<< May 2019 >>

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Noon Concert: University Wind Ensemble

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

 Department of Music

Matthew Sadowski, director

Commencing its 67th season, the Noon Concert series features the Music Department’s varied and diverse performance activities. Inaugurated in 1953, these concerts are very popular and well attended by those on campus and in the wider community. Traditionally on Wednesdays and Fridays, each concert begins promptly at 12:15 and ends by 1pm.

Poetry Colloquium: Tracie Morris and Vincent Broqua: Translating performance and the energy of the line: a talk, a dialogue, a performance

Reading - Literary | May 1 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room/315 Wheeler Hall

 Tracie Morris, Professor, Pratt Institute; Vincent Broqua, Professor, Universite Paris-8

 Department of English

What does reading translation live mean? If the poet is a performer, is the translator a performer as well? How is the energy of poetry translated from the page to the stage? Vincent Broqua and Tracie Morris will talk and perform together, reflecting on modes of translation in performance. In this performance, Morris and Broqua will present their own poetic work together (including new work)
and...   More >

Alisa Weilerstein, cello: The Complete Bach Suites

Performing Arts - Music | May 1 | 8-10 p.m. |  First Congregational Church

 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Alisa Weilerstein, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

Program:
Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007
Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009
Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major, BWV 1010
Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011
Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012

$42-78 (prices subject to change)

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Cellist Alisa Weilerstein performs The Complete Bach Suites Wednesday, May 1, 2019 in First Congregational Church.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies Spring Class Showcases

Performing Arts - Other | May 2 – 9, 2019 every day |  Various Campus Locations (See Below)

 Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

The Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies invites you to its spring class showcases, where students will share creative projects and techniques conceived and crafted throughout the semester.

Lunch Poems: Student Reading

Reading - Literary | May 2 | 12:10-12:50 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library

 Lunch Poems

Lunch Poems presents a Student Reading.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies Spring Class Showcases

Performing Arts - Other | May 2 – 9, 2019 every day |  Various Campus Locations (See Below)

 Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

The Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies invites you to its spring class showcases, where students will share creative projects and techniques conceived and crafted throughout the semester.

History Adrift: A Conversation with Namwali Serpell

Reading - Literary | May 3 | 12-2 p.m. | 113 César E. Chávez Student Center

 Namwali Serpell

 Student Learning Center Writing Program, Student Learning Center Language Exchange Program

The SLC Language Exchange and Writing Programs are honored to host a conversation with author Namwali Serpell about her debut novel, The Old Drift. Join us on May 3rd from 12-2PM as she reads from her book, shares insight into her writing process, and discusses how reimagining the past can enhance our understanding of the present and future.

  RSVP online by May 1.

History Adrift: A Conversation with Namwali Serpell

University Baroque Ensemble

Performing Arts - Music | May 3 | 7:30 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Christine Brandes, director
Vocalists from the 150B studio
Nicholas Nackley, director
PURCELL Dido and Aeneas

Berkeley’s University Baroque Ensemble (UBE) was founded in 2003 as a successor to the Collegium musicum. It is, as far as weknow, the only student group in the world that performs not just on copies of original instruments but on original eighteenth-century instruments. These...   More >

$16 General Admission, $12 non-UCB students, seniors, current/retired Berkeley staff & faculty, groups 10+, $5 UC Berkeley students

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The House of the Spirits

Performing Arts - Theater | May 3 – 4, 2019 every day | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Michael Moran

 Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

A new play by Caridad Svich | Based on a novel by Isabel Allende | Directed by Michael Moran

Based on Isabel Allende’s best-selling novel, Caridad Svich’s The House of the Spirits follows three generations of the Trueba family—their loves, their ambitions, their spiritual quests, and their place in the post-colonial social and political turmoil embroiling their South American country....   More >

$13 online in advance or $15 at the door for students/seniors and UC Berkeley faculty/staff, $18 online in advance or $20 at the door for general admission

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Silkroad Ensemble: Heroes Take Their Stands (Cal Performances Co-commission)

