Events


Annual Purchase Award

Monday, November 1st, 2010 - Sunday, November 1st, 2015, 9-5 Monday-Friday

Emeryville City Hall
1333 Park Blvd.

In Emeryville

The lobby of City Hall in Emeryville serves as an emerging gallery of local artworks.  Since 2005, the City has acquired one work which was selected from the Annual Emeryville Celebration of the Arts Exhibit held each October.  The juried exhibit showcases the work of the many professional artists who live and work here.  With a long tradition of artists cooperative housing, Emeryville is home to large number of artists, in fact, Emeryville may boast one of the most dense artists populations per capita in the Bay Region.  Past Purchase Award acquisitions include paintings by Canan Tolon and Michael Murphy, textile by Ana Lisa Hedstrom, light sculpture by Therese Lahaie and a ceramic wall hanging by Cuong Ta.  All the works as well as installations in and around City Hall such as Roger Berry's Solar Rose can be viewed suring normal business hours when City Hall is open to the public.  Please visit soon!


Hofmann by Hofmann

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 - Sunday, December 21st, 2014, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2626 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

In 1960 Hans Hofmann (1880–1966) described the just-completed painting Summer Bliss as one of his finest. At the suggestion of Erle Loran, then chair of the UC Berkeley Art Department, Hofmann offered Summer Bliss to the University in honor of professor Worth Ryder, who had passed away earlier that year. Ryder, who like Loran had studied with Hofmann years earlier in Germany, had invited Hofmann to teach at Berkeley in 1930, initiating what Hofmann later identified as his “start in America as a teacher and artist.”1

Three years later, Hofmann made another gift to the University—nearly fifty paintings representing the highest artistic achievement of his career, plus a pledge of $250,000 in support of the burgeoning University Art Museum (now BAM/PFA). At Hofmann’s request, Erle Loran was closely involved in choosing the paintings for this profoundly generous gift, selecting from among significant older works as well the strongest examples of his later practice. Although Hofmann died before the entire group was finalized, the BAM/PFA Hofmann collection, recognized as the world’s most extensive museum collection of his work, embodies the artist’s desire for it to be both excellent and comprehensive.

As we prepare to move to our new building in downtown Berkeley, it seems fitting to revisit the enduring vitality and generosity of Hofmann’s extraordinary gift. Hofmann by Hofmann focuses on the first paintings selected personally by Hofmann for BAM/PFA. Fantasia (1943), one of the earliest works, straddles a cusp between Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism while also anticipating the compositional logic and push-pull spatial dynamics of his signature color plane works of the 1950s and 1960s, such as Summer Bliss. In Nocturnal Splendor (1963) and Gloriamundi (1963), two of the later canvases, Hofmann employs contrasting colors and the arrangement of shapes into expanding and contracting forces (push-pull) to create the experience of three-dimensional space. “Space,”

Looking Intently: The James Cahill Legacy

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 - Sunday, December 21st, 2014, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2626 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

The late James Cahill, Professor Emeritus at UC Berkeley, was known as a brilliant scholar, exceptional teacher and writer, and extraordinary connoisseur and collector of Chinese and Japanese paintings. He began collecting in the mid-1950s as a Fulbright Scholar in Japan, where he encountered significantly undervalued Chinese paintings of the Ming and Qing periods. At the time few collectors were interested in these later paintings and fewer still understood their inherent value. But Cahill recognized their importance and so began a lifelong pursuit of fine paintings. His collection became known by his studio name, Ching Yuan Chai, given to him by his own teacher, Shimada Shujiro. As Cahill wrote, “It could be either Studio of Someone Looking into the Yuan (as I was for my dissertation) or, more prestigiously, Someone Gazing into the Abstruse.” Today paintings associated with that studio name are among the treasures that make up the core of the BAM/PFA Chinese painting collection. In fond memory of James Cahill (1926–2014), we present this selection from the collection in tribute to his tremendous generosity and commitment to Berkeley and to BAM/PFA.

Cahill, unlike some of his contemporaries as well as historic Chinese collectors, did not mark with a seal or inscription the paintings in his collection. Rather, he made his mark by donating—and encouraging others to donate—exceptionally fine paintings to BAM/PFA. This small exhibition presents just a handful of works, but they demonstrate the unparalleled range of Cahill’s collecting interests, from Summer Trees Casting Shade, a large decorative painting by Dai Jin (1388–1462), to the quietly cerebral The Zhiping Temple by Wen Zhengming (1470–1559).

Cahill frequently used the collection for teaching, engaging students in dialogue about brushwork, connoisseurship, authenticity, and condition, and looking intently at real works of art, a tradition that continues today.


