Department of Music Event Listing

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Grad Welcome Concert

Monday, September 21st, 2015 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Event Program (PDF)


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ArtPower! Presents Irvine Arditti and Roger Reynolds

Friday, September 25th, 2015 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

An ArtPower! presentation.
Tickets handled by
UCSD Box Office
Ticket information: 858-534-8497


English violinist, Irvine Arditti, founder of the celebrated Arditti Quartet, has been a guiding influence on the string quartet medium, itself perhaps the most substantive thread in the weave of Western music tradition. His four-decade friendship with Pulitzer Prize–winning UC San Diego composer Roger Reynolds has elicited four quartets, a solo work and a chamber concerto. Now Reynolds and Arditti are collaborating on a new, large-scale work—a duo for solo violin and real-time algorithms controlled in performance by computer musician Paul Hembree. Their collaboration will be presented in a workshop where they will demonstrate the musical sources and the algorithmic strategies before giving what will be the work’s world premiere performance! rogerreynolds.com

SPONSOR Eric Lasley and Judith Bachner

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My New House

Saturday, September 26th, 2015 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


A collaborative engagement featuring Joe Garrison, Tiffany Du Mouchelle, Stephen Solook, Ariana Warren and Chris Warren.

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Sila: The Breath of the World

Sunday, September 27th, 2015 3:00 pm

Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park

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Sila: The Breath of the World

John Luther Adams, composer

We perform John Luther Adams’ extraordinary site-determined work in the beautiful Japanese Friendship Garden in celebration of Balboa Park’s centennial. Free event. No reservations required.

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Fiona Digney, Percussion Recital

Thursday, October 1st, 2015 6:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Percussionist Fiona Digney, a member of red fish blue fish, Steven Schick's studio, presents: 

Saudade

Saudade: a profound emotional state encompassing the feelings of intense nostalgia or melancholic longing for an absent someone or something with which one may never be reunited.

Along with special guests Yves Popow (Luxembourg) and Kyle Adam Blair, Fiona Digney explores recollection, redefinition, rediscovery, nostalgia, and a sense of yearning through works by Xenakis, Gordon, Globokar, Applebaum, and Meadowcroft. 
 
Please contact FDigney@UCSD.edu or visit www.fionadigney.com for more information.
 
 
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Jonathan Nussman, Baritone Recital

Friday, October 2nd, 2015 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Event Program (PDF)

Baritone Jonathan Nussman presents his first DMA recital, featuring: 
 
Mouvements du coeur (1949), by Poulenc, Milhaud, Auric and others
Various chansons by Arthur Honegger (1892-1955)
Selections from O Mensch! (2009) by Pascal Dusapin, poetry by Friedrich Nietzsche
 
Mr. Nussman will be accompanied by Kyle Adam Blair. 
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Brendan Nguyen, Piano Recital

Friday, October 9th, 2015 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Event Program (PDF)

Pianist Brendan Nguyen, from Aleck Karis' studio, presents: 
 
An evening of [REDACTED] during which Brendan Nguyen performs a solo recital in two acts with works by [REDACTED], [REDACTED], [REDACTED], [REDACTED], and [REDACTED]. Narration by [SOMEONE].

The details aren't as important as the [REDACTED].

Please note:
--- DRESS CODE: Formal attire, cross-dressing and drag permitted/encouraged.
--- PRE-CONCERT RECEPTION: Please come early.
--- NO LATE ADMITTANCE: There will be no breaks during the 60 minute performance.
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Chamber Music Recital featuring Robert Zelickman

Sunday, October 11th, 2015 3:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Event Program (PDF)

Darius Milhaud - Suite
    1. Ouverture
    2. Divertissement
    3. Jue
    4. Introduction et Final
 
Stravinsky - L'Histoire Du Soldat (arranged by the composer)
    1. The Soldier's March
    2. The Soldier's Violin
    3. A Little Concert
    4. Tango - Waltz - Ragtime
    5. The Devil's Dance
 
Bela Bartok - Contrasts
    1. Verbunkos (Recruiting Dance)
    2. Piheno (Relaxation)
    3. Sebes (Fast Dance)
 
Featuring:
Päivikki Nykter - Violin
Robert Zelickman - Clarinet
Todd Moellenberg - Piano
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ArtPower Presents Huang Yi & Kuka

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 8:00 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

An ArtPower! presentation.
Tickets handled by
UCSD Box Office
Ticket information: 858-534-8497


Taiwanese dancer, choreographer, inventor, and videographer Huang Yi’s pioneering work is steeped in his fascination with the partnership between humans and robots. He interweaves continuous movement with mechanical and multimedia elements to create dance which corresponds with the flow of data, effectively making the performer a dancing instrument. Named by Dance Magazine as one of the “25 to Watch,” Huang was immersed in the arts at a young age, spending much of his childhood in his parents’ studio watching them teach tango and learning to paint alongside his father. He is widely considered one of Asia’s most prolific choreographers. Huang’s groundbreaking and award-winning work, HUANG YI & KUKA, in which he performs alongside a robot he conceptualized and programmed, opened the 2013 Ars Electronica Festival (Austria), the internationally renowned unique platform for digital art and media culture.

SPONSOR Renita Greenberg

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Grad Forum

Friday, October 16th, 2015 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Event Program (PDF)

Solo Amplified Cello
Judith Hamann
 
This is Radio Opera (Stockholm) - Yvette Jackson
 
Rain Dreaming - Toru Takemitsu
Justin Murphy-Mancini, harpsichord
 
IMPROVISATION
Tyler J. Borden, cello
Kyle Motl, double bass
Nate Scheible, drum kit
 
Grad Forums provide an outlet for Department of Music graduate students to present individual and collaborative works on their own terms.
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Kana Kotera, euphonium

Saturday, October 17th, 2015 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Event Program (PDF)

Euphonium virtuoso Kana Kotera performs, joined by the Department of Music's Michiko Ogawa (clarinet, Anthony Burr's studio), Tyler Borden (cello, Charles Curtis's studio) and Todd Moellenberg (piano, Aleck Karis's studio). Kotera is an associate professor at Wakayama University and lecturer at Ueno Gakuen University. One reviewer said that Kotera is "a virtuoso of her instrument, judging by the timbral and coloristic command she was able to exert upon the euphonium’s sounds, ranging from cavernous, tuba-like grunts and galumphings to honeyed-tone croonings."
 
The program:
Jo Kondo: Standing : for three instruments of different families (1973), euphonium, cello and bass clarinet
Hiroyuki Yamamoto : Ginkgo biloba for euphonium solo (2008) (U.S premiere)
Yoshifumi Tanake: Instabile for clarinet solo(2005)*U.S premier
Hiroyuki Yamamoto: L’ocean Pacifico for euphonium and clarinet (2015) (world premiere)
Jo Kondo: Tryne, for cello, euphonium and piano (2012, U.C. premiere)
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AUX Electronic Music Concert

Sunday, October 18th, 2015 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater


UCSD's graduate performance students present the works of composers at home and abroad in AUX's first concert of the season.
 
// PROGRAM //
Mark as Unsent - NINA C. YOUNG
Lohn - KAIJA SAARIAHO
INCIDENDO/FLUIDO - OLGA NEUWIRTH
Jungles: Remix - CAROLINE LOUISE MILLER
Gimblegyre - KYLE MOTL
 
Performers: Todd Moellenberg, Hillary Jean Young, Kyle Motl
 
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WEDS@7 Callithumpian Consort

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

General: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $10.50
Students w/ID: Free
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Event Program (PDF)

Stephen Drury, Artistic Director
Roger Reynolds: A Mind of Winter (Seasons 1d)
John Cage: Ryoanji
John Zorn: Hockey
Earle Brown: Tracking Pierrot
Lei Liang: Aural Hypothesis
 
UC San Diego composers Roger Reynolds and Lei Liang share the program with Cage, Zorn and Earle Brown, evidence of the strong artistic connection between the Consort and UC San Diego.
 
Drury explains:
 
The Callithumpian Consort, and myself in particular, have had a long and very fruitful relationship with a number of composers at UCSD, including Lei Liang, Rand Steiger, Roger Reynolds, and former UC San Diego composition professor Chaya Czernowin (now at Harvard). I knew Lei during his studies at New England Conservatory, where the Consort is based. We commissioned, premiered and recorded Brush Stroke, one of his first larger pieces for chamber orchestra. A few years ago we commissioned and performed new works from both Lei and Chaya as part of our concert series at the Gardner Museum in Boston. Both Rand and Roger have been guest composers at our Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP) at NEC, where we premiered Rand's Template 2 this past summer. 
 
We're thrilled to come to UCSD (for the first time) to present works by Lei and Roger as well as a number of current student composers - the UCSD music department is completely and exclusively devoted to new music; I personally have sent a number of my piano students to UCSD for DMA studies where they were able to pursue their interest in experimental, innovative music and work personally with and alongside some of the finest and most progressive composers and performers in the country.
 
The Callithumpian Consort was founded by pianist and conductor Drury in the 1980s in the belief that new music should be an exciting adventure shared by performers and listeners alike, and that new masterpieces of today are "beautiful, sensuous, challenging, delightful, provocative, and a unique joy." In part, the ensemble's mission is to attract a broader audience for new music including those who have had experiences in rock stadiums, jazz clubs, concert halls, and internet electronica.
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Fall Composition Jury Concert

Friday, October 23rd, 2015 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Event Program (PDF)

The Fall Composition Juries feature world premieres by graduate student composers: Anahita Abbasi, Tobin Chodos, Justin Murphy-Mancini, Celeste Oram, and Theocharis Papatrechas.  

Featuring the Callithumpian Consort, directed by Stephen Drury.

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Stephen Drury, Solo Piano Recital

Monday, October 26th, 2015 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Event Program (PDF)

Pianist and conductor STEPHEN DRURY has performed throughout the world with a repertoire that stretches from Bach to Liszt to the music of today. He has appeared at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Barbican Centre and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus, and from Arkansas to Seoul. A champion of contemporary music, he has taken the sound of dissonance into remote corners of Pakistan, Greenland and Montana.
 
Ludwig Beethoven: Sonata in E, Opus 109
John Cage: Etudes Australes, book I  (Etudes I - VIII)
Charles Ives:  Sonata #2, "Concord, Mass.  1840-1860"
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Hillary Jean Young, Soprano Recital

Thursday, October 29th, 2015 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Event Program (PDF)

Soprano Hillary Jean Young presents her first DMA recital, featuring: 
 
Earl Kim: Now and Then (1982) for soprano, flute, harp and viola
Olivier Messiaen - Poèmes pour Mi (1937) for soprano and piano
Kaija Saariaho - Lonh (1996) for soprano and electronics
 
With Michael Matsuno, Tasha Smith Godinez, Päivikki Nykter, Kyle Adam Blair, and Caroline Miller
 
 
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Grad Forum

Friday, October 30th, 2015 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Event Program (PDF)

Chikako Morishita Lizard (shadow)
Madison Greenstone, clarinet
 
Three Corpse Piledriver
Drew Ceccato, Kyle Motl, Juan Rubio
 
So Familiar a Gleam
Todd Moellenberg
 
Grad Forums provide an outlet for Department of Music graduate students to present individual and collaborative works on their own terms.
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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Young People's Concert

Friday, October 30th, 2015 7:00 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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


Our third annual Young People’s Concert is tailored for young audiences and enjoyable for the entire family. Conductor Steven Schick takes the audience through an enlightening and entertaining performance of excerpts of the upcoming concert, with commentary from the podium. Reservations required.

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

Saturday, October 31st, 2015 7:30 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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Steven Schick conducts

Edgard Varèse Tuning Up
Johannes Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1

John Luther Adams Become Ocean

Guest artist: Aleck Karis, piano

The 61st season opens with a program of variety and emotional depth. It begins with Varèse’s Tuning Up, a wry commentary on orchestras and audiences, and continues with perhaps the mightiest piano concerto ever written. Aleck Karis will be the soloist in Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1. The program concludes with John Luther Adams’ Become Ocean, which won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music.

