The city of Berkeley, California is home to Cal Performances, a local hub and performance company that provides a variety of programming and events. For over 50 years, the organization has been a vital source of the arts, culture, and education for the Bay Area and beyond.
Dedicated to presenting the finest variety of music, dance, theater, and other cultural events, UC Berkeley’ Cal Performances is the premier presenter of theater, dance, opera, classical music, and international music and dance in the Bay Area. Cal Performances has a long history of championing new works from great artists and has been a launch pad for the likes of Kronos Quartet, Chanticleer, and Yo-Yo Ma.
A season of performances awaits at Cal Performance in Berkeley, CA. From top-tier orchestras and international jazz performers to classical and world music, from celebrated Berkeley Dance Theater to the most-watched classical performances of the season, the wide-ranging program of concerts at Cal Performances has something for everyone.
Here’s just a glimpse of what’s coming up:
December 2, 2021
Kronos Quartet with special guest Mahsa Vahdat
The string quartet has been making music since 1973, and is well known for their inventive and cutting-edge renditions of both traditional and contemporary pieces. This ultimate concert includes many of the Kronos Quartet’s most requested pieces, as well as new commissions from some of the most respected composers of our time.
December 3, 2021
Damien Sneed. Joy to the World: A Christmas Musical Journey
Damien Sneed has emerged as one of the most compelling jazz innovators of his generation. His nine-piece band is comprised of some of the most brilliant young jazz musicians in the country. This outstanding band is influenced by a variety of styles of music from New Orleans, to Louisiana, to Memphis, to Texas Blues. Damien Sneed features a dynamic that is refreshing for those who have been looking for a true jazz band that incorporates influences from around the world.
December 4, 2021
Vân-Ánh Võ and Blood Moon Orchestra: Songs of Strength. World premier.
Savor the perfect night with compelling music at Cal Performance. A powerful singer with a distinctive voice, Vân-Ánh Võ is a major force in her own right. Hear the songs of strength from a Vietnamese-American artist at a special acoustic performance.
December 5, 2021
- Contemporary Dance
- Caleb Teicher, dancer and choreographer
- Conrad Tao, piano
More Forever is a beautiful and mesmerising performance that brings together a variety of styles to create a rich experience of dance. This one of a kind performance and a stunning work of art will take you on a journey through the various movements and rhythms of the world. The choreography show starts at 3 pm at Zellerbach Hall.
December 10, 2021
- Jazz and Blues
Jazzmeia Horn is an internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist who has been performing in the Bay Area for more than a decade. Her music blends elements of jazz, soul, gospel, Afro-Cuban, and R&B. If you are looking for a night of great jazz, Jazzmeia Horn is your best bet. The live jazz concert starts at 8 pm at Zellerbach Playhouse.
December 11, 2021
- Jazz and Blues
Canadian Brass: Making Spirits Bright for 50 Years and Counting!
Canadian Brass will be celebrating their 50th anniversary with a concert entitled “Making Spirits Bright for 50 Years and Counting.” The Canadian Brass is a multi-talented group that will be performing not only their own music but also holiday classics. It’s a show that will not only be entertaining but educational as well. This is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the holidays with your family and friends. Enjoy live jazz night which starts at 8 pm at Zellerbach Hall.
December 17-19, 2021
- Contemporary Dance
Mark Morris Dance Group
Mark Morris Dance Group has returned to Cal Performance at Berkeley to present a gem of its best productions: Water, Jenn and Spencer, Dancing Honeymoon and V. Each performance by the Mark Morris Dance Group is a stunning celebration of the human spirit. For more than 35 years, this group has been bringing their unique blend of modern and traditional dance styles to audiences around the world.
The Ultimate Guide to culture scene in Berkeley
Encore Spotlight guide provides you with all the resources you need to enjoy the best of Berkeley and San Francisco. Within Berkeley, you will find plenty of places to explore and enjoy. Fremont Street is a great place to start your Berkeley tour, for a selection of some of the finest live music venues in the Bay Area. For a foodie experience, Berkeley is a paradise with a wide selection of restaurants.
The Bay Area is a hub for culture, cuisine, entertainment, and natural beauty. There is always something to do, and the Encore Spotlight just scratches the surface.