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Computer Music Focus: Andrew Brown

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


Making Musical Mates: Adventures in interactive algorithmic performance.

Much of my creative work involves the design and use of algorithmic music systems that facilitate a close creative partnership. But what does it mean to design and construct such instruments, to make an interactive music system with a sense of creative agency that evokes a rich sense of creative interplay? In this presentation I will discuss some of the issues that arise for me in this activity; from both a conceptual perspective and in the design, making and playing of original interactive musical systems and devices.

Andrew R. Brown is Professor of Digital Arts at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. He is an active computer musician and computational artist. His research interests include digital creativity, computational aesthetics, music education and the philosophy of technology. He pursues a creative practice in computer-assisted music performance and audio-visual installations, with focus on generative processes and algorithmic music performance including live coding.

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WEDS@7 Aleck Karis, piano

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
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Pianist Aleck Karis begins the 2016-2017 Wednesdays@7 concert series with an evening of solo piano pieces by Claude Debussy, Victor Ibarra, Lei Liang and Harrison Birtwistle.

Karis' program will include:

  • Claude Debussy: Etudes, book I (1915)
  • Victor Ibarra: Exégesis sobre "La Galatea" (2016)
  • Lei Liang: The moon is following us (2015)
  • Harrison Birtwistle: Harrison's Clocks (1998)
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Tatsuya Nakatani with Sam Dunscombe & Kyle Motl

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 8:00 pm

The Loft at UC San Diego

Free
Self Supported Event


Tatsuya Nakatani Solo + Trio

Tatsuya Nakatani: percussion | Sam Dunscombe: clarinets | Kyle Motl: contrabass

Tatsuya Nakatani is a creative artist / percussionist originally from Osaka, Japan who has released over sixty recordings in North America and Europe. Residing in the USA since 1994 he has performed countless solo percussion concerts and has collaborated with hundreds of artists in international music festivals, university concert halls, art museums and galleries. His latest project is the Nakatani Gong Orchestra, which builds community ensembles performing on multiple bowed gongs under his direction, as recently presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. 

Nakatani’s constant touring fosters the raw and fresh quality in his music, which can only survive through an open willingness to share energy, culture, music and self on a global human scale. His master classes and workshops at schools and universities, emphasize his unique musical approach and philosophy in creating visceral, non-linear music.

He has created his own instrumentation, effectively inventing many instruments and extended techniques. He utilizes drums, gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, metal objects, bells, and various sticks and bows to create an intense, intuitively primitive, expressive music of unusually strong spirit that defies category or genre. His music is based in improvised/ experimental music, jazz, free jazz, rock, and noise, yet retains the sense of space and beauty found in traditional Japanese folk music.

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The Voice Machine

Friday, October 7th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


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Two years of collaboration between composers and performers at UC San Diego and Stanford University have resulted in The Voice Machine, a four-part performance that seeks to address the questions of what opera is and what is required for its creation.

The Voice Machine features four new works by Constantin Basica, Alexandra Hay, Jessie Marino and Caroline Miller. Sopranos Hillary Jean Young, Ashley Cutright and Kirsten Wiest, baritone Jonathan Nussman and pianist Kyle Adam Blair will perform the works as part of UC San Diego’s kallisti ensemble. Featuring lighting design by Jessica C. Flores and technical direction by Jason Ponce, the opera will premiere on Friday, October 7 at the Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater and return on Saturday, October 8 before traveling to Stanford University for performances on October 16 and 17.

The Voice Machine features the following works:

  • Knot an Opera by Constantin Basica
  • How to Survive a 100-Hour Workweek by Caroline Miller
  • Experiments in Opera II by Jessie Marino
  • Metanoia by Alexandra Hay
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The Voice Machine

Saturday, October 8th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


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Performance #2 of The Voice Machine

Two years of collaboration between composers and performers at UC San Diego and Stanford University have resulted in The Voice Machine, a four-part performance that seeks to address the questions of what opera is and what is required for its creation.

