Cal Performances launches music and theater streaming series
In response to COVID-19 concerns, Cal Performances is launching “Cal Performances at Home,” an online music and theater streaming series that will allow viewers to watch artists such as Yo-Yo Ma from home .
The performances will air weekly from October 1 through January 14, according to a press release from Cal Performances. The series will include 15 newly produced full Main Stage performances, each of which will be accompanied by a digital “watch party” and live crowd chat.
“As we approach the fall of 2020 and what would have been the start of our in-person season, Cal Performances’ most pressing goal has become to find a way to allow our audience to continue to experience what ‘he loves in the performing arts,’ Jeremy said. Geffen, executive and artistic director of Cal Performances, in a press release.
In addition to the main stage performances, Cal Performances at Home will include original “Beyond the Stage” content, including interviews, talks and panel discussions allowing viewers to engage with artists and for artists to contextualize their art, according to Cal Performances spokesperson Jeanette Peach. . The program will also include a digital classroom that will provide educational content for teachers and students of different ages.
“At this time when in-person performances are not yet safe, we have been reminded of the performing arts’ unparalleled ability to express the power and potential of the human spirit,” Geffen said in the press release.
The performances will include 10 programs originally scheduled to perform live in the fall, four new performances and a New Year’s celebration piece, according to Peach.
She added that Cal Performances at Home videos will be streamed on demand to viewers’ home screens. Viewers can purchase tickets for the entire Fall 2020 Cal Performances at Home series beginning at noon on Tuesday, September 8. The cost of tickets for the public will depend on the number of viewers and will be available to UC Berkeley students for $5.
The Cal Performances at Home Fall Series will be available free of charge to current 2020-2021 Cal Performances subscribers and to Cal Performances donors who have given $225 or more, Peach said in an email.
Viewers will have access to every video after its three-month streaming debut, except for Leif Ove Andsnes’ recital, Manual Cinema’s “A Christmas Carol” and New Year’s Eve musical celebration, according to Peach.
“Cal Performances at Home takes us into bold and meaningful new territory where we can engage our audience and community while simultaneously supporting the artists who are the cornerstone of our program,” Geffen said in the press release. “Today’s artists are really showing us – on a daily basis – what it means to stay resilient, creative and hopeful.”
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