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

Sunday, November 1st, 2015 2:00 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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


Steven Schick conducts

Edgard Varèse Tuning Up
Johannes Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1

John Luther Adams Become Ocean

Guest artist: Aleck Karis, piano

The 61st season opens with a program of variety and emotional depth. It begins with Varèse’s Tuning Up, a wry commentary on orchestras and audiences, and continues with perhaps the mightiest piano concerto ever written. Aleck Karis will be the soloist in Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1. The program concludes with John Luther Adams’ Become Ocean, which won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music.

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Camilla Hoitenga, flute

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free
Self supported event


Event Program (PDF)

Camilla Hoitenga, flutist, presents: Music for Solo Flute (NEWISH, NEWER, NEWEST) featuring a compendium of works by: Stockhausen, Svoboda, Kobayashi, Bohn, Inamori, Obermueller, Saariaho, and Chambers. 

A guest of John Fonville, Flutist Camilla Hoitenga, is at home on stages all over the world, performing in venues as diverse as Carnegie Hall in New York, the Royal Festival Hall in London, the Kremlin in Moskow and the Forbidden City in Beijing, China, playing not only the C-flute but also the alto, bass, and piccolo flute and other varieties of her instrument.

In addition to her intensive collaborations with Saariaho, Köszeghy and Stockhausen, she has had pieces dedicated to her by wide range of composers, including Donnacha Dennehy, Christopher Fox, Miyuki Ito, Anne LeBaron, Arvydas Malcys, Michele Rusconi, Oliver Schneller, Helena Tulve, Jovanka Trbojevic, Andreas Wagner, and Bryan Wolf.

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Camera Lucida

Monday, November 9th, 2015 7:30 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

General: $25.00
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $20.00
Students w/ID: Free
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Purcell: Fantazias for Strings
Webern: String Trio Fragment
Stravinsky: Three Short Pieces for String Quartet
Brahms: String Quartet in B-flat major, Opus 67

Under the artistic directorship of UCSD professor and cellist Charles Curtis, and anchored by regular featured performances by San Diego Symphony principals, UCSD performance faculty and guests, Camera Lucida has established a tradition of challenging, musically ambitious programs performed with the assurance of an established ensemble, yet with the added flexibility of changing instrumentation and guests from the international chamber music world.  

Jeff Thayer, vioin | Che-Yen Chen, viola | Charles Curtis, cello | Reiko Uchida, piano

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Jen Shyu in Concert

Friday, November 13th, 2015 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Event Program (PDF)

WORKSHOP:
***Friday, November 13, 2015, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.***
Intermedia Improvisation: From the Thought to its Holistic Expression
Open to all musicians, dancers, artists, and non-artists (Musicians, please bring your instruments)
 
PERFORMANCE:
***Friday, November 13, 2015, 7:00 pm***
Part 1: Invocation: Trio with Mark Dresser (bass) and Nicole M. Mitchell (flutes), featuring songs composed to poems by Shyu's mentor and friend, the late Taiwanese nuclear engineer and poet Edward Cheng.
Part 2:  Jen Shyu's Solo Rites: Seven Breaths directed by Garin Nugroho (Shyu: compositions, vocals, Taiwanese moon lute, gayageum, piano, dance)
 
All events Free and open to the public!
 
Some recent press on the new album!
 
About JEN SHYU: 
Born in Peoria, Illinois, USA, from Taiwanese and East Timorese parents, 2014 Doris Duke Impact Award recipient JEN SHYU is an·experimental jazz vocalist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, producer, and Fulbright scholar. Larry Blumenfeld (Wall Street Journal) writes, “…Ms. Shyu is among New York's most invigorating vocal presences. And perhaps the most enigmatic.” She has produced five albums as a leader: For Now, Jade Tongue, Inner Chapters, Raging Waters and Red Sands, and is the first female artist and vocalist as bandleader on the Pi Recordings label with the widely praised album Synastry with legendary bassist Mark Dresser. After graduating from Stanford University, she became the vocalist of saxophonist Steve Coleman’s Five Elements from 2003 to 2011 and has presented her own music at Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Bimhuis (Netherlands), Salihara Theater (Indonesia), National Gugak Center, and National Theater of Korea, to name a few. She has also performed with Dave Burrell, Chris Potter, Michael Formanek, Mat Maneri, among others, and in Anthony Braxton’s operas Trillium E·and·Trillium J.
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ArtPower Presents Cuarteto Quiroga

Friday, November 13th, 2015 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

An ArtPower! presentation.
Tickets handled by
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Ticket information: 858-534-8497


The early 20th century Spanish violinist Manuel Quiroga is not as well known as his compatriots Pablo de Sarasate and Pablo Casals, but he is an esteemed figure in Spain. The Cuarteto Quiroga, a youthful ensemble founded in Madrid in 2004, is keeping his name alive and creating curiosity about him among listeners outside Spain. As the quartet-in-residence in charge of the Royal Collection of decorated Stradivarius at Madrid’s Royal Palace, Cuarteto Quiroga has established itself as one of the most dynamic and unique quartets of its generation. Prizewinners of several major international string quartet competitions (Bordeaux, Paolo Borciani, Geneva, Fnapec-Paris, Palau Barcelona), the ensemble regularly appears at prestigious halls and festivals in Europe and South America. Since 2011, the quartet has been ensemble-in-residence at the Miguel Delibes Auditorium in Valladolid (Spain). Cuarteto Quiroga has won international acclaim from critics and audiences alike for its distinctive personality as well as its bold and original approach to the string quartet repertoire. cuartetoquiroga.com

Pre-performance ArtTalk at The Loft at 7 pm

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Taiwanese Singers

Saturday, November 14th, 2015 1:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Event Program (PDF)

Takao Run Band from Taiwan

Takao Run Band was founded in 1997. For 18 years we have traveled around Taiwan like gypsies meeting many interesting people in rural villages who always inspire us. We add some elements of authentic Taiwan tradition like Temple Fair or Din-Tao into modern street dance, while collecting all the stories from our native tribes, Taiwanese Opera and local folk songs. We want to bring to the audience some individual experience when they are watching Takao Run’s Techno Prince’s performance. Takao Run is constantly invited to attend many prestigious festivals and cultural events in Taiwan.

This event is co-sponsored by the UC San Diego Taiwan Studies Lecture Series.

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Classical and Folkloric Persian Music Night

Saturday, November 14th, 2015 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

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Sibarg Ensemble, directed by Hesam Abedini, performs free improvisatory
Persian & Jazz music based on folkloric Persian melodies.
 
Niloufar Shiri: Kamancheh (Persian bowed inst.)
Ebrahim Poustinchi: Tar (Persian string inst.)
Kyle Motl: Double Bass
Josh Charney: Piano
Arian Khoroushi: Percussion
Hesam Abedini: Vocal
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Karis Piano Studio

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 2:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Piano students of Aleck Karis present an informal studio concert of their current projects.

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WEDS@7 red fish blue fish

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

General: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $10.50
Students w/ID: Free
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red fish blue fish percussion ensemble, under the direction of Steven Schick, presents: 
 
Rain Tree - Toru Takemitsu
Un fruscìo Lungo trent'anni - Salvatore Sciarrino
For O, for O, the Hobby-Horse is Forgot - Harrison Birtwistle
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Stephanie Richards presents Synchronous Vibrations

Friday, November 20th, 2015 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Sympathetic Vibration
 
Experimental trumpeter and improvisor Stephanie Richards performs at UCSD's experimental theatre with an explosive and adventurous program of newly composed works for solo trumpet and trios in collaboration with NYC's avant-jazz specialist Andrew Drury, Grammy-nominated pianist Vicki Ray, the acclaimed improvisor and pianist Cathlene Pineda and UCSD's own internationally reknown bassist and Professor Mark Dresser.  
Centered on newly composed works and improvisation, this program explores resonant surfaces of trumpet within and against percussion instruments, exploiting synchronous vibrations of the various surfaces and reflections and in dialogue with Mark Dresser on bass and Andrew Drury on percussion and resonators.  In addition, this program previews Animated Preparations; a multidisciplinary work for trumpet, piano and live-choreographed piano preparations.  The full scale theatrical presentation is set for March 2016 at UCSD; this performance will provide audiences with a preview to this in-process ambitious new work.
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Todd Moellenberg, Piano Recital

Monday, November 23rd, 2015 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Pianist Todd Moellenberg presents his second DMA solo piano recital with the following program:
 
Peter Ablinger: Voices and Piano for piano and tape
Milton Babbitt: Reflections for piano and tape
Olga Neuwirth: Incidendo/Fluido for prepared piano and tape
Karlheinz Stockhausen: Klavierstück IX 
Claude Vivier: Shiraz
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Monday Night Jazz: MUS 131 Advanced Improvisation

Monday, November 23rd, 2015 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free



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Jonathan Hepfer, Percussion Recital

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 3:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


In his final concert before completing his D.M.A./Ph.D. degree, percussionist Jonathan Hepfer plays an all-solo program including Georges Aperghis' Le corps à corps, James Tenney's Having Never Written a Note for Percussion, Giacinto Scelsi's Ko-Tha - Three Dances of Shiva, Alvin Lucier's Silver Streetcar for the Orchestra and Luis De Pablo's Le prie-dieu sur la terrasse.

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Distinguished Lecture Series: Kay Kaufman Shelemay

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 6:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater


A guest of the Distinguished Lecture Committee:
 
G. Gordon Watts Professor of Music; Professor of African and African American Studies Ethnomusicology
Harvard University

B.M. (1970), M.A. (1972), and Ph.D. (1977), University of Michigan. She taught at Columbia University (1977-1982), New York University (1982-1990), and Wesleyan University (1990-1992), before joining the Harvard faculty in 1992. At Harvard, Shelemay has served as Chair of the Department of Music (1994-1999; acting chair, spring 2002; chair, spring 2005) and is active in interdisciplinary studies across several domains. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy for Jewish Research, she is a Past President of the Society for Ethnomusicology. A Congressional appointee to the Board of Trustees of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress since 2000, she was Chair of that Board from 2002-2004. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Radcliffe Institute. Shelemay was named the Chair in Modern Culture at the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress during August and September, 2007 and June, 2008.

In addition to longtime interests in musical ethnography and music and memory, Shelemay's current research is on Ethiopian music and musicians in their North American diaspora. Her monograph Music, Ritual, and Falasha History (1986, 1989) won the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award and the Prize of the International Musicological Society. In addition to the seven-volume collection Garland Readings in Ethnomusicology (1990) and A Song of Longing. An Ethiopian Journey (1991), Shelemay edited the three-volume Ethiopian Christian Liturgical Chant. An Anthology (1994, 1995, 1997, with Peter Jeffery). Other recent publications include Let Jasmine Rain Down. Song and Remembrance Among Syrian Jews (1998, finalist for the National Jewish Book Award) and Soundscapes. Exploring Music in a Changing World (2001, second edition 2006). She has co-edited Pain and Its Transformations. The Interface of Biology and Culture (with Sarah Coakley), published by Harvard University Press in 2007. Shelemay received an Award for Distinguished Teaching from the Columbia University School of General Studies in 1982, and in 2006 at Harvard, the Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize and the Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize.

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UC San Diego Gospel Choir

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 8:00 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

General: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $5.50
Students w/ID: Free
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Monday Night Jazz: 95JC Jazz Ensembles

Monday, November 30th, 2015 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


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Chamber Orchestra

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Under the direction of Jonathan Hepfer, the UC San Diego Chamber Orchestra performs: 
 
Overture to The Marriage of Figaro – K. 492 (1786)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
 
Duet for Clarinets in C major (Adagio e sostenuto) – H. 636 (ca. 1770)
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
 
Clarinet Concerto in A minor – K. 622 (1791)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Curt Miller, clarinet solo
 
Duet for Clarinets in C major (Allegro) – H. 636 (ca. 1770)
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
 
Symphony No. 92 ‘Oxford’ – Hob. I/92 759 (1789)
Franz Josef Haydn
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Wind Ensemble

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 8:00 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

General: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $5.50
Students w/ID: Free
Department of Music Box Office: 858-534-3448
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The UC San Diego Wind Ensemble, under the direction of William Gilmer, presents their Fall concert in Mandeville Auditorium.

