Artist Spotlights

Victoria Looseleaf - May 10, 2021

The Italian star pianist’s special concert for Cal Performances premieres May 13 and runs through June 12.

Lou Fancher - May 3, 2021

Drawing on his European classical training, his Chickasaw heritage, and sometimes Celtic roots music, Tate optimistically fuses it all into his own American style.

Jonathan Leal - April 30, 2021

Even when revisiting her 2009 Steel Hammer for a film adaptation for Cal Performances, the composer likes to jump in at the deep end.

Michael Zwiebach - April 27, 2021

The general director’s vision has resulted in a remarkable series of video productions that have shown the company in a whole new light.

Lou Fancher - April 25, 2021

The eclectic Iranian-American composer talks about his wide-ranging roots, creating meaningful music, and his ongoing work with children.

Victoria Looseleaf - April 19, 2021

In town to conduct SFO’s groundbreaking Barber of Seville, the rising star talks about his journey from church choir to conductor’s podium.

Lou Fancher - April 13, 2021

The Rainin Fellowship recipient talks about her spiritual approach to creating new work and how it has evolved during the pandemic.

Victoria Looseleaf - April 11, 2021

A conversation with CAP UCLA’s executive and artistic director reveals the serious challenges of mounting an original season virtually, and the equal test of getting ready for reopening.

Jeff Kaliss - April 5, 2021

The fearless saxophonist and composer talks about his latest explorations with three top pianists.


Lou Fancher - March 29, 2021

The composer finds musical inspiration in children’s games, puzzles, found sound, and above all else, other creative spirits.