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

The Observer, London

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

In Cal Performances' annual major orchestral residency, Esa-Pekka Salonen—the recently announced music director designate of the San Francisco Symphony—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)
A 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, has composed Dreamers, a new oratorio informed by interactions with Bay Area and campus immigrant communities, telling deeply personal stories through music and opening his creative 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 favorite collaborator as librettist—the Pulitzer Prize-winning, Cuban–American playwright Nilo Cruz.

Join an international audience—as well as simulcast viewers at our partner organizations in Washington, DC, and Ann Arbor, Michigan—when we stream the Sunday concert live from Zellerbach Hall. Watch at calperformances.org/livestream.

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
Volti; Robert Geary, artistic director
UC Berkeley Chamber Chorus; Dr. Wei Cheng, director
STRAVINSKY
The Firebird (complete)

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

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Related Events

Composer Colloquium
Fri, Mar 1, 2019, 3pm
125 Morrison Hall
Composer Jimmy López, who earned his doctorate at the UC Berkeley Department of Music, visits his alma mater to discuss his new oratorio, Dreamers. Free and open to the public.

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Public Classroom
Thu, Mar 14, 2019, 12pm
BAMPFA Osher Auditorium
Composer Jimmy López speaks about the Dreamers project in an open session of the academic course Thinking Through Art+Design@Berkeley: Creativity, Migration, Transformation taught by Peter Glazer and Stan Lai. This event will be held at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive’s Osher Auditorium, 2155 Center Street, Berkeley. Free and open to the public.

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Workshop
Sat, Mar 16, 2019, 3pm
Oakland School for the Arts
Singing Stories: The Ingredients of an Oratorio. Librettist Nilo Cruz and teaching artist Armando Castellano of Quinteto Latino present a hands-on workshop on using personal narratives to create new works of music, mirroring the process involved in the development of the oratorio Dreamers. This event will take place in the Oakland School for the Arts' Marion E. Greene Black Box Theatre, 530 19th St, Oakland. Free and open to the public, but please RSVP.

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Public Forum
Sun, Mar 17, 2019, 11am
Zellerbach Playhouse
Stories of Migration. Jimmy López's Dreamers evokes the realities of migration: the meaning of "home," the need and human impulse to migrate, the right to move, and the right to stay. Elsadig Elsheikh, director of the Global Justice Program at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, moderates a round table discussion with artists who also have personal migration stories: multi-instrumentalist Vân-Ánh Võ; Torange Yeghiazarian, founding director of Golden Thread Productions; and spoken word artist/activist Kemi Bello; with commentary on the current politics of the US southern border by Beatriz Manz of the Center for Latin American Studies. Presented in partnership with the Haas Institute in association with the UC Berkeley Undocumented Student Center, the Center for Latin American Studies, and the office of Oscar Dubon, Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion. Free and open to the public.

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Artist Talk
Sun, Mar 17, 2019, 1:30pm
Zellerbach Playhouse
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz leads a read-through of his Dreamers libretto, with commentary and Q&A moderated by Sabrina Klein, Cal Performances' director of artistic literacy. Free and open to the public.

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Major support for public programs provided by Bank of America.

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.

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Articles

After Trump, an Oratorio About 'Dreamers' Changes Key
by Michael Cooper for The New York Times

"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 ARTICLE


Music Makes the Dream Reality:
A New Oratorio Inspired by the Immigrant Experience

by Thomas May

It has been a few years since composer Jimmy López and playwright Nilo Cruz first conceived their latest collaboration, the oratorio Dreamers. But the message behind this musical-dramatic reflection on the challenges faced by undocumented immigrants seems to become more pressingly relevant every day.....READ ARTICLE


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

Program Notes

Program notes are available online. [PDF]