celebrating the 70th birthday of Berkeley's own internationally renowned composer and Cal Performances collaborator John Adams. Lucinda Childs' Available Light, hailed in its 1983 premiere as "a career breakthrough...a work of blazing formal beauty" (The New York Times), is set to Adams' richly impressionistic score, with a striking set designed by Frank Gehry. Childs, whose...   More >

starting at $36

  Tickets go on sale August 9. Buy tickets by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Available Light: John Adams / Lucinda Childs / Frank Gehry

Performing Arts - Dance | February 4 | 8 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Cal Performances

Join us in celebrating the 70th birthday of Berkeley's own internationally renowned composer and Cal Performances collaborator John Adams. Lucinda Childs' Available Light, hailed in its 1983 premiere as "a career breakthrough...a work of blazing formal beauty" (The New York Times), is set to Adams' richly impressionistic score, with a striking set designed by Frank Gehry. Childs, whose...   More >

starting at $36

  Tickets go on sale August 9. Buy tickets by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Noon Concert: Elizabeth Lin, piano

Performing Arts - Music | February 8 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Elizabeth Lin, piano
SHOSTAKOVICH Prelude and Fugue in E minor
SCRIABIN Two Poems, op. 32
SCHUBERT Impromptus Nos. 1-3, op. 90

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Featuring the Music Department’s varied and diverse performance activities, the Department of Music presents a series of free weekly concerts each semester in Hertz Hall. Inaugurated in 1953, these concerts are very popular and well...   More >

Thursday, February 9, 2017

“a Tale of Autumn” by Christopher Chen: New Play Reading Series

Performing Arts - Theater | February 9 | 4-6 p.m. |  Durham Studio Theater (Dwinelle Hall)

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities

Inspired by Shakespeare’s Richard III and Macbeth, along with popular “quest-for-power” TV shows Game of Thrones and House of Cards, A Tale of Autumn is a modern day fable about the psychology of a one-time altruistic corporation whose seemingly benign tactics destroy a community over time.

Join us for a reading of the play A Tale of Autumn by Christopher Chen, followed by a discussion with...   More >

Story Hour in the Library featuring Adam Hochschild

Reading - Literary | February 9 | 5-6 p.m. |  Doe Library

 Adam Hochschild

 Library

Story Hour in the Library is a monthly prose reading series held in UC Berkeley's Morrison Library. In February the program features author Adam Hochschild.

The 7 Fingers (Les 7 Doigts de la Main): Cuisine and Confessions

Performing Arts - Theater | February 9 | 8 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Cal Performances

Bringing the aesthetics of classical theater to the realm of the contemporary circus, the fearless performers of Seven Fingers explore life's big questions while preparing food on a set equipped with a functional kitchen. Their latest creation, Cuisine and Confessions, mixes circus arts, avant-garde dance, theater, and cooking-show satire: "This playful and participatory show is a piece of pure...   More >

starting at $30

  Tickets go on sale August 9. Buy tickets by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Friday, February 10, 2017

UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra: works by BARTÓK, NIELSEN, and STRAUSS

Performing Arts - Music | February 10 – 11, 2017 every day | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

University Symphony Orchestra
David Milnes, music director
Ashley Kim, flute
BARTÓK Concerto for Orchestra
NIELSEN, Flute Concerto
STRAUSS Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks

Established in 1923, the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra is the oldest performing arts ensemble in the University of California system. Throughout its long history, the orchestra has provided students and other members...   More >

$20 General Admission, $15 non-UCB students, seniors, current/retired UCB faculty and staff, groups 10+, $5 UCB students

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510.642.9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

The 7 Fingers (Les 7 Doigts de la Main): Cuisine and Confessions

Performing Arts - Theater | February 10 | 8 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Cal Performances

Bringing the aesthetics of classical theater to the realm of the contemporary circus, the fearless performers of Seven Fingers explore life's big questions while preparing food on a set equipped with a functional kitchen. Their latest creation, Cuisine and Confessions, mixes circus arts, avant-garde dance, theater, and cooking-show satire: "This playful and participatory show is a piece of pure...   More >

starting at $30

  Tickets go on sale August 9. Buy tickets by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Saturday, February 11, 2017

UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra: works by BARTÓK, NIELSEN, and STRAUSS

Performing Arts - Music | February 10 – 11, 2017 every day | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

University Symphony Orchestra
David Milnes, music director
Ashley Kim, flute
BARTÓK Concerto for Orchestra
NIELSEN, Flute Concerto
STRAUSS Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks

Established in 1923, the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra is the oldest performing arts ensemble in the University of California system. Throughout its long history, the orchestra has provided students and other members...   More >

$20 General Admission, $15 non-UCB students, seniors, current/retired UCB faculty and staff, groups 10+, $5 UCB students

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510.642.9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

The 7 Fingers (Les 7 Doigts de la Main): Cuisine and Confessions

Performing Arts - Theater | February 11 | 8 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Cal Performances

