Arts & Events
Musica De Amor, Berkeley Symphony's concert this Thursday, at 8, will see the premiere of Mexican composer Enrico Chapela's Private Alleles, the Symphony's first commission under the music direction of Joana Carneiro. Peter Lieberson's Neruda Songs (composed for his wife, the late Lorraine Hunt Lieberson), sung by resident artist, mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway, and Manuel de Falla's 1915 El amor brujo (originally composed for flamenco singer-dancer Pastora Imperio), complete the program.
After the Symphony's last concert on September 23, arguably the most intense of Carneiro's tenure so far, with a virtuosic—heroic—-Jennifer Koh essaying both Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D minor and John Adams' Violin Concerto (one of the Berkeley resident's greatest compositions) the continued unfolding of Carneiro's unique sense of programming can only prove more and more intriguing, this concert illuminated perhaps by the memory of last April and the latest singer as resident artist, soprano Jessica Rivera delivering a ravishing rendition of Samuel Barber's Knoxville, 1915—which Rivera sang for her first time at Carneiro's urging.. Carneiro's montage of new, recent and older works has relied on deep—and sometimes unusual—musical affinities, rather than thematic devices or centering programs around "crowd pleasers."
Zellerbach Hall, UC campus, Bancroft near Telegraph Ave. 8 p. m. Thursday. $20-$60.841-2800; berkeleysymphony.org