Performing Arts - Music | May 3 | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Silkroad Ensemble, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

Program:
Pauchi Sasaki/Electra (working title)
Colin Jacobsen/Arjuna at Kuru: Discourse with Lord Krishna
Jason Moran/Martin Luther King, Jr. (working title)
Kayhan Kalhor/Siavosh in Touran: Farewell to his Wife and Horse
Zhao Lin/Dou E at Chuzhou

$30-68 (prices subject to change)

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Silkroad Ensemble performs Heroes Take Their Stands Friday, May 3, 2019 in Zellerbach Hall.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies Spring Class Showcases

Performing Arts - Other | May 2 – 9, 2019 every day |  Various Campus Locations (See Below)

 Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

The Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies invites you to its spring class showcases, where students will share creative projects and techniques conceived and crafted throughout the semester.

Reading: Fish Vargas, Susana Praver-Pérez, and Rico Pabón

Reading - Literary | May 4 | 3 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The second in a series of readings celebrating The Acentos Review’s tenth anniversary. Bronx-born Nuyorican poet Fish Vargas has been a featured performer at Cornelia Street Cafe, the Universal Hip-Hop Parade, and the Kosmopolis Literature Festival in Barcelona. Susana Praver-Pérez is a poet and memoirist, cofounded the monthly salon La Tertulia Boricua, and was associate medical director at La...   More >

Tony Newcomb Memorial Performance

Performing Arts - Music | May 4 | 3 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall | Note change in time

 Department of Music

A selection of organ pieces played by friends and colleagues in reremberance of late UC Berkeley Music Professor Emeritus Anthony Newcomb.

The House of the Spirits

Performing Arts - Theater | May 3 – 4, 2019 every day | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Michael Moran

 Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

A new play by Caridad Svich | Based on a novel by Isabel Allende | Directed by Michael Moran

Based on Isabel Allende’s best-selling novel, Caridad Svich’s The House of the Spirits follows three generations of the Trueba family—their loves, their ambitions, their spiritual quests, and their place in the post-colonial social and political turmoil embroiling their South American country....   More >

$13 online in advance or $15 at the door for students/seniors and UC Berkeley faculty/staff, $18 online in advance or $20 at the door for general admission

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University Gospel Chorus

Performing Arts - Music | May 4 | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

D. Mark Wilson, Director

Faculty and Staff Sing Too - Gospel Music and the African American Staff and Faculty of UC Berkeley" - This musical collaboration between the Gospel Chorus and Black Staff and Faculty Organization of UC Berkeley will feature staff and popular faculty, who long to perform gospel music on stage and who secretly sing gospel songs to inspire their departmental work and...   More >

$16 General Admission, $12 non-UCB students, seniors, current/retired Berkeley staff & faculty, groups 10+, $5 UC Berkeley students

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies Spring Class Showcases

Performing Arts - Other | May 2 – 9, 2019 every day |  Various Campus Locations (See Below)

 Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

The Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies invites you to its spring class showcases, where students will share creative projects and techniques conceived and crafted throughout the semester.

The House of the Spirits

Performing Arts - Theater | April 28 – May 5, 2019 every Sunday | 2-4 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Michael Moran

 Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

A new play by Caridad Svich | Based on a novel by Isabel Allende | Directed by Michael Moran

Based on Isabel Allende’s best-selling novel, Caridad Svich’s The House of the Spirits follows three generations of the Trueba family—their loves, their ambitions, their spiritual quests, and their place in the post-colonial social and political turmoil embroiling their South American country....   More >

$13 online in advance or $15 at the door for students/seniors and UC Berkeley faculty/staff, $18 online in advance or $20 at the door for general admission

  Buy tickets online

University Baroque Ensemble

Performing Arts - Music | May 5 | 2 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Christine Brandes, director
Vocalists from the 150B studio
Nicholas Nackley, director
PURCELL Dido and Aeneas