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John Zurier / MATRIX 255

Friday, September 12th, 2014 - Sunday, December 21st, 2014, Wednesday through Sunday, 11am - 5pm

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2626 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Berkeley-based artist John Zurier (b. 1956) paints abstract, luminous canvases with hand-mixed pigments that range from subtle, muted earth tones to vibrant, saturated hues. He uses a wide range of brushwork and surface treatments to draw attention to the varied textures of the canvas—often applying distemper (a tempera paint made with dry pigments in animal glue) in thin brushy layers—to capture qualities of light and the changing effects of the atmosphere. He builds compositions that are both simple and involved, paying close attention to all aspects of a painting’s construction, including the differences between cotton and linen surfaces, the weave of each canvas, and the individual properties of tempera versus oil paint. Informed by a wide range of references—Abstract Expressionism, Italian Renaissance painting, Minimalism, Japanese painting, and poetry—Zurier’s work transcends the mundane to enter an affective realm. “I’m very interested in how compositional formats and motifs and even incidents in a painting can trigger perceptual responses and associations,” Zurier says.

Born in Santa Monica, Zurier received both his BA and MFA from the University of California, Berkeley. For MATRIX 255, his first solo exhibition in a museum, Zurier debuts a new body of paintings and watercolors inspired by Iceland, where he has been traveling, teaching, and painting since 2011. Zurier’s abstractions evoke the ice, fog, wind, water, and light of the Icelandic landscape, while also tapping into more timeless, contemplative states. Icy pale blue tones predominate, revealing the infinite range of the hue, as each composition strikes a unique, sensitive chord.

American Wonder: Folk Art from the Collection

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 - Sunday, December 21st, 2014, Wednesday through Sunday, 11am - 5pm

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2626 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

American Wonder: Folk Art from the Collection captures our burgeoning nation during a time of enormous change, from the Declaration of Independence in 1776 to the onset of the Civil War in 1861. The exhibition includes approximately fifty portraits, landscapes, commemorative mourning pictures, weather vanes, and decorative sculptures from the BAM/PFA collection. This distinguished collection—one of the finest of American folk art in California—is due to the generosity of W.B. Carnochan and N.C. Edebo.

In the years just following the Revolutionary War, many newly minted Americans desired painted portraits for their homes in order to identify individuals, establish family legacy, and demonstrate personal and/or civic achievement. Artists usually chose to portray their subjects in conventional poses, with the greatest emphasis placed on individual facial features. Clothing and surroundings were often simple and stylized, but might include details that would have been understood at the time as signs of social status or phase of life.

The exhibition also includes a number of landscapes, ranging from pastoral scenes to views of industrial progress. View of Providence, Rhode Island, created in the mid-1820s by an unidentified artist, functions as a portrait; the coastal city is portrayed on the brink of transition from pioneer village to bustling center of commerce. With remarkable beauty and formal simplicity, the works of art in American Wonder evoke the vivid presentness of their subjects and makers.

Joseph Holtzman / MATRIX 256

Friday, October 17th, 2014 - Sunday, December 21st, 2014, Wednesday through Sunday, 11am - 5pm

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2626 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Joseph Holtzman’s unusual artistic sensibility evolved from his close study of historical painting and his connoisseurship of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century decorative arts. His themes and motifs draw on these diverse sources as well as allude to family and friends, cultural personalities, historical figures, and literary characters. Balancing his wide-ranging references is an intensely sensual connection to paint and surface.

Holtzman (b. 1957) is highly attentive to the unique qualities of color and texture that can be expressed through the medium of paint on various grounds. His palette is fantastically rich and varied and he achieves remarkable chromatic and tonal effects by exploiting not only the transparency of the oil medium but also the unusual capacity of marble—his favorite surface—to absorb and reflect light. He pays as much attention to the tiniest details of the paintings as he does to their overall compositions. To contemplate Holtzman’s paintings is to become immersed—indeed, nearly lost—in a strange yet beautiful universe.

Many of Holtzman’s paintings are portraits though their subjects may only emerge for him in the process of painting: Frieda (Holtzman’s mother), Monsieur de Charlus (the dissolute aristocrat in Proust’s In Search of Lost Time), Mary Todd Lincoln (“a driven decorator,” according to Holtzman), the composer Stephen Sondheim, and Holtzman’s husband, Carl Skoggard. These subjects are evoked less through accurate depictions of their bodies and faces than through settings and related objects that, like saintly “attributes,” convey symbolic meaning.

Through his highly personal and inventive engagement with painting, Holtzman has invested new life into this versatile medium while nodding to the admired forebears of his, and our, cultural past.

Visual Language

Friday, November 7th, 2014 - Saturday, December 27th, 2014, 6-9

SLATE contemporary
473 25th St.

In Oakland

SLATE's latest show, Visual Language, displays artists who incorporate written text within their compositions. The show includes six local artists: Daniella Woolf, Tricia Rissmann, Lucky Rapp, Catherine Courtenaye, Blair Bradshaw, and Silvia Poloto.

Alexander String Quartet and Robert Greenberg, host and lecturer

Saturday, December 6th, 2014 - Wednesday, December 24th, 2014, December 6, 13, 20 and 24, 2014, 10 am-12 noon

St. John's Presbyterian Church, Berkeley
2727 College Avenue

In Berkeley

SATURDAY MORNINGS IN BERKELEY - MOZART IN VIENNA

Brimming with music and information and packed with history and humor, this popular series has brought together the award-winning Alexander String Quartet and music historian Robert Greenberg for more than two decades. Better than brunch and more entertaining than the morning paper, these concerts present performances of complete works surrounded by illuminating talks about the history and times of their composers. As one long-time audience member puts it, "this is the perfect start to a great weekend!"

