Cal Performances at the University of California, Berkeley, has announced its 2015–16 concert season, the organization's 110th, which will feature performances from artists and works by composers familiar to readers of the Nonesuch Journal: Kronos Quartet, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, Youssou N'Dour, John Adams, Timo Andres, and Jacob Cooper.
Cal Performances at the University of California, Berkeley, has announced its 2015–16 concert season, the organization's 110th, which will feature performances from artists and works by composers familiar to readers of the Nonesuch Journal: Kronos Quartet, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, and Youssou N'Dour, and composer John Adams, Timo Andres, and Jacob Cooper.
Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, a core band featuring several of the original musicians of Buena Vista Social Club—including singer-guitarist Eliades Ochoa, trumpeter Guajiro Mirabal, laúd virtuoso Barbarito Torres, and the incomparable Omara Portuondo—make a stop on their Adiós Tour for Cal Performances at Zellerbach Hall on Friday, October 9. The North American tour, which begins in August, follows the recent release of Lost and Found—a new collection of previously unreleased tracks from beloved Cuban musicians.
One month later, Senegalese superstar Youssou N'Dour, who released five albums on Nonesuch between 2000 and 2010, visits Berkeley on Saturday, November 7, with his Super Étoile band. Following N'Dour's performance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music last fall, as part of the Nonesuch at BAM celebration of the label's 50th anniversary, the New York Times called the Super Étoile "one of Africa’s greatest and most nimble bands" and lauded "N'Dour's incessantly danceable music."
Cal Performances Artists in Residence Kronos Quartet return to Zellerbach Hall on Sunday, May 1, 2016, to perform Terry Riley's Sun Rings (2002). The piece, with visuals by Willie Williams, explores the mysteries of the natural world far beyond Earth’s boundaries, its score and video inspired by NASA audio recordings of outer space.
John Adams's works can be heard in two different concerts next season, starting with violinist Leila Josefowicz and pianist John Novacek's recital in Hertz Hall on the afternoon of Sunday, November 8. Josefowicz's Cal Performances debut, the program includes Adams's 1995 piece Road Movies, of which the duo made the first recording for Nonesuch in 2002 and which has become one of her signature pieces.
The St. Louis Symphony makes its Berkeley debut with a performance of Adams's Saxophone Concerto on Friday, January 29, 2016, led by conductor David Robertson and featuring saxophonist Timothy McAllister. They won a Grammy Award earlier this year for Best Orchestral Performance for their recording of the piece, released last year on Nonesuch Records. Also on the program at Zellerbach Hall will be Mahler's Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor.
The music of composer Timo Andres, whose 2010 Nonesuch debut album, Shy and Mighty, wrote The New Yorker's Alex Ross, “achieves an unhurried grandeur that has rarely been felt in American music since John Adams came on the scene,” can also be heard twice in the upcoming Cal Performances season, both in February 2016. In the evening-length work Hand Eye, on Valentine's Day, Sunday, February 14, in Hertz Hall, the musicians of eighth blackbird perform music by the New York composers collective Sleeping Giant, which includes Andres and Jacob Cooper, who made his Nonesuch debut with last year's Silver Threads.
The following Sunday, February 21, in Hertz Hall, Takács Quartet gives the West Coast premiere of a new work by Andres, on a program with works by Haydn and Brahms.
Subscriptions go on sale for the Cal Performances 2015–16 season on Monday, April 27, at noon. For additional details on the complete Cal Performances season and ticket information, go to calperformances.org.