Cal Performances update on COVID-19
March 17, 2020
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With heavy hearts, Cal Performances is canceling all remaining performances and events in our 2019–20 season, in accordance with recommendations from local, national, and international public health authorities regarding slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and in conjunction with UC Berkeley’s decision to limit campus operations through the spring semester.

Cal Performances will automatically issue refunds for these tickets through their original payment methods. We greatly appreciate your patience as we arrange refunds for thousands of ticket purchases. Please allow up to three weeks for these transactions to be processed.

Cal Performances’ staff and artists share what is surely your deep disappointment over this unprecedented decision. We also understand that these actions have the power to make a real difference in the fight to slow this pandemic, not just for the health and safety of our own patrons, artists, and staff members, but for the wider community as well. We’re proud to stand alongside so many individual community members, university colleagues, and performing arts professionals around the world in working together to take meaningful action.

Contacting the Ticket Office.
While there is no need to contact us individually to request a refund for a previously canceled or future event, we do understand that you may have questions and requests that you would like to discuss. Due to the closure of our Ticket Office phone lines and walk-up windows through April 12, if you would like to communicate with us directly, please write to us at and we will return your email as soon as possible. Or, if you would like to speak with someone in person regarding a ticketing matter, please call 510.642.1082 and leave a message. A Ticket Office representative will return your call as soon as possible during regular business hours, Tue–Fri, noon–5:30pm; Sat and Sun, 1–5pm.

Share your support.
Many of you have expressed concern about the financial impact of these cancellations and we thank everyone who has inquired about donating the value of their tickets to support the artists and Cal Performances. At this time, and due to the high volume of refunds we are processing, we cannot automatically change your refund into a donation; however, we invite you to extend your support by making a donation of any size directly.

Looking ahead towards a much brighter future, we continue to put the finishing touches on our 2020/21 Season and hope to give you an update soon on when we will be releasing all of the details. Like all of you, we look forward to the time when we are all able to—once again—enjoy together the tremendous power of the live performing arts.

Please note: the following performances have been postponed or cancelled at this time:

Jonathan Biss, piano; The Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Mar 7 & 8 (cancelled for artist health reasons unrelated to the coronavirus situation.)

Laverne Cox, Mar 12

Dorrance Dance; SOUNDspace, Mar 13–15

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Mar 14 & 15

The Summit: The Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6, Mar 20

Mnozil Brass; Cirque, Mar 21

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Lahav Shani, conductor, Mar 22

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Mar 31–Apr 5

Spektral Quartet, Apr 5

Yamato The Drummers of Japan; Passion, Apr 7

Bollywood Boulevard; A Journey Through Hindi Cinema Live, Apr 9

Amir ElSaffar's Rivers of Sound Orchestra, Apr 14

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch; Palermo Palermo, Apr 24–26

John Malkovich in The Music Critic, Apr 30

The Tallis Scholars; The Field of the Cloth of Gold Music of Jean Mouton and William Cornysh, May 1

Scott Joplin's Treemonisha; Volcano Theatre Company with the Moveable Beast Collective, May 2 & 3

Radiolab's Jad Abumrad, May 9

MOMIX; Viva MOMIX!, Jun 5–6