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Chamber Ensembles

Friday, December 4th, 2015 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Event Program (PDF)

Under the instruction of Takae Ohnishi, the students of MUS 130: Chamber Ensembles, perform.

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

Saturday, December 5th, 2015 7:30 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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


Steven Schick conducts:

John Luther Adams The Light That Fills the World
Ori Talmon (Thomas Nee Commission, new work)
Samuel Barber Prayers of Kierkegaard

Aaron Copland Symphony No. 3

Guest artist: Zen Wu, soprano

The concert opens with Adams’ ethereal study of orchestral color, continues with Barber’s moving Prayers of Kierkegaard with chorus (based in part on Gregorian Chant), and concludes with Copland’s triumphant Third Symphony, written at the end of World War II. Also on the program is the premiere of a work by this season’s Thomas Nee Commission winner, Ori Talmon.

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

Sunday, December 6th, 2015 2:00 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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


Steven Schick conducts:

John Luther Adams The Light That Fills the World
Ori Talmon (Thomas Nee Commission, new work)
Samuel Barber Prayers of Kierkegaard

Aaron Copland Symphony No. 3

Guest artist: Zen Wu, soprano

The concert opens with Adams’ ethereal study of orchestral color, continues with Barber’s moving Prayers of Kierkegaard with chorus (based in part on Gregorian Chant), and concludes with Copland’s triumphant Third Symphony, written at the end of World War II. Also on the program is the premiere of a work by this season’s Thomas Nee Commission winner, Ori Talmon.

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Camera Lucida

Monday, December 7th, 2015 7:30 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

General: $25.00
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $20.00
Students w/ID: Free
Department of Music Box Office: 858-534-3448
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Mozart: Piano Quartet in E-flat major, K. 493
Mozart: Trio for Viola, Clarinet and Piano, K. 498, “Kegelstatt”
Mozart: Divertimento for String Trio, K. 563

Under the artistic directorship of UCSD professor and cellist Charles Curtis, and anchored by regular featured performances by San Diego Symphony principals, UCSD performance faculty and guests, Camera Lucida has established a tradition of challenging, musically ambitious programs performed with the assurance of an established ensemble, yet with the added flexibility of changing instrumentation and guests from the international chamber music world.  

Jeff Thayer, vioin | Che-Yen Chen, viola | Charles Curtis, cello | Reiko Uchida, piano

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MUS 103A Final Recording

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 3:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


Event Program (PDF)

Undergraduate composition students present their project compositions from the first cycle of the 103 course series. 

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WEDS@7 Cuatro Corridos

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

General: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $10.50
Students w/ID: Free
Department of Music Box Office: 858-534-3448
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Event Program (PDF)

CUATRO CORRIDOS
 
Based on true events, Cuatro Corridos tells the story of four women whose lives are scarred by human trafficking  and represents an unprecedented collaboration between internationally acclaimed creative artists.

Led by Grammy Award winning soprano Susan Narucki and noted Mexican author Jorge Volpi, the fully-staged production features original music by composers Hilda Paredes, Arlene Sierra, Lei Liang and Hebert Vázquez. Each composer gives voice to one of the four female characters by presenting one act in the hour-long drama.

Three of the most distinguished performers of new music, percussionist Ayano Kataoka, pianist Aleck Karis, and guitarist Pablo Gomez, accompany Narucki in sharing the compelling stories of four women whose lives are scarred by human trafficking. The production team includes artist-activist Karen Guancione, lighting designer Kristin Hayes, costume designer Halei Parker and graphics animators Cameron Bailey and Sam Doshier. Jason Ponce serves as technical director for the project.

Cuatro Corridos received generous support from UC MEXUS, the MAP Fund for the Performing Arts (Doris Duke Charitable Foundation), Yellow Barn Music Festival, and the Department of Music at UCSD.

Stay up to date and learn more about this project by joining the Facebook page and visiting Cuatro Corridos online.
 
The event will include a post performance discussion with the artists.

Jorge Volpi / Librettist
Lei Liang, Arlene Sierra, Hilda Paredes, Hebert Vázquez / Composers
Susan Narucki, Aleck Karis, Ayano Kataoka, Pablo Gomez / Performers
Cameron Bailey, Sam Doshier / Graphics Animators
Kristin Hayes / Lighting Designer
Halei Parker / Custume Designer
Karen Guancione / Production Concept
Jason Ponce / Technical Director
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Helen Edison Lecture Series presents Barry Lopez

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 7:00 pm

Price Center East Ballroom

Free
Reserve tickets online here
More information online here


UC San Diego Helen Edison Lecture Series presents:
Barry Lopez
Award-winning author and environmentalist in conversation with Steven Schick, UC San Diego Professor of Music
 
"Music and Nature"

National Book Award-Winning author and environmentalist Barry Lopez joins UC San Diego’s Steven Schick, a world-renowned percussionist, to explore the intersections of music, words, and the natural world through dialogue and performance.

“The contemporary naturalist,” Lopez writes, is one “whose involvement in the political process, in the debates of public life, in the evolution of literature and the arts, has become crucial.” The evening is a prelude to Schick’s January 24 performance with the Renga Ensemble of composer Olivier Messaien’s rarely heard tribute to Utah’s Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks.
 
More information online here.
Ticket information here.
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Steven Schick performs John Luther Adams

Friday, January 22nd, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Event Program (PDF)

Schick performs Adams' The Mathematics of Resonant Bodies, an eight-movement, 75-minute piece born of a 2001 visit by Schick with Adams at the composer's home in Alaska. Schick performed the piece in Manhattan in 2014. Of his rendering of "Shimmer," the third movement, the New York Times said that Schick "created a celestial, kaleidoscopic palette of sounds by playing on several triangles." In "Roar," another section, "a halo of sounds emerged in a vigorous crescendo from the tam-tam (a type of gong)." Schick's live performance intermingles with a variety of electronic sounds.

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ArtPower Presents Calder Quartet

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

An ArtPower! presentation.
Tickets handled by
UCSD Box Office
Ticket information: 858-534-8497


The Calder Quartet, called “outstanding” and “superb” by the New York Times, performs at an exceptional level, always striving to channel and fulfill the composer’s vision. Already the choice of many leading composers to perform their works— including Christopher Rouse, Terry Riley, and Thomas Adès—the group’s distinctive approach is exemplified by a musical curiosity brought to everything they perform, whether it’s Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, or sold-out rock shows with bands like The National or The Airborne Toxic Event. Winners of the 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant, they are known for the discovery, commissioning, recording and mentoring of some of today’s best emerging composers (over 25 commissioned works to date). Recent season highlights include debuts at New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Barbican Festival and the Edinburgh International Festival. calderquartet.com
 
PROGRAM
Andrew Norman: Sabina
Leoš Janáček: String Quartet No. 2 “Intimate Letters” 
Daníel Bjarnason: Stillshot
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 12, Op. 127
 
SPONSORS
Eric Lasley and Judith Bachner, Amnon and Lee Ben-Yehuda
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Renga: Messiaen's Des canyons aux etoiles...

Sunday, January 24th, 2016 2:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Event Program (PDF)

RENGA presents: Olivier Messiaen's Des Canyons aux Étoiles...
 
Conductor: Steven Schick
Piano solo: Aleck Karis
Horn solo: Nicolee Kuester
 
This REED FAMILY CONCERT honors Joel and Ann Reed, who in May 2015 donated $500,000, matched by the University of California's Presidential Match for Endowed Chairs, to create a $1 million endowed music faculty chair, with Schick as the inaugural holder.
 
Messiaen wrote that his 90-minute tone poem, Des Canyons aux Étoiles... (From the Canyons to the Stars...), is religious (as are virtually all of his works), and, as the title suggests, geological and astronomical. He might have added that it is ornithological as well, since birdsong is a source of much of its material. It's a strange work, closer to his Turangalîla Symphony and Eclairs sur l'au delà than to any conventional form. Its large orchestra features the percussion especially prominently, and it has significant solo parts for piano, horn, xylorimba, and glockenspiel. The work is in three sections with a total of 12 movements, some for the solo instruments alone. The piece was written at the request of Alice Tully for the U.S. Bicentennial, and essentially represents the composer's visceral responses to the starkly beautiful landscape of three national parks in Utah: Cedar Breaks, Bryce Canyon, and Zion. Like the landscapes it describes, the music is alternately spare, jagged, unpredictable, structurally eccentric, monumental, and astonishingly beautiful. Particularly with the composer's detailed program notes in mind, it's a piece that's evocative and constantly engaging. It can be aggressive or contemplative, but the overwhelming impression it leaves is one of awe and ecstasy. (source)
 
Renga is an ensemble of friends and colleagues from UC San Diego, the San Diego Symphony and beyond. Led by Artistic Directors Kate Hatmaker and Steven Schick, Renga unites the most recent and provocative contemporary music with established classical repertoire in settings ranging from solos and small ensembles to full chamber orchestra.
 
Read more about Des Canyon aux Étoiles… here.
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String Quartets with Jurg Frey

Thursday, January 28th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


The Second Annual Jürg Frey String Quartets Evening features the composer's Second and Third quartets, performed by Erik Carlson and Keir GoGwilt (violins), Andrew McIntosh (viola) and Judith Hamann (cello).
 

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1st Year Grad Winter Composition Jury Concert

Friday, January 29th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Event Program (PDF)

A CONCERT OF PREMIERES

Six world premiere performances of pieces written by 1st year graduate students in composition: Lydia Winsor Brindamour, Andrés Gutiérrez Martinez, Wen Liu, and Qingqing Wang. Performances will feature 1st year performance graduate students: Rachel Allen (trumpet), James Beauton (percussion), Ashley Cutright (soprano), Sean Dowgray (percussion), Madison Greenstone (clarinets), and Kiyoe Wellington (contrabass).

All pieces will be juried by the distinguished members of the Composition and Performance faculty for discussion on the following day. Jury response and discussion session with faculty, composers and performers is open to the public and will begin Saturday, January 30th at 10:00am in CPMC 231.

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Telematics: Changing Tides I presented by Mark Dresser and collaborators

Saturday, January 30th, 2016 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Event Program (PDF)

Changing Tides: A Telematic Translocational Concert Series is a dynamic musical collaboration among world-renowned improvisers that will bring attention to the powerful role of intercultural collaboration in addressing global environmental concerns. 

Telematic music is live performance via the Internet by musicians in different geographic locations. This year-long project will feature a core ensemble in San Diego, CA performing three concerts, each a month apart. For each concert, a different ensemble in a remote location will perform live with the California musicians via high-bandwidth, Internet2 networks. Culminating many years of immersion in telematics and jazz-inspired traditions, this project will set a new artistic precedent by establishing innovative connections among collective, improvisatory performance practices, cutting-edge internet technologies, and our shared dependence on the environment.

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Lytle Scholarship Benefit Concert

Sunday, January 31st, 2016 3:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Tickets may be purchased online at:
http://rels.ucsd.edu
Parking is free
All tickets are held at the door


A benefit concert for the Lytle Scholarship and the Preuss School UCSD, Cecil Lytle presents noted trumpeter and bandleader Gilbert Castellanos and his Latin Jazz group.

More information regarding the Lytle Scholarship Concert online here.

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WEDS@7 Aleck Karis and Michael Nicolas

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

General: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $10.50
Students w/ID: Free
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Debussy: Cello Sonata
Takemitsu: Orion
Poulenc: Cello Sonata
 
Aleck Karis, piano
 
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Christopher Clarino, Percussion Recital

Thursday, February 4th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Christopher Clarino, DMA Percussion Recital
 
Stuart Saunders Smith: The Noble Snare
Peter Tod Lewis: Bricolage
Thomas Meadowcroft: Walkman Antiquarian
Robert Morris: Stream Runner
 
With Todd Moellenberg, James Beauton, Sean Dowgray, and Fiona Digney
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Drew Ceccato Graduate Recital

Friday, February 5th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Drew Ceccato, saxophonist and Integrative Studies creative practice graduate student, presents his recital.