Berkeley’s University Baroque Ensemble (UBE) was founded in 2003 as a successor to the Collegium musicum. It is, as far as weknow, the only student group in the world that performs not just on copies of original instruments but on original eighteenth-century instruments. These...   More >

$16 General Admission, $12 non-UCB students, seniors, current/retired Berkeley staff & faculty, groups 10+, $5 UC Berkeley students

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Michael Barenboim, violin

Performing Arts - Music | May 5 | 3-5 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Michael Barenboim, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

Program*:
Tartini/Sonata in G minor, Bg. G, Devil’s Trill
Salvatore Sciarrino/6 Caprices
Paganini/Caprices for Solo Violin, Op. 1, Nos. 1, 6, 17, 16, 9, 24
Berio/Sequenza VIII

* please note that this program has changed from what was originally announced

$30-68 (prices subject to change)

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Violinist Michael Barenboim performs Sunday, May 5, 2019 in Zellerbach Hall.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies Spring Class Showcases

Performing Arts - Other | May 2 – 9, 2019 every day |  Various Campus Locations (See Below)

 Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

The Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies invites you to its spring class showcases, where students will share creative projects and techniques conceived and crafted throughout the semester.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies Spring Class Showcases

Performing Arts - Other | May 2 – 9, 2019 every day |  Various Campus Locations (See Below)

 Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

The Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies invites you to its spring class showcases, where students will share creative projects and techniques conceived and crafted throughout the semester.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies Spring Class Showcases

Performing Arts - Other | May 2 – 9, 2019 every day |  Various Campus Locations (See Below)

 Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

The Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies invites you to its spring class showcases, where students will share creative projects and techniques conceived and crafted throughout the semester.

Noon Concert: Gamelan

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

 Department of Music

MUSIC AND DANCE OF BALI PERFORMED BY THE BALINESE GAMELAN CLASS WITH SPECIAL GUEST PERFORMERS
Co-Directed by I Nyoman Windha and Lisa Gold
Guest dancer, I Nyoman Cerita, Guest musician, I Dewa Putu Berata, Guest singer, Katie Harrell

Come hear complex interlocking rhythms, technical precision, & beautiful complex compositions played on the bronze gamelan semar pagulingan. Featuring an...   More >

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies Spring Class Showcases

Performing Arts - Other | May 2 – 9, 2019 every day |  Various Campus Locations (See Below)

 Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

The Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies invites you to its spring class showcases, where students will share creative projects and techniques conceived and crafted throughout the semester.

Friday, May 10, 2019

University Symphony Orchestra

Performing Arts - Music | May 10 | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

David Milnes, music director
Mahler - Symphony No. 6
Wagner - Prelude and Liebestod from "Tristan und Isolde"



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 of the campus community with the opportunity to expand their...   More >

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

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Saturday, May 11, 2019

Roundtable Reading: Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead

Reading - Literary | May 11 | 3 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

It’s been five years since Livy and her family have visited Livy’s grandmother in Australia and, in that time, she has almost forgotten about her promise to Bob, the short, greenish creature living in Gran’s closet. Now it’s time to keep that promise and help this sweet and lonely zombie-like creature unravel the mystery of where he comes from. Peculiar things happen as the story unfolds in...   More >

University Symphony Orchestra

Performing Arts - Music | May 11 | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

David Milnes, music director
Mahler - Symphony No. 6
Wagner - Prelude and Liebestod from "Tristan und Isolde"



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 of the campus community with the opportunity to expand their...   More >

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

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Mike Jones

Performing Arts - Music | May 11 | 8-10 p.m. |  McEnerney Hall (1750 Arch St.)

 Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT)

Michael Jones is a percussionist, improviser, and researcher based in San Diego, California. His work specializes in experimental and avant garde music, with a particular interest in the concepts of beauty, natural listening, and community.

$10 General, $5 Students and seniors

Song of the Goat Theatre: Songs of Lear

Performing Arts - Theater | May 11 | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Song of the Goat Theatre, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

Warsaw-based Song of the Goat Theatre integrates movement, song, and text to mine historical works for fresh insights. The award winning Songs of Lear retells the king’s story as a dramatic oratorio blending Corsican folk music and Gregorian chant.