In 1781, the 25 year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart moved to Vienna, to freelance and pursue fame and fortune in the capital city of German music. A few months later, he met and played in a pickup string quartet with Joseph Haydn. Inspired by the Haydn quartets he had played, Mozart set out to compose a series of string quartets of his own, quartets that would earn Haydn's respect. In this he succeeded entirely; Mozart's six, so-called "Haydn" quartets did not just win Haydn's praise but raised the string quartet bar to an altogether new level of artistry, virtuosity, and compositional complexity.

This season will also feature Mozart's two extraordinary Piano Quartets of 1785-1786, works that virtually created the genre of "piano quartet."

Program 1: December 6
Quartet No. 14 in G Major, K. 387
Quartet No. 15 in D minor, K. 421

Program 2: December 13
Quartet No. 16 in E-flat Major, K. 428
Quartet No. 17 in B flat Major, K. 458 "Hunt"

Program 3: December 20
Quartet No. 18 in A Major, K. 464
Quartet No. 19 in C Major, K. 465 "Dissonance"

Program 4: January 24 with Sarah Cahill, piano
Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, K. 478
Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat Major, K. 493

Presented by San Francisco Performances - 35th Anniversary Season.

$45 each Saturday of the series.

The Nutcracker-Ballet San Jose

Saturday, December 13th, 2014 - Sunday, December 28th, 2014, 1:30pm and 7:00pm

San Jose Center for Performing Arts
255 Almaden Blvd

In

Nearly 100 dancers fill the stage with classic holiday magic and season surprises in Karen Gabay's stylish, smart staging that brims with bravura dancing and just the right amount of gingerbread to put even Ebenezer Scrooge in the holiday spirit. This is the traditional "Nutcracker" to see!

The Nutcracker-Ballet San Jose

Saturday, December 13th, 2014 - Sunday, December 28th, 2014, 1:30pm and 7:00pm

San Jose Center for Performing Arts
255 Almaden Blvd

In

Nearly 100 dancers fill the stage with classic holiday magic and season surprises in Karen Gabay's stylish, smart staging that brims with bravura dancing and just the right amount of gingerbread to put even Ebenezer Scrooge in the holiday spirit. This is the traditional "Nutcracker" to see!

Individual Dates & Times: *
Dec 13, 2014: 1:30 pm (Sat)
Dec 13, 2014: 7 pm (Sat)
Dec 14, 2014: 1:30 pm (Sun)
Dec 19, 2014: 7 pm (Fri)
Dec 20, 2014: 1:30 pm (Sat)
Dec 20, 2014: 7 pm (Sat)
Dec 21, 2014: 1:30 pm (Sun)
Dec 23, 2014: 1:30 pm (Tue)
Dec 23, 2014: 7 pm (Tue)
Dec 26, 2014: 1:30 pm (Fri)
Dec 27, 2014: 1:30 pm (Sat)
Dec 28, 2014: 1:30 pm (Sun)

3rd Saturday Gallery Tour: Art for the Holiday

Saturday, December 20th, 2014 - Saturday, December 20th, 2014, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Joyce Gordon Gallery
406 14th St, Downtown Oakland

In Oakland

Join us for a special holiday edition of Oakland Art Murmur’s 3rd Saturday Gallery Tour program. Eric Murphy of Joyce Gordon Gallery leads participants on tour of Downtown Oakland’s gallery and retail treasurers that are offering up art for all tastes and budgets. What better gift for that special someone than artwork that supports Oakland’s artistic and small business communities!

Our tour will conclude at the Museum of Children’s Arts (1625 Clay St, Downtown Oakland) with a tour of the museum and a special holiday art making activity – fun for all ages!

* Not up for the full tour? Join us at MOCHA ca 3:30p!

Let's Go! A FREE Farewell Revel @ BAM/PFA

Sunday, December 21st, 2014 - Sunday, December 21st, 2014, 11am - 5pm

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2626 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

A Full Day of Free Events at BAM/PFA

Come celebrate our final day of programs in this unique building, and send us off in style to our next home.

• Dance Battles by the Brilliant TURFinc

• Vibrant Vocals from All-Women Ensemble Kitka

• Performance by Groundbreaking Artist Dohee Lee

• Inspired Sound Art by Chris Kallmyer

• Art-Making for Kids of All Ages with Veronica Graham

• Performance of Ligeti’s Poème Symphonique for 100 Metronomes led by Sarah Cahill

Free Gifts for BAM/PFA Members
+ Special Surprises!

Followed by a parade to our new downtown location

KITKA Women's Vocal Ensemble: Wintersongs Community Sing

Sunday, December 21st, 2014 - Sunday, December 21st, 2014, 12/21/14, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Nile Hall in Historic Preservation Park
668 13th Street

In Oakland

"A refreshing spin on traditional seasonal choral music... thoroughly marvelous!" - National Public Radio

Join Kitka in a celebratory circle of song! Experience the magic of raising your voice to create lush Eastern European seasonal harmonies as they were originally intended to be sung - by many voices in community! Kitka singers will lead the group in some fun "open voice" warm-ups, and will teach a varied selection of favorite tunes from their Wintersongs repertoire. Kitka's Community Sings are designed to be very inclusive. Singers of all ages are welcome and no experience is necessary.