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

Saturday, February 6th, 2016 7:30 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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


Steven Schick conducts
 
György Ligeti - Atmosphères
Philip Glass - Piano Concerto No. 2, "Lewis and Clark”
Erik Griswold - Jeux à la fin du monde
Claude Debussy - La Mer
 
Guest Artist: Lisa Moore, piano
 
We begin with Ligeti’s revolutionary Atmosphères (used by Kubrick in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey) and conclude with Debussy’s magnificent evocation of the power of the sea, Le Mer. In between come Glass’ Piano Concerto, inspired by the journey of Lewis and Clark, with soloist Lisa Moore, and the premiere of Erik Griswold’s colorful orchestral work Jeux à la fin du monde (Games at the end of the world), itself inspired by the music of Debussy and Lutoslawski.
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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

Sunday, February 7th, 2016 2:00 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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


Steven Schick conducts
 
György Ligeti - Atmosphères
Philip Glass - Piano Concerto No. 2, "Lewis and Clark”
Erik Griswold - Jeux à la fin du monde
Claude Debussy - La Mer
 
Guest Artist: Lisa Moore, piano
 
We begin with Ligeti’s revolutionary Atmosphères (used by Kubrick in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey) and conclude with Debussy’s magnificent evocation of the power of the sea, Le Mer. In between come Glass’ Piano Concerto, inspired by the journey of Lewis and Clark, with soloist Lisa Moore, and the premiere of Erik Griswold’s colorful orchestral work Jeux à la fin du monde (Games at the end of the world), itself inspired by the music of Debussy and Lutoslawski.
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Kirsten Wiest, Soprano Recital

Friday, February 12th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Event Program (PDF)

Soprano Kirsten Wiest's concert includes Anton Webern's Drei Gesänge aus Viae inviae, Op.23, W. A. Mozart's No, no che non sei capace, K.419, Jeffrey Holmes' Fragments and Jonathan Harvey's Song Offerings.

Featuring Ran Duan, piano

also with:
Steve Lewis, conductor
Michael Matsuno, flute
Madison Greenstone, clarinet
Mona Tian and Päivikki Nykter, violin
Annabelle Terbetski, viola
T.J. Borden, cello
Kyle Motl, doublebass

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Telematics: Changing Tides II presented by Mark Dresser and collaborators

Saturday, February 13th, 2016 12:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Event Program (PDF)

Changing Tides: A Telematic Translocational Concert Series is a dynamic musical collaboration among world-renowned improvisers that will bring attention to the powerful role of intercultural collaboration in addressing global environmental concerns. 

Telematic music is live performance via the Internet by musicians in different geographic locations. This year-long project will feature a core ensemble in San Diego, CA performing three concerts, each a month apart. For each concert, a different ensemble in a remote location will perform live with the California musicians via high-bandwidth, Internet2 networks. Culminating many years of immersion in telematics and jazz-inspired traditions, this project will set a new artistic precedent by establishing innovative connections among collective, improvisatory performance practices, cutting-edge internet technologies, and our shared dependence on the environment.

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Distinguished Lecture Series: Alex Weheliye

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 4:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater


"Hotline Bling: Gendered Technologies of  Humanity in R&B Music" is a free lecture by Alexander Weheliye, Professor of African American Studies, Director of Graduate Studies, Northwestern University, where he teaches black literature and culture, critical theory, social technologies, and popular culture. Weheliye says that his talk "will consider how Black singing voices in contemporary R&B music represent gendered technologies of humanness in their deployment of different  singing styles, the use of voice processing software, as well as the aspirational performance of luxury and leisure. In addition to charting the significant aesthetic, political, and economic shifts R&B has undergone over the last 25 years, I argue that contemporary R&B music--a genre frequently neglected in scholarly and journalistic debates about popular music--remains central to both Black culture and popular culture at large." The lecture runs from 4 pm to 6 pm in the Experimental Theater at Conrad Prebys Music Center. It's FREE and open to the public.

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WEDS@7 Palimpsest

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

General: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $10.50
Students w/ID: Free
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Aleck Karis curates the Winter presentation from the Palimpsest Ensemble.
 
Harrison Birtwistle - Nenia
Featured soloist: Hillary Jean Young, soprano
 
Xavier Beteta - The Abandoned Cathedral (world premiere)
 
Davidovsky - Divertimento for eight 
 
Tristan Murail - Memoire Erosion
Featured soloist: Nicolee Kuester, horn
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Grad Forum

Friday, February 19th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Event Program (PDF)

Grad Forums provide an outlet for Music Department graduate students to present individual and collaborative works on their own terms.

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ArtPower Presents Harlem Quartet

Friday, February 19th, 2016 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

An ArtPower! presentation.
Tickets handled by
UCSD Box Office
Ticket information: 858-534-8497


The Harlem Quartet, praised for its “panache” by the New York Times, is “bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing, and intelligent,” (Cincinnati Enquirer). Passionate about advancing diversity in classical music, the quartet has been engaging young audiences through the discovery of repertoire that includes works by minority composers. Since its debut in 2006 at Carnegie Hall, the New York–based ensemble has performed throughout the U.S. and worldwide (including at The White House for President Obama). The quartet completed the Professional String Quartet Residency Program at New England Conservatory in 2013, and the string quartet exchange program in Paris, working extensively with violinist Günter Pichler. The Harlem Quartet has collaborated with such distinguished performers as Itzhak Perlman, Ida Kavafian, Carter Brey, Anthony McGill, and Paquito D’Rivera. Their San Diego debut will be full of the vitality and flair the ensemble has become known for.
 
PROGRAM 
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 18, No. 4; Buena Vista Social Club Medley, Jazz Standards; Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E Minor, Op. 44, No. 2
 
SPONSOR 
Jon and Bobbie Gilbert
 
UC SAN DIEGO PARTNER
Black Resource Center; The Preuss School, UCSD
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Jane Rigler, flute

Saturday, February 20th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free
Self supported event


Event Program (PDF)

The calling (2013-present) presented in 3 parts by Jane Rigler
1. solo flute and electronics
2. vocal choir
3. calling (forth) a sonic meditation + audience
 
Improvisations with Chris Adler, piano, David Borgo, sax and Jeff Kaiser, trumpet & electronics
 
*Convergences (2016) by Jane Rigler
flute quartet with Rachel Beetz, Michael Matsuno and Christine Tavolacci
 
Improvisation with Jeff Kaiser, trumpet & electronics
 
Convexed Origins (2015), by Jane Rigler
For moving flutist and pre-recorded electronic part
 
Jane Rigler earned an M.A. in Contemporary Music Performance Practices and a Ph.D. in Critical Studies and Experimental Music Practices at UC San Diego. She is an assistant professor in the Interdisciplinary Music Program in the Visual and Performing Arts Department at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.
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Jennifer Bewerse, Cello Recital

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Event Program (PDF)

Jennifer Bewerse, DMA cello recital
 
Continuing her longtime investigation of Liveness, Jennifer's recital explores music that uses technology, not to approximate or imitate other mediums such as film or recordings, but to embrace characteristics like contingency and embodiment that are the foundation of liveness. The concert will include:
 
Time With People, Op.1 by Tim Parkinson
Study No.51 by Ryan Ross Smith
Study for String Instrument #3 by Simon Steen-Andersen
The Real as Imaginary by Peter Ablinger
Advaya by Jonathan Harvey
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Chamber Music by Manfred Werder

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 8:30 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


Music of Manfred Werder.
Stück 1998
Performer Series.
 
Played by Manfred Werder, Erik Carlson, Judith Hamann, and Madison Greenstone
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WEDS@7 Anthony Burr

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

General: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $10.50
Students w/ID: Free
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Fresh off a sabbatical that took him to Reykjavik, Berlin, Brisbane and Melbourne, ace clarinetist Anthony Burr of the music faculty performs a program centered on Morton Feldman's Clarinet and String Quartet---which he recently released on a CD. He will be joined by violinists Erik Carlson and Keir GoGwilt, violist Caterina Longhi and cellist Charles Curtis. Curtis performed on the recording. The concert program also includes Aldo Clementi's Impromptu for Clarinet and String Quartet, which, like the Feldman, is a late work of the composer that reflects nineteenth century chamber music in an inscrutable and mysterious way.
 

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Intercultural Music Conference

Thursday, February 25th, 2016 2:00 pm

WLH 2155

Free


Exploring subjects such as representation and misrepresentation in intercultural music, the three-day event includes a conference, seminar and concert, all open to the public. It was initiated and organized by Siu Hei Lee, a Ph.D. candidate in critical musicology at UC San Diego. "The term 'intercultural' has been utilized in public and intellectual discourse for years," Lee said. "What is the meaning and significance of the term today? What are the problems and prospects of cultural (mis)representation, hybridization, and contemporary performance practices in intercultural music? These questions are by nature interdisciplinary, and we shall use concerts and discussion panels to give some answers, and perhaps raise more questions."

Keynote speakers are Martin Scherzinger (media theorist, composer, musicologist, NYU faculty) and Jann Pasler (musicologist, pianist and documentary filmmaker, UC San Diego music faculty). Panel discussants will include Walter Aaron Clark (UC Riverside Department of Music), Munir Beken (UCLA Department of Music), and Nicol Hammond (UC Santa Cruz). UC Irvine's Hossein Omoumi, a master of ney, the traditional Iranian reed flute, will give a special lecture-recital. 

To visit the conference's webpage, click here

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Intercultural Music Conference

Friday, February 26th, 2016 11:00 am

Conrad Prebys Music Center

Free


What are the problems and prospects of cultural (mis)representation, hybridization, and contemporary performance practices in intercultural music? The February 26 to 28 conference will use concerts and discussion panels to explore these issues.

Friday events include:
11:00 a.m.: Public Reception, Room 136
12:00 p.m.: Opening Address by Professor Cristina Della Coletta, Dean of Arts and Humanities, and Professor Lei Liang, Chairperson of the Music Department, Room 127
12:15 p.m.: Keynote address by Jann Pasler, Professor of Music, UC San Diego.
Title of keynote: Deconstructing Colonial and Postcolonial Interculturality
 
Other afternoon events include discussion panels “Cultural Policy of the Middle East” and “Voice and Language in Intercultural Music,” and Distinguished Professor Chinary Ung's lecture on "The space between cultural fingerprints, dreams, and imagination"
 
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IcM: December 1952

Friday, February 26th, 2016 5:00 pm

The Loft at UC San Diego

Free


Happy Hour and Concert:
Locating the Allegory: Intercultural Perspectives on Earle Brown's December 1952
Location: The Loft, 2nd floor, Price Center*
Doors at 4:00 p.m., Show at 5:00 p.m.
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Intercultural Music Conference

Saturday, February 27th, 2016 9:00 am

Conrad Prebys Music Center

Free


Highlights on Saturday include a keynote speech by New York University Professor Martin Scherzinger (media theorist, musicologist, and composer), with the tentative title “Algorithms of Musical Time: From Autonomous to Automatic Listening” (Conrad Prebys Music Center, Room 127). Discussion panels throughout the day at the music center will investigate construction of indigenous identity in Latin America, intercultural spectacle, Chinese music as intercultural resource, and historical biases in intercultural musicology. Walter Aaron Clark (UC Riverside), Munir Beken (UCLA), and Nicol Hammond (UC Santa Cruz) will serve as panel discussants.

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IcM Concert featuring red fish blue fish

Saturday, February 27th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Event Program (PDF)

red fish blue fish, the acclaimed percussion ensemble led by Reed Family Presidential Chair and Distinguished Professor of Music, Steven Schick, headlines the Saturday evening concert on February 27th. This performance of intercultural music will feature Mark Dresser as bass soloist for Lei Liang’s composition Luminous.

