"[Esa-Pekka Salonen] is one of the UK's greatest musical assets."

The Observer, London

Orchestra & Chamber Music
Esa-Pekka Salonen, principal conductor & artistic advisor
Philharmonia Orchestra, London
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

In Cal Performances' annual major orchestral residency, Esa-Pekka Salonen and London's Philharmonia Orchestra return with three ambitious programs that include a recent cello concerto by Salonen himself and the world premiere of a Cal Performances co-commission exploring the lives of Bay Area immigrants.

Dreamers (World Premiere, Cal Performances Co-commission)
Engaging with an issue that speaks uniquely to our times, acclaimed Peruvian composer Jimmy López, who earned his doctorate at UC Berkeley, will compose Dreamers, a new oratorio informed by interactions with Bay Area and campus immigrant communities, telling deeply personal stories through music and opening his process to audiences through a series of public programs. A rising star on the international scene, López has been called "one of the most interesting young composers anywhere today" (Chicago Sun Times). For Dreamers, he teams up with a frequent collaborator as librettist—the Pulitzer Prize-winning, Cuban American playwright Nilo Cruz.

Additional Residency Highlights
Following on the success of the orchestra's Stravinsky programs two seasons ago—praised as "musically thrilling and dramatically potent" (The Mercury News)—Salonen conducts the rarely performed complete score for The Firebird. Bartók's virtuosic Concerto for Orchestra, his last completed work, is paired with Salonen's dazzling 2017 Cello Concerto, featuring Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk, and Sibelius' evocative The Oceanides. And Bruckner's magnificent Seventh Symphony shares a program with Schoenberg's moody tone poem for strings, Verklärte Nacht.

Fri, March 15, 8pm
SIBELIUS
The Oceanides
ESA-PEKKA SALONEN
Cello Concerto
Truls Mørk, cello
BARTÓK
Concerto for Orchestra
Sat, March 16, 8pm
SCHOENBERG
Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night)
BRUCKNER
Symphony No. 7
Sun, March 17, 3pm
JIMMY LÓPEZ
Dreamers (World Premiere, Cal Performances Co-commission)
Libretto by Nilo Cruz
Ana María Martínez, soprano
STRAVINSKY
The Firebird (complete)

This event is part of the 2018/19 Berkeley RADICAL programming initiative, Citizenship. Learn more and watch videos >


Feature: Berkeley RADICAL, Within and Without by Thomas May
Within and Without
Addressing Citizenship through Artistic Engagement
by Thomas May

It transpired in a mere moment: the experience of a lifetime recaptured, and with it a pang of empathy for a new generation facing the same pattern. During his appearance in Zellerbach Hall in Robert Wilson's Letter to a Man, just after the 2016 presidential election, Mikhail Baryshnikov witnessed a silent protest on Sproul Plaza led by students...READ ARTICLE

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Articles

"A few months ago, the composer Jimmy López came to the University of California, Berkeley, to hear firsthand the experiences of young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. He was hoping to talk to students as he prepared to create 'Dreamer,' an oratorio designed to reflect the inspiration that fuels the experience of immigrants, and the challenges they face.

No one showed up that day. The morning of his visit, word spread that a parked U.S. Customs and Border Protection vehicle had been spotted on campus..."

Read the full The New York Times article After Trump, an Oratorio About 'Dreamers' Changes Key.

Donor Benefits

Donor Event: Intermission Hospitality
Fri, Mar 15, 8pm
Zellerbach Hall Mezzanine
(Donors of $1500+)
Producer's Circle members are invited to join us for complimentary refreshments on the Mezzanine at Zellerbach Hall during the above performance(s). Donor Intermission Hospitality is the perfect place to enjoy a complimentary glass of wine in the company of other Producer's Circle members.

Donor Event: Intermission Hospitality
Sat, Mar 16, 8pm
Zellerbach Hall Mezzanine
(Donors of $1500+)
Producer's Circle members are invited to join us for complimentary refreshments on the Mezzanine at Zellerbach Hall during the above performance(s). Donor Intermission Hospitality is the perfect place to enjoy a complimentary glass of wine in the company of other Producer's Circle members.

Donor Event: Intermission Hospitality
Sun, Mar 17, 3pm
Zellerbach Hall Mezzanine
(Donors of $1500+)
Producer's Circle members are invited to join us for complimentary refreshments on the Mezzanine at Zellerbach Hall during the above performance(s). Donor Intermission Hospitality is the perfect place to enjoy a complimentary glass of wine in the company of other Producer's Circle members.

Membership benefits like these are our way of thanking our supporters for their much needed contributions. To find out how you can become a Donor, please call 510.643.8783 or visit our Support section.

Mt. Beautiful wines generously donated by Leigh Teece in appreciation of Cal Performances' education outreach.


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Program Notes

Program notes will be available approximately one week before the performance.