Now More Than Ever The Arts Need You

Now, More Than Ever

A series of performing arts videos for a time of physical distancing,
compiled by Jeremy Geffen, Executive and Artistic Director, Cal Performances.

During these challenging days, as we all spend our time around fewer people in real life, Cal
Performances is guiding a series of virtual journeys (using YouTube links) specifically curated for our
adventurous and eclectic audiences. For the time being, these recordings of great artists past and
present will serve as a reminder of the performing arts’ unsurpassed ability to express the power and
potential of the human spirit—until, that is, we can share such moments together again, under the
same roof.

Cal Performances encourages one and all to find time—each and every day—for the performing

  • Marilyn Horne performing Rossini's “Pensa alla Patria” from L'Italiana in Algeri

Issue 15 (May 28)

In this issue: Rossini’s “Pensa alla Patria” from L’Italiana in Algeri performed by mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne; “Mystery of Love” by Sufjan Stevens; “Neurotic and Lonely” from Craigslistlieder by Gabriel Kahane; an excerpt from John Adams’ Nixon in China; Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488 performed by pianist Radu Lupu with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra […]

  • Alexi Kenney, violin

Issue 14 (May 22)

In this issue: Messiaen’s “Louange à l’Immortalité de Jésus” performed by violinist Alexi Kenney; “I’m On My Way” by multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Rhiannon Giddens; Fase  danced by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker & Michele Anne de Mey; “Hamadoun Toure” performed by Toumani & Sidiki Diabaté on the kora; Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala performing Verdi’s Don Carlo conducted by Riccardo Muti. […]

  • Violinist Isaac Stern

Issue 13 (May 18)

In this issue: Violinist Isaac Stern performing Bach’s Chaconne from Partita in D minor; Maya Plisetskaya dancing Mikhail Fokine’s “The Dying Swan”; Countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński performing Stanisław Moniuszko’s “Prząśniczka”; Gustavo Dudamel conducting Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra; L’Arpeggiata and Christina Pluhar performing Cazzati’s Ciaccona; and Bollywood playback singers Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle perform “Kab Ke Bichhde Hue Hum Aaj” from Lawaaris […]

  • Youssou N'Dour and Le Super Étoile de Dakar

Issue 12 (May 14)

In this issue: Youssou N’Dour and Le Super Étoile de Dakar; pianist Timo Andres playing Robin Holcomb’s Wherein Lies the Good; mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson performing in Hippolyte et Aricie; Bang on a Can All-Stars playing Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Fields; Ballet Hispánico in Tiburones […]

  • "Malaika" by Miriam Makeba, vocalist

Issue 11 (May 6)

In this issue: “Malaika” by vocalist Miriam Makeba; Monteverdi’s “Adagiati, Poppea…Oblivion soave” from L’incoronazione di Poppea, sung by mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, Excerpts from John Adams’ El Niño, sung by mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson; choreographer Maurice Béjart’s Boléro, danced by Sylvie Guillem; Judgement Scene from Verdi’s Aida, sung by  mezzo-soprano Shirley Verrett; “Happy Days Are Here Again”/“Get Happy” sung by Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland […]

  • Márta and György Kurtág, piano

Issue 10 (April 30)

In this issue: Bach played by pianists Márta and György Kurtág; Caroline Shaw’s Passacaglia from Partita for Eight Voices performed by Roomful of Teeth; Handel: “Where shall I fly?” from Hercules, HWV 60 performed by Joyce DiDonato; Antonio Martín y Coll’s Folías de España (Diferencias sobre las folías) performed by Jordi Savall; “I Didn’t Know What Time it Was” performed by Cécile McLorin Salvant; and the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain […]

  • Rudolf Nureyev in Vaslav Nijinksy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

Issue 9 (April 23)

In this issue: Choreographer Vaslav Nijinksy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune performed by Rudolf Nureyev; Wagner’s: Prelude to Lohengrin performed by Lucerne Festival Orchestra and conducted by Claudio Abbado; Debussy’s Toccata from Pour le piano performed by pianist Beatrice Rana; “Pilgrim’s Chorus,” after Wagner’s Tannhäuser performed by pianist Donald Lambert; Debussy’s Cello Sonata performed by cellist Gautier Capuçon and pianist Jorge Viladoms; Wagner’s Prelude and “Liebestod” from Act 3 of Tristan und Isolde performed by soprano Kirsten Flagstad with Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler. […]

Issue 8 (April 20)

In this issue: Yuja Wang/Prokofiev’s Toccata; Nina Simone/“My Baby Just Cares for Me”; Lucia Popp and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Strauss’ “Beim Schlafengehen” from the Four Last Songs; Danish String Quartet/ Beethoven’s Harp Quartet; Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch/excerpts from Le Sacre du Printemps. […]

Issue 7 (April 16)

In this issue: Two short works by Meredith Monk; Ginette Neveu/ Chausson’s Poème; Toumani Diabaté/“Cantelowes” from The Mandé Variations; Jessye Norman/Purcell’s “When I am laid in earth” from Dido and Aeneas; Dover Quartet and cellist Matt Haimovitz/Schubert’s Adagio from the String Quintet in C major […]

Issue 6 (April 13)

In this issue: Batsheva – The Young Ensemble/Ohad Naharin’s Echad Mi Yodea; György Cziffra/ Liszt’s Grand Galop Chromatique; Barbara Hannigan and the Berliner Philharmoniker/Hans Abrahamsen’s “I Will Go Out Now”; the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists/ Monteverdi’s “Nisi dominus” from Vespro della Beata Vergine; Renée Fleming and the London Philharmonic/excerpt from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro […]

Issue 5 (April 9)

In this issue: Victoria de los Ángeles and Orchestre Lamoureux/Canteloube’s “Baïlèro” from Chants d’Auvergne; Jazzmeia Horn/“Tight”; Michelle Dorrance at the 2014 Stockholm Tap Festival; Christian Tetzlaff and Lars Vogt/Brahms’ Scherzo from the FA-E Sonata; Jacqueline du Pré and the English Chamber Orchestra/Haydn’s Allegro molto from Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major, Hob. VIIb/1 […]

Issue 4 (April 6)

In this issue: the Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra/“Kingdom of the Shades” from La Bayadère; Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil/“Cada macaco no seu galho”; Aizuri Quartet/Gabriella Smith’s Carrot Revolution; Ignaz Friedman/two short works by Mendelssohn; English Baroque Soloists and the Monteverdi Choir/ Bach’s St John Passion […]

Issue 3 (April 1)

In this issue: focus on the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Natalie Dessay with Le Concert D’Astrée/Handel’s “Tu del ciel ministro elletto”; I’m With Her/“Send My Love (To Your New Lover)”; Attacca Quartet/ Beethoven’s Heiliger Dankgesang from String Quartet No. 15 […]

Issue 2 (March 30)

In this issue: Mark Morris Dance Group/“Waltz of the Snowflakes” from The Hard Nut; Angélique Kidjo/“Once in a Lifetime”; Jamie Barton/Sibelius’ “Flickan kom ifrån sin älsklings mote”; Tessa Lark/ Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances; Sō Percussion/music by Jason Treuting and John Cage; jazz keyboardist Matthew Whitaker on CBS’ 60 Minutes […]

Issue 1 (March 26)

In this issue: members of New York City Ballet/Justin Peck’s The Times are Racing; Nina Simone/“Love Me or Leave Me”; L’Arpeggiata/Monteverdi’s “Zefiro Torna”; yMusic/Andrew Norman’s Music in Circles; Mitsuko Uchida and Camerata Salzburg/Mozart’s Piano Concerto in D minor, K. 466 […]

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