Upcoming Events

Saturday, July 28, 2018

2018 Berkeley Carillon Festival

Performing Arts - Music: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class: Student composition | July 28 |  Campanile (Sather Tower)

 Department of Music

The Eighth Berkeley Carillon Festival, honoring the Class of 1928, the donors of the carillon, celebrates a century of bells at Berkeley.

The weekend of July 28 and 29 will feature recitals by Berkeley performers, music written for the Berkeley carillon by Berkeley composers and others.

Featured performers will include University Carillonist Jeff Davis, and Berkeley carillonists David...   More >

Sunday, July 29, 2018

2018 Berkeley Carillon Festival

Performing Arts - Music: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class: Student composition | July 29 |  Campanile (Sather Tower)

 Department of Music

The Eighth Berkeley Carillon Festival, honoring the Class of 1928, the donors of the carillon, celebrates a century of bells at Berkeley.

The weekend of July 28 and 29 will feature recitals by Berkeley performers, music written for the Berkeley carillon by Berkeley composers and others.

Featured performers will include University Carillonist Jeff Davis, and Berkeley carillonists David...   More >

Friday, September 7, 2018

Composition Colloquium: Franck Bedrossian, UC Berkeley

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | September 7 | 3 p.m. |  Hargrove Music Library

 Department of Music

After initial studies in orchestration, and analysis at the Regional Conservatory of Paris, Franck Bedrossian studied composition closely with Allain Gaussin. He continued his studies at the Paris Conservatory (seminars with Gerard Grisey and later Marco Stroppa), where upon graduation he received unanimously the first prize for Analysis, and the first prize in Composition. In 2002–2003 he was in...   More >

Friday, September 14, 2018

Colloquium: Jonathan Glasser, College of William and Mary: The Muslim-Jewish Musical Question in Algeria and Its Borderlands

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | September 14 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Jonathan Glasser is a historical anthropologist whose work focuses on modern North Africa, with particular attention to Algeria and Morocco. His first book, The Lost Paradise: Andalusi Music in Urban North Africa (University of Chicago Press, 2016) explored questions of revival and transmission in an urban performance practice in northwestern Algeria and eastern Morocco. His current project looks...   More >

Friday, September 21, 2018

Composition Colloquium: Oren Boneh, UC Berkeley

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | September 21 | 3 p.m. |  Hargrove Music Library

 Department of Music

Composer and trumpeter Oren Boneh writes music characterized by its energy and dynamism. Its foundation is made up of vastly contrasting characters, ranging from abrasive and mechanical to humorous and supple. The music plays with listener expectations of the characters’ behaviors in order to create unpredictability and friction.

Oren has been commissioned and performed internationally by...   More >

Friday, September 28, 2018

Colloquium:Delia Casadei, UC Berkeley: Contagion, Erasure, and Laughter as the Reproduction of Sound in Two 1890s Laughing Songs

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | September 28 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Jonathan Glasser is a historical anthropologist whose work focuses on modern North Africa, with particular attention to Algeria and Morocco. His first book, The Lost Paradise: Andalusi Music in Urban North Africa (University of Chicago Press, 2016) explored questions of revival and transmission in an urban performance practice in northwestern Algeria and eastern Morocco. His current project looks...   More >

Friday, October 5, 2018

Composition Colloquium: Sarah Grace Graves and James Stone

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | October 5 | 3 p.m. |  Hargrove Music Library | Note change in date

 Department of Music

Houston performer-composer SARAH-GRACE GRAVES seeks to reclaim intimacy as something powerful and power as something intimate. Her music explores the experience of sound as it moves, in relation to itself and to the listener. In spring 2018 she created Aeolia, a site-specific work for five sopranos, for Josiah McElheny’s installation Island Universe. She premiered it with Sarah Bauer, Sophie...   More >

Colloquium: Menachem Wiesenberg and Taiseer Elias

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | October 5 | 3 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall | Canceled

 Department of Music

Israeli composer/pianist Menachem Wiesenberg, professor at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, and oud player Taiseer Elias, professor at the University of Haifa, will speak about their musical collaborations following their “Encounters” concert, which they will perform with cellist Hillel Zori in Hertz Hall at 12:15 on Oct. 5. These events are the culmination of a week-long residency by...   More >

Colloquium:Andrew Hicks Cornell University: Listening Otherwise in and to Classical Persian Poetry

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | October 5 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Andrew Hicks’ research focuses on the intellectual history of early musical thought from a cross-disciplinary perspective that embraces philosophical, cosmological, scientific and grammatical discourse in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, and spans the linguistic and cultural spheres of Latin, Greek, Persian, and Arabic. His first book, Composing the World: Harmony in the Medieval Platonic...   More >

Monday, October 8, 2018

Psoy Korolenko: concert by the Russian avant-garde pianist and singer

Performing Arts - Music: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | October 8 | 5:30 p.m. |  Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Psoy performs his own and others' songs, accompanying himself to keyboard instruments, mainly a Casio synthesizer in accordion timbre. Experimenting with quite various song traditions he sings in about six or seven languages, most frequently in Russian, Yiddish, English and French.

