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Kent Nagano returned to Berkeley on Saturday night and received a hero's welcome. The Califonia-born conductor was music director of the Berkeley Symphony from 1978 to 2009, and longtime Bay Area music lovers who attended his concerts in Zellerbach Hall during that era still treasure the memories of his local premieres of new works by Ades, Adams and Ligeti. As Cal Performances director Matias Tarnopolsky observed in his preconcert remarks Saturday at Zellerbach, Nagano "called this stage his own" for 30 years. But this event was about Nagano's Montreal Symphony Orchestra, for which he has served as music director since 2006. As part of the orchestra's national tour, the Cal Performances event was both a homecoming for the conductor and a fresh introduction to the ensemble he has shaped over the past 10 years.

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