 
Guo Wenjing: Parade for three percussionists
Hilda Paredes: Tzolkin for solo percussion
        James Beauton, solo percussion
Ran Duan, Epigrams for two percussion and trumpet
Stephen Lewis: maples, father, sheep, fog for percussion trio
Lei Liang: Luminous for contrabass and ensemble
        Mark Dresser, contrabass soloist
 
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Intercultural Music Conference

Sunday, February 28th, 2016 9:00 am

Conrad Prebys Music Center

Free


Highlights of IcM SUNDAY events include an artist presentation panel and a scholarly panel on Western cultural assumptions of the non-West in
intercultural music. There will also be a special lecture recital on innovations in Persian music by Hossein Omoumi (UC Irvine). 
 
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IcM Closing Concert: Musical Dialogues Across Continents

Sunday, February 28th, 2016 12:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Event Program (PDF)

Musical Dialogues Across Continents: IcM Closing Concert

Program
Ja’binit (2013) Pamela Flores 
Jazz Pipa (2015) Luk Wai-Chun (Vincent) 
Sketch II (2016) Anahita Abbasi
Power of the script for trombone and electronics (2015) Zhaoyu Zhang 
Music for Piano (1989) Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, presented by Mirna Lekic
Kara Toprak (2011) Elisabet Curbelo 
By the Lovesick Tree (2015) Shing Chun-hay
middlemen who didn’t do diddly (2014) Tobin Chodos
Faryaad (Based on a Kurdish melody) Sibarg Ensemble
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Distinguished Lecture Series: Roscoe Mitchell

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016 4:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


Mitchell, a founder of both the Art Ensemble of Chicago and the AACM (Assocation for the Advancement of Creative Musicians), comes to UC San Diego for this lecture, and for a concert the following night (Mar. 2). Mitchell's appearance was organized by the Improvisers' Alliance, a collaborative project founded by the music faculty's David Borgo, Amy Cimini, Anthony Davis, Mark Dresser and Stephanie Richards to promote artistic and community-building activities centered in the improvisatory in music.

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Bass Ensembles

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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Contrabass performance students of Mark Dresser present: BASS ENSEMBLES. 

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WEDS@7 Roscoe Mitchell

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

General: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $10.50
Students w/ID: Free
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Roscoe Mitchell, one of the top saxophonists to come out of Chicago's AACM movement of the mid-'60s, will be joined by pianist Anthony Davis, trumpeter Stephanie Richards and contrabassist Mark Dresser, all of the music faculty, along with drummer Mike Reed and flutist Nicole Mitchell for this rare West Coast performance.
 
Mitchell will also be featured on Tuesday Mar. 1 at 4:00 pm in the department's Distinguished Lecture Series in the Recital Hall at the Conrad Prebys Music Center. The lecture is FREE and open to the public.
 
Mitchell is a consistently adventurous improviser long associated with the Art Ensemble of Chicago. After getting out of the military, Mitchell led a hard bop sextet in Chicago (1961) which gradually became much freer. He was a member of Muhal Richard Abrams's Experimental Band and a founding member of the AACM in 1965. Mitchell's monumental Sound album (1966) introduced a new way of freely improvising, utilizing silence as well as high energy and "little instruments" as well as conventional horns. Lester Bowie and Malachi Favors were on that date and Mitchell's 1967 follow-up Old/Quartet.
 
With the addition of Joseph Jarman and Philip Wilson (who was later succeeded by Famoudou Don Moye), the Art Ensemble of Chicago was born. The colorful unit was one of the most popular groups in the jazz avant-garde and Mitchell was an integral part of the band. Roscoe Mitchell (who, in addition to his main horns, plays clarinet, flute, piccolo, oboe, baritone and bass saxophones) also was involved in individual projects through the years and has recorded as a leader for Delmark, Nessa, Sackville, Moers Music, 1750 Arch, Black Saint, Cecma and Silkheart in settings ranging from large ensembles to unaccompanied solo concerts. -- Scott Yanow, All-Music Guide
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Singers and Choirs

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


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SINGERS and CHOIRS

Under the direction of Phil Larson, Singers and Choirs of from UCSD's 95D and 95K ensembles perform.

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UC San Diego Gospel Choir

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 8:00 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

General: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $5.50
Students w/ID: Free
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Directed by Ken Anderson, the UC San Diego Gospel Choir combines hundreds of voices to fill Mandeville Auditorium with the uplifting sound of African American spirituals, blues, traditional songs, and gospel.

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Grad Forum

Friday, March 4th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


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ArtPower Presents Meccore String Quartet

Friday, March 4th, 2016 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

An ArtPower! presentation.
Tickets handled by
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Ticket information: 858-534-8497


Praised for its breathtaking performances, flawless technique, and visionary interpretations, the quartet won second prize—and three additional special prizes—at the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition at Wigmore Hall in April 2012. The quartet also has received top prizes at the Paolo Borciani Competition, the International Chamber Music Competition in Weiden, and the Max Reger International Chamber Music Competition. Formed by four of Europe’s most celebrated young string players in 2007, the Meccore performs extensively throughout the continent. Since 2009 the Meccore has worked closely with the Artemis Quartet at the Berlin University of the Arts. As postgraduates at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, the quartet worked with Alfred Brendel on the interpretation of Beethoven’s music. Brendel raved, “the Meccore String Quartet has impressed me as an outstanding young ensemble.” ArtPower is thrilled to welcome the quartet back in what is certain to be a brilliant performance!
 
PROGRAM 
Franz Joseph Haydn: Quartet in C Major, Op. 50, No. 2
Karol Szymanowski: Quartet No. 1
Jean Sibelius: Quartet in D Minor, Op. 56, “Voces intimae”
 
SPONSOR 
Sam B. Ersan
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The Winter Stars Project Rachel Beetz Installation

Monday, March 7th, 2016 1:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Rachel Beetz presents The Winter Stars sound installation March 7-9, 2016 Noon-10:00 p.m. each day. In the winter of 2015-16, Beetz received the Skammdegi Air Award to live in Ólafsfjörður, Iceland. There she created The Skammdegi Stjörnur Project, which involved three separate stages: photography and field recording, studio recording, and knitting circles. During this time Rachel did not see the sun as it did not rise high enough above the mountains. Come hear the weather and night sky from the darkest days of the year in Ólafsfjörður, Iceland.
 
March 7, 8, 9: Noon to 10:00 p.m. each day 
 
Opening March 7, 2016 - Noon
Closing March 9, 2016 - 9:00 p.m.
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Monday Night Jazz: 95JC Jazz Ensembles

Monday, March 7th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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Under the direction of Kamau Kenyatta, the popular 95JC returns!  Featuring an ensemble performing a variety of diverse compositions, including pieces written and arranged by student musicians, instrumentation includes voice, violin, saxophones, rhythm section and afro-latin percussion.

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The Winter Stars Project Rachel Beetz Installation

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 12:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Rachel Beetz presents The Winter Stars sound installation March 7-9, 2016 Noon-10:00 p.m. each day. In the winter of 2015-16, Beetz received the Skammdegi Air Award to live in Ólafsfjörður, Iceland. There she created The Skammdegi Stjörnur Project, which involved three separate stages: photography and field recording, studio recording, and knitting circles. During this time Rachel did not see the sun as it did not rise high enough above the mountains. Come hear the weather and night sky from the darkest days of the year in Ólafsfjörður, Iceland.
 
March 7, 8, 9: Noon to 10:00 p.m. each day 
 
Opening March 7, 2016 - Noon
Closing March 9, 2016 - 9:00 p.m.
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Karis Piano Studio

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 2:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Event Program (PDF)

Rachel Huang
Beethoven: Sonata Opus 10 no. 3
Dana Chan
Mozart: Sonata in Eb major, K 282
Fauré: Nocturne No. 1 in Eb minor, Op. 33/1
Kyle Adam Blair
Stuart Saunders Smith: “Family Portraits: Self (in 14 stations)” (1997)
Daniel Tsay
George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (solo version)
Mengchun Tao
Beethoven: Sonata, Op. 10, No. 2 in F major
Matthew Rice
Beethoven: Sonata, Op. 2, No. 1 in F minor

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MUS 33B Final Recording

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


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Chamber Orchestra

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Room 136

Free


The UC San Diego Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Jonathan Hepfer, present their Winter concert.

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The Winter Stars Project Rachel Beetz Installation

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 12:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Rachel Beetz presents The Winter Stars sound installation March 7-9, 2016 Noon-10:00 p.m. each day. In the winter of 2015-16, Beetz received the Skammdegi Air Award to live in Ólafsfjörður, Iceland. There she created The Skammdegi Stjörnur Project, which involved three separate stages: photography and field recording, studio recording, and knitting circles. During this time Rachel did not see the sun as it did not rise high enough above the mountains. Come hear the weather and night sky from the darkest days of the year in Ólafsfjörður, Iceland.
 
March 7, 8, 9: Noon to 10:00 p.m. each day 
 
Opening March 7, 2016 - Noon
Closing March 9, 2016 - 9:00 p.m.
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Wind Ensemble

Thursday, March 10th, 2016 8:00 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

General: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $5.50
Students w/ID: Free
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The UCSD Wind Ensemble conducted by Bill Gilmer will present a concert on Thursday, March 10 at 8 PM in Mandeville Hall. The theme of the program is "Something Borrowed...Something New" and will feature compositions based on a pre-existing themes, or other musical ideas. The concept is to show how previous written material can often serve as a spark for another's creativity. Featured compositions will include Fantasia in G: Timothy Mahr, Chorale and Shaker Dance: John Zdechlik, After "The Thunderer": Ira Hearshen, Variations on a Korean Folk Song: John Chance, and the Second Suite in F: Gustav Holst, and Courtly Airs and Dances: Ron Nelson. Please come and enjoy this ensemble comprised of Wind and Percussion players from the UCSD student body and community.

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Chamber Ensembles

Friday, March 11th, 2016 4:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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Under the instruction of Takae Ohnishi, the students of MUS 130: Chamber Ensembles, perform.

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UCSD Bach Ensemble

Friday, March 11th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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Under the instruction of Takae Ohnishi. 
Selected students from Mus130 from all departments at UC San Diego. 
 
Program 
J.S.Bach: Violin Concerto A minor BWV1041
A.Vivaldi: Double Violin Concerto A minor RV522
J.S.Bach: Double Violin Concerto D minor BWV1043
 
Guest artist: Caterina Longhi (Viola)
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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

Saturday, March 12th, 2016 7:30 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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Steven Schick conducts
 
Michael Gordon Gotham
  Film by Bill Morrison
Igor Stravinsky Persephone
 
Guest artists: Alice Teyssier, narrator; Lux Boreal Dance Company; North Coast Singers youth chorus
 
A multi-media concert in many senses of that term. The first half offers Gotham, a 2004 joint production by filmmaker Bill Morrison and composer Michael Gordon. Using archival footage of New York City, Gotham combines film, projectors, lighting and orchestra to create a haunting impression of that city. Stravinsky’s opulent Persephone, which the composer described as a “melodrama,” sets a text by André Gide that tells of the descent of the goddess Persephone into the underworld and her return. For this presentation we will be joined by the Lux Boreal Dance Company, narrator, tenor soloist, and children’s choir.
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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

Sunday, March 13th, 2016 2:00 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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Steven Schick conducts
 
Michael Gordon Gotham
  Film by Bill Morrison
Igor Stravinsky Persephone
 
Guest artists: Alice Teyssier, narrator; Lux Boreal Dance Company; North Coast Singers youth chorus
 
A multi-media concert in many senses of that term. The first half offers Gotham, a 2004 joint production by filmmaker Bill Morrison and composer Michael Gordon. Using archival footage of New York City, Gotham combines film, projectors, lighting and orchestra to create a haunting impression of that city. Stravinsky’s opulent Persephone, which the composer described as a “melodrama,” sets a text by André Gide that tells of the descent of the goddess Persephone into the underworld and her return. For this presentation we will be joined by the Lux Boreal Dance Company, narrator, tenor soloist, and children’s choir.
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Camera Lucida

Monday, March 14th, 2016 7:30 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

General: $25.00
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $20.00
Students w/ID: Free
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Mozart, "Kegelstatt" Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano, K. 498
Beethoven, String Quartet in F minor, opus 95
Schumann, Piano Quintet in E-flat, opus 44

 
Under the artistic directorship of UCSD professor and cellist Charles Curtis, and anchored by regular featured performances by San Diego Symphony principals, UCSD performance faculty and guests, Camera Lucida has established a tradition of challenging, musically ambitious programs performed with the assurance of an established ensemble, yet with the added flexibility of changing instrumentation and guests from the international chamber music world.  
 
 
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Margarethe Maierhofer-Lischka, double bass recital

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


Musicolgist and double bassist Margarethe Maierhofer-Lischka will present her 5:00 p.m. lecture Performing Listening, Perceiving Perception as a prelude to a 6:00 p.m. performance in the Conrad Prebys Recital Hall, Room 127Maierhofer-Lischka is a PhD candidate at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria, where she studies contemporary music and auditory perception.
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Keir GoGwilt Presents: A Starling Recital

Friday, April 1st, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Starlings steal shiny objects and catchy tunes, and swarm in murmurations. Watch and hear the starlings steal from sight and sound as Keir GoGwilt performs music by György Kurtág, Einar Torfi Einarsson, JS Bach, and Felipe Rossi in collaboration with Ryan Done.

This performance will feature vocals by Bonnie Lander, a violin and poetry from members of the GoGwilt clan.
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Distinguished Lecture Series: Ana Maria Ochoa

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 4:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


Columbia University Associate Professor of Music Ana Maria Ochoa's lecture is titled “Musical Form, Forms of Life: The Political Conundrums of Acoustic Multinaturalism.” Her presentation explores some of the tensions that permeate the notion of musical form when thought of in conjunction with indigenous modes of valuation of life on earth. It takes the motive of "monotony," the privileged description of many so-called "primitive" Amerindian musics found in the colonial archive and rethinks its form and political implications in light of the notion of acoustic multinaturalism. What is the significance of our categories of analysis (in this case the notion of musical form) in a music of repetition, extreme acoustic economy and an overt cultivation of a principle of restriction of audibility to "outside" listeners? Moreover, at a time when the politics of the decolonial is increasingly deployed through the production of film and recording by indigenous groups, what are the tensions that emerge between, on the one hand, the need to denounce political oppression and announce modes of belonging as a central practice of political struggle and, on the other, historical ontologies of music and life that privilege a politics of restriction of audibility?
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Erik Carlson and Aleck Karis perform Feldman

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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UC San Diego Department of Music Professors Erik Carlson (violin) and Aleck Karis (piano) will perform For John Cage, a late work by Morton Feldman from 1981. Austere even by the standards of late Feldman, this exploration of hushed patterns in shifting chromatic fields is around 75 minutes long, in a single movement.
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Tyler Borden, Cello Recital

Thursday, April 7th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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Cellist Tyler Borden will introduce the world premieres of Hunjoo Jung's "I Have the Right to de[Story] Myself," Paul Hembree's "Cerebral Hyphomycosis" and James Bean's "takenName." Borden will also perform pieces by Brian Ferneyhough and Timothy McCormack.
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Telematics: Changing Tides III presented by Mark Dresser and collaborators

Sunday, April 10th, 2016 4:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


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Changing Tides: A Telematic Translocational Concert Series is a dynamic musical collaboration among world-renowned improvisers that will bring attention to the powerful role of intercultural collaboration in addressing global environmental concerns. Telematic music is live performance via the Internet by musicians in different geographic locations. Culminating years of immersion in telematics and jazz-inspired traditions, this project sets a new artistic precedent by establishing innovative connections among improvisatory performance practices, cutting-edge internet technologies and our shared dependence on the environment.
 
The third and final performance of Changing Tides will be held in collaboration with musicians at Stony Brook University. Presented by bassist Mark Dresser, Changing Tides officially launched earlier this year with musicians in Seoul, South Korea and visited Zurich, Switzerland before landing in New York. Dresser will be joined onstage by Michael Dessen, Myra Melford, Nicole Mitchell and Stephanie Richards, while Ray Anderson, Denman Maroney, Marty Ehrlich, Min Xiao-Fen, Matt Wilson and Sarah Weaver will contribute the concert's other half in New York.
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Springfest Birch Aquarium

Sunday, April 10th, 2016 6:00 pm

Birch Aquarium

$12 general admission/$9 Birch members & UCSD students--includes Aquarium admission. Purchase tickets in advance online


Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in collaboration with the UC San Diego Department of Music will present its fourth annual IMMERSION, an evening in which audience members can explore exhibits while listening to drifting love songs and experimental music performed by UC San Diego graduate students.
 
Performances will include:
- World premier of San Diego composer Joe Garrison's The People Upstairs, featuring Grammy Award-winning flutist Lori Bell
- Giacinto Scelsi's haunting Khoom: 7 Episodes of an Unwritten Story of Love and Death in a Distant Land
- Joe Cantrell's live soundtrack for the Hall of Fishes, created from altered vinyl records 
- Contemporary solo and chamber music in front of the Kelp Forest
- Jazz improvisation inspired by shark movements, performed by pianist Joshua Charney and bassist Tommy Babin
- Chris Donahue's Singing for Their Supper, inspired by 3-D video tracking of movements in the Hall of Fishes
- Celeste Oram's Fish – Secret – Snag, created through surprise micro-performances
- Intimate readings by local writers
 
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Springfest Solo Piano Works by Xavier Beteta

Monday, April 11th, 2016 12:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Xavier Beteta will present a selection of piano works that show his evolution as a composer from age 15 in 1996 through the present.
 
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Springfest Suspiria

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Tommy Babin, Samuel Dunscombe, Judith Hamann, Ryan Nestor, Charlie Olvera and James Rushford will screen the 1977 horror film Suspiria and perform the film's soundtrack live.
 
Director Dario Aregento’s horror masterpiece combines stunning cinematography with an immersive musical soundtrack. One of the last films shot in Technicolor, Suspiria is a fantastical landscape awash in deep reds, thick greens, and ominous yellows: a surrealist world befitting the film’s evil cohort of witches. The soundtrack, composed by the Italian rock band Goblin, compliments Suspiria’s imaginative visuals with an aggressive and terrifying musical score.
 
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Springfest HOME LIFE: domestic text

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


This performance will touch upon themes of family, intimacy, interiority, femininity and lived-in spaces.
 
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WEDS@7 Malcolm Goldstein

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

General: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $10.50
Students w/ID: Free
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The renowned violinist, improviser and composer Malcolm Goldstein will give solo presentations of his compositions "but one bird sang not," "gentle rain preceding mushrooms" and "my feet is tired but my soul is rested," as well as various improvisations. During the second half of the concert, Goldstein will be joined onstage by bass player Mark Dresser.
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Springfest Late Nights at The Loft, Part I

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016 8:30 pm

The Loft at UC San Diego

Free


The first of two nights of improvised music at the Loft will feature rapidly shifting textures drawing on multiple idioms in sets from Leffue/Motl/Nordeson and Richards/Babin/Charney/Munsey.
 
Leffue/Motl/Nordeson
Steven Leffue: saxophones
Kyle Motl: contrabass
Kjell Nordeson: drums/percussion
 
Richards/Babin/Charney/Munsey
Stephanie Richards: trumpet
Tommy Babin: bass
Josh Charney: keyboards
Andrew Munsey: drums
 
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Springfest three bodies (moving)

Thursday, April 14th, 2016 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


three bodies (moving) by Catherine Lamb is a 45-minute work that explores the relationships between a violin, a cello and a bass clarinet, instruments that only produce tones within the framework of the harmonic series of an imagined fundamental. Slowly unfolding and undeniably visceral, Lamb's work demonstrates how the methodical and intuitive exploration of intervals can reveal a stunning beauty when granted close attention over an extended period of time.
 
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Springfest Autoduplicity - Machaut + Rauschen

Thursday, April 14th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Autoduplicity presents their second concert exploration Machaut + Rauschen, a performance that juxtaposes Guillaume de Machaut's ballade “Dame, ne regardez pas” with several of Peter Ablinger's "Instrumente und Rauschen" works. Leaping from the simple purity of a single melody to the “everything always” concept of white noise, Machaut + Rauschen explores the complexity of simple sounds hidden within masses of complex noise. Listening at these extremes reveals how deceptive the ideas of simplicity and complexity can be.
 
Autoduplicity is Rachel Beetz and Jennifer Bewerse.
 
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Springfest Late Nights at The Loft, Part II

Thursday, April 14th, 2016 8:30 pm

The Loft at UC San Diego

Free


The two-night series of improvised music at the Loft concludes with appearances by the Sibarg Ensemble and the Peter Kuhn Trio. For their performances, the Sibarg Ensemble will blend elements of Persian and jazz traditions and the Peter Kuhn Trio will deliver freestyled jazz.
 
Sibarg Ensemble
Hesam Abedini: voice and percussion
Niloufar Shiri: kamancheh
Josh Charney: keyboards
Kyle Motl: contrabass
 
Peter Kuhn Trio
Peter Kuhn: saxophone and clarinet
Kyle Motl: contrabass
Nathan Hubbard: drums
 
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Springfest Observation Dock

Friday, April 15th, 2016 12:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall Room 105

Free


The Concert Hall stage becomes Todd Moellenberg's fish tank in his newest durational performance. Voyeurs are free to observe from the backstage control room, and can peek in at any time. 

The Observation Dock runs from 12:00-6:00 p.m.

Entrance is via the Concert Hall's backstage entry, across from room 136, on the main floor.

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Springfest Happy Hour Reception

Friday, April 15th, 2016 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Room 136

Free


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Springfest Rainforest:Southland Ensemble

Friday, April 15th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


David Tudor's Rainforest is a blueprint of a sonic environment, an exploration of resonance by transforming everyday objects or sculptures into speakers for audio playback. Now, more than 40 years after Rainforest's inception, the Southland Ensemble will present an evening dedicated to Tudor's work.
 
The concert will feature an installation and live performance of 1973's Rainforest IV. The Southland Ensemble will also present their world premiere of composer Carolyn Chen's Other Forests, inspired by Tudor's work.
 
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Springfest Festival at Bread and Salt

Saturday, April 16th, 2016 10:00 am

Bread and Salt

Free


Co-curated by artist Armando del Torres and cellist Judith Hamann and partnered with Abrash Presents and Rolling Sculpture, this festival will showcase the breadth of San Diego's music and arts communities. In addition to its numerous performances, 10-channel fixed media room, collaborative installation works and a new sound and light sculpture, the event will also feature workshops that encourage hands-on interaction with electronics, synthesizers, instrument building and DJing.
 
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WEDS@7 Formosa Quartet

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

General: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $10.50
Students w/ID: Free
Department of Music Box Office: 858-534-3448
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The members of the Formosa Quartet – Jasmine Lin, Wayne Lee, Che-Yen Chen, and Deborah Pae – have established themselves as leading solo, chamber and orchestral musicians. Since forming in 2002 to perform and promote Taiwanese music, the Formosa Quartet won the First Prize and the Amadeus Prize at the London International String Quartet Competition in 2006. To date, they have given critically acclaimed performances at the Ravinia Festival, Caramoor Festival, Library of Congress, Da Camera Society of Los Angeles, Chicago Cultural Center, Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center, Rice University, San Francisco State University and Wigmore Hall in London. Currently, the Formosa Quartet is working with Lei Liang, professor of music at UC San Diego, while serving as Art of Élan's ensemble-in-residence.
 
