concerts and events

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Intimate concert of Javanese gamelan: by Ngudi Raras, a troupe of musicians visiting from Indonesia

Performing Arts - Music: Indonesian Gamelan | March 13 | 7:30 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Admission is free, seating is limited

https://philacimovic.wixsite.com/gamelantour2018/tour-schedule for information about the musicians

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Noon Concert: Chamber Music

Performing Arts - Music: Noon Concert | March 14 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Fall welcome misc.

 Department of Music

UCB music students perform chamber music works by Gioachino Rossini and Bedřich Smetana

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 those on campus and in...   More >

UC Berkeley Graduate Composers Concert featuring Ensemble Proton Bern

Performing Arts - Music | March 14 | 8-10 p.m. | Morrison Hall, Elkus Room 125

 Ensemble Proton Bern

 Department of Music

Ensemble Proton Bern

Performing Arts - Music: Student composition | March 14 | 8 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Switzerland's Ensemble Proton Bern premieres new works by UC Berkeley graduate student composers Oren Boneh, Selim Göncü, James Stone, and Jeremy Wexler, alongside works by Dominique Schafer and Hanspeter Kyburz.

FREE

Friday, March 16, 2018

Music Studies Colloquium Martin Daughtry (NYU): “The Precarious Song of the Anthropocene”

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | March 16 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Over the past several years I have been exploring the social dynamics of sound and listening in different contexts. The work I do draws from ethnomusicology, sound studies, the anthropology of the senses, and the ethnographic study of violence. My core research projects -- on the sonic dimension of the Iraq war, Soviet and post-Soviet musical practices, music in the post-9/11 world, and the...   More >

University Symphony Orchestra

Performing Arts - Music: Ticketed Event: UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra (UCBSO) | March 16 | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

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...   More >

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

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

University Symphony Orchestra

Performing Arts - Music: Ticketed Event: UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra (UCBSO) | March 17 | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

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...   More >

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

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Composition Colloquium: Fonema Consort

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | March 20 | 3 p.m. | 135 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Fonema Consort was founded in 2011 by singer Nina Dante and composers Pablo Santiago Chin and Edward Hamel. Named “Best New Vocal-Oriented Contemporary Classical Ensemble of 2014” by the Chicago Reader, the ensemble has quickly earned a place in Chicago’s new music community, and is building a national and international audience with performances across the US as well as in Europe and Latin...   More >

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Noon Concert: Music Theater Tunes

Performing Arts - Music: Noon Concert | March 21 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Fall welcome misc.

 Department of Music

Music Theater Tunes featuring members of the UCB Department of Music

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 those on campus and in the wider community....   More >

Monday, April 2, 2018

Vinyl Soul: Music, Noise, and Silence in a Time of Mass Murder

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | April 2 | 5:10 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall | Canceled

 Department of Music

In the early morning hours of October 1, 1965, a group of low-ranking military officers kidnapped and killed six generals who were allegedly plotting a coup against then-president Sukarno. The army, under major general Suharto, responded by blaming the murder of the generals on the PKI (Partai Komunis Indonesia), which was at the time the third largest Communist party in the world. In the ensuing...   More >

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Gospel Choir and Carillon mark 50 years since MLK's death

Performing Arts - Music: University Gospel Chorus | April 4 | 12 p.m. |  Campanile (Sather Tower)

 Department of Music

The UC Berkeley Department of Music will honor the 50-year mark of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination on April 4, 2018 with performances by student carillonist Leslie Chan and the University Gospel Chorus directed by D. Mark Wilson.

Just after 12PM Pacific time the event will start with the tolling of 5.25-ton Great Bear Bell 39 times, once for each year off Martin Luther King Jr.’s life....   More >

Noon Concert: University Baroque Ensemble

Performing Arts - Music: Noon Concert: University Baroque Ensemble (UBE) | April 4 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Fall welcome misc.

