In Wednesday’s (9/1) East Bay Express (California), Jason Victor Serinus writes, “The East Bay artistic community held its collective breath when Robert Cole, longtime director of Cal Performances, announced his departure at the end of last season. … Judging from the organization’s current season, the first designed by new Director Matías Tarnopolsky, 40, everyone can exhale. Tarnopolsky not only has managed to arrange significantly more performances than last year, but has also astounded with a host of artistic coups. Just look at this year’s schedule. The first month alone features two dance companies of international prominence, Bayanihan Philippine National Dance Company and the ever-delightful Mark Morris Dance Company, sandwiching a September 26 first-ever, open armed Fall Free for All day of performances. One of Tarnpolsky’s many new initiatives designed to increase accessibility and make more people aware of the transcendent potential of the fine arts, the amazing Fall Free for All features two simultaneous performances per hour, indoors and out. … Clearly he has capitalized on his connections as former vice president for artistic planning at the New York Philharmonic.”

Posted September 3, 2010