Esa-Pekka attended the Cal Performances season announcement by videoconference. Everybody at my table pulled out cellphones or cameras to take a few photos.
It is quite a season, with many, MANY great performances. At the top of my must-see list would be Einstein on the Beach, the three concerts that Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia will be giving, and Christian Tetzlaff's solo recital. Here are my personal highlights:
- Mariinsky Ballet in the complete Swan Lake
- Einstein on the Beach
- Nancarrow 100 Celebration
- Salonen and the Philharmonia. The programs are Salonen's Helix, Beethoven's 7th, and the Symphonie Fantastique; a concert performance of Wozzeck (!!!); and Mahler's 9th. There are also a couple of extra-performance events associated with Salonen's visit, including a colloquium, E-SP conducting a rehearsal with the UC Symphony, and a symposium on Wozzeck.
- Mark Morris's The Hard Nut
- Nicolas Hodges, piano, in a recital that will include a Birtwistle commission/world premiere
- Christian Tetzlaff, my favorite living violinist, alone on stage
- Leonidis Kavakos, violin
- Nolan Gasser's The Secret Garden
- Brentano String Quartet (Purcell, Bartok 4, Beethoven Harp quartet)
- Jeffrey Kahane, piano
Bejart Ballet, the program with Le marteau sans maitre and Le sacre du printemps. What a pairing!Wah. Bejart cancelled their tour.
- Nicola Luisotti and the SF Opera Orchestra in a pretty strange program, including Puccini, Rota, and Brahms
- Ojai North! curated by Mark Morris this year