Press Room: Berkeley RADICAL

"In yet another signal of California's ascent as an important locale for the performing arts in the 21st century, presenter Cal Performances at UC Berkeley has announced a new program..." (Nicholas Beard, Musical America)

In February 2015, Cal Performances unveiled Berkeley RADICAL (Research And Development Initiative in Creativity, Arts, and Learning), its new project to cultivate the artistic literacy of future audiences and to connect the world's most innovative artists with the intellectual capital of the UC Berkeley campus. Through carefully crafted public programs and creative artistic residencies, Berkeley RADICAL serves as a framework to expand the reach of Cal Performances by providing audiences with multiple access points to a single work of art or artist.

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Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and Gustavo Dudamel (September 2015)
Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra: Cinderella (October 2015)
Twyla Tharp 50th Anniversary Tour (October 2015)
eco ensemble and Anssi Karttunen, cello (October 2015)
Ensemble Intercontemporain (November 2015)
Rude Mechs: Stop Hitting Yourself (November 2015)
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, Rice (January 2016)
Yefim Bronfman, piano (January-March 2016)
St. Louis Symphony: Des canyons aux étoiles... (January-February 2016)
Binge-Worthy Journalism: Backstage with the Creators of SERIAL, Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder (March 2016)
Trajal Harrell: The Ghost of Montpellier Meets the Samurai (March 2016)
Montreal Symphony Orchestra (March 2016)
Gil Shaham, violin with films by David Michalek (April 2016)
Kronos Quartet (May 2016)

Mark Morris Dance Group: Layla and Majnun (September–October 2016)
Esa-Pekka Salonen and Philharmonia Orchestra of London (October 2017)
Ensemble Basiani (October 2017)
Robert Wilson / Mikhail Baryshnikov: Letter to a Man (November 2016)
Afropop Spectacular, Mahmoud Ahmed & Trio da Kali (November 2016)
Vienna Boys Choir (November 2016)
Joyce DiDonato, Il Pomo d'Oro (December 2016)
Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Trinity Baroque Orchestra (December 2016)
Kronos Quartet: Fifty for the Future (December 2016)
Ensemble Signal: Steve Reich's Runner (January 2017)
Black Arm Band: Dirtsong (February 2017)
The Nile Project (February 2017)
John Adams, Lucinda Childs, Frank Gehry: Available Light (February 2017)
Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young: Betroffenheit (March 2017)
Choir of King's College, Cambridge (March 2017)
The Takács Quartet: Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets (April 2017)
Cappella SF (April 2017)
Jazz & Sondheim, Side by Side (April 2017)

Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group: Moses(es) (September 2017)
Théâtre de la Ville, Paris: State of Siege (October 2018)
Ragamala Dance Company: Written in Water (December 2017)
Camille A. Brown & Dancers: BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play (December 2017)
Circa: II Ritorno (February 2018)
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (February 2018)
Company Wang Ramirez: Borderline (February 2018)
Julia Bullock, soprano, John Arida, piano (March 2018)
Kronos Quartet Rinde Eckart, Vân-Ánh Võ: My Lai (March 2018)
John Luther Adams: Become Ocean and Become Desert: Seattle Symphony (April 2018)
Spectrum Dance Theater: A Rap on Race (April 2018)
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (April 2018)
Ex Machina: 887 (May 2018)

Aida Cuevas with Mariachi Juvenil Tecalitlán: A Tribute to Juan Gabriel (October 2018)
Sasha Waltz & Guests: Körper (October 2018)
Ibsen's An Enemy of the People: Schaubühne Berlin (October 2018)
Barber Shop Chronicles: A Fuel, National Theatre, and West Yorkshire Playhouse co-production (October 2018)
Jordi Savall: The Routes of Slavery (1444–1888) (November 2018)
Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra (November 2018)
Big Dance Theater: 17c (December 2018)
Nicola Benedetti, violin, and Alexei Grynyuk, piano (January 2019)
Quote Unquote Collective: Mouthpiece (March 2019)
Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra, London, Dreamer (March 2019)

Press Releases

In the Media

San Francisco ChronicleGustavo Dudamel to be part of Cal Performances' Berkeley Radical
The New York TimesCal Performances Takes On a New Mission
UC Berkeley News CenterCal Performances launches ambitious new Berkeley RADICAL
The New York Times$52 million push to help arts institutions find new audiences
San Francksco Classical VoiceNew Wallace Foundation initiative: $52 million to build audiences
SF ExaminerThree Bay Area arts organizaions receive grants to build new audiences
San Francisco ChronicleGustavo Dudamel residency highlights Cal Performances season
San Jose Mercury NewsCal Performances new season: Gustavo Dudamel, Mark Morris, Kronos Quartet
UC Berkeley News CenterCal Performances' new season goes RADICAL with artistic, ecological themes
KDFC's The State of the ArtsTuesday, April 21: The newly-announced upcoming season at Cal Performances...
SF WeeklyCal Performances Announces Its 2015-16 Season
The Berkeley Daily PlanetCal Performances' 2015/16 Season: Berkeley R. A. D. I. C. A. L.
San Francisco Classical VoiceCal Performances Plots Major 2015-16 Season
UC Berkeley NewsComing this fall: Berkeley RADICAL, Ira Glass, Twyla Tharp and issues of global significance
All Things StringsBerkeley RADICAL Inaugural Season Kicks Off with Dudamel Residency
California MagazineTotally Radical: A New Initiative from Cal Performances Aims to Gather New Audiences
The Daily CalifornianOp ed: Beethoven, the fine arts essential to successful student life
Broadway WorldCal Performances' Berkeley RADICAL Begins Tonight with SBSOV
Berkeley NewsBerkeley RADICAL kicks off with Gustavo Dudamel