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Camera Lucida: Poulenc, Barber, Schmidt

Monday, April 20th, 2020 7:30 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Cancelled


This event has been cancelled. Our Box Office will be contacting ticket patrons to process refunds. For more information, please contact the Box Office at 858-534-8497 or by email at ticketing@ucsd.edu. The UC San Diego Box Office hours are Mon–Fri, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Camera Lucida is a chamber music collaboration between four musicians with diverse backgrounds. Camera Lucida is a unique project matching masterpieces of the chamber music repertoire with a group of world-class instrumentalists who happen to call San Diego home.

PROGRAM:

Francis Poulenc, Clarinet Sonata
Samuel Barber, Cello Sonata, Opus 6
Franz Schmidt, Quintet in G major

No late seating.

For additional program information, please visit Camera Lucida's website: sdcamlu.org

Subscription and single tickets available at the UC San Diego Box OfficeTicket information: (858) 534-TIXS (8497). 


Additional Description:

Under the artistic directorship of UC San Diego distinguished professor and cellist Charles Curtis and anchored by regular featured performances by San Diego Symphony Concertmaster Jeff Thayer, Formosa Quartet violist and UCLA professor Che-Yen Chen, concert pianist Reiko Uchida, UC San Diego performance faculty and occasional guests, Camera Lucida has established a tradition of challenging, musically ambitious programs performed with the assurance of an established ensemble, with the added flexibility of changing instrumentation and guests from the international chamber music world.

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Michael Matsuno, flute - Graduate Recital

Friday, April 24th, 2020 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Closed to the public



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Shaoai Ashley Zhang, piano - Graduate Recital

Monday, April 27th, 2020 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Closed to the public


Hailed as musician with “flair and fury,” Shaoai Ashley Zhang is a concert pianist performing throughout the US and Europe. An advocate of contemporary music, Ashley’s recent performances include the Boston premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Die Pilger and Franco Donatoni’s Rasch II, as well as collaborations with Georg Friedrich Haas, Unsuk Chin, Vinko Globokar, and John Zorn. A graduate of New England Conservatory, Ashley is currently a doctoral student at the University of California, San Diego where she studies with Aleck Karis.

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Anthony Burr, clarinets

Wednesday, April 29th, 2020 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Closed to the public


Anthony Burr has enjoyed a distinguished career as an exponent of contemporary music. He has performed in this repertoire with many leading groups, including Elision, Either/Or, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Sospeso, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. As a soloist, Anthony has worked with many leading composers in presenting their music, including Alvin Lucier, Helmut Lachenmann, Chaya Czernowin, Liza Lim and Brian Ferneyhough. He has played extensively outside of classical music with major figures including Jim O'Rourke, John Zorn and Laurie Anderson. His ongoing projects include a duo with Icelandic bassist and composer Skúli Sverrisson, the Clarinets (a trio with Chris Speed and Oscar Noriega), a series of recordings with cellist Charles Curtis and a series of live film and music performances with experimental filmmaker Jennifer Reeves. Anthony also maintains an active career as a recording engineer and producer. At UC San Diego, he has taught graduate seminars on musical aesthetics, undergraduate classes in music theory and popular music, and regularly performs classical repertoire with the Camera Lucida series.

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Julianne Chen, cello - Undergraduate Honors

Sunday, May 3rd, 2020 3:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Closed to the public



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kallisti presents Chamber Opera

Wednesday, May 6th, 2020 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Closed to the public


kallisti

Established by Grammy award-winning soprano Susan Narucki at the University of California, San Diego in 2009,  kallisti offers San Diego audiences exceptional performances of rarely heard works for voice in an intimate setting.  Singers from UC San Diego's Graduate Program in Contemporary Music Performance and distinguished guest artists collaborate in a wide range of repertoire that celebrates the extraordinary beauty and power of the singing voice.  

kallisti has also been featured with the La Jolla Symphony (Berio:Symphony)  and on the Green Umbrella Series at the Los Angeles Philhamonic (Reich: Music for 18), both with conductor Steven Schick and in the San Diego Symphony's 2018 It's About Time Festival at Copley Symphony Hall.  In addition, kallisti has toured to Stanford University in a unique collaboration of three world premiere operas:  The Voice Machine (2016)

kallisti chamber operas bring rarely heard masterworks and world premieres to the San Diego community.  kallisti  presented the San Diego premiere of Viktor Ullman's 1943 chamber opera Der Kaiser von Atlantis (2012) in a critically acclaimed production that has been viewed over 4000 times worldwide on Vimeo.

