In conjunction with the Berkeley Festival, this series features live musical performances along with films meant to be heard, not just seen.
The Galax Quartet performs works by Nancy Galbraith, Jacques Meyer, J. S. Bach, and others with guest soloists Stephen Schultz (baroque flute) and Cheryl Ann Fulton (harp).
In celebration of the group’s twentieth anniversary, the Junior Recorder Society returns to BAMPFA to delight us with period music performed on wind instruments of various sizes.
Vajra Voices, known for their “shimmering resonance and elegantly paced performances” (Choir and Organ), present a program of music by Guillaume de Machaut. With Shira Kammen on vielle and harp.
This witty, loving adaptation of Mozart’s exuberant opera revels in its own theatricality, revealing the joy and wonder in Bergman’s metaphysics. “A blissful present, sensuous, luxuriant” (New Yorker).
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This adaptation of Peter Shaffer’s “black opera” reinterprets the life of Mozart (Tom Hulce) as seen through the eyes of his envious rival Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham). Winner of Academy Awards for Best Picture, Director, Actor, Screenplay, and Sound Design.
This magical work, rich in period music, reimagines Armenian history and culture through the life and writings of its greatest poet. “Watching [it] is like opening a door and walking into another dimension, where time has stopped and beauty has been unleashed” (Martin Scorsese).
Handel’s allegorical first oratorio comes alive in stage director Krzysztof Warlikowski’s contemporary adaptation. Emmanuelle Haïm conducts her ensemble Le Concert d’Astrée, with Sabine Devieilhe, Franco Fagioli, Sara Mingardo, and Michael Spyres.
L’Orfeo showcases Robert Wilson’s wonderful minimalist interpretation of Monteverdi’s seminal first opera, based on Ovid’s Metamorphosis. Performed by the Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala and Concerto Italiano under the direction of Rinaldo Alessandrini.
This behind-the-scenes look at an opera production documents a performance of Handel’s Agrippina by the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, as conducted by René Jacobs and performed at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden.
Kubrick’s historical drama follows the travails of a young Irishman (Ryan O’Neal) determined to rise in the world. Winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Soundtrack. “A movie at once florid in its realism and brazenly, gluttonously formalistic” (New York Times).