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Cal Performances' Zellerbach Hall
Bancroft Way and Telegraph Avenue Berkeley, CA 94720
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Parking is a problem right now because of the Sproul Plaza construction on Bancroft. Arrive early to find lots or street partking. Access to Zellerbach Hall has changed: have to go in by Haas Pavilion or from above the plaza.
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The weather was a little cold and chilly.. I wore sweater, coat..
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3.9 average rating
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31 reviews
1 stars
attended Jun 13 2011

Creative, unique full band sound. Jazz doesn't get better than this.

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12 stars
attended Jun 13 2011

Excellent music, very different and creative.

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53 stars
attended Jun 13 2011

While there were some good elements, much of the music was atonal and lacking in direction, punctuated with self-indulgent solos and some surprising musician mistakes. Left at intermission.

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Visit Maria Schneider’s official website.


Maria Schneider’s music has been hailed by critics as “evocative, majestic, magical, heart-stoppingly gorgeous, and beyond categorization.” She and her orchestra became widely known starting in 1994 when they released their debut recording, Evanescence. With that recording, Schneider began to develop a highly personal way of writing for her 17-member collective, tailoring her compositions to distinctly highlight the unique voices of the group. Subsequently, the Maria Schneider Orchestra has performed at festivals and concert halls worldwide. She has received numerous commissions and guest conducting invites, working with more than 85 groups from over 30 countries spanning Europe, South America, Australia, Asia and North America.

Schneider and her orchestra have a distinguished recording career with nine Grammy nominations and two Grammy awards. Concert in the Garden (Best Large Ensemble Album), released only through her ArtistShare® website, became historic as the first record to win a Grammy with Internet-only sales. The second Grammy was awarded for Maria’s composition Cerulean Skies (Best Instrumental Composition).


Concert in the Garden_ and her orchestra’s latest album, Sky Blue (on which Cerulean Skies was recorded) were both named “Jazz Album of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association and the DOWNBEAT Critics Poll.

Ojai North!

Dawn Upshaw, music director

Cal Performances launches Ojai North!, a multi-year partnership with the celebrated Ojai Music Festival, involving co-productions, co-commissions, and multiple Ojai concerts in Berkeley. Established in 1947, the Ojai Music Festival has an unparalleled musical legacy, defined by its intersection of daring artists, adventurous music, and passionate audiences.

About the Ticket Supplier: Cal Performances

Cal Performances offers audiences the most comprehensive range of high quality, live performances by the world’s greatest artists, both established and emerging. Located on the UC Berkeley campus, this prestigious performing arts presenter invites audiences to enjoy the entertaining and engaging experience of the performing arts from all disciplines and cultures in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.