In addition, kallisti presented world premieres of  leading American composer Anthony Davis' Lear on the Second Floor (2013) , Steven Lewis' Noon at Dusk (2016) and the West Coast premiere of Pascal Dusapin's To Be Sung (2009) led by Jullian Pellicano .  In addition, innovative stagings of concert works directed by Susan Narucki have presented  pairings of masterworks by  Erik Satie and Morton Feldman, and Barbara Strozzi and Salvatore Sciarrino .  Our most recent opera project paired two one act operas by Francis Poulenc and American minimalist Tom Johnson.

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Matthew Kline, bass - Graduate Recital

Thursday, May 7th, 2020 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Closed to the public


Matt Kline is equally at home as a double bassist, composer and improviser. His music often combines all three of these areas and has provided him a very diverse musical career. As a double bassist, he writes extensively for the instrument using new and original techniques. In 2010, his piece Fragments for solo bass was awarded the grand prize in the International Society of Bassist’s composition competition. Recently, he performed as principal double bassist under the conductor and composer Krzysztof Penderecki. Upon the composer’s request, Matt performed his own adaptation of Penderecki’s Capriccio for Sigfried Palm. He previously was a member of the Renew ensemble, a group that specialized in contemporary improvisation.

He has received commissions and/or performances from Sandor Ostlund, Todd Meehan, Dennis Whittaker, Maggie Hasspacher, Rodolfo Morales, Thomas Bacon, Alicia Lawyer, members of the Czech Philharmonic and others. In 2008 he was a winner in the Robert Avalon composition competition. He has participated in the Academy Westfalen in Germany, CASMI program in Prague, Domaine Forget, Fresh Inc and Texas music festivals. Matt received his undergraduate in composition from Baylor University where he studied with Scott McAllister and Sandor Ostlund. In 2011, he lived in Paris, France where he studied with international bass soloist and pedagogue Francois Rabbath. He holds both performing and teaching diplomas from his institute. At UC San Diego, Mr. Kline studies double bass performance with Mark Dresser, and is the conductor of the UC San Diego Chamber Orchestra.

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kallisti presents Chamber Opera

Friday, May 8th, 2020 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Closed to the public


kallisti

Established by Grammy award-winning soprano Susan Narucki at the University of California, San Diego in 2009,  kallisti offers San Diego audiences exceptional performances of rarely heard works for voice in an intimate setting.  Singers from UC San Diego's Graduate Program in Contemporary Music Performance and distinguished guest artists collaborate in a wide range of repertoire that celebrates the extraordinary beauty and power of the singing voice.  

kallisti has also been featured with the La Jolla Symphony (Berio:Symphony)  and on the Green Umbrella Series at the Los Angeles Philhamonic (Reich: Music for 18), both with conductor Steven Schick and in the San Diego Symphony's 2018 It's About Time Festival at Copley Symphony Hall.  In addition, kallisti has toured to Stanford University in a unique collaboration of three world premiere operas:  The Voice Machine (2016)

kallisti chamber operas bring rarely heard masterworks and world premieres to the San Diego community.  kallisti  presented the San Diego premiere of Viktor Ullman's 1943 chamber opera Der Kaiser von Atlantis (2012) in a critically acclaimed production that has been viewed over 4000 times worldwide on Vimeo.

In addition, kallisti presented world premieres of  leading American composer Anthony Davis' Lear on the Second Floor (2013) , Steven Lewis' Noon at Dusk (2016) and the West Coast premiere of Pascal Dusapin's To Be Sung (2009) led by Jullian Pellicano .  In addition, innovative stagings of concert works directed by Susan Narucki have presented  pairings of masterworks by  Erik Satie and Morton Feldman, and Barbara Strozzi and Salvatore Sciarrino .  Our most recent opera project paired two one act operas by Francis Poulenc and American minimalist Tom Johnson.

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kallisti presents Chamber Opera

Saturday, May 9th, 2020 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Closed to the public


kallisti

Established by Grammy award-winning soprano Susan Narucki at the University of California, San Diego in 2009,  kallisti offers San Diego audiences exceptional performances of rarely heard works for voice in an intimate setting.  Singers from UC San Diego's Graduate Program in Contemporary Music Performance and distinguished guest artists collaborate in a wide range of repertoire that celebrates the extraordinary beauty and power of the singing voice.  

kallisti has also been featured with the La Jolla Symphony (Berio:Symphony)  and on the Green Umbrella Series at the Los Angeles Philhamonic (Reich: Music for 18), both with conductor Steven Schick and in the San Diego Symphony's 2018 It's About Time Festival at Copley Symphony Hall.  In addition, kallisti has toured to Stanford University in a unique collaboration of three world premiere operas:  The Voice Machine (2016)

kallisti chamber operas bring rarely heard masterworks and world premieres to the San Diego community.  kallisti  presented the San Diego premiere of Viktor Ullman's 1943 chamber opera Der Kaiser von Atlantis (2012) in a critically acclaimed production that has been viewed over 4000 times worldwide on Vimeo.

