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Alex Ross: "Chacona, Lamento, Walking Blues: Bass Lines of Music History"

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Cal Performances Alex Ross: "Chacona, Lamento, Walking Blues: Bass Lines of Music History"

Strictly Speaking.
Alex Ross, music critic of The New Yorker and author of the award-winning international bestseller The Rest Is Noise, conducts a whirlwind history of music as told through bass lines. In an audio-rich lecture based on a chapter of his new book, Listen to This, Ross shows how lusty Spanish dances were transformed into somber masterpieces of Purcell, Bach, and Fats Waller; he also explores the fascinating link between figures of lament in Eastern European folk music, Renaissance Masses, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, and the songs of Bob Dylan and Led Zeppelin. This is an extraordinary tale of the interconnectedness of musical language and the universality of human emotion.

Tickets available through the Cal Performances Ticket Office at Zellerbach Hall; at (510) 642-9988 to charge by phone; online at; and at the door.

**Rush tickets: UCB students, $10; UCB faculty and staff (UCB ID required) and seniors age 65 or older, $15; all other community members, $20. Sales are limited to one ticket per person; all sales are cash only. Rush tickets are announced two hours prior to a performance and are available in person only at the Ticket Office beginning 1 hour before the performance; quantities may be limited. Information is available at 510-642-9988, press 2 for the rush hotline.

Ticket info: Half-price tickets are available for purchase by UC Berkeley students for all performances. Tickets go on sale August 9. Buy tickets by calling Cal Performances Box Office at 510-642-9988.

  • Venue: Wheeler Auditorium
  • Date: Thu October 14, 2010 8:00pm
  • City: Berkeley
  • Price Range: $28
  • Tickets: (510) 642-9988

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September 27, 2010

Alex Ross, music critic at The New Yorker since 1996, returns to the Bay Area for Cal Performances’ Strictly Speaking series on Oct. 14 to address and sample from his new book. Here, he talks with SFCV about his last tour and the enthusiastic response accorded to his last book, The Rest Is Noise, as well as about what he’ll talk about in October — plus this and that which came up along the way.

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