Bringing the aesthetics of classical theater to the realm of the contemporary circus, the fearless performers of Seven Fingers explore life's big questions while preparing food on a set equipped with a functional kitchen. Their latest creation, Cuisine and Confessions, mixes circus arts, avant-garde dance, theater, and cooking-show satire: "This playful and participatory show is a piece of pure...   More >

starting at $30

  Tickets go on sale August 9. Buy tickets by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Lucas Debargue

Performing Arts - Music | February 12 | 3 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Cal Performances

A runaway favorite at last summer's Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow, Lucas Debargue has confounded and energized the classical music world with his unusual career trajectory, unconventional technique, and riveting intellect. Mostly self-taught until late in his career, Debargue won the Moscow Music Critics Prize for performances of "artistry, originality and technical brilliance" (The...   More >

starting at $42

  Tickets go on sale August 9. Buy tickets by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Black Arm Band: Dirtsong

Performing Arts - Music | February 12 | 7 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Cal Performances

Australia's foremost Aboriginal musicians, representing diverse musical and cultural backgrounds, gather together as Black Arm Band. Dirtsong, "a soulful, vivid telling of the cultural and linguistic diversity of Australia" (Singapore Today), is performed in 13 different Aboriginal languages and combines traditional music with new songs inspired by famed indigenous author Alexis Wright.

starting at $26

  Tickets go on sale August 9. Buy tickets by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Holloway Series in Poetry Presents Simone White

Reading - Literary | February 15 | D37 Hearst Field Annex

 Simone White

 Department of English

The Holloway Series in Poetry presents a reading by Simone White, with an introductory reading by Laura Ritland.

For more information, please visit: https://hollowayreadingseries.wordpress.com/

Noon Concert: Organ+Piano: Nicole Chernavsky, organ; Cole Stanford, piano

Performing Arts - Music | February 15 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Nicole Chernavsky, organ
STANLEY Voluntary in D minor
MESSIAEN Offrande au Saint-Sacrement
BUXTEHUDE Praeludium in F sharp minor
Cole Stanford, piano
BRAHMS Rhapsodies for piano, Op. 79

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Featuring the Music Department’s varied and diverse performance activities, the Department of Music presents a series of free weekly concerts each semester in Hertz Hall....   More >

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Berkeley Fortepiano Series

Performing Arts - Music | February 18 | 7:30 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Haydn: Piano Trios Hob XV: 11-14. Karen Rosenak (fortepiano), Katherine Kyme (violin), William Skeen (cello).

Berkeley Fortepiano Series, Spring 2017
Vocal and Chamber Music by Haydn
Featuring Katherine Kyme, Nicholas Mathew, Karen Rosenak, William Skeen, and Ariana Strahl

Free and Open to the public

The Nile Project

Performing Arts - Music | February 18 | 8 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Cal Performances

Returning after a memorable Berkeley debut and campus residency in 2015, The Nile Project delivers a "euphoric" (The New York Times) message of civic engagement through musical collaboration. The initiative connects vocalists, percussionists, and instrumentalists from the 11 nations of the Nile River Basin for concerts of "seductive and beautiful music" (Afropop).

starting at $26

  Tickets go on sale August 9. Buy tickets by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Sunday, February 19, 2017

“Exploring the Black Dance Aesthetic” with Rashad Pridgen: Exploration of Forms Movement Workshop

Performing Arts - Dance | February 19 | 1-3 p.m. | Bancroft Studio (2401 Bancroft), Bancroft Dance Studio

 Rashad Pridgen, University of San Francisco

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Part of the Public Movement Workshop Series (4 Sundays)
No dance training required to participate.
$5 for UCB Participants (with ID); $10 for general public per workshop — cash or check
No need to RSVP; simply show up ready to move.

How do we honor the roots of the African American dance aesthetic? Can we trace and physicalize the form? Celebrate, and use movement to connect, the histories...   More >

Maria Schneider Orchestra: The Thompson Fields

Performing Arts - Music | February 19 | 7 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Cal Performances

Described as "breathtaking," "ravishing," and "sublime," Maria Schneider's lush and evocative compositions have earned her five Grammy Awards and invited comparisons to fellow composer/bandleaders and jazz titans Duke Ellington and Gil Evans. Schneider's works, most notably on her most recent release, The Thompson Fields, showcase her stellar 17-member ensemble, which she has led for more than 20...   More >

starting at $36

  Tickets go on sale August 9. Buy tickets by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Noon Concert: Violin+Piano: Hrabba Altadottir, violin; Michael Orland, piano

Performing Arts - Music | February 22 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Hrabba Altadottir, violin
Michael Orland, piano
STRAVINSKY Duo Concertant
LUTOSŁAWSKI Subito
RAVEL Sonata

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Featuring the Music Department’s varied and diverse performance activities, the Department of Music presents a series of free weekly concerts each semester in Hertz Hall. Inaugurated in 1953, these concerts are very popular and well attended by...   More >

Reading for Resistance: Poetry Reading

Reading - Literary | February 22 | 12-1 p.m. |  Sproul Plaza

Hosted by graduate students and faculty in Comparative Literature

 Department of Comparative Literature

Reading for Resistance is an event series at UC Berkeley which aims to mobilize the community, drawing on the force of poetry in an age of discriminatory policies and discourses. Reading for Resistance is a poetry marathon in which all members of the Berkeley community and beyond can share a poem of their choice and speak their mind.