Few things evoke the magic of the winter holidays as the transcendent splendor of the human voice raised in song. Kitka has researched and discovered a treasure-trove of seasonal music from a wide variety of Eastern European ethnic and spiritual traditions. "Wintersongs" showcases material ranging from rousing Slavic folk carols to lush, meditative Eastern Orthodox sacred choral works... from mesmerizing pre-Christian incantations for the longest nights of the year to Hebrew chants for Chanukah to original new pieces inspired by the beauty and mystery of wintertime.

Kitka, which means "bouquet" in Bulgarian and Macedonian, began as a grassroots group of singers from diverse ethnic and musical backgrounds who shared a passion for the stunning dissonances, asymmetric rhythms, intricate ornamentation, and resonant strength of traditional Eastern European women's vocal music. Since its informal beginnings, the group has evolved into an internationally-recognized professional ensemble known for its artistry, versatility, and mastery of the demanding techniques of Balkan and Slavic vocal styling. Through a busy itinerary of live performances, recording, educational programs, master artist residencies, commissioning programs, and adventuresome collaborations, Kitka has exposed millions to the haunting beauty of their unique repertoire.

Presented by KITKA Women's Vocal Ensemble.

Freewill Donation, Advance Reservation Recommended

V Monologues Holiday Edition

Saturday, December 27th, 2014 - Saturday, December 27th, 2014, 12/27/14, 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM

Kaiser Center Lakeside Theater
300 Lakeside Dr

In Oakland

An extraordinary show showcasing intimate monologues of sex, intimacy, culture, live music and more. You will take a walk down memory lane as you bare witness to this amazing ensemble cast. A perfect Girls Night Out. Group tickets available. Enjoy bar service. Give a Gift this Holiday Season. Treat yourself and someone you love.

Presented by Tracie Collins Productions.

$15-25.

Main Stage Concert: The Classics (Berkeley)

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014 - Wednesday, December 31st, 2014, 12/31/14, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

First Congregational Church
2345 Channing Way

In Berkeley

Benjamin Simon, conductor
Stephen Waarts, violin

W. A. Mozart - Overture to Cosi fan Tutte, K. 588
Sergei Prokofiev - Symphony No. 1 in D major, "Classical," Op. 25
Felix Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

In the finest classical style, we raise our curtain with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's brilliant overture to the 1790 comedy Cosi fan Tutte. Sergei Prokofiev's incandescent Classical Symphony gives the old form a modern twist, and Felix Mendelssohn, who adored Mozart above all others, brewed his own blend of sweetness and sophistication. The world's most beloved violin concerto will be performed by the Bay Area's rising superstar Stephen Waarts, our 2009 Debut Artist, who recently won first prize in the International Menuhin Competition.

Great music worth listening to. Classical masterpieces, unusual gems, and modern works offer a feast for your ears at every concert, while Maestro Simon's engaging onstage talks help you connect more powerfully with the music. Concerts are generally 90 to 120 minutes in length, with an intermission.

Admission is free to all concertgoers! Supporting members receive priority seating and priority entrance 60 minutes before concert time -- please bring your membership card with you. Non-members may enter 45 minutes before concert time.

Presented by San Francisco Chamber Orchestra.

$0 (Admission-Free!).

Cris Williamson 40th Anniversary Show

Saturday, January 10th, 2015, 7:00PM

Freight & Salvage
2020 Addison

In Berkeley

40th All-Star anniversary of Cris Williamson's "The Changer and the Changed"  w/ Vicki Randle, Barbara Higbie, Shelley Doty, Julie Wolf & very special guests, celebrating the milestone album that became the soundtrack of a movement. A reception and photo exhibit by Irene Young follows the show. 

Forty years ago, from their offices in a modest home in Los Angeles, a collective of young radical lesbians released a record album that was to become the soundtrack of a movement. Olivia Records, as the collective was known, recorded and released Cris Williamson's The Changer and The Changed, which quickly became one of the most successful recordings of the time and sparked the music genre that would become known as Women's Music. The Changer and the Changed was as much a political and cultural statement as it was entertainment—and is as powerful and relevant today as it was in 1975.


Free Dance at Luna’s Open House

Saturday, January 10th, 2015 - Saturday, January 10th, 2015, 9am-11am

Luna Dance Institute
605 Addison St.

In Berkeley

Dance, play & have fun with your child at Luna Dance Institute's free event! Our winter open house features creative dance and improvisation classes for all ages. Join us at 9am for dance story time in our professional library followed by free dance classes for young children up to teens. End the morning with a family dance party. Check out our beautiful dance studio located only minutes away from the Berkeley Aquatic Park and Fourth Street shopping center. Full schedule available online.

Saturday 1/10/15 from 9am-11am. FREE. 605 Addison St., Berkeley, CA 94710. Contact Jochelle Perena jperena@lunadanceinstitute.org, 510-883-1118, lunadanceinstitute.org.

19th Annual The Art of Living Black

Saturday, January 10th, 2015 - Friday, February 27th, 2015, Tue-Sat, 10am – 5pm; Sun 12 – 5pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Ave

In Richmond

The Richmond Art Center is proud to host the only annual, non-juried exhibition in the Bay Area to exclusively feature regional artists of African descent. Works by over 50 local artists in a wide variety of media, including painting, drawing, photography, jewelry and metal arts, ceramics and much more. This exhibition will feature works by the 2014 Jan Hart-Schuyers Award winners: Asual Aswad, Yolanda Holley, Atiba Sylvia Thomas and Lawrence Buford.

Richmond Art Center Faculty Show

Saturday, January 10th, 2015 - Saturday, March 7th, 2015, Tue-Sat, 10am – 5pm; Sun 12 – 5pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Ave

In Richmond

The Richmond Art Center has a long and rich history of inspiring students of all ages. This exhibition celebrates the unique and diverse work of the Art Center’s faculty—a talented group of professional artist-instructors who inspire creativity in students of all ages. Featured media include ceramics, weaving, fiber arts, screen printing, painting, drawing, printmaking and more.

Yisrael K. Feldsott: Annunciating Obscurities

Saturday, January 10th, 2015 - Saturday, March 7th, 2015, Tue-Sat, 10am – 5pm; Sun 12 – 5pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Ave

In Richmond

Featuring works from the 1970s to the present that showcase the artist’s exploration of the formal potentials of disparate materials to portray the gamut of the human experience. Feldsott's work is influenced by his time immersed in the traditions of indigenous communities in Central and South America, where he became a shaman and championed environmental issues.

Cris Williamson 40th Anniversary Show

Sunday, January 11th, 2015, 7:00PM

Freight & Salvage
2020 Addison

In Berkeley

40th All-Star anniversary of Cris Williamson's "The Changer and the Changed"  w/ Vicki Randle, Barbara Higbie, Shelley Doty, Julie Wolf & very special guests, celebrating the milestone album that became the soundtrack of a movement. A reception and photo exhibit by Irene Young follows the show. 

Forty years ago, from their offices in a modest home in Los Angeles, a collective of young radical lesbians released a record album that was to become the soundtrack of a movement. Olivia Records, as the collective was known, recorded and released Cris Williamson's The Changer and The Changed, which quickly became one of the most successful recordings of the time and sparked the music genre that would become known as Women's Music. The Changer and the Changed was as much a political and cultural statement as it was entertainment—and is as powerful and relevant today as it was in 1975.

San Francisoc Chamber Players

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 - Tuesday, January 13th, 2015, 8 pm

Berkeley city club
2315 Durant Ave

In Berkeley

BERKELEY CHAMBER PERFORMANCES PRESENTS THE SAN FRANCISCO CHAMBER PLAYERS ON JANUARY 13

Berkeley Chamber Performances continues its 22th season of intimate chamber concerts with the SAN FRANCISCO CHAMBER PLAYERS on Tuesday, January 13, at 8 p.m. at the Berkeley City Club. The members of this prestigious piano quartet studied at the Juilliard School, and each of them have performed as soloists as well as orchestra and chamber musicians in Asia, Europe, and across the United States.
The ensemble includes violinist Dan Carlson, Associate Principal Second Violin of the SF Symphony; violist Joy Fellows, Assistant principal of the Ballet Orchestra and member of the SF Opera Orchestra; Peter Wyrick, Associated Principal Cello of the SF Symphony; and pianist June Choi Oh, faculty member at Dominican University and the SF Conservatory of Music. Audience members are invited to attend a complementary wine and cheese reception following the concert with an opportunity to meet the musicians.
The January 13 program reflects a truly engaging diversity of music ranging from pieces by the German Baroque composer Georg Philipp Telemann to contemporary Northern California composer David Smith--and interspersed with classical treasures by Beethoven and Dvorak.
The concert begins with Quartet in D Minor by Telemann. Next on the program is Beethoven’s Piano Quartet in E Flat Major, Op 16, originally written for piano and winds and transcribed for quartet by the composer himself. After intermission the Chamber Players will perform David Smith’s Street Scenes…. The concert concludes with Piano Quartet in D Major, Op 23, by Dvorak.
Berkeley Chamber Performances sponsors musical events with a range of styles, from early music of the 16th and 17th centuries to modern and contemporary works. Concerts are held in the Ballroom of the historic Berkeley City Club. Designed by Julia Morgan, and completed in 1929, this ornate yet stately building with its lus

Color Charts Opening

Thursday, January 15th, 2015 - Thursday, January 15th, 2015, 6- 8pm

SLATE contemporary
473 25th St

In Oakland

Featuring large scale works exploring the intersection of color, data, and information by Carol Ladewig, Lucky Rapp, and Diane Rosenblum.

Berkeley Symphony: Sanctuary

Thursday, January 15th, 2015 - Thursday, January 15th, 2015, 8-10pm

Zellerbach Hall
101 Zellerbach Hall #4800, Berkeley, CA 94720

In Berkeley

Commissioned by the City of Birmingham Orchestra, Asyla was given its premiere in 1997, under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle. As is typical of Adès, the title implies both a place of rest and a home for the mentally unstable, capturing the subversive tone of the piece. Berkeley Symphony is honored to introduce Bay Area audiences to this important work. One of the best-loved works in the classical music repertoire, Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique” Symphony premiered in October of 1843, conducted by the composer, only nine days prior to his death. Its rich melodies and passionate romanticism remain profoundly moving and provide a welcome escape from 21st century realism.