The Voice Machine features four new works by Constantin Basica, Alexandra Hay, Jessie Marino and Caroline Miller. Sopranos Hillary Jean Young, Ashley Cutright and Kirsten Wiest, baritone Jonathan Nussman and pianist Kyle Adam Blair will perform the works as part of UC San Diego’s kallisti ensemble. Featuring lighting design by Jessica C. Flores and technical direction by Jason Ponce, the opera will premiere on Friday, October 7 at the Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater and return on Saturday, October 8 before traveling to Stanford University for performances on October 16 and 17.

The Voice Machine features the following works:

  • Knot an Opera by Constantin Basica
  • How to Survive a 100-Hour Workweek by Caroline Miller
  • Experiments in Opera II by Jessie Marino
  • Metanoia by Alexandra Hay
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Kris Davis & Craig Taborn

Monday, October 10th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
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UC San Diego's Jazz Initiative presents the piano duo Kris Davis and Craig Taborn.

Kris Davis and Craig Taborn will perform together during an evening of original compositions and improvisations.

Pianist-composer Kris Davis has blossomed as one of the singular talents on the New York jazz scene, a deeply thoughtful, resolutely individual artist who offers “uncommon creative adventure,” according to JazzTimes. Davis made her recording debut as a leader with Lifespan (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2003), followed by more for the Fresh Sound label: the quartet discs The Slightest Shift (2006) and Rye Eclipse (2008), as well as the trio set Good Citizen (2010). Her 2011 solo piano album on Clean Feed, Aeriol Piano, appeared on Best of the Year lists in The New York Times, JazzTimes and Artforum. Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in jazz piano from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree in classical composition from the City College of New York. She currently teaches at the School for Improvised Music.

Craig Taborn is an American pianist, keyboardist and composer who also dabbles in organ and Moog synthesizer. Taborn began playing piano and Moog synthesizer as an adolescent and was influenced at an early age by the freedom expressed in the recordings of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Sun Ra, and Cecil Taylor. While still in school, Taborn toured and recorded with saxophonist James Carter. He went on to play with numerous other musicians in electronic and acoustic settings while building his reputation as a solo pianist. Taborn has released five albums under his own name and appeared on more than 70 as a sideman.

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James Beauton, percussion - Graduate Recital

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


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Paradigms”

There have been three distinct mediums through which solo percussion music has been composed since 1955. Each of these compositional motivations has arisen as a parallel to its respective historical context that inevitably gives relevance to these works performed today. Representing each of these periods through such works as Helmut Lachenmann’s Interieur I (1966), Franco Donatoni’s Omar (1985), Philippe Manoury’s Le Livres des Claviers part IV (1986), and Iannis Xenakis’ Okho (1989), Beauton offers a time-lapsed look into the history of solo percussion music and its compositional trajectory over the past half century.

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WEDS@7 Mivos Quartet

Wednesday, October 12th, 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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Declared “one of America’s most daring and ferocious new-music ensembles” by The Chicago Reader, the Mivos Quartet is devoted to performing the works of contemporary composers to diverse audiences. Since its beginnings in 2008, the quartet has performed works by emerging and established international composers that represent varied aesthetics of contemporary composition. The Mivos Quartet is invested in commissioning and premiering new music for a string quartet, particularly in a context of close collaboration with composers over extended time periods. Recent collaborations include works with Mark Barden (Wien Modern Commission), Dan Blake (Jerome Commission), Richard Carrick (Fromm Commission), Patrick Higgins (ZS), Sam Pluta (Lucerne Festival Commission), Kate Soper, Saul Williams, Scott Wollschleger and Eric Wubbels (CMA commission).

The quartet is committed to working with guest artists, exploring multi-media projects involving live video and electronics, creating original compositions and arrangements and performing improvised music. The Mivos Quartet has participated in several concert series including Wien Modern (Austria), Transart (Italy), Music at the Phillips (Washington, DC), Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), HellHOT! New Music Festival (Hong Kong), Festival International Chihuahua (México), Edgefest (Ann Arbor, MI), Asphalt Festival (Germany), and Aldeburgh Music (UK).

The quartet's Wednesdays@7 program will include:

  • Lei Liang, Serashi Fragments
  • Gyorgy Kurtag, 12 Mikroludien
  • G. F. Haas, String Quartet No. 3
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Sean Dowgray, percussion - Graduate Recital

Thursday, October 13th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


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Sean Dowgray will perform his first D.M.A. recital at UC San Diego's Department of Music.

