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The Cal Performances Centennial Celebration & Gala

Cal Performances, UC Berkeley

Cal Performances Centennial Celebration & Gala culminates the year-long events that recognize the 100th anniversary of the founding of Cal Performances, which dates to the May 17, 1906 performance by Sarah Bernhardt at the Hearst Greek Theater, a benefit for the earthquake and fire victims of the San Francisco disaster of the preceeding month. The Celebration & Gala includes the Mark Morris Dance Group, John Adams, soprano Lisa Vroman, Alarm Will Sound, and more than 200 vocalists from the University Chorus, UC Alumni Chorus and the Ensemble of the Piedmont Children's Chorus. The San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Opera, organizations that have figured prominently in Cal Performances history, will be presented by conductor and pianist Michael Tilson Thomas and members of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, led by Cal Performances director Robert Cole.

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When

Friday, May 12, 2006 at 7:30 p.m. Celebration and Gala Performance

Year-long exhibits and publication, "The Cal Performances Centennial, 1906-2006: 100 Years of Performing Arts Presentation at the University of California, Berkeley."

Where

Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way at Telegraph Ave., UC Berkeley

Relevance

Cal Performances dates its origins to the May 17, 1906 performance by the great French actress Sarah Bernhardt in Racine's Phedre at the Hearst Greek Theatre in Berkeley. "The Divine Sarah" donated the proceeds of her performance to the Earthquake Relief Fund for the vicitms of the April 1906 earthquake and fire, many of whom took refuge on the UC Berkeley campus in the quake's aftermath. A complete history is available in the recent publication "The Cal Performances Centennial, 1906-2006: 100 Years of Performaning Arts Presentation at the University of California, Berkeley."

Audience

Bay Area performing arts lovers

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer fundraising and ushering opportunities.

Contact

Christina Kellogg, (510) 643-6714

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