100 Years...88 Keys: Invocation for a New Century at Oakland Tech

Saturday, January 17th, 2015 - Saturday, January 17th, 2015, 1/17/15, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Oakland Technical High School
4351 Broadway

In Oakland

Concert pianist Daniel Finnamore will play selections from Liszt, Debussy, Ravel, and Satie to showcase Oakland Tech's "secret jewel," our fully restored 1917 Steinway Grand Piano.

The piano was purchased by Oakland Tech in 1917, and moved into the new auditorium when it was built in the 1960s. Over the years, the auditorium fell into disrepair and by the turn of this century, was a leaky store-room where the piano sat, neglected. A highlight of the auditorium renovation campaign was the restoration of this jewel by the class of 1961. A fundraiser led by Camille Reed provided $25,000 to bring life back into the soundboard and strings, and to purchase a new "four-hand bench." The Oak Tech Auditorium is now a central location for many schools and outside art groups to host concerts and events, providing a comfortable venue to the community and job training to the "Tech Techies." The auditorium renovation project is entering its final phase to complete upgrades to the theater, its lobby and courtyard entrance.

Daniel Finnamore grew up in Oakland, and has taught hundreds of students to love the piano over the past 40 years. As a musician, he specializes in romantic expressions of the 19th and 20th centuries. The concert will also feature a ballet performance by senior Deon Oddonne (of Nutcracker doll fame) and an original multimedia prose poem by local writer/artist Kristen Caven, who is currently the PTSA president.

As Oakland Tech is celebrates its 100th year, the PTSA is using this event to recognize all of the volunteer efforts that have gone into supporting this historic school, and to call in a vision for the next century, asking the muses to help all Oakland students shape a beautiful future.

On Sunday, February 8th, the school will host the "Technites Past and Present Showcase" talent show featuring students and alumni. Our 100-year yearbook will be on sale. For information please contact techtalentshow@gmail.com.

Presented by The Oakland Tech PTSA.

$20.

Very First Concert: Bang On A Pan (Berkeley)

Monday, January 19th, 2015 - Monday, January 19th, 2015, Monday, Jan 19, 11 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.

Crowden School
1475 Rose St

In Berkeley

The oldest musical instrument is the rock. Not even cavemen could resist the urge to tap stones together and start getting their groove on! Meet three of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra's team of top percussionists, those versatile musicians that can be found at the back of the orchestra, handling everything from a bass drum and cymbals to a thundersheet and crotales.

The SFCO's concert series for babies, toddlers, and children was created by Music Director Ben Simon in 2007. These "mini concerts" feature a simple musical concept, short selections of classical repertoire, tumbling mats as an alternative to chairs, hands-on musical activities, and lively back-and-forth dialogue between the performers and the audience.

Consistently popular, these concerts are characterized as much by the young listeners' lively response to the rhythmic games and activities in which they engage as they are by the rapt attention paid to the Orchestra's performance.

Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted. The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra's Very First Concert series is a fully professional production, produced in collaboration with the Crowden school of Berkeley. Seating is first come, first served.

Monday, January 19 - Concert begins at 11:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m. (Repeat Performances)
The Crowden School, 1475 Rose St, Berkeley

Renowned for its brilliant programming and top-quality musicians, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra is drawing capacity crowds and national attention for its unique admission-free policy. Committed to cultivating new audiences for classical music, the SFCO has earned its place among the best Bay Area ensembles. The Orchestra performs four Main Stage Concert programs each season, plus a wide variety of educational outreach programs, including three Family Concert programs and two Very First Concert programs for their youngest listeners.

Presented by San Francisco Chamber Orchestra.

$0 (Free).

Oakland East Bay Symphony Performs Gershwin and Shostakovich Jan. 23

Friday, January 23rd, 2015 - Friday, January 23rd, 2015, January 23, 2015, at 8pm

The Paramount Theatre
2025 Broadway

In Oakland

The Oakland East Bay Symphony continues its 2014-2015 season with Music Director Michael Morgan-celebrating his 25th year with the Symphony-on the podium and guest pianist Richard Glazier performing Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F on a program with Shostakovich's 8th Symphony Friday, January 23, at 8 pm at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland. The January 23 concert pairs one of Gershwin's most successful orchestral works that blurred the lines between classical music and jazz with a Shostakovich symphony that received a less than enthusiastic response at its 1944 premiere but has come to be regarded as one of his finest scores.

Glazier will give a pre-concert talk at 7 pm, free to ticket holders, and the concert is dedicated to the memory of Robert E. Berges. For information and tickets, visit www.oebs.org.

Presented by Oakland East Bay Symphony.

$20-$70.