 Department of Music

Christine Brandes, director

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 those on campus and in the wider community. Traditionally on Wednesdays, each concert...   More >

Friday, April 6, 2018

Composition Colloquium: Pamela Z

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | April 6 | 3 p.m. | 135 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Pamela Z (born 1956, in Buffalo, New York) is an American composer, performer, and media artist who is best known for her solo works for voice with electronic processing. In performance, she combines various vocal sounds including operatic bel canto, experimental extended techniques and spoken word, with samples and sounds generated by manipulating found objects. Z’s musical aesthetic is one of...   More >

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Composition Colloquium: John Luther Adams

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | April 7 | 2 p.m. |  CNMAT (1750 Arch St.)

 Department of Music

John Luther Adams is a composer whose life and work are deeply rooted in the natural world.

Adams was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music for his symphonic work Become Ocean, and a 2015 Grammy Award for “Best Contemporary Classical Composition”. Inuksuit, his outdoor work for up to 99 percussionists, is regularly performed all over the world.

Columbia University has honored Adams with...   More >

African Drumming

Performing Arts - Music: Ticketed Event: African Music Ensemble | April 7 | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

C.K. Ladzepo, director
African Master Drummer C.K. Ladzekpo leads companies in an evening of explosive traditional African music and dance.

The African Music Ensemble has flourished since its first year in 1972-73 under the direction of master Ghanian musician C.K. Ladzekpo. Recruited by Professor Olly Wilson (composer and specialist in African American music), Ladzekpo took leave from his...   More >

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

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

CNMAT Users Group presents: Scapegoat

Performing Arts - Music: Ticketed Event | April 8 | 8 p.m. |  CNMAT (1750 Arch St.)

 CNMAT (Center for New Music and Technology)

scapegoat is an experimental saxophone and percussion duo. Close creative collaboration and multi-media projects form the basis of their pursuit for artistic innovation and expression. Programmes are designed to broaden and
challenge the musical experience of the audience, through original works featuring live electronics, performer controlled sonic and visual amplification, video and lighting...   More >

 $10 G.A., $5 seniors and students

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Sarah Baker (Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion): How to Sing with Syriac Christians (and Why): Kinship, Politics, Liturgy, and Sound in the Dutch-Syriac Diaspora

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | April 10 | 5 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of Music, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Sarah Baker (Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion)

"How to Sing with Syriac Christians (and Why): Kinship, Politics, Liturgy, and Sound in the Dutch-Syriac Diaspora"

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Noon Concert: UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra

Performing Arts - Music: Noon Concert: UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra (UCBSO) | April 11 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Fall welcome misc.

 Department of Music

David Milnes, music director
Brahms - Symphony no. 3

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 those on campus and in the wider community. Traditionally on...   More >

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Composition Colloquium: Scapegoat

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | April 12 | 4 p.m. | 250 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Friday, April 13, 2018

Music Studies Colloquium Amy Cimini (UC San Diego)

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | April 13 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Dr. Cimini earned her Ph.D. in Historical Musicology in 2011 from New York University. Prior to her appointment at UC San Diego, she held an Andrew W. Mellon Post- Doctoral Teaching Fellowship in Music Theory from the University of Pennsylvania from 2011-2013 as well as a visiting position in Music Theory at the College of William and Mary from 2010-2011. Cimini is a historian and performer of...   More >

Gospel Choir

Performing Arts - Music: Ticketed Event: University Gospel Chorus | April 13 | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Fall welcome misc.

 UC Berkeley Music

“Where Is the Love?: Gospel Music and Bringing Down Walls that Divide” an evening of music that creates a space of acceptance, warmth, community and love through Gospel songs, with student performances that reflect upon current events of building walls and creating division.

The University Gospel Chorus at the University of California, Berkeley started in the nineteen seventies as an informal...   More >

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

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Berkeley Nu Jazz Collective and a faculty-led ensemble with Myra Melford and Ben Goldberg

Performing Arts - Music: Ticketed Event: Berkeley Nu Jazz Collective | April 14 | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 UC Berkeley Music

Faculty members Myra Melford (piano) and Ben Goldberg (clarinet), in collaboration with bassist Michael Formanek (ECM recording artist) and drummer Hamir Atwal (Tune Yards), present original compositions for improvising quartet. An opening set by students in MU165: The Berkeley Nu Jazz Collective, features works by Goldberg, Formanek, Melford and others.

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

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Noon Concert: Michael Goldberg, guitar

Performing Arts - Music: Noon Concert | April 18 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Fall welcome misc.

 Department of Music

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Music Studies Colloquium Prof. Salwa El-Shawan Castelo-Branco (Universidade Nova de Lisboa): “The Aesthetics and Politics of Musical Heritage"

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | April 20 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Salwa EL-Shawan Castelo-Branco. Professor of Ethnomusicology, Director of the Instituto de Etnomusicologia – Centro de Estudos em Música e Dança, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal and President of the International Council for Traditional Music. She received her doctorate from Columbia University, taught at New York University (1979-1982), and was visiting professor at Columbia University,...   More >

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Cal Day with the Department of Music

Performing Arts - Music: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class: African Music Ensemble: Indonesian Gamelan: Berkeley Nu Jazz Collective: University Baroque Ensemble (UBE): Chamber Chorus: University Chorus: University Gospel Chorus: UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra (UCBSO): University Wind Ensemble | April 21 |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Works by Debussy
9:30-11 125 Morrison Hall
2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the French composer Claude Debussy’s death. Hear a mini-marathon of Debussy’s piano works by students of the music department.

UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra
11-12:30 Hertz Hall, concert stage
Established in 1923, the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra is the oldest performing arts ensemble in the University of...   More >

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Wind Ensemble

Performing Arts - Music: Ticketed Event: University Wind Ensemble | April 22 | 3 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Robert Calonico, director
Edmund CAMPION Blast
David CONTE The Dream of Martin Luther King
GRAINGER Irish Tune from County Derry
Philip SPARKE Four Norfolk Dances
SUBKE Klamath River Suite
and more!

The University Wind Ensemble is offered for the study and practice of traditional and contemporary wind band repertoire. The Wind Ensemble’s long history at Cal dates back to before the...   More >

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

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Noon Concert: Gospel Choir

Performing Arts - Music: Noon Concert: University Gospel Chorus | April 25 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Fall welcome misc.

 Department of Music

D. Mark Wilson, director
“Be Healed!”
Music is great medicine for the body, soul and mind. Come fill your prescription and get a good dose of Gospel music that heals hurts, suffering and pain.


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...   More >

Friday, April 27, 2018

Composition Colloquium - Martin Matalon Bloch Lecture: Bloch Lecture 1 - Composing Across Media: The Music of Martín Matalon

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | April 27 | 3 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Born in Buenos Aires in 1958, Martin Matalon received his Bachelor degree in Composition from the Boston Conservatory of Music In 1984, and in 1986 his Master’s degree from the Juilliard School of Music. In 1989, having initiated himself in conducting with Jacques-Louis Monod, he founded Music Mobile, a New York-based ensemble devoted to the contemporary repertoire (1989-96).

Among his awards,...   More >

University Chorus

Performing Arts - Music: Ticketed Event: University Chorus | April 27 | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Nikolas Nackley, director
Joyful Noise
Choral settings of psalms and devotional poetry including a centennial celebration of Leonard Bernstein, featuring his masterpiece, Chichester Psalms

The University Chorus is a select ensemble of approximately eighty singers open to all musicians in the campus community: undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff, community members. Acceptance...   More >

 $15 General Admission, $12 non-UCB students, seniors, current/retired UCB faculty and staff, groups 10+, $5 UCB students

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Javanese Shadow Play

Performing Arts - Music: Ticketed Event: Indonesian Gamelan | April 28 | 7:30 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

featuring Midiyanto, a renowned shadow master and musician, who teaches at UC Berkeley and performs throughout the U.S. as well as in Indonesia, Australia, and Singapore. He will be accompanied by Gamelan Sari Raras (Midiyanto and Ben Brinner, directors), featuring vocalist Heni Savitri and guest drummer Danis Sugiyanto.