Free and open to the public

Friday, October 12, 2018

Colloquium: AMS talks by Alessandra Jones, Gabrielle Lochard, and Danielle Simon

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | October 12 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Thursday, October 18, 2018

BODY MUSIC: The Oldest Music on the Planet

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | October 18 | 5 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Body Music, also known as Body Percussion and Body Drumming, is the oldest music on the planet. Before people were hollowing logs and slapping rocks, they were using their bodies to stomp, clap, sing, snap and grunt their musical ideas. There are many traditional Body Musics in the world, from African-American Hambone and Flamenco Palmas to Sumatran Saman and Ethiopian Armpit music. Join our...   More >

Friday, October 19, 2018

Composition Colloquium: Didem Coskunseven and Selim Goncu

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | October 19 | 3 p.m. |  Hargrove Music Library

 Department of Music

Didem Coskunseven contemporary music composer who lives and works in Istanbul.


Selim Göncü finished his bachelor studies in composition at the University Mozarteum of Salzburg, graduating in 2012. He also served as assistant to the department for composition in Mozarteum for two years.
He attended workshops by distinguished composers like Philippe Leroux, Georg Friedrich Haas, Francesco...   More >

Colloquium: Louise Meintjes, Duke University: Ululation

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | October 19 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Free and open to the public

Friday, November 2, 2018

Colloquium: Farazaneh Hemmasi University of Toronto: “Performing Suffering in Popular Music, Public Culture, and Scholarship"

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | November 2 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Free and open to the public

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Hugues Leclère

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | November 6 | 6 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

TIME TBA

Born in France in 1968, Hugues Leclère perfected his playing with Catherine Collard before entering first nominated the Conservatoire National Superieur de musique de Paris, from which he graduated with high honors in piano, music theory, and chamber music.

He performs all other the world, in the USA (Cleveland, Bloomington, Boston, San Antonio…) and Canada (Montreal), in far east...   More >

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Chamber Orchestra Concert

Performing Arts - Music: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | November 11 | 3 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Tchaikovsky - Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy
Wagner - Siegfried Idyll
Jennifer Huang, conductor

Mozart - Symphony No. 39
Kyle Ko, Grady Lai, conductors

free

Monday, November 12, 2018

Tana Quartet

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | November 12 |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

TIME TBA

Tana invented the quartet of the twenty first century. The are audacious, pioneers and precursors. Tana foresee the new sounds of the modern string quartet.



Recognized by The Guardian as "impeccable players", the quartet is a recipient of an array of international awards, from the Pro Quartet - CEMC Foundation in Paris, the Verbier Festival Academy and the Union of Belgian...   More >

Friday, November 16, 2018

Colloquium: Naomi Waltham-Smith University of Pennsylvania: Sound Activism from Sharon Hayes to Ultra-red

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

 Department of Music

Naomi Waltham-Smith is a theorist of sound and listening. In her research and creative projects, she is interested in how music and sound are implicated in some of the most significant and urgent political issues in our world today. Her work sits at the intersection of continental philosophy, sound studies, and music theory, and her interests extend from late 18th- and early 19th-century music to...   More >

Friday, November 30, 2018

Composition Colloquium: Franck Bedrossian

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | November 30 | 3 p.m. |  Hargrove Music Library

 Department of Music

After initial studies in orchestration, and analysis at the Regional Conservatory of Paris, Franck Bedrossian studied composition closely with Allain Gaussin. He continued his studies at the Paris Conservatory (seminars with Gerard Grisey and later Marco Stroppa), where upon graduation he received unanimously the first prize for Analysis, and the first prize in Composition. In 2002–2003 he was in...   More >

Colloquium: David Yearsley (Cornell University): Bach Laughs

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

 Department of Music

David Yearsley was educated at Harvard College and Stanford University, where he received his Ph.D. in Musicology in 1994. At Cornell he continues to pursue his interests in the teaching, history, literature and performance of music. His musicological work investigates literary, social, and theological contexts for music and music making, and while he focuses on J. S. Bach, he has written on...   More >

Friday, January 25, 2019

Composition Colloquium: Ned McGowan (Leiden, HKU): Speed in Music, Brain and Body

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | January 25 | 3 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Speed, as a function of time, is full of enlightening musical character. Take some common terms to describe tempo in music: largo (broadly), adagio (slow and stately), allegro (fast, quickly and bright), vivacissimo (very fast and lively). Formulated by humans, speed is relational, and it reveals aspects about how we think and feel.



McGowan's aim in this artistic research is to dissect...   More >

Music Studies Colloquium: Olivia Bloechl (University of Pittsburgh: Opera’s Post-Human Voices of Trauma

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | January 25 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Bloechl is a music historian and cultural theorist with wide-ranging interests clustered in the early modern period (1500-1800) and the recent past. Her historical research and teaching emphasize European early music, French opera in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, early Atlantic colonialism, and racial representation in musical theater before 1800.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Olly Wilson Memorial Symposium

Performing Arts - Music: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class: UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra (UCBSO) | February 16 | 2 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Panels at 2pm and 4pm, and an orchestra concert featuring Wilson's viola concerto.

