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 arts.

  • Angelique Kidjo performs "Pata Pata" at Austin City Limits

Issue 47 (December 2)

In this issue: Sibelius’ Allegro moderato from Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 performed by Camilla Wicks and Stockholm Radio Symphony Orchestra; Miriam Makeba and Jerry Rogovoy’s “Pata Pata” performed by Angélique Kidjo; Pas de deux from Les Sylphides choreographed by Fokine and performed by Maria Tallchief and Royes Fernandez; Rachmaninoff’s Finale from Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30 performed by Leif Ove Andsnes and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Puccini’s Finale from Suor Angelica performed by Barbara Frittoli and Metropolitan Opera […]

  • Angelique Kidjo performs "Pata Pata" at Austin City Limits

Issue 47 (December 2)

In this issue: Sibelius’ Allegro moderato from Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 performed by Camilla Wicks and Stockholm Radio Symphony Orchestra; Miriam Makeba and Jerry Rogovoy’s “Pata Pata” performed by Angélique Kidjo; Pas de deux from Les Sylphides choreographed by Fokine and performed by Maria Tallchief and Royes Fernandez; Rachmaninoff’s Finale from Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30 performed by Leif Ove Andsnes and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Puccini’s Finale from Suor Angelica performed by Barbara Frittoli and Metropolitan Opera […]

  • Soprano Diana Damrau performs Wolf's "Auch kleine Dinge" from Italienisches Liederbuch

Issue 46 (November 20)

In this issue: Wolf’s “Auch kleine Dinge” from Italienisches Liederbuch performed by Diana Damrau and Helmut Deutsch;  Mahler’s Adagietto from Symphony No. 5 performed by Lucerne Festival Orchestra; Johnson’s Adagio from Concerto Jazz-A-Mine performed by Aaron Diehl; Copland’s Appalachian Spring choreographed by Martha Graham; Parra: “Gracias a la vida” performed by Violeta Parra […]

  • Brittany Howard performing "You'll Never Walk Alone" from Carousel

Issue 45 (November 13)

In this issue: Bach’s Opening Chorus from Cantata 66, Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen performed by Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists;  Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel performed by Brittany Howard; “Billie’s Boogie” performed by Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Billie & DeDe Pierce; Mahler: “Dancing with the Audience” from Deca Dance performed by Batsheva Dance Company and choreographed by Ohad Naharin; Bernstein: “Make Our Garden Grow” from Candide performed by Kristin Chenoweth, Paul Groves, New York Philharmonic, and Westminster Symphonic Choir […]

  • Joyce DiDonato performing Handel's "Ombra mai fu" from Serse

Issue 44 (November 4)

In this issue: “Deep River” performed by Mahalia Jackson;  Handel’s “Ombra mai fu” from Serse performed by Joyce DiDonato and Il Pomo d’Oro; Hahn’s “À Chloris” performed by Susan Graham and Jake Heggie; Mahler: “Urlicht” from Symphony No. 2, Resurrection performed by Bernarda Fink and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Ariel Ramírez & Félix Luna’s “Alfonsina y el mar” performed by Mercedes Sosa; Lucilla Galeazzi’s “Voglio una casa” performed by Lucilla Galeazzi and L’Arpeggiata […]

  • A Spooky Now, More Than Ever

Issue 43 (October 28)

In this issue: Excerpt from Giselle performed by Bolshoi Ballet and Orchestra;  Excerpts from HK Gruber’s Frankenstein!! performed by Swedish Chamber Orchestra; William Shakespeare’s Macbeth featuring and co-directed by Kenneth Branagh; Bartók’s “The Sixth Door (The Lake of Tears)” from Bluebeard’s Castle; “The Bird” from Manual Cinema’s Frankenstein; Verdi’s “Libera me” from Requiem performed by Leontyne Price […]

  • Cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and pianist Sviatoslav Richter perform Beethoven's Final movement from Cello Sonata No. 4 in C major, Op. 102, No. 1

Issue 42 (October 22)

In this issue: Beethoven’s Final movement from Cello Sonata No. 4 in C major, Op. 102, No. 1 performed by Mstislav Rostropovich and Sviatoslav Richter;  The Spirit of Noh 能 directed by Edwin Lee; Mozart’s “Vorrei, spiegarvi, oh Dio!” performed by Sabine Devieilhe; Miles Davis’ “So What?” performed by Miles Davis; Rehearsing The Dying Swan and Lamentation performed by Sae Eun Park; Arvo Pärt: Fratres performed by Gidon Kremer […]

  • Tetzlaff Quartet performs Mozart's Mozart's Allegro vivace from String Quartet No. 16 in E-flat major, K. 428/421b

Issue 41 (October 13)

In this issue: Mozart’s Allegro vivace from String Quartet No. 16 in E-flat major, K.  428/421b performed by Tetzlaff Quartet;  “So Is the Day” performed by Bria Skonberg; Fanm d’Ayiti performed by Nathalie Joachim; Beethoven Sonata Parody performed by Dudley Moore; Allegría from Carlos Saura’s Flamenco, Flamenco performed by Sara Baras […]

  • Violinist Tessa Lark performing Telemann's Fantasia No. 7 in E-flat major, TWV 40:20

Issue 40 (September 30)

In this issue: Telemann’s Fantasia No. 7 performed by violinist Tessa Lark; Lin Hwai-min’s Moon Water performed by Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan; Brahms’ Final Movement from Symphony No. 4 in E minor performed by Bavarian State Orchestra; John Adams’ “Batter My Heart” from Doctor Atomic performed by baritone Gerald Finley and Netherlands Opera; and Handel’s “Da tempeste il legnoinfranto” from Giulio Cesare by soprano Danielle de Niese and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightment […]

  • Soprano Karita Mattila in Beethoven's Fidelio

Issue 39 (September 23)

In this issue: We remember US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by taking a look at Operas featuring female characters who refuse to become victims and take charge of their own destinies. […]

  • Shostakovich's The Nose performed by The Royal Opera, choreographed by Otto Pichler

Issue 38 (September 16)

In this issue: Shostakovich’s The Nose performed by The Royal Opera; an excerpt from Rebel’s Les Éléments performed by Musica Antiqua Köln; violinist Vijay Gupta performing an excerpt from Reena Esmail’s Darshan; Dvořák’s Poco Adagio from Piano Trio in F minor, Op. 65 performed by Vienna Piano Trio; R. Strauss’s “Allerseelen” performed by Dame Margaret Price; a number from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel performed by Golda Schultz at BBC Proms 2020   […]

  • Ivo Pogorelich performs J.S. Bach's English Suite No. 2 in A minor

Issue 37 (September 9)

In this issue: Pianist Ivo Pogorelich performs J.S. Bach’s English Suite No. 2 in A minor; violinist Roberts Balanas covers Sir Elton John; New York City Ballet dancers perform Christopher Wheeldon’s This Bitter Earth; Ruthie Foster covers Johnny Cash; the London Symphony Orchestra performs an excerpt from John Adams’ Harmonielehre […]

  • Jean Rondeau performs Royer's Vertigo on the harpsichord

Issue 35 (August 27)

In this issue: A showcase of some of the most impressive keyboard artists of our time or previous generations, including Jean Rondeau, Annie Fischer, Leif Ove Andsnes, Tigran Hamasya, Thelonious Monk, and Matthew Whitaker. […]

  • Now, More Than Ever: After Dark

Issue 34 (August 20)

In this issue: Our first “After Dark” edition of Now, More Than Ever, celebrates the sweet and funny, decidedly offbeat, edgy, odd, and out-and-out raunchy elements of artistic expression […]

  • Barbara Bonney and Anne Sofie von Otter in R. Strauss' "Presentation of the Rose" Scene from Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59

Issue 33 (August 17)

In this issue: We explore the most beautiful moments in 20th-century music, and beyond, including R. Strauss’s “Presentation of the Rose” Scene from Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59; Messiaen’s “Jardin du sommeil d’amour” from Turangalîla-Symphonie; and more! […]

  • Pianist Keith Jarrett Performs Gershwin's "Summertime"

Issue 32 (August 13)

In this issue: Pianist Keith Jarrett performs Gershwin’s “Summertime;” Catalyst Quartet performs “Strum;” Damien Sneed explains the history of Gospel; an excerpt of Kirov Ballet performing Swan Lake; Haïg Sarikouyoumdjian on the duduk; Jordi Savall conducts J.S. Bach’s Magnificat […]

  • Timo Andres performing “How can I live in your world of ideas?”

Issue 29 (July 27)

In this issue: Pianist Timo Andres performing “How can I live in your world of ideas?”; an excerpt from Cappella Mediterranea’s production of Rameau’s Les indes galantes; pianist Martha Argerich performing Chopin’s Largo and Finale from Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58; Chris Thile performing “Too Many Notes;” an excerpt from Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites  […]

  • Yoann Bourgeois performing to Debussy's "Clair de lune" played by Alexandre Tharaud

Issue 28 (July 23)

In this issue: acrobat/dancer Yoann Bourgeois performs to Debussy’s “Clair de lune;” Janine Jansen performs Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso with the Berlin Philharmonic; vocalist La Caíta performs “El pájaro negro” from Latcho Drom; Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Friends perform Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah;” Nederlands Dans Theater performs Paul Lightfoot’s Standby […]

  • Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Issue 27 (July 20)

In this issue: We shine a spotlight on the great 19th-century Austrian composer Franz Schubert (1797–1828). […]

  • Martha Argerich performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15

Issue 26 (July 16)