 $15 General Admission, $12 non-UCB students, seniors, current/retired UCB faculty and staff, groups 10+, $5 UCB students

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Chamber Chorus

Performing Arts - Music: Ticketed Event: Chamber Chorus | April 29 | 3 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Magen Solomon, director
Music of Many Faiths: Voices from Jewish, Buddhist, Zoroastrian, Catholic, & Protestant traditions. Featured works include a Byrd mass, a Bach cantata, and works of Rossi, Milhaud, Timothy Kramer, Karen Tarlow, Robert Stern and others

The UCB Chamber Chorus is the university’s premiere concert choir. Known for offering our singers and audiences an engaging musical...   More >

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

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University Baroque Ensemble

Performing Arts - Music: Ticketed Event: University Baroque Ensemble (UBE) | April 29 | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Christine Brandes, director

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 include some fine antique violins from the A. Salz Collection, donated to the Music...   More >

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

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Noon Concert: Gamelan

Performing Arts - Music: Noon Concert: Indonesian Gamelan | May 2 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Fall welcome misc.

 Department of Music

Javanese and Balinese Gamelan music and dance - student ensembles led by Midiyanto, Dewa Putu Berata, and Lisa Gold

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 >

Composition Colloquium - Martin Matalon Bloch Lecture featuring Jennifer Curtis, (International Contemporary Ensemble): Bloch Lecture 2: Music for Instruments and Live Electronics: Traces feat. a performance of Traces VIII for violin and electronics, Dan Flanagan (Eco Ensemble)

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | May 2 | 1 p.m. |  CNMAT (1750 Arch St.)

 Department of Music

Born in Buenos Aires in 1958, Martin Matalon received his Bachelor degree in Composition from the Boston Conservatory of Music In 1984, and in 1986 his Master’s degree from the Juilliard School of Music. In 1989, having initiated himself in conducting with Jacques-Louis Monod, he founded Music Mobile, a New York-based ensemble devoted to the contemporary repertoire (1989-96).

Among his awards,...   More >

Friday, May 4, 2018

University Symphony Orchestra

Performing Arts - Music: Ticketed Event: UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra (UCBSO) | May 4 | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

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...   More >

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

  Buy tickets online

Saturday, May 5, 2018

University Symphony Orchestra

Performing Arts - Music: Ticketed Event: UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra (UCBSO) | May 5 | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

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...   More >

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

  Buy tickets online

Sunday, May 6, 2018

eco ensemble; Foxtrot Delirium: Live silent film score with screening of The Oyster Princess (1919)

Performing Arts - Other | May 6 | 5-7 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Cal Performances

UC Berkeley’s eco ensemble brings the cinematic vision of Ernst Lubitsch to life with the US premiere of Argentine composer Martin Matalon’s film score for the director’s The Oyster
Princess. Lubitsch’s 1919 silent comedy of mistaken identities is a satire aimed at the desires and transgressions of the bourgeoisie. Cal Performances executive and artistic director Matías Tarnopolsky begins the...   More >

 $20 prices subject to change

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

Cal Performances presents Eco Ensemble Foxtrot Delirium: Music by Martin Matalon feat. The Oyster Princess by Ernst Lubitsch

Performing Arts - Music: Ticketed Event: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class: Berkeley New Music Project/Eco Ensemble | May 6 | 5 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Department of Music, Cal Performances

UC Berkeley's adventurous eco ensemble brings the cinematic vision of Ernst Lubitsch to life with the US premiere of Argentine composer Martin Matalon's film score for the director's The Oyster Princess. Lubitsch's 1919 silent comedy of mistaken identities is a saucy satire aimed at the desires and transgressions of the bourgeoisie. Matalon has previously scored silent films by Fritz Lang and...   More >

 $20

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510-642-9988

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Berkeley New Music Project

Performing Arts - Music: Berkeley New Music Project/Eco Ensemble | May 9 | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

David Milnes, director
New works by graduate composers Andrew Harlan, Kayla Cashetta, Selim Göncü, and Ursula Kwong-Brown
FREE

The Berkeley New Music Project is a group dedicated to the performance of new music by the graduate student composers in UC Berkeley’s Department of Music. Supported by funding from the Department of Music, Townsend Center and the Graduate Assembly, BNMP presents at...   More >

Friday, June 8, 2018

SFEMS: Debussy as Early Music: The Piano and the Pianist in the Early Twentieth Century: led by Nicholas Mathew

Colloquium | June 8 | 10 a.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Debussy as Early Music: The Piano and the Pianist in the Early Twentieth Century on 6/8 as part the San Francisco Early Music Society Berkeley Festival and Exhibition