Judging from the accolades heaped upon the two young prodigies performing in Berkeley this week, the artists of the future are already upon us. The night before fourteen-year-old pianist and composer Conrad Tao makes his long-awaited (!) Cal Performances recital debut in Hertz Hall, the Young People's Symphony Orchestra welcomes seventeen-year-old pianist Chloe Pang to perform Gershwin's beloved Rhapsody in Blue. A senior at Orinda's Miramonte High, Pang has already appeared in Carnegie Hall as part of a nationwide PBS broadcast, and just won First Prize in Ukraine's Individualist International Competition. Pang's appearance marks the opening of the 73rd season of the second oldest youth orchestra in the US. Berlioz' Roman CarnivalOverture and Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 round out the program of favorites. At First Congregational Church (2345 Dana, Berkeley) on Saturday, Nov. 1. 8 p.m,.$14, $12 students and seniors.YPSOmusic.net or 510-849-9776.
Jason Victor Serinus
Price: $15, students/seniros $12