" [...] a site for musical action that yearns to transcend the instrument's typical character and limitations. Increasingly the player tries to dileneate multiple timbres and musical layers, as if trying to teach the instruments to transform its body, to speak or even sing."
-Josh Levine, notes on Transparency (I) 

Dowgray's program will include:
Josh Levine: Transparency (I) (2004, 2010) (for bass drum, triangles, sand paper)
Richard Barrett: Abglanzbeladen/auseinandergeschrieben (1992-96, ed. 1998) (for vibraphone, crotales, steel pan, flexatone, low gong)
Daniel Tacke: einamkeit (2009) (for bass drum, four crotales, 20 objects)
Jason Eckardt: Transience (1999) (for solo marimba)

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Computer Music Focus: Bryan Jacobs

Thursday, October 20th, 2016 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Bryan Jacobs presents:
Computer-controlled instruments in composition and sound art

The Computer Music Series continues with a lecture by composer, performer and sound artist Bryan Jacobs. Of his presentation, Jacobs explains: "I will discuss and demonstrate a number of recent computer-controlled pieces I’ve created for use in musical compositions and gallery presentation. Each instrument creates electronic sounds acoustically with the use of physical computing platforms like Arduino, Teensy, and Raspberry Pi. My work is fueled by the increased accessibility of physical computing technologies as it inspires new generations of composers to explore electronic music beyond loud speakers."

Jacobs’ work focuses on interactions between live performers, mechanical instruments and computers. His pieces are often theatrical in nature, pitting blabber-mouthed fanciful showoffs against timid reluctants. The sounds are playfully organized and often mimic patterns found in human dialogue. Hand-build electromechanical instruments controlled by microcontrollers bridge acoustic and electroacoutic sound worlds. These instruments live dual lives as time-based concert works and non-time-based gallery works.

Jacobs' music has been performed by ensembles such as the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Wet Ink, International Contemporary Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Ensemble Pamplemousse, and defunensemble. His music has been featured at many music festivals in Europe and in the U.S. He is a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow and has performed his own compositions for guitar and electronics at the Stone (NYC), Miller Theater (NYC) and the Wulf (LA). In addition to his artistic endeavors, Jacobs is the co-founder of Qubit, a New York-based new music initiative that presents mostly emerging artists whose work involve creative uses of technology.

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Fall Composition Juries

Thursday, October 27th, 2016 7:30 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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The Fall Composition Jury Concert presents an evening of premieres by graduate composers Lydia Winsor BrindamourAndrés Gutiérrez MartínezWen Liu and Qingqing Wang. Performed by select members of the Palimpsest Ensemble, the works will be juried by distinguished members of UC San Diego's composition faculty.

Program: 

  • Wen Liu - Echoes in the petals falling
  • Qingqing Wang - Soul Calling, Soul Screaming, Heart Crying 
  • Andrés Gutiérrez Martínez - Gitterfenster/C
  • Lydia Winsor Brindamour - through a mist, lightly

Featuring: Michael Matsuno and Rachel Beetz, flutes, Madison Greenstone, clarinets, Tyler J. Borden, cello, Matthew Kline and Kiyoe Washington, doublebasses, Kyle Adam Blair, piano, Fiona Digney, percussion, and Johannes Regnier, electronics and spacialization. Steven Schick will conduct two of the premiere performances.

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Fall Composition Juries Discussion Session

Friday, October 28th, 2016 9:00 am

Other

Free


Discussion session for the Fall Composition Juries. Public welcome.

9 to 9:40 a.m.: ANDRÉS GUTIÉRREZ MARTÍNEZ's Gitterfenster/C

9:45 to 10:25 a.m.: LYDIA WINSOR BRINDAMOUR's through a mist, lightly

10:45 to 11:25 a.m. QINGQING WANG's Soul Calling, Soul Screaming, Heart Crying

11:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.: WEN LIU's Echoes in the petals falling

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Young People's Concert

Friday, October 28th, 2016 7:30 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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


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UC San Diego Distinguished Professor of Music Steven Schick will conduct the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus' annual Young People’s Concert, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla. Schick will lead attendees through an enlightening and entertaining performance of select excerpts of the opening concert, with commentary from the podium. Reservations are required.