THE GREAT POETS From Shakespeare to Dryden

Sunday, January 25th, 2015, 7:30pm

St. Mary Magdalen Church
2005 Berryman Street

In Berkeley

Anna Dennis, soprano
Music of Dowland, Johnson, Ferrabosco, Lanier, Danyel, Lawes & Purcell
Direct from London, soprano Anna Dennis joins Voices of Music for an evening of 17th-century Poetry and Music

Thursday January 22, 8pm
Throckmorton Theatre
142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley

Friday January 23, 8pm
All Saints Episcopal Church
555 Waverley Street, Palo Alto

Saturday January 24, 8pm
St. Mark's Lutheran Church
1111 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco

Sunday January 25, 7:30pm Berkeley St. Mary Magdalen
St. Mary Magdalen Church
2005 Berryman Street, Berkeley

Artist Talk: The Art of Living Black

Saturday, February 7th, 2015 - Saturday, February 7th, 2015, 12 - 1:30 pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Ave

In Richmond

Listen to a panel of regional artists of African descent as they discuss their influences and wide-ranging artwork in the 19th annual The Art of Living Black exhibition. This exhibition features over 50 local artists and runs through February 27, 2015

Richmond Art Center Opening Reception

Saturday, February 7th, 2015 - Saturday, February 7th, 2015, 2 - 5 pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Ave

In Richmond

Enjoy the work of emerging and established Bay Area artists at this reception for new exhibitions. See artwork by 50 local artists of African American descent in the 19th Annual The Art of Living Black; works by the Art Center’s talented professional artist-instructors; and the mixed-media work of Yisrael Feldsott which explores of the formal potentials of disparate materials to portray the gamut of the human experience.

See & Make Art

Saturday, February 7th, 2015 - Saturday, February 7th, 2015, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Ave

In Richmond

Join us for our free, first Saturday bilingual art tours! Come and enjoy a guided tour of the Richmond Art Center's four galleries and a hands-on art making activity! Open to all ages. Families welcome.

Please meet the group in the Madeline F. Whittlesey Community Room at the Richmond Public Library, Main Branch (325 Civic Center Plaza) and we’ll walk as a group over to the Art Center.

Berkeley Symphony and Friends Chamber Music Series

Sunday, February 8th, 2015 - Sunday, February 8th, 2015, 5-7pm

Piedmont Center for the Arts
801 Magnolia Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94611

In

The Piedmont Center for the Arts will host a series of four chamber music concerts featuring Berkeley Symphony musicians and their guests. Artists: René Mandel, violin; Peter Wyrick, cello; Markus Pawlik, piano. Presenting works by Mozart and Tchaikovsky.

Artist Talk: The Art of Living Black

Saturday, February 14th, 2015 - Saturday, February 14th, 2015, 12 - 1:30 pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Ave

In Richmond

Listen to a panel of regional artists of African descent as they discuss their influences and wide-ranging artwork in the 19th annual The Art of Living Black exhibition. This exhibition features over 50 local artists and runs through February 27, 2015

Oakland East Bay Symphony to Premiere New Mads Tolling Violin Concerto

Friday, February 20th, 2015 - Friday, February 20th, 2015, 2/20/15, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

The Paramount Theatre
2025 Broadway

In Oakland

The world premiere of a new violin concerto entitled Begejstring ("Excitement") by popular jazz composer/violinist Mads Tolling will headline the Oakland East Bay Symphony's February 20, 2015 concert with Tolling as soloist at the Paramount Theatre conducted by Music Director Michael Morgan. The evening will also include Haydn's Mass in Time of War with the Oakland Symphony Chorus and Samuel Barber's Symphony No. 1 (Symphony in One Movement), conducted by Assistant Conductor Brian Nies. Haydn's Mass in Time of War will feature the Oakland Symphony Chorus, Lynne Morrow, Director; and Soloists from San Francisco Opera Center's Adler Fellowship Program including Julie Adams, soprano; Zanda Svede, mezzo-soprano; Chong Wang, tenor; and Anthony Michael Read, bass.

The concert is sponsored in part by Chevron and the premiere of Mads Tolling's work is part of New Visions/New Vistas Commissioning Project, supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation. A pre-concert talk with John Kendall Bailey will be given at 7 pm and is free to ticket-holders.

Presented by Oakland East Bay Symphony.

$20-$70.

Jazz Art

Saturday, February 21st, 2015 - Saturday, February 21st, 2015, 1 - 3 pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Ave

In Richmond

Listen to acclaimed musicians, India Cooke and Don Robinson, and let their music inspire you to make art. This hands-on art-making event is perfect for everyone in your family to get in the groove and express themselves by drawing, painting or collaging. Materials are provided by the Art Center, but feel free to bring your own. All ages. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Berkeley Symphony: Imagination

Thursday, February 26th, 2015 - Thursday, February 26th, 2015, 8-10pm

Zellerbach Hall
101 Zellerbach Hall #4800, Berkeley, CA 94720

In Berkeley

Maurice Ravel’s delightful Mother Goose Suite opens the program. A series of illustrations of French fairy tales was the inspiration behind this piece, which started out as a piano duet, then was expanded to a ballet, from which this orchestra suite was derived. Jake Heggie’s Camille Claudel: Into the Fire was premiered to great acclaim as a song cycle for mezzo-soprano and string quartet in San Francisco in 2012. Berkeley Symphony commissioned Mr. Heggie to write the orchestral version, which receives its world premiere with the enchanting Sasha Cooke as soloist. This performance closes with Brahms’ powerful Fourth Symphony, completed only a year after the premiere of his Third Symphony.