The quartet will perform Ludwig van Beethoven's String Quartet Opus 59, No. 1, Shih-Hui Chen's Returning Souls and Lei Lang's latest work Song Recollections.
 
This event is co-sponsored by the Chuan Lyu Endowment in Taiwan Studies and the Taiwan Lecture Series at UC San Diego.
 
Concert parking is free at the Gilman Parking Structure for attendees.
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ArtPower Presents Christopher O'Riley and the New York Chamber Soloists

Thursday, April 21st, 2016 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

An ArtPower! presentation.
Tickets handled by
UCSD Box Office
Ticket information: 858-534-8497


Known as the host of NPR's program on rising classical musicians From the Top, pianist Christopher O’Riley has garnered critical praise for his efforts to reach new audiences through solo performances with several acclaimed orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, National Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony. For this performance, O'Riley will be joined by the New York Chamber Soloists, an ensemble that has cultivated a niche in chamber music over the last five decades.
 
Program:
Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 11
Igor Stravinsky: L’Histoire du soldat
Béla Bartók: Piano Sonata
Maurice Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Cello
Béla Bartók: Contrasts
 
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California Electronic Music Exchange Concert (CEMEC)

Friday, April 22nd, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


The California Electronic Music Exchange Concert (CEMEC) series is meant to strengthen the connections between the California institutions that have computer and electronic music programs. Each concert features electronic and electroacoustic music by student composers, performers, computer musicians and installation artists from across California. Institutions represented at UC San Diego's installment include Mills College, UC Santa Barbara, CalArts and UC San Diego.
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Kartik Seshadri, sitar

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 7:30 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

General: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $10.50
Students w/ID: Free
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Sitar master Kartik Seshadri will perform classical Indian ragas in the tradition of his mentor, legendary sitarist Ravi Shankar. Seshadri's CD Sublime Ragas was recently among Songlines magazine's Top 10 "Top of the World" albums. His music has been praised by The Washington Post for its "espressive beauty, rich tonal sensibility, and rhythmic intricacy."
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WEDS@7 Erik Carlson and Aleck Karis perform Jurg Frey

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

General: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $10.50
Students w/ID: Free
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Violinist Erik Carlson and pianist Aleck Karis will perform Buch der Raume und Zeiten (1999) by the Swiss composer and clarinetist Jurg Frey. This 55-minute work has 22 separate instrumental parts, only two of which are played during any given performance. Frey, who has written several pieces for Carlson, has developed a unique compositional method in which silence is used as a key stylistic element. His music is strongly influenced by the late works of John Cage and Morton Feldman.
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Kyle Motl, Bass Recital

Friday, April 29th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


UC San Diego Department of Music graduate student Kyle Motl is a bassist, composer and improviser whose work inhabits settings ranging from free jazz to contemporary concert music and noise. A dedication to exploring the possibilities of the double bass permeates both his solo and improvised ensemble music. His current projects include ongoing work with the Peter Kuhn Trio and Abbey Rader Quartet, as well as the Kyle Motl Trio and duos with T.J. Borden and Drew Ceccato.
 
Motl's performance will feature:
Kyle Motl: Panjandrums!
Håkon Thelin: oibbinadocS
Barry Guy: Statements II
Kyle Motl: ax[i]on
Tobin Chodos: Trickle Town
Kyle Motl: Transmogrificant I
Iannis Xenakis: Theraps
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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

Saturday, April 30th, 2016 7:30 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus's 2014 Young Artists winner Andrea Fortier will perform Bartók’s Viola Concerto amid two of Russia's most famous symphonies as conducted by Rodrigo Ruiz.
 
Performances include:
Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 9
Béla Bartók's Viola Concerto
P. I. Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4
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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

Sunday, May 1st, 2016 2:00 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus's 2014 Young Artists winner Andrea Fortier will perform Bartók’s Viola Concerto amid two of Russia's most famous symphonies as conducted by Rodrigo Ruiz.
 
Performances include:
Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 9
Béla Bartók's Viola Concerto
P. I. Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4
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Cathy Kautsky, Solo Piano Recital

Sunday, May 1st, 2016 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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Chair of Keyboard Studies at Lawrence University Catherine Kautsky will perform "Homage to Schubert" in tribute to the 19th century Austrian composer. Kautsky, whose performances the New York Times described as "music [that] spoke directly to the listener," has given critically acclaimed performances at venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall and the Phillips Collection. Kautsky is currently writing a book about the history and influence of French composer Claude Debussy, expected out in 2017.
 
Kautsky's program will include Franz Schubert's Sonata in D Major, D. 850 (1825), Jorg Wedmann's Idyll and Abyss: Six Schubert Reminiscences for Piano (2013) and Maurice Ravel's Valses nobles et sentimentales (1911).
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WEDS@7 Takae Ohnishi

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 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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Renowned harpsichordist Takae Ohnishi will present an "All J.S. Bach Program" for this Wednesdays@7 featured event.
 
Ohnishi's performance will include:
Toccata in E minor BWV 914
Toccata in D minor BWV913
French Suite No.5 BWV 816
Sonata in D minor BWV 964
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Mark Dresser and Barre Phillips Telematic Performance

Saturday, May 7th, 2016 11:30 am

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


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UC San Diego Professor of Music, bassist, improviser and composer Mark Dresser will bring a new telematic performance to the Department of Music on Saturday, May 7 at 11:30 a.mThe performance will be held in conjunction with the pioneering improvising bassist Barre Phillips, who will perform his half of the duet while onstage at the Delco Festival in Nimes, France.
 
Telematics is a mode of music performance made possible through musicians' access to high speed and high bandwidth Internet. Through telematic performance, musicians in two different locations can collaborate as if they were playing in the same room, no matter where they are or what time zone they're in. Inspired by these possibilities, Dresser began experimenting with telematic performance in 2007 and has since brought several such concerts to the Conrad Prebys Music Center. While Dresser's last telematic performance on April 10, 2016 concluded a three-part series that united musicians in Seoul, South Korea, Zurich, Switzerland and New York, his duet with Phillips will comprise entirely of improvised material.
 
***PLEASE NOTE: EVENT TIME CHANGE***
Please note that this concert will begin at 11:30 a.m. PST, local time.
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Camera Lucida

Monday, May 9th, 2016 7:30 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

General: $25.00
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $20.00
Students w/ID: Free
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Currently in its seventh season, Camera Lucida is a collaboration of chamber musicians from the San Diego Symphony and UC San Diego's Department of Music. Under the artistic direction of UC San Diego professor and cellist Charles Curtis, Camera Lucida has established a tradition of ambitious programs performed with the assurance of a talented ensemble that welcomes guest performers from around the world.
 
Tonight's performance will include:
Schubert's String Trio in B-flat, D. 581
Mendelssohn's Piano Trio in d minor, Opus 49
Schumann's Piano Quartet in E-flat major, Opus 47
 
Featured performers include violinist Jeff Thayer, violist Che-Yen Chen, cellist Charles Curtis and pianist Reiko Uchida.
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WEDS@7 kallisti presents "Noon at Dusk" a new Chamber Opera by Stephen Lewis

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

General: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $10.50
Students w/ID: Free
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The kallisti ensemble, created by UC San Diego Professor of Music Susan Narucki, will present the world premiere of Noon at Dusk, a chamber opera listed among the San Diego Union Tribune's top classical events of this spring. With music by UC San Diego graduate student Stephen Lewis and a libretto by Yi Hong Sim, Noon at Dusk explores the difficulties many young couples face when juggling career aspirations and love.
 
The cast includes graduate students in the DMA in Contemporary Music Performance at UC San Diego Kirsten Wiest, Ashley Cutright, Hillary Young and Jonathan Nussman, as well as faculty member Philip Larson, guest conductor Dana Sadava and UC San Diego alumna Tiffany Du Mouchelle. The production team includes Jessica C. Flores (lighting and scenic design), Annie Le (costumes) and Jason Ponce (video and projections), with Narucki directing.
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Distinguished Lecture Series: Georgina Born

Thursday, May 12th, 2016 6:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


Professor of Music and Anthropology at Oxford University Georgina Born will discuss the anthropology and sociology of music and culture, with a focus on the way digital media impacts music today.
 
Born studied anthropology for her undergraduate and doctorate degrees at University College London during the 1980s. Having trained as a classical cellist, she was the bass player for the avant-rock group Henry Cow and also played jazz, contemporary and improvised music with various jazz groups and with Derek Bailey's Company. She has taught at world-leading universities including both Cambridge and Oxford in departments of media and communication, sociology and music. Her work is highly interdisciplinary, spanning music of the 20th and 21st centuries (see her five-year research program MusDig) as well as digital media, social and cultural theory and ethnographies of cultural production. Her books include 2005's Uncertain Vision, the first-ever inside study of the BBC, and Rationalizing Culture, her 1995 study of Pierre Boulez's IRCAM. Her edited books include Western Music and Its Others (2000), Music, Sound, and Space (2013) and the forthcoming Improvisation and Social Aesthetics, expected out in 2017.
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Michiko Ogawa, Clarinets Recital

Thursday, May 12th, 2016 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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Michiko Ogawa will present a clarinet recital featuring bass clarinetist Samuel Dunscombe, pianist Todd Moellenberg, cellist Tyler Borden and flutist Michael Matsuno.
 
Ogawa's program will include:
Alban Berg: Vier Stücke für Klarinette und Klavier Op.5 (1913)
Giacinto Scelsi: Preghiera per un’ombra for clarinet solo (1954)
Giacinto Scelsi: Ko-Lho for flute and clarinet (1966)
Alvin Lucier: Still And Moving Lines Of Silence In Families Of Hyperbolas, Part I Number 1 for clarinet in B flat and a sine wave (1980)
Liza Lim: Inguz (Fertility) for clarinet in A and violoncello (1996)
Chaya Czernowin: Duo Leat (duo slow) for two bass clarinets in B-flat (2010)
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kallisti presents "Noon at Dusk" a new Chamber Opera by Stephen Lewis

Friday, May 13th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

General: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $10.50
Students w/ID: Free
Department of Music Box Office: 858-534-3448
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The kallisti ensemble, created by UC San Diego Professor of Music Susan Narucki, will present the world premiere of Noon at Dusk, a chamber opera listed among the San Diego Union Tribune's top classical events of this spring. With music by UC San Diego graduate student Stephen Lewis and a libretto by Yi Hong Sim, Noon at Dusk explores the difficulties many young couples face when juggling career aspirations and love.
 
The cast includes graduate students in the DMA in Contemporary Music Performance at UC San Diego Kirsten Wiest, Ashley Cutright, Hillary Young and Jonathan Nussman, as well as faculty member Philip Larson, guest conductor Dana Sadava and UC San Diego alumna Tiffany Du Mouchelle. The production team includes Jessica C. Flores (lighting and scenic design), Annie Le (costumes) and Jason Ponce (video and projections), with Narucki directing.
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kallisti presents "Noon at Dusk" a new Chamber Opera by Stephen Lewis

Saturday, May 14th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

General: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $10.50
Students w/ID: Free
Department of Music Box Office: 858-534-3448
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Event Program (PDF)

The kallisti ensemblecreated by UC San Diego Professor of Music Susan Narucki, will present the world premiere of Noon at Dusk, a chamber opera listed among the San Diego Union Tribune's top classical events of this spring. With music by UC San Diego graduate student Stephen Lewis and a libretto by Yi Hong Sim, Noon at Dusk explores the difficulties many young couples face when juggling career aspirations and love.
 
The cast includes graduate students in the DMA in Contemporary Music Performance at UC San Diego Kirsten Wiest, Ashley Cutright, Hillary Young and Jonathan Nussman, as well as faculty member Philip Larson, guest conductor Dana Sadava and UC San Diego alumna Tiffany Du Mouchelle. The production team includes Jessica C. Flores (lighting and scenic design), Annie Le (costumes) and Jason Ponce (video and projections), with Narucki directing.
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Nicolee Kuester, Horn Recital

Sunday, May 15th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Horn player and UC San Diego doctoral candidate Nicolee Kuester will present her final DMA recital with special guests Anthony Burr, Charles Curtis, Todd Moellenberg and Sarah Skuster.
 
