Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

04/28/2019

String Quartet Sundays featuring "The Town"

Apr 28, 1pm to 3pm, The Musical Offering Cafe, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Puccini ° La Rondine Magda

Puccini ° La Rondine Magda, the dazzling courtesan, finds true love with Ruggero during a magical night in Paris. Alas, the soaring music of Puccini belies the heartbreak to come.

Featuring the Song of Doretta, perhaps Puccini's most beautiful aria.
MUSIC DIRECTOR: DAVID DRUMMOND
STAGE DIRECTOR: NICOLAS ALIAGA GARCIA Magda: Erin O'Meally
Ruggero: Patrick Hagen L
isette: Liesl McPherrin
Prunier: Samuel Faustine
Rambaldo: Julio Ferrari Yvette: Autumn Allee Bianca: Angela Jarosz
Suzy: Cary-Ann Rosko
Voice of the Dawn: Morgan Balfour
Perichaud: Chris Langton
Crebillon: Robert Singer
Rabonier: Jackson Beaman

Apr 28, 2pm to 5pm, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St, Berkeley, CA 94709, United States

The House of the Spirits

Michael Moran

A new play by Caridad Svich | Based on a novel by Isabel Allende | Directed by Michael Moran

Based on Isabel Allende's best-selling novel, Caridad Svich's <em>The House of the Spirits</em> follows three generations of the Trueba family-their loves, their ambitions, their spiritual quests, and their place in the post-colonial social and political turmoil embroiling their South American country. This darkly poetic adaptation incorporates magical realism to weave the personal and the political into a universal story of love, magic, and fate.

Apr 28, 2pm to 4pm, Zellerbach Playhouse

University Wind Ensemble *Note: actual end time may vary.*

Matthew Sadowski, director

Apr 28, 3pm to 4pm, Hertz Concert Hall

Crossover (Berkeley)

We explore the fascinating intersections of classical, pop and jazz with the Catalyst String Quartet ("invariably energetic and finely burnished" according to The New York Times) and our own rock-star violist, Darcy Rindt. Hear how Mozart invented jazz, along with romantic works by the British master Sir Edward Elgar, a brand-new work by Ms. Rindt, and covers of tunes by Dave Brubeck, Brittany Spears and Muse.
Dave Brubeck Take Five
Sir Edward Elgar Serenade for Strings
Darcy Rindt Positively Sinful
Britney Spears Toxic
Muse Supermassive Black Hotel
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart String Quartet in F Major, K. 590 (Finale)

ARTISTS
Benjamin Simon Conductor
Catalyst Quartet

Karla Donehew-Perez Violinist
Jessie Montgomery Violinist
Paul Laraia Violist
Karlos Rodriguez Cellist
Darcy Rindt Composer
Catalyst Quartet
Darcy Rindt

Apr 28, 3pm to 5pm, First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley

Mamadou Sidibe & Sam Rudin

Mamadou Sidibe played a groundbreaking role in transforming the popular Wassoulou music of Mali. He was one of the first to break with tradition by creating the now widely used eight-string kamale ngoni, a lute-harp-like instrument that exudes a deep, soulful sound. Mamadou broadened the songs from sacred hunters melodies to a popular music of philosophical observations, politics and daily African life. Stylus magazine calls his music, "an almost seamless blend of blues licks and African rhythms. At the center of his music is the same sensibility that you'll find in Muddy Waters: a sense of music as a tool for the re-creation of everyday life into something special, even magical."

Mamadou has toured with Malian greats Oumou Sangare, Coumba Sidibe, and Toumani Diabate in Africa, Europe and the US. Since settling on the west coast, he's garnered various awards, including Grand Prize at the John Lennon Songwriting Competition (World Music), Winner of the Billboard Songwriting Contest (World Category), and Winner of Global Rhythm Magazine Song Contest.

