Cal Performances goes ‘radical’ with new season

Cal Performances took the wraps off plans for its 2016-17 season Tuesday, April 19, with the area’s premier presenting organization’s boundary-busting signaled by its theme for the season, “#BerkeleyRadical.” The season will be highlighted with the Sept. 30-Oct. 2 world premiere of Mark Morris’ “Layla and Majnun,” with live music by the Silk Road Ensemble and the participation of Azerbaijani mugham vocalists Alim Qasimov and Fargana Qasimova. Esa-Pekka Salonen will follow a week later, conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra.