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December 8   -   Norman Lebrecht - Slipped disc

A classical staffer is among California fire dead

Matías Tarnopolsky, director of Cal Performances at Berkeley, has posted: Dear Friends, It is with incredible sadness that I write to inform you that a beloved member of our staff, Griffin Madden, perished in the fire in Oakland on Friday night. Griffin had been missing since last being seen there, and his death was confirmed yesterday evening. Griffin was Cal Performances Audience Services Associate, recently winning that full-time position after having worked as a Cal student usher throughout his undergraduate career. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 2015 with a double major in Philosophy, and Slavic Languages and Literature. He was devoted to Cal Performances and had been an integral member of our staff for five years, starting as a freshman at age 18. Griffin was 23 years old. Our community is heartbroken at this news. We extend our deep condolences to Griffin’s family and to his friends.

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