Call (858) 534-4637 or register at Eventbrite.com for this event.

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ÒFrom Isfahan to IrvineÓ

Saturday, October 29th, 2016 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free
Self Supported Event


From Isfahan to Irvine is a documentary directed by Hesam Abedini that focuses on the life and work of Hossein Omoumi, one of the masters of Persian classical music.

The evening will include music demostrations by Maestro Hossein Omoumi, Faraz Minooei, Niloufar Shiri and Hesam Abedini.

Reservations are required. Click here to RSVP.


Additional Description:

Directed by Hesam Abedini, From Isfahan to Irvine focuses on the life and work of Hossein Omoumi, one of the masters of Persian classical music as well as a teacher of that field. The documentary takes viewers from Isfahan, where Omoumi learned and mastered Persian classical music, to Europe and the United States, where Omoumi continues to perform and teach. This project was supported by the NEA and DER.

Dr. Omoumi is currently the Maseeh Professor in Persian Performing Arts in the music department at University of California Irvine. Professor Omoumi is also known for his original work with Persian traditional drums, particularly the tombak and the daf.

Watch the official trailer here and click here to learn more about the project.

Reservations are required for the screening. Click here to RSVP.

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

Saturday, October 29th, 2016 7:30 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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


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UC San Diego Distinguished Professor of Music and La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Music Director Steven Schick will conduct performances of the following pieces:

  • Aeriality by Anna Thorvaldsdottir (2010-11)
  • Le Poème de l’extase by Alexander Scriabin (1905-08)
  • Lachrimae  by Bryce Dessner (2012)
  • Symphony No. 5  by Ludwig van Beethoven (1804-08)

The La Jolla Symphony and Chorus' 62nd season samples music that composers wrote at the rich midpoint of their careers. In many cases, these works acted as pivots and became jumping-off points for new arcs of musical development in the composers' later years. The La Jolla Symphony and Chorus opens the season with what may be the most famous music ever written, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, premiered when Beethoven was 38. The classic monumentality of No. 5 contrasts sharply with the steamy sensuality of Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy, composed when Scriabin was 36. In more recent years, Thorvaldsdottir and Dessner similarly sketched colorful accounts of newer musical landscapes.

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

Sunday, October 30th, 2016 2:00 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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


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UC San Diego Distinguished Professor of Music and La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Music Director Steven Schick will conduct performances of the following pieces:

  • Aeriality by Anna Thorvaldsdottir (2010-11)
  • Le Poème de l’extase by Alexander Scriabin (1905-08)
  • Lachrimae  by Bryce Dessner (2012)
  • Symphony No. 5  by Ludwig van Beethoven (1804-08)

The La Jolla Symphony and Chorus' 62nd season samples music that composers wrote at the rich midpoint of their careers. In many cases, these works acted as pivots and became jumping-off points for new arcs of musical development in the composers' later years. The La Jolla Symphony and Chorus opens the season with what may be the most famous music ever written, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, premiered when Beethoven was 38. The classic monumentality of No. 5 contrasts sharply with the steamy sensuality of Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy, composed when Scriabin was 36. In more recent years, Thorvaldsdottir and Dessner similarly sketched colorful accounts of newer musical landscapes.

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WEDS@7 Pamplemousse Ensemble

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
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Ensemble Pamplemousse brings flavors and objects to a new form, a new piece, a new experience. Instead of discrete pieces filling out the typical concert, the composer-performer collective has co-authored a piece of strange magic, an exquisite corpse of exquisite corpses, a work sending each members' talents and specialties skittering across its surface. This concert-length set has been developed collectively by bringing everyone's favorite sounds and materials together in one exhilarating combination. What better way to reach the sublimely absurd than the classic mashup revisited by Pamplemousse?

The piece was collaboratively composed by Natacha Diels, Andrew Greenwald, Jessie Marino, David Broome, Bryan Jacobs and Weston Olencki.

