Picks and Highlights from the New Cal Performances Season

Single-ticket sales for the 2017-18 season of Cal Performances go on sale at noon today (and there are season packages to consider as well). Overwhelmed by choice? Berkeleyside has pored over the program and chosen our favorite performances in each of the season’s principal categories.

Joe Goode Dance Group Celebrates 30 years with Mix of Old, New

“Are you enjoying your little trip down memory lane?” Joe Goode asked the audience at the YBCA Theater. They were, but he probably was not — the choreographer is loath to revisit old works.

Music Professor Wins Prestigious Kyoto Prize

Richard Taruskin, a UC Berkeley emeritus professor of music, has won a 2017 Kyoto Prize for his contributions to the study, performance and critical discourse of early music, modern Russian music and Western music history.

“Ojai at Berkeley,” in partnership with Cal Performances, is an extension of Southern California’s annual Ojai Music Festival. The concert series ran Thursday through Saturday, hosting a broad selection of talented musicians trained in a wide variety of musical acumens.

When Vijay Iyer came to UC Berkeley in the early 1990s, he didn’t know he would go on to become what the New Yorker referred to as “the most lauded piano player in jazz.”

Berkeley Couple Sustains Long-Running Mendocino Music Festival

Meet two of Berkeley’s best improvisers: pianist Susan Waterfall and conductor/composer Allan Pollack.

Berkeley World Music Festival is Crossroads of Musical, Social Diversity

On Saturday and Sunday, the 14th Annual Berkeley World Music Festival took place across various locations throughout the city, including People’s Park, Martin Luther King Jr.

UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra Spanish Tour

The UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra (UCBSO) just wrapped up their eleven-day tour of Spain. The goal of this trip was to engage an international audience in Berkeley’s depth of musicality, and to give the students a chance to perform abroad and in new, complex spaces.

Botanical Garden Extends Summer Hours on Twilight Tuesdays

Twilight Tuesdays are back at the UC Botanical Garden.

That means the lush garden nestled near the top of Strawberry Canyon above the central UC Berkeley campus is open until 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, through August.

A couples counselor could have warned Vijay Iyer that the relationship was doomed, but he needed to figure it out for himself. When he arrived at UC Berkeley in the summer of 1992 to start a graduate program in physics, Iyer was also nursing a simmering passion for jazz.