Cal Performances' prestigious annual orchestra residency continues with a return visit by the venerable Vienna Philharmonic. You will have the unforgettable chance to experience the incredible sound of this remarkable ensemble, directed by three of the classical music world's podium greats.
Daniele Gatti, conductor
Juliane Banse, soprano
Fri, March 7
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Sat, March 8
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Sun, March 9
One orchestra, three master conductors. No other musical ensemble is more closely associated with the history and tradition of European classical music than the Vienna Philharmonic. Over a formidable 170-year history, the musicians of this orchestra have maintained a tradition of beauty and excellence in music-making—enjoying close associations with many of the most influential composers—Wagner, Verdi, Bruckner, Brahms, Liszt, Strauss, Mahler—and conductors—Richter, Furtwängler, von Karajan, Bernstein—in the history of music. The Vienna Philharmonic visits Berkeley for a three-concert residency with repertoire shining a light on the orchestra's deep connection to its famous musical legacy.
Highlights include Italian conductor Daniele Gatti, a renowned Mahler interpreter, in a program including Mahler's 4th Symphony; Brahms's Third Symphony (premiered by the Vienna Philharmonic in 1883) conducted by stellar Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons—"the next big thing among young conductors" (New York Times); and an exploration of enduring scores by influential Viennese composers (and a contemporary work from a composer who is creating in Vienna today), conducted by Franz Welser-Möst—a rare chance to experience his magnificent music-making beyond Cleveland where he is music director of The Cleveland Orchestra.
The Vienna Philharmonic's residency will also include extensive activities in the community and with UC Berkeley students, including master classes, chamber music, and a special symposium focusing on the history of the orchestra.
Education & Community Event: Residency
Mar 7 and 9, 2014
Cal Performances' annual orchestra residency will include master classes at the Music Department, a symposium, chamber music, and much more.
Education & Community Event: Sightlines
Fri, March 7, 7-7:30 pm
Sat, March 8, 7-7:30 pm
Sun, March 9, 2-2:30 pm
Pre-performance talk in the venue. Sightlines are free to event ticket holders.
Education & Community Event: Symposium
Two days of discussion reflecting on the century 1914-2014, 100 years since the start of World War I, including the position of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra as a major cultural institution during these turbulent times. Free and open to the public.
Education & Community Event: Master Class
Andrís Nelsons will coach the UC Symphony Orchestra. Free and open to observers, details to be announced.
Education & Community Event: Keynote
Sun, Mar 9, 7 pm
By Franz Welser-Möst, Music Director of the Vienna State Opera
Full schedule and registration details to be announced.
Program notes are available approximately one week before the performance.
Parking may be a problem on campus for the Saturday performance due to a Cal Men's Baketball game. Please see our Parking Alert section for more information.
The Vienna Philharmonic Residency at Cal Performances
Rainer Honeck, Concertmaster, and Tamás Varga, cello, of the famed Vienna Philharmonic coach UC Berkeley music students.