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WEDS@7 Palimpsest

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
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UC San Diego's premiere chamber ensemble: Palimpsest, performs Donald Martino's Triple Clarinet Concerto, Lei Liang's Harp Concerto, and the premiere of Yvonne Wu's Piano Concerto, with new music from Japan; curated and conducted by faculty member Aleck Karis.

Concerti by UC San Diego Department of Music composers take the spotlight in November 19's WEDNESDAYS@7 performance by Palimpsest, the department's resident chamber ensemble, curated by Aleck Karis. Lei Liang's Harp Concerto, included on his 2011 CD Milou, will be performed at the Conrad Prebys Music Center by Los Angeles harpist Alison Bjorkedal, a member of Southwest Chamber Music, the Golden State Pops Orchestra and MUSE/IQUE, and whose recordings include Southwest Chamber Music's Complete Chamber Music of Carlos Chavez, Volume 4 and William Kraft's Encounters, both nominated for Latin Grammies. Karis has also invited Yiheng Yvonne Wu, a Ph.D. Candidate in Music Composition studying with Katharina Rosenberger, to write a small piano concerto for this concert. Scored for solo piano (Kyle Adam Blair), two percussionists (Jonathan Hepfer and Ryan Nestor), and a nine-piece ensemble of winds, brass, and strings, Dreams of a Young Piano explores the contradictory percussive and lyrical properties of the piano, especially in relation to other instruments. The piano and percussion, which form a wide triangle across the stage, initially exchange pointed attacks, while the ensemble's intermittent appearances come from a separate temporal and harmonic world. The percussion and piano gradually elongate their sounds and enlist the forces of the ensemble. Ultimately, the ensemble becomes an extension of the piano, and all resonate together as a single body. In addition to the pieces by UC San Diego composers Liang and Wu, Karis has selected Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Donald Martino's rarely heard Triple Concerto for clarinet, bass clarinet, and contrabass clarinet (1977), considered by many to be the composer's masterpiece. Martino's provenance reaches back to his work with composers Roger Sessions and Milton Babbitt as well as his studies with Luigi Dallapiccola in Italy as a Fulbright scholar. November 19's concert will also feature Akira Kobayashi's Glass swan, Naoyuki Terai's Colors in the Forest, and Hiroyuki Yamamoto's Contour-ism mini.


Donald Martino – Triple Concerto
Lei Liang – Harp Concerto
Yvonne Wu – Dreams of a Young Piano
Tomoyuki Hisatome – Un luogo sulla terra
Akira Kobayashi – Glass swan
Naoyuki Terai – Colors in the Forest
Hiroyuki Yamamoto – Contour-ism mini

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