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Camera Lucida

Monday, November 5th, 2018 7:30 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Reserved seating: $37
Faculty/Staff: $28
Students: FREE
UC San Diego Box Office
Ticket information: 858-534-TIXS (8497)

Event Program (PDF)

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.

Terzetto for two violins and viola, Opus 74
Serenade for two violins and viola, Opus 12
Piano Quartet in c minor, Opus 15


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). Season tickets on sale: AUGUST 8th.  Single tickets on sale: SEPTEMBER 5th.


Additional Description:

In his program notes for this Monday's Camera Lucida concert, Amir Moheimani remarks on a state of listening that is intimately bound up with the music of Gabriel Fauré:

This poignant, fleeting quality makes Fauré’s music intensely gripping, as well as highly demanding; as a listener, one fears that even a momentary lapse in concentration can squander unimaginable beauties. 

Like the nineteenth century novel, Romantic chamber music sets forth an experience of time that is perpetually going away. Unlike mythical time, complete and unchanging in its essence, cyclical in its apparent change, time in the nineteenth century is a series of instants, each evaporating into nothingness, yielding to another instant that is entirely new, precious, fragmentary and likewise destined to disappear forever. While the novel describes this condition, with its detailed enumerations of daily life, its teeming sensations, feelings and tensions, music enacts it. Listeners are not just witnesses, but participants in a process of ongoing self-generation and self-destruction.

Fauré's great c-minor Piano Quartet epitomizes this experience with its subtle, seemingly infinite shifts in tonality, harmony, timbre, motive and meter. This floating, shifting world is its subject as well as its medium. The encounter with total fragmentation, the struggle to overcome it, may account for the almost unbearable pathos of the music. 

Join us next Monday, November 5 for Fauré's Piano Quartet Opus 15, and for the smaller, more restrained joys of Dvorak and Kodaly in their unusual settings for two violins and viola.

Under the artistic directorship of UC San Diego professor and cellist Charles Curtis and anchored by regular featured performances by San Diego Symphony Concertmaster Jeff Thayer, Formosa Quartet violist and USC 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.

In collaboration with the Faculty Club, the restaurant will now serve light-fare to Camera Lucida ticket holders before the concert at Cecil’s bar-lounge.

Cecil’s has an expanded and exciting new menu, available 4:30-7:30, on November 5, December 3, January 28, April 1 and 29. You don’t need to be a Club member to enjoy!

Cecil’s menu: http://facultyclub.ucsd.edu/lounge-happy-hour/index.html

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