Take a break from life this weekend, sit back and relax for the “unique” sounds of Dmitri Shostakovich with the University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Milnes. The next night, roll on down to Wheeler Auditorium to watch a capella groups from up and down the coast perform, including groups from UCLA, UCSC, UC Davis, Stanford, University of Oregon and half a dozen groups of UC Berkeley’s own talent.

What: Dmitri Shostakovich, Symphony No. 1
Gyorgi Ligeti, San Francisco Polyphony [UC Berkeley Events]
Who: University Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Milnes
When: Friday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m.
Where: Hertz Hall
Cost: $15 General admission, $10 UCB faculty/staff, seniors, students, $5 UCB students with current ID

What else: 8th Annual West Coast A Cappella Showcase [Facebook Event]
Who: Various a capella groups (see event page)
Saturday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m.
Where: Wheeler Auditorium
Cost: $10 General admission, $9 Non-UCB students, $7 UCB students

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