In this issue: Martha Argerich performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15; Lacrimosa from Jean-Baptiste Lully’s De profundis performed by Cappella Mediterranea, Chœur de Chambre de Namur, and the Millenium Orchestra; cellist Pablo Casals’ “El cant dels ocells”; a dance work by choreographer Dada Masilo as part of a William Kentridge exhibit; Ella Fitzgerald performing Jobim’s “One Note Samba” […]

  • A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky's First Movement from Serenade for Strings, Op. 48

Issue 25 (July 13)

In this issue: A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky’s First Movement from Serenade for Strings, Op. 48; soprano Ana María Martínez performing with the Cellos of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Gustavo Dudamel; the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra performing Verdi’s “Va, penseiro” from Nabucco; trumpeter Wynton Marsalis performing with the Boston Pops Orchestra and conductor John Williams; Quatuor Ébène performing “Misirlou”; Mark Morris Dance Group performs Dido and Aeneas   […]

  • A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky's First Movement from Serenade for Strings, Op. 48

Issue 24 (July 9)

In this issue: Jake Shimabukuro’s ukulele cover of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody; soprano Leontyne Price, soprano and bass-baritone Simon Estes performing Aida and Amonasro’s Duet from Aida; choreographer Camille A. Brown’s “The History of African American Social Dance”; soprano Margaret Price performing Mozart’s “E Susanna non vien! … Dove sono” from Le nozze di Figaro; Silkroad Ensemble performing Kinan Azmeh’s “Wedding”; Music from Cinema Paradiso by composer Ennio Morricone […]

  • Berlioz' Dies irae and Tuba mirum from Requiem, Op. 5, conducted by Sir Colin Davis

Issue 23 (July 6)

In this issue: Berlioz’s Dies irae and Tuba mirum from Requiem, Op. 5 conducted by Sir Colin Davis; vocalist Sarah Vaughan performing “Once in a While”; Nicolas Krassik & Cordestinos and Friends, featuring Gilberto Gil performing “Casamento da Raposa”; Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performing Rennie Harris’ Lazarus; violinist David Oistrakh and cellist Mstislav Rostropovich performing Brahm’s Vivace non troppo from Double Concerto in A minor […]

  • Schwarzfahrer, directed by Pepe Danquart

Issue 22 (July 1)

In this issue: Classical singer Julia Bullock guest curates this special edition of Now, More Than Ever. […]

  • Rameau: "La danse du Grand Calumet de la Paix" from Les indes galantes

Issue 21 (June 25)

In this issue: Choreographer Bintou Dembélé revamps Les indes galantes; Ustad Amjad Ali Khan’s performance at the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Concert; Blind Willie McTell’s “Statesboro Blues”; soprano Karita Mattila performs Sibelius’ “Flickan kom ifrån sin älsklings möte”; Astor Piazzolla and Friends perform “Libertango”; violinist Aleksey Igudesman and pianist Hyung-ki Joo perform “I Will Survive” […]

  • Kyung-Wha Chung performs Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26

Issue 20 (June 22)

In this issue: Violinist Kyung-Wha Chung performs Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26; Mezzo-soprano Grace Bumbry performs Bizet’s Seguedille from Carmen; Pianists Martha Argerich and Evgeny Kissin perform Lutosławski’s Variations on a Theme by Paganini; Diana Adams and Arthur Mitchell perform George Balanchine’s pas des deux from Agon; the Orchestre de Paris performs Revueltas’s “Noche de encantamiento” from La noche de los mayas […]

  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Donald Byrd's Greenwood

Issue 19 (June 18)

In this issue: Donald Byrd’s Greenwood performed by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Thomas Adès’ “O Albion” performed by Endellion Quartet; Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides, Now;” Charles-Marie Widor’s Toccata from Symphony for Organ No. 5 performed by organist Wayne Marshall;  Thomas Tallis’ Spem in alium performed by Gaechinger Cantorey and SWR Symphonieorchester; Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra […]

  • Julia Bullock, soprano

Issue 18 (June 12)

In this issue: Soprano Julia Bullock performs an excerpt from Purcell’s The Indian Queen; vocalist and flutist Nathalie Joachim performs alongside Spektral Quartet; pianist Aaron Diehl performs Duke Ellington’s “Single Petal of a Rose;” Julius Eastman’s “Stay on It;” Lawrence Brownlee performs Donizetti’s “Ah, mes amis;” Alvin Ailey’s For ‘Bird’ – With Love […]

  • LA Dance Project in Benjamin Millipied's "Chaconne"

Issue 17 (June 4)

In this issue: A relatively short musical journey between Germany and the Balkans and features some truly marvelous performances, including work from Benjamin Millipied, the Oscar Peterson Trio, Lucia Popp, Goran Bregović and His Wedding and Funeral Orchestra, and the Czech Philharmonic. […]

  • Marian Anderson sings "America" in front of the Lincoln Memorial

Issue 16 (June 1)

In this issue: In times of upheaval, we have always found it helpful—indeed, necessary—to come together and raise our voices in song. […]

  • 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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