California Connections

Sunday, November 19, 2023 at 4:00PM

Piedmont Center for the Arts 801 Magnolia Ave, Piedmont, CA 94611

Feel the warmth of the California Sun through music with this homegrown concert as part of the California Festival: A Celebration of New Music!  Weaving the music of Berkeley’s own with those they have mentored and influenced in their work, the music of these five composers come together in California Connections. Embrace the healing sounds of Andean folk music through Gabriela Lena Frank’s Kanto Kechua No. 2. Discover the majestic beauty of the Eastern Sierra Mountains in Ben Shirley’s High Sierra Sonata. Berkeley High School Alum Anaís Azul’s Cascades and Canyons will transport you through the serenity and challenges of nature. Gabriella Smith’s Carrot Revolution inspires new perspectives through historical techniques. Find yourself moving to the music with selections from John Adams’s rhythmic Book of Alleged Dances. This concert will allow you to get up close and personal with the unique sounds of our state.


Sarah Elert, violin
Julia Churchill, violin
Alexandra Simpson, viola
Michael Graham, cello
Michel Taddei, double bass
Stacey Pelinka, flute
Roman Fukshansky, clarinet
Britton Day, piano

Gabriela Lena Frank

Kanto Kechua No. 2

Ben Shirley

High Sierra Sonata

AnaĆ­s Azul

Cascades and Canyons

Gabriella Smith

Carrot Revolution

John Adams

Selections from Book of Alleged Dances

Berkeley Symphony is excited to be apart of the California Festival of New Music