Virtual seasons commence for Berkeley Symphony, Cal Performances, and more

Posted on: October 2, 2020

“With live, in-person performances still extremely limited, classical music lovers can be grateful for the wealth of streamed events and recordings coming our way,” writes Georgia Rowe in Wednesday’s (9/30) Marin Independent Journal (CA). “Cal Performances launches its new At Home series Thursday with top-quality streams from around the world…. Digital ‘watch parties’ are included with each event…. The series begins [Oct. 1] with violinist Tessa Lark [and] pianist Andrew Armstrong in a live recital performance from New York’s Merkin Hall…. For its first virtual presentation of the season, the San Francisco Early Music Society presents Agave Baroque. The American ensemble, which includes members of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, welcomes countertenor Reginald L. Mobley in a program celebrating Black and Latino composers, including Scott Joplin, Florence Price and Black American guitar virtuoso Justin Holland…. Keeping kids occupied during a pandemic has brought a unique set of challenges. ‘Reading Is Instrumental,’ Berkeley Symphony’s latest initiative, can help. The series features live readings accompanied by Symphony musicians. Launched last week with award-winning actress Rita Moreno, new episodes arrive each Friday, [with] readers including actor Andy Samberg, Oakland A’s star Marcus Semien, author Maxine Hong Kingston and the Symphony’s music director, Joseph Young.”