In response to the growing pressures of discrimination,...   More >

Recital of Chinese Opera

Performing Arts - Music | February 22 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Peng Xu, Center for Chinese Studies postdoctoral fellow, 2016-2017

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Institute of East Asian Studies

《彈詞》 "The Ballad"
A Performance from Chinese opera

This famous excerpt from the poet Hong Sheng’s (1645-1704) southern drama Palace of Lasting Life (1688) consists of ten solos sung by the character Li Guinian, a former leading musician from the Pear Garden Academy at the glorious Tang (685-762) court, now a performer reduced to singing popular ballads in the...   More >

Memoria Del Silencio En El PaÍs De La Eterna Primavera: Tdps Workshop

Performing Arts - Theater | February 22 – 23, 2017 every day | 8-10 p.m. | Z170 Zellerbach Hall

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

MEMORIA DEL SILENCIO is a TDPS Workshop (work-in-progress) written by undergraduate Linda Girón.

MEMORIA DEL SILENCIO EN EL PAÍS DE LA ETERNA PRIMAVERA is an original play that explores the relationship between memory, trauma and how these wounds can leave a mark that flows deeper than blood. Set in the land of eternal spring, in a town where the population of ghosts outnumber the living,...   More >

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Arts in the Afternoon: Pianist Sarah Cahill - "Chaconnes Through the Centuries"

Performing Arts - Music | February 23 | 4-6 p.m. | Women's Faculty Club, Lucy Ward Stebbins Lounge

 Sarah Cahill

 Women's Faculty Club

Pianist Sarah Cahill presents a tour de force performance of "Chaconnes Through the Centuries." Cahill is a magical performer who transmits the soul and essence of the music. Includes music from composers including Handel, de la Guerre, Blow, Purcell and Gubaiduluna.

  Make reservations by calling Front Desk at 510-642-4175, or by emailing Front Desk at womensfacultyclub@gmail.com by February 22.

To Aleppo Gone: An Evening of Syrian Culture

Performing Arts - Other | February 23 | 6:30-9 p.m. |  The Back Room | Tickets sold out

 1984 Bonita Ave

 Ahmad Diab, Assistant Professor, Department of Near Eastern Studies

 Omar Offendum

Golden Thread Productions

DisOriental: Berkeley's MENA Music Ensemble

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Poetry reading from Berkeley faculty, stage reading of Mohammad al-Attar, performance by spoken word artist Omar Offendum, and music by members of Disoriental: Berkeley's MENA Music Ensemble.

  Sold out. Sold Out

Memoria Del Silencio En El PaÍs De La Eterna Primavera: Tdps Workshop

Performing Arts - Theater | February 22 – 23, 2017 every day | 8-10 p.m. | Z170 Zellerbach Hall

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

MEMORIA DEL SILENCIO is a TDPS Workshop (work-in-progress) written by undergraduate Linda Girón.

MEMORIA DEL SILENCIO EN EL PAÍS DE LA ETERNA PRIMAVERA is an original play that explores the relationship between memory, trauma and how these wounds can leave a mark that flows deeper than blood. Set in the land of eternal spring, in a town where the population of ghosts outnumber the living,...   More >

Friday, February 24, 2017

Nicola Benedetti and the Venice Baroque Orchestra: Vivaldi's The Four Seasons

Performing Arts - Music | February 24 | 8 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Cal Performances

Scottish violin star Nicola Benedetti joins the energetic Venice Baroque Orchestra for a concert of work by Venice's brilliant native son, Vivaldi. His beloved Four Seasons showcases the rhythmic vitality and overflowing personality of this facile chamber group, blended with Benedetti's pure and gleaming tone. "They play with the freedom of rock or jazz musicians, and a sensibility that's...   More >

starting at $26

  Tickets go on sale August 9. Buy tickets by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

An Evening of Balinese Shadow Play

Performing Arts - Music | February 24 | 8 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

ShadowLight Productions’ performance of Wayang Bali: Balinese Shadow Play Sponsored by UC Berkeley Department of Music
Performed by Artistic Director and Shadow Master Larry Reed
Featuring ShadowLight Gamelan Gender Wayang: Carla Fabrizio, Lisa Gold, Paul Miller and Sarah Willner

Description:
Wayang Bali, the Balinese Shadow Play, is one of the most revered traditional art forms in the...   More >

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Bang on a Can All-Stars and Cappella SF: Julia Wolfe: Anthracite Fields

Performing Arts - Music | February 26 | 7 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Cal Performances

Luminaries of the new music world, the chamber ensemble Bang on a Can All-Stars joins with Cappella SF for a performance of founding member Julia Wolfe's Pulitzer Prize-winning Anthracite Fields. The poignant oratorio weaves together oral histories, personal interviews, speeches, and local lore with electro-acoustic chamber music to tell the stories of Pennsylvania coal miners and their families...   More >

starting at $38

  Tickets go on sale August 9. Buy tickets by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org