Best-known as a highly versatile pianist, Sam Rudin, the owner/creator of The Back Room is also a virtuoso percussionist. Sam will bring some piano, but mostly percussion, to this exciting collaboration.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Apr 28, 3pm to 5pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Théâtre National de Bretagne: Julius Caesar

Théâtre National de Bretagne, Cal Performances

French director Arthur Nauzyciel revives his production of Julius Caesar, first created 10 years ago for Boston's influential American Repertory Theater during a US election year. Now artistic director of the Théâtre National de Bretagne, Nauzyciel highlights the continuing relevance of Shakespeare's great political tragedy-with costumes and design that evoke the era of JFK, a live jazz trio, and provocative staging that refocuses the action so that the tyranny unfolds as the dream of a minor character, Brutus' slave Lucius.

Apr 28, 3pm to 5pm, Zellerbach Hall

Black Life: Destiny Muhammad Trio *Note: actual end time may vary.*

Come celebrate International Jazz Month with the Destiny Muhammad Trio. Known as the "Harpist from the Hood," Muhammad follows in the footsteps of jazz harp master Dorothy Ashby, and has been described by SFJAZZ Center as a "masterful, exploratory musician." Whether interpreting jazz standards or her original tunes, Muhammad turns every piece into a soulful adventure. She performs here with an ensemble designed to showcase her soaring vocals and transporting string work.


PLEASE NOTE: The date for this event was originally listed as Saturday, April 27.

Apr 28, 4pm to 5pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Stephanie Bruce: Music from the Corridor

Stephanie Bruce has been singing for a very long time. Her public performance life began in the coffee house circuit, playing guitar and piano, and singing folk music.

When Joni Mitchell and Laura Nyro opened the gates for female singer/songwriters, she began to experiment with her own simple four chord tunes about young love, summer days, and broken hearts. After moving to the Bay Area from Seattle, she was introduced to the world of jazz, and that was a major detour of study and performance in a genre that featured expansive harmony, tricky melodies, exciting grooves, and improvisation.

She is a lyricist, composer, and arranger, and her body of work continues to expand. Stephanie will be performing a choice selection of her newer tunes, and a few favorites from years gone by. Many of the newest songs have been written for a musical theater piece (working title: Emily's Deceptive Cadence), a work-in-progress that was recently selected for the Above Ground Festival. The songs are lyrically rich, harmonically adventurous, range in content from joyous to heartbreaking, and a few will be performed for the first time at The Back Room.

Joining Stephanie onstage will be three stellar Bay Area jazz musicians: John R Burr (piano), Aaron Germain (bass), and Kendrick Freeman (drums). lur

Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Apr 28, 7pm to 9pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

AGO: A New Workshop Production Written and Directed by Stan Lai

April 25-28, 2019
230 Hearst Gymnasium
Free Admission with Reservation*

We reminisce about the past, dream about the future, but are rarely present in the moment. In fact, as the word "present" slipped through our tongues, it was already AGO. Stan Lai (creator of A Dream Like A Dream, which first used the unique "theatre in the surround" configuration) has returned to UC Berkeley to create AGO, a play that examines the journey of characters through repeated triumph and failure, victory and folly.

Displaced from a small mountain village near the Himalayas to the never-sleeping New York, people are chased by calamities, searching for a pure land of eternal fulfillment and happiness. The play is a rare experience of theatre in the "surround." AGO in its entirety is conceived to be a 3 1/2 hour performance in 4 Acts. For this performance, we are presenting Acts 1 and 2. Act 3 takes place in New York and the Himalayas, where the surviving characters set forth to find the Pure Land in Dorje's visions. The aftermath of this expedition is Act 4, set in New York.

*Online ticket link closes 2 hours before showtime. After that time, you may request admission at the door, depending on seating availability.

Apr 28, 7pm to 10:30pm, 230 Hearst Gymnasium

The House of the Spirits

Michael Moran

A new play by Caridad Svich | Based on a novel by Isabel Allende | Directed by Michael Moran

Based on Isabel Allende's best-selling novel, Caridad Svich's <em>The House of the Spirits</em> follows three generations of the Trueba family-their loves, their ambitions, their spiritual quests, and their place in the post-colonial social and political turmoil embroiling their South American country. This darkly poetic adaptation incorporates magical realism to weave the personal and the political into a universal story of love, magic, and fate.

Apr 28, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Playhouse