Berkeley Symphony adds four-episode streamed series

Posted on: March 25, 2021

On March 28, California’s Berkeley Symphony will launch its new “REAL Berkeley” streaming film series focusing on aspects of the Berkeley community. The first of four episodes in the series, “Rad Women,” will feature Gabriella Smith’s Tessellations for flute, clarinet, trumpet, and string trio; Clara Schumann’s Andante from her Piano Trio; and Reena Esmail’s Meri Sakhi Ki Avaaz for piano quintet, Hindustani singer, and soprano. The episode is inspired by the book Rad American Women A-Z by Berkeley native Kate Schatz, who will introduce the works and serve as the episode’s guest curator. All episodes are streamed free on the orchestra’s YouTube channel. A live Q&A session with Schatz and the musicians will follow the episode’s premiere via Zoom. A second episode entitled “Edgy Art,” filmed at Berkeley Arts Museum and Pacific Film Archive with the museum’s new director, Julie Rodrigues Widholm, as guest curator, will be offered May 16 and feature music by Florence Price, Olivier Messiaen, John Adams, and Michael Daugherty. Details will be announced later about the third and fourth episodes, set for release in June. For more information, click here.