AND WHAT A SEASON IT IS.
I'm going to outsource the full calendar to Cal Performances itself; you can see everything at a glance, on one page. (Yay, web team!) Here are some of the programs that made me want to stand up and scream; make sure you read all the way to the end.
JONAS KAUFMANN, co-sponsored by San Francisco Opera, which I hope is dangling big bucks under his nose to get him under contract to sing Lohengrin
Bryn Terfel returns!
Dawn Upshaw is on three separate concerts! She is now the music director of a series called Ojai North! That's their exclamation point, not mine.
Jessica Rivera, singing music new and old
Not usually my thing, but there are some must-see dance events.
Ex Machina, Eonnagata, conceived and performed by Sylvie Guillem, Robert Lepage, and Russell Maliphant
Royal Danish Ballet, in what is evidently the company's west coast debut. They've been avoiding us since the company was founded in 1748. Their programs include La Sylphide, choreographed for the Royal Danish Ballet sometime in the mid-19th c.
Merce Cunningham Dance Company's farewell tour
David Finckel & Wu Han play the Beethoven sonatas for cello and piano
Jerusalem Quartet plays Mozart, Janacek, and Brahms quartets
Kremerata Baltica, with a pretty wild program of new music and Beethoven
Christian Tetzlaff plays the Bach partitas and sonatas for solo violin
Jeremy Denk, Goldberg Variations and the LIGETI ETUDES!!!!
Nicolas Hodges, Hammerklavier sonata and STOCKHAUSEN KLAVIERSTUCK!
Paul Lewis, all-Schubert program
Joyce Yang, various
Benjamin Bagby performs Beowulf
Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin
Tallis Scholars, two Spanish programs called The Victoria Project
Les Violons du Roy, who have Ian Bostridge on board
Silk Road Ensemble
A good jazz lineup
Zenshinza Theatre Company
Alex Ross! performing a chapter from his forthcoming collection
BEST OF ALL
The Britten Project: Castleton Festival Opera/Lorin Maazel, The Rape of Lucretia and Albert Herring, two performances of each
Semyon Bychkov and the VIENNA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA!!!! in three separate programs, one of which is the Mahler 6. Let's just say that the orchestra's sexism won't be keeping me away if I can get my hands on tickets to these programs. I'm not passing up the opportunity to see one of the world's greatest orchestras on my home turf.