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Camera Lucida

Monday, April 1st, 2019 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)

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Mahler composed his only surviving work of chamber music in 1876, at the age of 15; it was premiered three days after his 16th birthday at the Vienna Conservatory, by Mahler and fellow students. Dvorak's "Bagatelles" for two violins, cello and harmonium appeared in the same year. Both works, by Bohemian-born artists precariously entangled in bourgeois German and Austrian culture, capture the seething melancholy and alienation of the outsider artist.

In a symmetrical program framed by these two late-Romantic rarities, we explore the transition from Romanticism into its intensified form, Expressionism. Berg's "Four Pieces" for clarinet and piano, Webern's two early slow movements for cello and piano, as well as his "Three Little PIeces" for the same combination, show the nineteenth century teetering on the brink of the twentieth. Of special interest is Berg's own arrangement of the last of his "Altenberg-Lieder" for an ensemble of violin, cello, piano and harmonium, arranged as a gift for Alma Mahler-Gropius and her musical friends in 1917. These ravishing, inwardly-directed musical psychograms crystallize in sound the sense of a culture slipping toward chaos, "das Gleitende," as Hoffmansthal called it, using the musical metaphor of the glissando, or the portamento:  the sliding, gliding, shifting uncertainty of the fin-de-siècle.


Gustav Mahler:  Piano Quartet Movement in a minor (1876)

Alban Berg:  Four Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Opus 5 (1913)

Max Bruch:  Pieces for Viola, Clarinet and Piano, Opus 83 (1910)

Alban Berg:  Hier ist Friede from the Altenberg-Lieder, Opus 4 Nr. 5 (1913)

Anton Webern:  Two PIeces for Cello and Piano (1898)

Anton Webern:  Three Little Pieces for Cello and Piano, Opus 11 (1914)

Antonin Dvorak:  Bagatelles for 2 Violins, Cello and Harmonium (1876)


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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 Office. Ticket information: (858) 534-TIXS (8497). 


Additional Description:

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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