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When

Occurs on Thursday January 31 2019

Approximate running time: 2 hours

Venue

Zellerbach Hall
U.C. Berkeley
2430 Bancroft Ave.
Berkeley CA 94704

Performance Notes

× On Thursday, January 31, 2019, 8pm, guest conductor Joseph Young takes the podium for BRITTEN & BERNSTEIN, a tribute to the composer’s response to written word. Berkeley Symphony presents the world premiere of On Thursday, January 31, 2019, 8pm, guest conductor Joseph Young takes the podium for BRITTEN & BERNSTEIN, a tribute to the composer’s response to written word. This concert opens with Berkeley Symphony’s first performance of Benjamin Britten’s Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes. Berkeley Symphony presents the world premiere of Disillusioned Dreamer, a newly commissioned orchestral piece by Hannah Kendall inspired by a phrase from Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. Bay Area actor Michael J. Asberry joins Maestro Young on stage to recite a selection of the novel which is a landmark work exploring the African-American experience. Pianist Andrew Tyson makes his Berkeley Symphony debut to perform Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra, The Age of Anxiety. Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2 was inspired by W.H. Auden’s book-length poem The Age of Anxiety, which he regarded as “one of the most shattering examples of pure virtuosity in the history of English poetry.”

Berkeley Symphony would like to share our deepest gratitude for The Ralph and Fanny Ellison Charitable Trust for granting permission to recite the text from Invisible Man in tonight’s performance.

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