Kuester's program will include:
Thomas Adès: Sonata da Caccia for oboe, horn, and harpsichord
Larry Polansky: Horn for horn and electronics
Nicholas Deyoe: 714 Traction Ave, Los Angeles (B) for solo horn (world premier of high voice version)
Alvin Lucier: August Moon for horn, cello, and piano (world premier of cello version)
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WEDS@7 Stephanie Richards plays "Arms" with Vicki Ray and Cathlene Pineda

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

General: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $10.50
Students w/ID: Free
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UC San Diego Assistant Professor of Music and trumpeter Stephanie Richards will perform as part of the Armsensemble trio with pianists Vicki Ray and Cathlene Pineda. Armsensemble explores the possibilities of sound, material and movement through performances that feature improvisations and prepared piano and trumpet pieces. This Wednesdays@7 concert will feature improvisations and compositions by all members of the trio.
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Samuel Dunscombe, Clarinet

Friday, May 20th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Samuel Dunscombe: concert of collaborative works
 
This concert will feature a series of collaborations undertaken over the past 12 months with a diverse range of artists. With performances ranging from electro-acoustic accompanied poetry to field recording, noise music and subdued instrumental-free improvisation, this concert promises a diverse range of sonic experiences.
 
Performances and playback pieces by Samuel Dunscombe with:
 
Judith Hamann 
Clint McCallum 
Todd Mollenberg
Hunjoo Jung
Tim Olive (CA / JP)
 
and a live improvised set by Golden Fur (Samuel Dunscombe, Judith Hamann, James Rushford).
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Rachel Huang, Piano Honors Recital

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 2:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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Rachel Huang will present her undergraduate piano honors recital.
 
Huang's program will include:
Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude and Fugue No. 2 in C minor BWV 871 (from Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II)
 
Ludwig Van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 7, Op. 10 No. 3
I. Presto
II. Largo e mesto
III. Menuetto: Allegro
IV. Rondo: Allegro
 
Claude Debussy: Préludes
Book I, VI. Des pas sur la neige: Triste et lent
Book II, VIII. Ondine: Scherzando
 
Frédéric Chopin: Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38
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Michael Matsuno, Flute Recital

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 4:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


UC San Diego graduate student and flutist Michael Matsuno will perform his first DMA recital.
 
The program will feature:
Yvonne Wu, Carvings for solo flute and voice 
Giacinto Scelsi, Ko-Lho for flute and clarinet
Cat Lamb, Frame for bass flute and cello
 
John Fonville, Mong Songs for two flutes
Bernhard Lang, Differenz/Wiederholung 22 'Winterlicht'  for bass flute and double bass
Bernhard Lang, Schrift 1.2 for solo flute
 
with:
Michiko Ogawa, clarinet
Judith Hamann, cello
Rachel Beetz, flute
Matthew Kline, double bass
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MUS 103C Undergraduate Juries

Monday, May 23rd, 2016 11:00 am

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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Undergraduate Juries - MUS 103C
 
Undergraduate composers will present their end-of-year compositions in the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 23rd.
 
Featured compositions will include:
Niloufar Shiri: Tale
Alan Ng: Placeholder
Sooyong Chu: Encryption
Colin Cruz: Under Her Dark Veil
Hesam Abedini: Suffering
 
with performances by Kirsten Wiest (soprano), Sean Dowgray (percussion), James Beauton (percussion) and Judith Hamann (cello).
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Monday Night Jazz: 95JC Jazz Ensembles

Monday, May 23rd, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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Kamau Kenyatta will direct the MUS 95JC jazz chamber ensemble students for a performance of diverse compositions (including pieces written and arranged by student musicians) featuring instrumentation for voice, violin, saxophones, rhythm section and Afro-Latin percussion.
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Karis Piano Studio

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 2:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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Piano students of Aleck Karis will present an informal studio concert of their current projects.
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UC San Diego Gospel Choir

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 8:00 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

General: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $5.50
Students w/ID: Free
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The UC San Diego Gospel Choir will combine hundreds of voices to fill Mandeville Auditorium with the uplifting sound of African American spirituals, blues, traditional songs and gospel. The choir will be led by Ken Anderson, an adjunct faculty member at UC San Diego's Department of Music.
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Joshua Charney, Piano Recital

Thursday, May 26th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


0-0 is a recital in three parts by Josh Charney. It will feature guest performances by Tommy Babin, Andrew Munsey, Niloufar Shiri and Hesam Abedini. 
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Yiheng Yvonne Wu Dissertation Recital

Friday, May 27th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Composer Yiheng Yvonne Wu will present her PhD dissertation concert.
 
Wu's program will include: 
Carvings for Flute and Voice (2010/2011)
Michael Matsuno, flute and voice
 
Duet in Magenta (1999)
 
Dreams of a Young Piano (2014/2016) (dissertation project)
including the premiere of the work's second movement
featuring Kyle Adam Blair, piano
Sean Dowgray and Fiona Digney, percussion
and an ensemble of graduate performers
 
The program will run about 40 minutes.
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Chamber Orchestra

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Conducted by Jonathan Hepfer, the UC San Diego Chamber Orchestra will perform its spring course concert in the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall.
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MUS 131 Advanced Improvisation

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


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Under the direction of Mark Dresser, MUS 131 Advanced Improvisation Techniques students will present their course concert.
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95W Indian Music Students

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Indian music students will perform their annual course concert in the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall under the instruction of Pandit Kartik Seshadri.
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Guitar, students of Pablo Gomez Cano

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


Students in Pablo Gomez's guitar class will perform music by Tamez, Brouwer, Guilianni, A. James, Reinhardt and Reich for this end-of-quarter course concert.
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Singers and Choirs

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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Under the direction of Philip Larson, Singers and Choirs will present their Spring course concert in the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall.
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Wind Ensemble

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 8:00 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

General: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $5.50
Students w/ID: Free
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The UC San Diego Wind Ensemble will present its spring term concert under the direction of William Gilmer. The theme of the concert is Mid-Century Modern, a term often used to represent the architectural and interior design styles during the post-World War II period.
 
The mid-20th century offered the groundbreaking establishment of the Eastman Wind Ensemble and brought a sense of legitimacy to the wind band in the world of composition. Many of the era's most modern and forward-thinking composers wrote original compositions for wind and percussion instruments. For their performance, the UC San Diego Wind Ensemble will present several masterpieces from the 1950s, including Chester Overture by William Schumann, Divertimento for Band by Vincent Persichetti, La Fiesta Mexicana by H. Owen Reed, Canzona by Peter Mennin and selections from Candide by Leonard Bernstein. The ensemble will also perform a medley of popular Frank Sinatra songs.
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Chamber Ensembles

Friday, June 3rd, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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The students of MUS 130 Chamber Ensembles will perform under the instruction of Takae Ohnishi.
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MUS 133 Projects in New Music Performance

Friday, June 3rd, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


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The students of MUS 133 Projects in New Music Performance will present their end-of-quarter concert.
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Jan Fidelis Honors Recital, Composition

Saturday, June 4th, 2016 2:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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UC San Diego undergraduate composition student Jan Fidelis will present his honors recital at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 in the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall.
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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

Saturday, June 4th, 2016 7:30 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus' season will conclude with David Chase conducting an imaginative pairing of works by two European masters who came to the U.S. at the beginning of World War II. Benjamin Britten composed his American Overture in 1941 for the Cleveland Orchestra, but it was not performed until 1983, six years after the composer’s death. Paul Hindemith’s moving setting of Walt Whitman’s elegy for Abraham Lincoln, When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d: A Requiem for Those We Love, is considered by many to be his finest work, featuring chorus, mezzo-soprano and baritone.
 
David Chase will conduct a performance of:
Benjamin Britten: An American Overture
Paul Hindemith: When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d: A Requiem for Those We Love
 
Guest artists include: Janelle DeStefano, mezzo-soprano; Darren Chase, baritone
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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

Sunday, June 5th, 2016 2:00 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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


The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus' season will conclude with David Chase conducting an imaginative pairing of works by two European masters who came to the U.S. at the beginning of World War II. Benjamin Britten composed his American Overture in 1941 for the Cleveland Orchestra, but it was not performed until 1983, six years after the composer’s death. Paul Hindemith’s moving setting of Walt Whitman’s elegy for Abraham Lincoln, When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d: A Requiem for Those We Love, is considered by many to be his finest work, featuring chorus, mezzo-soprano and baritone.
 
David Chase will conduct a performance of:
Benjamin Britten: An American Overture
Paul Hindemith: When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d: A Requiem for Those We Love
 
Guest artists include: Janelle DeStefano, mezzo-soprano; Darren Chase, baritone
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Clarinets, students of Michiko Ogawa

Sunday, June 5th, 2016 2:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


MUS 32 and MUS 132 undergraduate clarinet students of Michiko Ogawa will perform in the Recital Hall.
 
The program will include:
Carl Maria von Weber: Clarinet Concert No.1 F-minor
André Messager: Solo du Concours
Charles-Marie Widor: Introduction and Rondo
Louis Spohr: Clarinet Concert No.4 E-minor
 
Performers include:
 
Alex Duran, Becca Lynn, Alexander Mitrushina and Brandon Paulson (clairnet)
Dana Chan (Piano)
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32VM Voice Students

Sunday, June 5th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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Do you love hearing people sing? Wish you could sing yourself? Come hear the Undergraduate Vocal Masterclass students of Kirsten Wiest present their end-of-year concert and be inspired by what is possible to achieve in just one year! Works span favorites from opera and art song to musical theater – it's an event not to be missed!
 
Singers Adrian Chan, Brandon Linn, Maggie Joshi, Vincent Nguyen, Warren Bacal, Wei Lin Neo and Zhijie Jiang will perform works by Handel, Mozart, Schubert, Quilter, DvoÅ™ák and others as Ran Duan joins on piano.
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Samuel Dunscombe, Clarinet

Monday, June 6th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Samuel Dunscombe will present a clarinet recital featuring:
 
Alvin Lucier: In Memorium Stuart Marshall for bass clarinet and oscillator
Samuel Dunscombe: Improvisation for solo bass clarinet
Rebecca Saunders: Caerulean for solo bass clarinet
Elise Roy: Elicitations for clarinet trio, feat. Curt Miller and Michiko Ogawa
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MUS 33C Final Recording

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 4:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


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Undergraduate composition students in the MUS 33C Introduction to Composition III course will present their end-of-year premiere pieces.
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Best of ICAM, Night 1

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free



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Best of ICAM, Night 2

Thursday, June 9th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Come celebrate with this year's ICAM graduates as they discuss and demonstrate music creation and collaboration at the bleeding edge of technology. Lecturers, listening examples, movies and live performances will round out the evening.
 
The live performance will begin with music by Gabriel Zalles, Benjamin Breidenthal, Ulysses Nieto, Jesse Gastelum, Michelle Schonberg and Alex Arango. After a brief intermission, the performance will conclude with music by Hyong Yoon, Jake Espinueva, Tian Wu, Nicolette Valicenti and Carter Wogahn.
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Ine Vanoeveren, Flute Recital

Friday, June 10th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Event Program (PDF)

confined walls of unity
 
Brian Ferneyhough, the so-called "Father of New Complexity," wrote six extremely complex and virtuous works for flute solo: Cassandra’s Dream Song (1970) for flute solo, Unity Capsule (1975-1976) for flute solo, Superscriptio (1981) for piccolo solo, Carceri d’Invenzione IIb (1984) for flute solo, Mnemosyne (1986) for bass flute and pre-recorded tape and Sispyhus Redux (2011) for alto flute solo.
 
His music causes a constant struggle for the performer: a struggle against the limits of the instrument, against the limits of notated music and against the limits of the body and mind.
 
As a result of her doctoral research, Ine Vanoeveren will present Brian Ferneyhough's integral oeuvre for flute solo.
 
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