Keith Lockhart, conductor
Featuring magnificent music from Williams' most popular Hollywood film scores.
With a storied history beginning with the establishment of the modern-era Pops by Arthur Fiedler and continuing through to the new millennium under the direction of Keith Lockhart, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra is among the most beloved symphonic ensembles in the country. Often called "America's Orchestra," the group comes to the Greek to celebrate the extraordinary five-decade career of one of its former conductors, 22-time Grammy winner John Williams. The program includes selections from some of Williams' most popular Hollywood film scores, including music from Star Wars, Jaws, E.T., and the Indiana Jones and Harry Potter films.
Program notes are available online approximately one week before the performance.
We looking forward to having you join us for the concert with Boston Pops at UC Berkeley's historic Greek Theatre.
Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the top 10 amphitheaters in America, the William Randolph Hearst Greek Theatre (known to most simply as "The Greek") is a favorite performance venue of artists and audiences alike and is renowned for its intimate setting and spectacular views.
We hope the following information will properly introduce you to this well-loved venue order to make your experience as positive as possible:
Directions and Parking
Please see our Getting Here and Parking sections for all of the details on parking locations and drop off/loading zone information.
- Seating at the Greek varies from the temporary folding seats set up in the pit area (premium seats) and lower Sections A-F to the stone bench seating in Sections 1–10 above. For a more comfortable experience, we encourage you to bring personal seat cushions (or a folded up blanket).
- Seats in Sections 1–10 are accessible via a rather steep set of stone steps. We recommend wearing comfortable, flat shoes in order to navigate the stairs.
- Lawn Seats: You are welcome to bring a small blanket or cushions for seating in the Lawn area. Please note that large or structured lawn chairs cannot be brought into the venue. Please see below for an additional list of what to bring...and what not to bring.
The Box Office at the Greek Theatre opens for sales and Will Call 90 minutes prior to show time. The venue Box Office is only open on the performance day and is located at the north entrance to the amphitheater. The closest intersection for mapping purposes is Hearst Avenue and Gayley Road.
What to Wear
The Greek is an outdoor venue and the Bay Area's weather is notoriously fickle. We recommend both suntan lotion for daytime events and wearing comfortable, layered clothing in order to weather our famous fog (and to be more comfortable on the stone seats and during the short walk to the venue from parking locations).
Food and Drink
Various food and beverage options will be available for purchase within the amphitheater, including a selection of beer and wine.
You may bring in your own picnic items, but please limit the size of your meal to a small container; the area around your seat is limited. You will not be permitted to bring alcohol into the facility. The amphitheater will open 90 minutes prior to the performance start time.
Please note that this event is scheduled to go on rain or shine.
Recap: What to Bring
- An extra layer of clothing
- A blanket or personal legless seat cushion for comfortable seating
- Small picnic items, if desired
What Not to Bring!
The following are not allowed in the venue:
- large backpacks
- large blankets
- structured stadium chairs
- cans, bottles
- large ice chests
- picnic baskets
- lawn furniture
- weapons of any kind
The Greek Theatre is wheelchair accessible. Patrons who use wheelchairs or have limited mobility may be dropped off at the North Gate for entrance via the wheelchair ramp in front of the Ticket Office. The closest parking option with disabled spaces is the Stadium Garage next to the Greek on Gayley Road at Stadium Rim Way.
As a service to our donors at the $750 level and above, we offer the opportunity to reserve parking for our performances. Reserve parking online 5 business days or more in advance of the performance, or by contacting Cal Performances' Development Department at 510.642.8653 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information regarding donor parking benefits can be found on our Donor Services/Parking page.