$35 (prices subject to change)

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Song of the Goat Theatre performs Songs of Lear and Hamlet: A Commentary Saturday–Sunday, May 11–12, 2019.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Song of the Goat Theatre: Songs of Lear

Performing Arts - Theater | May 12 | 3-5 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Song of the Goat Theatre, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

Warsaw-based Song of the Goat Theatre integrates movement, song, and text to mine historical works for fresh insights. The award winning Songs of Lear retells the king’s story as a dramatic oratorio blending Corsican folk music and Gregorian chant.

$35 (prices subject to change)

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Black Life: Mai Sennaar’s The Arsonist

Performing Arts - Theater | May 12 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Mai Sennaar presents her new theatrical production The Arsonist, the fictional story of a white visual artist and her estranged biracial son, integrating fire science, movement, visual projections, and live music to explore the personal implications of social and political theories surrounding justice in America today. With projections by visual artist Sam Vernon and music by Diana Wharton, a...   More >

Friday, May 17, 2019

Los Angeles Master Chorale: La Lagrime di San Pietro (Tears of Saint Peter)

Performing Arts - Music | May 17 | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Los Angeles Master Chorale, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

Program: Director Peter Sellars returns to Cal Performances with the Bay Area Premiere of an a cappella work by one of the Renaissance’s most revered composers. Orlando di Lasso’s Lagrime di San Pietro (Tears of Saint Peter) depicts the grief and remorse of the Apostle Peter, as he reflects on his fateful denial of Jesus on the day of his arrest. The madrigal is sung by the 21 voices of the...   More >

$58-86 (prices subject to change)

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The Los Angeles Master Chorale performs Lagrime di San Pietro (Tears of Saint Peter) Friday, May 17, 2019 in Zellerbach Hall.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Full: Latanya d. Tigner with Erik Lee

Performing Arts - Dance | May 18 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Latanya d. Tigner and Erik Lee, both dancers with Dimensions Dance Theater, bring their original works to our performance space. Tigner’s You Never Know dissects fear, judgment, and insensitivities about homelessness. Lee’s Armed with Joy highlights ways that black Americans can reimagine self and community in the wake of loss.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Spring Free Family Day

Performing Arts - Music | May 19 | 11 a.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A Day of Art, Music, and Film!

11 AM–3 PM: Art Making and Gallery Tours
1–2 PM: Musical Performance: Bug Family Band
3 PM: Family Matinee: Revolting Rhymes

Make art inspired by BAMPFA exhibitions.
Explore the galleries with family-oriented tours.
Enjoy an interactive musical performance by the Bug Family Band, known for rich vocal harmonies, family sing-alongs, and their commitment to...   More >

Friday, May 31, 2019

Eifman Ballet: The Pygmalion Effect (United States Premiere)

Performing Arts - Dance | May 31 | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Eifman Ballet, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

For 40 years, across a shifting political climate for artists in his native Russia, the defiantly controversial choreographer Boris Eifman has created “works that hinge on extreme theatricality, acrobatic pas de deux, and spectacular effects” (The New Yorker) for his Saint Petersburg company. In The Pygmalion Effect, the company dances a brand-new ballet inspired by George Bernard Shaw’s...   More >

$36-135 (prices subject to change)

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Eifman Ballet performs Pygmalion Effect Friday-Sunday, May 31-June 2, 2019 in Zellerbach Hall.

Hard Songs

Performing Arts - Music | May 31 | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Four of the world's best singers of early music perform monstrously difficult polyphony that hasn't been heard since the fifteenth century. The concert is part of a symposium on the concept of difficulty organized by UC Berkeley Professor Emily Zazulia.

Cut Circle recaptures the gritty, intense experience of singing early music. They embrace confident singing and strong contrasts and take...   More >

$25 General Admission, $20 Senior, Student (non-UCB), UCB Faculty/Staff, $10 UCB students

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