November is packed with performances, from family theater to classical music, jazz, and dance. Berkeley students receive 50% off for all Cal Performances events. Here are seven performances to put on your calendar:
- Saturday, November 16, 8 pm, Zellerbach Hall
Homegrown saxophonist, composer and bandleader Joshua Redman brings his internationally celebrated sound — and quartet —to Cal Performances.
- Sunday, November 17, 3 pm, Hertz Hall
Breathlessly exciting, The Danish String Quartet makes its debut at Cal with a program of works by Felix Mendelssohn, Ludwig van Beethoven, and contemporary Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen. The New Yorker has called them “shaggy-haired Danes” and praised their “rampaging energy.”
- Sunday, November 17, 7 pm, Zellerbach Hall
A sleepless night awaits audiences when contemporary dance ensemble Unión Tanguera performs its newest work, Nuit Blanche (sleepless night) — a story set in a nightclub over the course of a single evening. A quartet of musicians (violin, piano, bandoneon and double bass) provides the music.
- Saturday, November 23, 2 pm and Sunday, November 24, 3 pm, Zellerbach Hall
The innovative Imago Theatre returns with its signature work, Frogz, that features panicking penguins, poor-spelling sloths, introverted frogs, and many other curious creatures that have amused audiences around the globe. Half-price for children under 16.
- Sunday, November 24, 3 pm, Hertz Hall
Israel-born, Juilliard-trained pianist Shai Wosner, an acknowledged master of the solo piano works of Franz Schubert, will perform three disparate works by Schubert, complemented by a Schubert homage by contemporary German composer Jörg Widmann.
- Saturday, December 7, 8 pm, Zellerbach Hall
The Bay Area’s Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet celebrates 40 years and launches a fifth decade of innovation with next-generation guest artists and new works by eminent old friends.
- Saturday, December 14, 8 pm, Zellerbach Hall
In what has become an eagerly anticipated holiday season tradition, Cal Performances welcomes the inimitable Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra for a glorious performance of Handel’s Messiah oratorio.