In addition, kallisti presented world premieres of  leading American composer Anthony Davis' Lear on the Second Floor (2013) , Steven Lewis' Noon at Dusk (2016) and the West Coast premiere of Pascal Dusapin's To Be Sung (2009) led by Jullian Pellicano .  In addition, innovative stagings of concert works directed by Susan Narucki have presented  pairings of masterworks by  Erik Satie and Morton Feldman, and Barbara Strozzi and Salvatore Sciarrino .  Our most recent opera project paired two one act operas by Francis Poulenc and American minimalist Tom Johnson.

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Alex Nowitz & Sabine Vogel

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

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WEDS7 Aleck Karis, piano

Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

General Admission: $15.50
UC San Diego Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free with ID
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Aleck Karis has performed recitals, chamber music, and concertos across the Americas, Europe and in China. As the pianist of the new music ensemble Speculum Musicae he has participated in over a hundred premieres and performed at major American and European festivals. His appearances with orchestra have ranged from concertos by Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin to those of Stravinsky, Messiaen and Carter. His five solo discs on Bridge Records include Aleck Karis performs Schumann, Carter, Chopin; Aleck Karis: Mozart Recital; Stravinsky: Music for Piano 1911-1942; John Cage: Sonatas and Interludes; and Karis Plays Webern, Wolpe & Feldman. His two discs on Romeo Records are Piano Music of Philip Glass and Late Piano Music of Frederic Chopin. Last month, Bridge released his most recent disc, Feldman's haunting last work Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello. Karis has studied with William Daghlian, Artur Balsam and Beveridge Webster. He is a Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of California, San Diego, and former Associate Dean of the Division of Arts and Humanities.

 

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Berk Schnieder, trombone - Graduate Recital

Friday, May 15th, 2020 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Scaglie due pezzi per trombone by Franco Donatoni 
(The Serpent) for trombone and oud duo, original composition and arr. by Berk Schneider. Trombone and oud  (two stands and chairs center stage)
Solo for sliding trombone by John Cage 
Music for Trombone, Piano, and Percussion by Mike Svoboda 
"Seg" for Trombone and Metronomes By Sang Song 
 

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Selector

Saturday, May 16th, 2020 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free



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Undergrad Forum

Saturday, May 16th, 2020 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free



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BEE Concert

Sunday, May 17th, 2020 3:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free



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Monday Night Forum

Monday, May 18th, 2020 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free



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Camera Lucida: Debussy, Foote, Beethoven

Monday, May 18th, 2020 7:30 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Cancelled



WEDS7 Persian Music

Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

This concert is supported by theÊChehre-Azad Endowed Fund

General Admission: $15.50
UC San Diego Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free with ID
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Alexander Ishov, flute - Graduate Recital

Thursday, May 21st, 2020 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free



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Tyler J. Borden, cello - Graduate Recital

Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free



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WEDS7 Roger Reynolds

Wednesday, May 27th, 2020 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

General Admission: $15.50
UC San Diego Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
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Wednesdays @ 7 presents a night of music by Composer Roger Reynolds, featuring performances by Mari Kawamura, Kathryn Schulmeister, Pablo Gómez Cano, Jacob Sundstrom and the premiere of two parts of a new work, DICKINSON for vocalist and almglocken, as performed by Jonathan Nussman. 

Each of DICKINSON's four parts features 4 poems by Emily Dickinson, and involves extraordinary vocal production by Nussman, moving fluidly between speaking, various extreme forms of declamation and, of course, actual singing. He accompanies himself using four tuned almglocken. 

This program will feature several works by Composer Roger Reynolds, as well as music by Bach, Couperin, and Scelsi. 

 

About Roger Reynolds:

Roger Reynolds is known for his integration of diverse ideas and resources, and for seamlessly blending traditional musical sounds and those now enabled by technology. His work responds to texts both poetic (Beckett, Borges, Ashbery) and mythological (Aeschylus, Euripides, Heraclitus). He is noted for “wizardry in sending music flying through space: whether vocal, instrumental, or computerized”. In 1969, Reynolds accepted a tenured appointment to UC San Diego and has helped establish its Music Department as a destination program. Reynolds won early recognition with Fulbright, Guggenheim, and National Institute of Arts and Letters Awards, as well as several grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, and a Fellowship from the Institute for Current World Affairs. In 1989, he won the Pulitzer Prize in Music for the string orchestra composition, Whispers Out of Time. His over 100 compositions are published by Edition Peters, New York; several dozen CDs and DVDs of his music have been commercially released. He is author or four books and numerous articles, some of them the result of collaborations with American, Canadian, and French scientists. Other collaborators have been choreographers Lucinda Childs and Bill T. Jones, as well as theater directors Tadashi Suzuki and Tina Parker. His performer partners have included Irvine Arditti, The Arditti Quartet, Steven Schick, Yuji Takahashi, Alexis Descharmes, Pablo Gómez Cano, Anthony Burr, Eric Hueber, and Jacqueline Leclair. In 2009 Reynolds was appointed University Professor — the first artist to be so honored in the University of California. In 1998, the Library of Congress established a Special Collection of his work. His scores and correspondence are also included in the Paul Sacher Collection in Basel. Reynolds has held guest appointments at Harvard, Yale, Amherst, Unniversity of Illinois, and CUNY.