The Art of Living Black: Open Studio

Saturday, March 7th, 2015 - Saturday, March 7th, 2015, 11 am - 5 pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Ave

In Richmond

This one-day art fair and gallery sale is a unique opportunity to meet The Art of Living Black artists and purchase their work. View works by sculptors, painters, jewelry makers, mixed media artists, photographers, ceramic artists and so much more.

See & Make Art

Saturday, March 7th, 2015 - Saturday, March 7th, 2015, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Ave

In Richmond

Join us for our free, first Saturday bilingual art tours! Come and enjoy a guided tour of the Richmond Art Center's four galleries and a hands-on art making activity! Open to all ages. Families welcome.

Please meet the group in the Madeline F. Whittlesey Community Room at the Richmond Public Library, Main Branch (325 Civic Center Plaza) and we’ll walk as a group over to the Art Center.

Steffani Stabat Mater

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015, 7:30pm

St. Mary Magdalen Church
2005 Berryman Street

In Berkeley

An all-star cast performs Agostino Steffani’s baroque masterpiece, Stabat Mater, and the Carissimi oratorio Vanitas, Vanitatum.

Jennifer Ellis Kampani & Céline Ricci, sopranos
Clifton Massey, countertenor
Paul Elliott & Christopher LeCluyse, tenors
John Bischoff, bass
Elizabeth Blumenstock & Kati Kyme, baroque violin
Lisa Grodin, baroque viola
Adaiha MacAdam-Somer, baroque cello
Farley Pearce, violone
David Tayler, theorbo
Hanneke van Proosdij, organ

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 8 pm
All Saints Episcopal Church
555 Waverley Street, Palo Alto

Friday, March 20, 2015, 8 pm
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
3 Bayview Avenue, Belvedere

Saturday, March 21, 2015, 8 pm
St. Mark's Lutheran Church
1111 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco

Berkeley Symphony: I'm a Performer Family Concert

Saturday, April 11th, 2015 - Saturday, April 11th, 2015, 10am and 11:30am

Malcom X Middle School
1731 Prince Street

In Berkeley

Rosin your bow and polish your horn! Get ready for this one-of-a-kind opportunity to perform alongside professional orchestra musicians! An annual tradition at Berkeley Symphony, “I’m a Performer!” family concerts are open to all music lovers, instrumentalists and singers alike. Together, you and the orchestra will perform popular tunes, including “Ode to Joy” and our signature tune, “I Am a Fine Musician.” Concerts are FREE.

Berkeley Symphony and Friends Chamber Music Series

Sunday, April 12th, 2015 - Sunday, April 12th, 2015, 5-7pm

Piedmont Center for the Arts
801 Magnolia Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94611

In

The Piedmont Center for the Arts will host a series of four chamber music concerts featuring Berkeley Symphony musicians and their guests. Artists: Dan Flanagan, violin; Elizabeth Prior, viola; Jonah Kim, cello; Miles Graber, piano. Presenting works by Ravel and Fauré. Tickets are $25.

Berkeley Symphony: Homage

Thursday, April 30th, 2015 - Thursday, April 30th, 2015, 8-10pm

Zellerbach Hall
101 Zellerbach Hall #4800, Berkeley, CA 94720

In Berkeley

First produced in 1991, John Adams’ opera The Death of Klinghoffer is based on the hijacking of the passenger liner Achille Lauro by the Palestine Liberation Front in 1995, and the resulting murder of Jewish-American passenger Leon Klinghoffer. Mozart’s Requiem was composed in Vienna in 1791, during the last year of the composer’s life. Though considered one of Mozart’s most popular and respected works, the question remains as to how much of the music he actually completed before his death and how much was later composed by others. The Orchestra is joined by soloists from the Adler Fellowship Program of the San Francisco Opera Center and the choruses from the University of California, Berkeley.

Under Construction

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 - Saturday, May 2nd, 2015, 3pm

Osher Studio
2055 Center Street

In Berkeley

Working in collaboration with EarShot: the National Orchestral Composition Discovery Network, and its partner organizations – the American Composers Forum, League of American Orchestras, New Music USA and the American Composers Orchestra – Berkeley Symphony will expand its Under Construction New Music Series/Composers Program. Participating composers receive artistic and career guidance from Music Director Joana Carneiro and mentor composers, as well as from the orchestra musicians. Tickets are $10.

Under Construction II

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 - Sunday, May 3rd, 2015, 7-9pm

Osher Studio
2055 Center Street

In Berkeley

Working in collaboration with EarShot: the National Orchestral Composition Discovery Network, and its partner organizations – the American Composers Forum, League of American Orchestras, New Music USA and the American Composers Orchestra – Berkeley Symphony will expand its Under Construction New Music Series/Composers Program. Participating composers receive artistic and career guidance from Music Director Joana Carneiro and mentor composers, as well as from the orchestra musicians.



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