Cosponsored by the Townsend Center for the Humanities

Friday, February 22, 2019

University Symphony Orchestra

Performing Arts - Music: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class: UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra (UCBSO) | February 22 | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

David Milnes, music director
George Taylor, viola
WILSON Viola Concerto
DEBUSSY La Mer
RACHMANINOFF Symphonic Dances


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...   More >

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

  Buy tickets online

Saturday, February 23, 2019

University Symphony Orchestra

Performing Arts - Music: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class: UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra (UCBSO) | February 23 | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

David Milnes, music director
George Taylor, viola
WILSON Viola Concerto
DEBUSSY La Mer
RACHMANINOFF Symphonic Dances


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...   More >

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

  Buy tickets online

Friday, March 1, 2019

Music Studies Colloquium: Neil Verma (Northwestern University: Screamlines: Anatomy and Geology of Radio

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | March 1 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Neil Verma
Neil Verma is assistant professor in Radio/Television/Film. He teaches in the Screen Cultures PhD program and the MA program in Sound Arts and Industries, where he is also associate director. He is author of Theater of the Mind: Imagination, Aesthetics, and American Radio Drama (Chicago, 2012), winner of the Best First Book Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. He is...   More >

Friday, March 8, 2019

Music Studies Colloquium: Will Straw (McGill U): Night, Noise and the Urbanization of Musical Politics

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | March 8 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Will Straw is James McGill Professor of Urban Media Studies. He has been Visiting Professor at the Open University (Budapest), the National Autonomous University of Mexico and the University of Belgrade. He is also Adjunct Research Professor in the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture, Carleton University.

Professor Straw has a Bachelor degree in Film Studies, and...   More >

Friday, April 5, 2019

Music Studies Colloquium: Travis Jackson (Chicago): Tba

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | April 5 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Jackson interested, above all, in two intertwined processes: the ones through which musical sounds come into being and those that occur when groups and individuals engage with sounds—through listening, dancing, writing, etc. Much of his work, then, sits at the place where ideas about composition, recording and distribution meet those about reception and its embeddedness in culture, society, race,...   More >

University Symphony Orchestra

Performing Arts - Music: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class: UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra (UCBSO) | April 5 | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

David Milnes, music director
Amadeus REGUCERA Eternity will be Velocity
BERG Three Pieces for Orchestra
STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben



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 Berkeley staff & faculty, groups 10+, $5 UC Berkeley students

  Buy tickets online

Saturday, April 6, 2019

University Symphony Orchestra

Performing Arts - Music: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class: UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra (UCBSO) | April 6 | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

David Milnes, music director
Amadeus REGUCERA Eternity will be Velocity
BERG Three Pieces for Orchestra
STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben



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 Berkeley staff & faculty, groups 10+, $5 UC Berkeley students

  Buy tickets online

Friday, April 12, 2019

Music Studies Colloquium: Annette Richards (Cornell University): ”Against Sympathy: Maria Theresia von Paradis and the Performance of Blindness”

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | April 12 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Annette Richards is Professor of Music and University Organist at Cornell, and the Executive Director of the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies. She is a performer and scholar with a specialty in 18th-century music and aesthetics, and interdisciplinary research into music, literature and visual culture. She is founding editor of Keyboard Perspectives, a yearbook dedicated to...   More >

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Cal Day

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: Student composition | April 13 |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

schedule TBA

Friday, April 19, 2019

Music Studies Colloquium: Tamara Levitz (UCLA): The Quest for Variants: Settler Colonial Listening Strategies in the Foundation of U.S. Musicology

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | April 19 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Tamara Levitz is a musicologist from Montréal, Canada who currently holds a position as Professor of Musicology at UCLA in Los Angeles, California. She has published widely on musical modernism in Germany, Cuba, Senegal, and France in the 1920s and 30s. Combining extensive archival research with acute critical interpretation, Levitz explores in her work the artistic intentions, complex...   More >

Friday, April 26, 2019

Music Studies Colloquium: David Garcia (North Carolina): “When the Borders First Crossed Us: A Latinx Musicology for the Age of Trumpism"

Colloquium: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | April 26 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

David Garcia (Associate Professor) holds degrees in music from the California State University, Long Beach (B.M. in composition, 1995), University of California, Santa Barbara (M.A. in ethnomusicology, 1997), and The City University of New York, The Graduate Center (Ph.D. in ethnomusicology, 2003). Published in MUSICultures, Journal of the Society for American Music, The Musical Quarterly, and...   More >

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Tony Newcomb Memorial Performance

Performing Arts - Music: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class | May 4 | 2 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

free

Friday, May 10, 2019

University Symphony Orchestra

Performing Arts - Music: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class: UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra (UCBSO) | May 10 | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

David Milnes, music director
Du Yun and Khaled Jarrar - Where We Lost Our Shadows
Mahler - Symphony No. 6



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

  Buy tickets online

Saturday, May 11, 2019

University Symphony Orchestra

Performing Arts - Music: Lecture/Colloquium/Master Class: UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra (UCBSO) | May 11 | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

David Milnes, music director
Du Yun and Khaled Jarrar - Where We Lost Our Shadows
Mahler - Symphony No. 6



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

  Buy tickets online