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Hillary(Jean Young)2016

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 7:30 pm

The Che Cafe, UC San Diego

$2-$7 pay-as-you-can


Hillary(Jean Young)2016

An art party for the end of the world

An interdisciplinary event featuring graduate students from UC San Diego's Music, Visual Arts, and Theatre and Dance departments.

hillaryjeanyoung2016.tumblr.com

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Stephanie Richards Quintet

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 8:00 pm

The Loft at UC San Diego

Free


UC San Diego Assistant Professor of Music Stephanie Richards will lead a performance of her quintet at the Loft. The performance will feature Richards (trumpet), Chris Speed (saxophone), Michael Dessen (trombone), Mark Dresser (bass) and Andrew Munsey (drums).


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In an April 2016 review of Richards' performance style, NBC's SoundDiego said that Richards “left an indelible impression — her tone limber and personal, and her ideas deftly executed.” (Click here for the full review.)

Traveling the spaces between new music, improvisation and performance art, the Brooklyn-based trumpeter and composer Stephanie Richards examines the physical, visual and auditory interactions of live music performance. As reflected in her recently commissioned works Rotations (for 12 choreographed musicians and carousel organ) and Trading Futures (for 600 choreographed found sound surfaces), Richards' theatrical tendencies often result in compositional collaborations of sound, sight and movement.

Richards has become a prominent voice in experimental improvisation, collaborating with pioneering artists like Henry Threadgill, Butch Morris, John Zorn and Anthony Braxton, composer Helmut Lachenmann and performance artists Mike Kelly, Laurie Anderson and Yoko Ono. As a founding member of Asphalt Orchestra, created by the new music collective Bang on a Can, Richards has worked with David Byrne, St. Vincent, Susan Marshall, Tyondai Braxton and others. She has also performed alongside the Kronos Quartet, the Pixies, Kanye West, A-Trak and Common.

As a champion for new music, Richards has premiered her own works from stages as varied as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to smaller iconic New York stages like the Blue Note and the Stone. While her performances survey a panorama of musical genres ranging from free improvisation, jazz, hip hop and punk to contemporary classical music, it is the collaboration with space and surface that unifies Richards’ creative pursuits. She holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, McGill University and California Institute of the Arts and has held a residency at Stanford University. A member of the music faculty at University of California San Diego's Department of Music, Richards continues to encourage the performance and commissioning of jazz and new music as vice president of the Festival of New Trumpet (FONT) alongside trumpeter Dave Douglas.

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Grad Forum

Friday, November 4th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


UC San Diego Department of Music graduate students Celeste Oram, Keir GoGwilt, Sean Dowgray, Judith Hamann, Ryan Nestor, Todd Moellenberg, Tobin Chodos, Justin Murphy-Mancini and Daniel Fishkin will perform as part of this fall's Grad Forum.

Grad Forums provide an outlet for Department of Music graduate students to present individual and collaborative works on their own terms. The works presented here consist of hand-selected material unrelated to the students' course or degree requirements.

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ArtPower presents Brown-Urioste-Canellakis Trio

Friday, November 4th, 2016 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

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


Event Program (PDF)

ArtPower presents a performance by pianist Michael Brown, violinist Elena Urioste and cellist Nicholas Canellakis. Brown, Urioste and Canellakis have established themselves as three of the most sought-after young virtuosos on the music scene today. Individually, they have been winners of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, the BBC New Generation Artist Scheme, Sphinx and the Concert Artists Guild competitions. They have performed in prestigious venues across the United States and in Europe, including at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and London’s Wigmore and Royal Festival Halls. For their San Diego debut, the trio aspires to captivate its audience with superb musicianship and an overall engaging performance.

The trio's program will include:

  • Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 3 by Ernest Chausson (1881)
  • Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Hob XV:29 by Joseph Haydn (1797)
  • Piano Trio No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 66 by Felix Mendelssohn (1845)
  • Elegie, Op. 23 by Josef Suk (1902)
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Chamber Music Recital featuring Robert Zelickman

Sunday, November 6th, 2016 3:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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Clarinetist Robert Zelickman, a retired lecturer and former conductor of the UC San Diego Wind Ensemble for 23 years, will present a chamber music recital featuring violinists Päivikki Nykter and Batya MacAdam-Somer, cellist Eric Moore and pianist Todd Moellenberg.

