This morning director Matías Tarnopolsky announced the Cal Performances 2012-2013 season at a press conference held on the stage of Zellerbach Hall. The up-coming offerings are substantial. Esa-Pekka Salonen will lead 3 programs by the Philharmonia Orchestra, including Mahler 9 & a concert version of Wozzeck. Mr. Salonen addressed the press conference live from London via Webcam. He shockingly admitted that this would be his 1st time in Berkeley, & he is looking forward to meeting young composers during his visit.
Gustavo Dudamel & the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra will present 2 concerts of Latin music, though I think I never really recovered from hearing them at Davies Hall several years ago. 8 dance companies are being presented, including the Mariinsky Ballet with 6 performances of Swan Lake. There are 3 performances of Einstein on the Beach in October. Mr. Tarnopolsky told us that seeing a preview of this inspired him to submit his 1st facebook post, typed at length on his BlackBerry.
In collaboration with the San Francisco Opera, Cal Performances will premiere a family opera based on the The Secret Garden. Visual designer Naomie Kremer showed us an example of the multi-layered video that will comprise the production's set, & mezzo Laura Krumm sang 2 sweet-sounding arias, accompanied by composer Nolan Gasser at the piano.
On a more intimate scale, there are recitals by Yo-Yo Ma, Eric Owens & Nathan Gunn. Nicolas Hodges will perform a world premiere by Birtwistle in his solo piano recital, & Davitt Moroney will perform Bach's Art of Fugue on the harpsichord.
§ Cal Performances 2012-2013 Season