Pre-Concert Talks

These informative and engaging pre-concert talks offer fascinating insights into the music you are about to experience. Learn about the program’s cultural and historical context, along with guided listening. Additionally, there will be live interviews with guest artists, composers, and orchestra musicians! Music talks take place one hour before all Zellerbach Hall concerts, excluding the opening night concert. Admission is free to all ticket holders.

Cafe Zellerbach

Avoid the pre-performance rush, park just once, and let the day melt away by starting your evening off with great wine and food — conveniently located right in Zellerbach Hall! Join us upstairs prior to the performance for dinner, or a snack with a glass of wine. The Café is open before all Berkeley Symphony concerts in Zellerbach Hall, and pre-performance dining begins 90 minutes before curtain.

For the most relaxing experience, we recommend that you make reservations by calling Cal Performances Ticket Office at 510.642.9988.


An evening at Berkeley Symphony is not only a thrilling auditory experience, but a superb culinary adventure as well! Downtown Berkeley is a food-lovers’ paradise, internationally known for the quality and scope of its offerings. From intimate French bistros to vibrant California eateries, Berkeley has a wealth of restaurants to suit any palate. We encourage you to check out our Dining Guide to support those who support Berkeley Symphony!

Box Office and Ticket Information

The Berkeley Symphony Box Office will close at 12 p.m. on the day of the concert. Tickets can be picked up at the Zellerbach Hall Will–Call window 90 minutes prior to the performance, or purchased at the Zellerbach Hall Box Office.  For additional ticket information, including Under Construction and Family Concerts, please visit our Ticketing Policy page.

Additional Inquiries

Please call us at (510) 841-2800, x1 or email