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Around & About Music: Esa-Pekka Salonen Residency at UC

By Ken Bullock
Thursday November 08, 2012 - 02:09:00 PM

Matias Tarnopolsky of Cal Performances has initiated a series of residencies here with major orchestras and conductors--and this month, there are two, the first with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the London Philharmonia this weekend ... and later this month with Gustavo Dudamel and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. 

Salonen, who stepped down from the podium of the LA Philharmonic (where one of his assistants was Joana Carneiro, now of Berkeley Symphony) to pursue his own composing, will be featured in a Composer's Profile at Hertz hall tonight at 8, works of his played by pianist Gloria Cheng (Dichotomie, composed for her), UC's eco Ensemble (Mania, a cello and ensemble piece) and the Calder Quartet (who just played brilliantly for the Nancarrow Centennial here last weekend: Salonen's sole string quartet, Homunculus). $42 & up. 

With the Philharmonia, Salonen will conduct his own Helix, Beethoven's 7th Symphony and Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique (Friday at 8; Tarnopolsky in conversation with Salonen at 7); Berg's opera Wozzeck (with Johan Reuter in the title role and Angela Denoke as Marie), Saturday at 7; and on Sunday at 3, Mahler's 9th. All at Zellerbach Hall, tickets from $30-$150.  

In addition, there will be a Department of Music-hosted conversation with Salonen, Saturday morning from 10:30-12 at 125 Morrison, as well as Salonen conducting an open rehearsal of the UC Berkeley Symphony, Sunday, 5:30-7:30, Hertz Hall ... both Free to the public. Other events and discussions, plus tickets & information: 642-9988;