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Piano Studio Recital

Thursday, May 28th, 2020 2:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free



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UC San Diego Gospel Choir

Thursday, May 28th, 2020 8:00 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $5.50
Students : Free with ID
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Directed by Ken Anderson, the choir combines hundreds of voices to fill the auditorium with the uplifting sound of African American spirituals, blues, traditional songs, and gospel.

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Joseph Garcia, voice - Undergraduate Honors

Friday, May 29th, 2020 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free



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103C Undergraduate Juries

Saturday, May 30th, 2020 10:00 am

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free



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Nakul Tiruviluamala - Graduate Recital

Saturday, May 30th, 2020 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free



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UC San Diego Wind Ensemble

Saturday, May 30th, 2020 7:30 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $5.50
Students : Free with ID
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Savanna Dunaway violin - Undergraduate Honors

Sunday, May 31st, 2020 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

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Monday Night Jazz: UC San Diego Jazz Ensemble

Monday, June 1st, 2020 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


The MUS 95JC Jazz Ensembles concert, under the direction of Kamau Kenyatta, will feature small ensembles performing a variety of exciting compositions, including some written and arranged by student musicians. The instrumentation will include vocals, violin, saxophones, a rhythm section and Afro-Latin percussion.

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UC San Diego Chamber Orchestra

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020 7:30 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

General Admission: $15.50
UC San Diego Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $5.50
Students : Free with ID
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33C Introduction to Composition

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free



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95W World Music Students

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free



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Chamber Singers, 95K

Thursday, June 4th, 2020 5:30 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free



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Matthew Leveque, percussion - Undergraduate Honors

Thursday, June 4th, 2020 7:30 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free



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Chamber Ensembles

Friday, June 5th, 2020 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free



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Sherry Zheng, harpsichord - Undergraduate Honors

Saturday, June 6th, 2020 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free



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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

Saturday, June 6th, 2020 7:30 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com


Ruben Valenzuela, conductor

John Adams The Chairman Dances
Felix Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
Gioachino Rossini Stabat Mater

Guest artists: Alisa Jordheim, soprano; Sarah-Nicole Carter, mezzo-soprano; James Onstad, tenor; Jonathan Woody, bass; Ayrton Coehlo Pisco, violin (2018 Young Artists Winner)

Our season began with Rossini, and it concludes with Rossini, as new Choral Director Ruben Valenzuela makes his LJS&C conducting debut in Rossini’s rarely heard (and somewhat operatic) Stabat Mater for four soloists, chorus, and orchestra.  The concert opens with a foxtrot for orchestra that John Adams originally intended to include in his opera Nixon in China, and our Young Artist Competition winner, Ayrton Coehlo Pisco, performs what is probably the most famous piece ever written for violin, Mendelssohn’s evergreen Violin Concerto.

Concert sponsors: Julie & Don MacNeil

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

Sunday, June 7th, 2020 2:00 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com


Ruben Valenzuela, conductor

John Adams The Chairman Dances
Felix Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
Gioachino Rossini Stabat Mater

Guest artists: Alisa Jordheim, soprano; Sarah-Nicole Carter, mezzo-soprano; James Onstad, tenor; Jonathan Woody, bass; Ayrton Coehlo Pisco, violin (2018 Young Artists Winner)

Our season began with Rossini, and it concludes with Rossini, as new Choral Director Ruben Valenzuela makes his LJS&C conducting debut in Rossini’s rarely heard (and somewhat operatic) Stabat Mater for four soloists, chorus, and orchestra.  The concert opens with a foxtrot for orchestra that John Adams originally intended to include in his opera Nixon in China, and our Young Artist Competition winner, Ayrton Coehlo Pisco, performs what is probably the most famous piece ever written for violin, Mendelssohn’s evergreen Violin Concerto.

Concert sponsors: Julie & Don MacNeil

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Voice Students, 32 VM

Sunday, June 7th, 2020 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free



Best of ICAM

Thursday, June 11th, 2020 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free



Teagan Rutkowski, voice - Undergraduate Honors

Friday, June 12th, 2020 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free



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