In Thursday’s (10/13) San Francisco Chronicle, Joshua Kosman writes, “When Matías Tarnopolsky took the reins of Cal Performances two years ago, one of the projects that was high on his to-do list was to establish an annual residency in Berkeley for some of the world’s leading orchestras as part of the regular schedule. He didn’t waste any time doing it, either. In February, as part of Tarnopolsky’s first planned season, the Vienna Philharmonic set up shop on the UC campus, not only giving orchestral concerts but also playing chamber programs, giving master classes and meeting with undergraduate members of the UC Symphony. This weekend brings a follow-up, as Valery Gergiev leads the Mariinsky Orchestra through a three-concert cycle of the six Tchaikovsky symphonies.” The Mariinsky residency, Tarnopolsky says, will include “coaching sessions with young students, and a public interview with Gergiev about Tchaikovsky. I’ve had many conversations with him over the years, and his insights into the music he conducts are profound.” In coming seasons, Tarnopolsky wants “to expand our new music programming—that will take another couple of seasons—and broaden our collaborations with leading artists and ensembles around the world.”

Posted October 13, 2011