Berkeley Symphony Presents: Majestic on February 4 at 8 p.m.

Zellerbach Hall: U.C. Berkeley

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The Deal

  • $9 for one ticket for balcony seating (up to $20 value)
  • $17 for one ticket for front-orchestra seating (up to $33 value)
  • $29 for one ticket for side-orchestra seating (up to $53 value)
  • $29 for one ticket for side-mezzanine or side-tier seating (up to $53 value)
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  • Date and Time: February 4, 2016 at 8PM
  • 6:30 pm – Box Office/Will Call and Cafe Zellerbach open
  • 7:00 pm – Pre-concert talk in the main hall (free to all ticket holders)
  • 8:00 pm – Concert begins

The Program

The Berkley Symphony moves nimbly through two pieces that stand among the greatest achievements of their composers. Pianist and composer Conrad Tao, who the New York Times described as having “probing intellect and open-hearted vision,” joins as a soloist.

  • Lutosławski—Concerto for Orchestra: After his First Symphony was banned by the Polish government in 1948, Lutosławski began writing pieces in response. Children’s songs, simple pieces for piano, and small ensemble works poured from his pen with a nationalistic, folkloric bent designed for a country torn apart by war. This concerto, then, marks the culmination of those achievements. As the composer himself put it, “I wrote as I was able, since I could not yet write as I wished.”
  • Beethoven—Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Emperor: Beethoven’s last piano concerto, and arguably his most well-known, also grew out of war. In 1809 Austria was fending off Napoleon’s France once again, and as the French artillery assaulted Vienna, Beethoven hid in the cellar of a friend’s house with a pillow over his head to protect what little remained of his hearing. Months later, after regaining his concentration, he set to work on this piece, which undulates in three movements marked by a back and forth between piano and orchestra.

The Fine Print

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About Berkeley Symphony

  • 1969: British maestro Adrian Boult's protégé Thomas Rarick debuts the Berkeley Promenade Orchestra—which, in true '60s spirit, performs wearing casual clothes in unconventional settings while being conducted entirely by good vibes.
  • 1978: Kent Nagano takes the reins as music director, heralding such changes as programming focusing on rarely heard 20th-century scores, a switch to formal attire, and a name change.
  • 1984: The orchestra joins forces with Frank Zappa for a critically acclaimed concert featuring elaborate stage sets and life-size puppets.
  • 2003: The orchestra gets a comfortable pullout sofa and therefore its first composer-in-residence: Naomi Sekiya, whose Sinfonia delle Ombre for two guitars and orchestra debuts later that year.
  • 2009: Joana Carneiro becomes the third music director in the orchestra's 40-year history, forging relationships with prominent Bay Area composers such as John Adams, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Paul Dresher.

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