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Philharmonia Orchestra, London

Esa-Pekka Salonen, principal conductor & artistic advisor

Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

In Cal Performances' annual major orchestral residency, Esa-Pekka Salonen—the recently announced music director designate of the San Francisco Symphony—and London's Philharmonia Orchestra return with three ambitious programs that include a recent cello concerto by Salonen himself and the world premiere of a Cal Performances co-commission exploring the lives of Bay Area immigrants. 

Dreamers (World Premiere)
A Cal Performances Co-commission

Engaging with an issue that speaks uniquely to our times, acclaimed Peruvian composer Jimmy López, who earned his doctorate at UC Berkeley, has composed Dreamers, a new oratorio informed by interactions with Bay Area and campus immigrant communities, telling deeply personal stories through music and opening his creative process to audiences through a series of public programs. A rising star on the international scene, López has been called "one of the most interesting young composers anywhere today" (Chicago Sun Times). For Dreamers, he teams up with a favorite collaborator as librettist—the Pulitzer Prize-winning, Cuban–American playwright Nilo Cruz. 

Join an international audience—as well as simulcast viewers at our partner organizations in Washington, DC, and Ann Arbor, Michigan—when we stream the Sunday concert live from Zellerbach Hall. Watch at

Additional Residency Highlights
Following on the success of the orchestra's Stravinsky programs two seasons ago—praised as "musically thrilling and dramatically potent" (The Mercury News)—Salonen conducts the rarely performed complete score for The Firebird. Bartók's virtuosic Concerto for Orchestra, his last completed work, is paired with Salonen's dazzling 2017 Cello Concerto, featuring Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk, and Sibelius' evocative The Oceanides. And Bruckner's magnificent Seventh Symphony shares a program with Schoenberg's moody tone poem for strings, Verklärte Nacht.

Fri, March 15, 8pm
Truls Mørk, celloBARTÓKConcerto for OrchestraSat, March 16, 8pm
SCHOENBERGVerklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night)BRUCKNERSymphony No. 7Sun, March 17, 3pm
JIMMY LÓPEZDreamers (World Premiere, Cal Performances Co-commission)
Libretto by Nilo Cruz
Ana María Martínez, soprano
Volti; Robert Geary, artistic director
UC Berkeley Chamber Chorus; Dr. Wei Cheng, directorSTRAVINSKYThe Firebird (complete)

Earlier Event: March 15
Friday Night Meditation Practice
Later Event: March 16
Downtown Berkeley Farmers' Market