Zelickman's program will include:

  • Trio for Viola, Clarinet and Piano by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1786)
  • Quartet for Clarinet and String Trio by Krzysztof Penderecki (1993)
  • Variations for Violin, Clarinet and Piano by John Harbinson (1982)
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Camera Lucida

Monday, November 7th, 2016 7:30 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

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


Event Program (PDF)

Camera Lucida is a chamber music collaboration between four musicians with diverse backgrounds. Created by a generous gift from the Sam B. Ersan Chamber Music Fund, Camera Lucida is a unique project matching masterpieces of the chamber music repertoire with a group of world-class instrumentalists who happen to call San Diego home.

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

Camera Lucida's program will include:
Beethoven: Piano Quartet in D-major, WoO 36
Beethoven: String Trio in E-flat major, Opus 3
Dvorak: Piano Quartet No. 1 in D major

No late seating.

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


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

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San Diego New Music presents: Noise Spectra

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Event Program (PDF)

UC San Diego graduate student and flutist Rachel Beetz hosts San Diego New Music, the Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble and conductor Simone Mancuso for a performance at the Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater. Following last year's collaboration with Mancuso presenting the works of Pierre Boulez, Noise Spectra presents a new collaboration featuring Ethers by Tristan Murail (with soloist Rachel Beetz), Malin Bång's hyperoxic, Gérard Grisey's Stèle and a new work by the Arizona-based composer Garth Paine.

The evening's performers will include:

  • Rachel Beetz, flute
  • Batya MacAdam-Somer, violin
  • Mark Menzies, viola
  • Alex Greenbaum, cello
  • Scott Worthington, double bass
  • Eric Starr, trombone
  • Dustin Donahue and Ryan Nestor, percussion
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Computer Music Focus: Oeyvind Brandtsegg

Thursday, November 17th, 2016 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Professor Øyvind Brandtsegg of the Norwegian University of Technology and Science (NTNU) is the leader of a project run by NTNU in collaboration with De Montfort University, Maynooth University, Queen Mary University of London, Norwegian Music Academy and UC San Diego. Brandtsegg will give a presentation about this project and explain "cross adaptive processing as musical intervention - exploring radically new modes of musical interaction in live performance."

The project explores cross-adaptive processing as a drastic intervention in the modes of communication between performing musicians. Digital audio analysis and processing techniques are used to enable features of one sound to inform the processing of another.

This allows the actions of one performer to directly influence another performer’s sound, and doing so only by means of the acoustic signal produced by normal musical expression on the instrument. To enable the cross adaptive processing methods, a number of software tools for this kind of musical performance will be developed. Sessions documentation, reflections, software and other material will be available at the project blog.

The project is strongly based in practical experimentation with said techniques, and for this we rely on collaboration with a range of fine performers.

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Michael Matsuno, flute - Graduate Recital

Friday, November 18th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Flutist Michael Matsuno presents his second DMA recital. Matsuno will be joined by pianist Mari Kawamura, with diffiusion by Johannes Regnier and Rand Steiger.

Matsuno's program will include:

Jason Eckardt, Multiplicities

Milton Babbitt, None But The Lonely Flute

Luciano Berio, Sequenza I

Franco Donatoni, Nidi I, II (solo piccolo)

Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh, premiere new work (piccolo and spacialized tape)

Rand Steiger, Light on Water (flute, piano, and live electronics)

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UC San Diego Gospel Choir

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 8:00 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $5.50
Students : Free with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
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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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Monday Night Jazz: 95JC Jazz Ensembles

Monday, November 28th, 2016 12:00 am

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


The MUS 95JC course concert will feature a small ensemble performing a variety of exciting compositions, including some written and arranged by students. The instrumentation will include vocals, violin, saxophones, a rhythm section and Afro-Latin percussion.

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Karis Piano Studio Students

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 2:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Piano students of Distinguished Professor of Music Aleck Karis will present an informal studio concert of their current projects.

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MUS 201A

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 2:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Assistant Professor of Music Natacha Diels presents her course concert for MUS 201A students.

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Concert Choir, 95C

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 3:30 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free
Self Supported Event


Under the instruction of Professor of Music Philip Larson, students of the 95C Concert Choir course will present their end-of-quarter recital.

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MUS 33A Final Recording

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Event Program (PDF)

Students in the MUS 33A: Introduction to Composition course will present their first term concert of new works for voice and chamber ensembles. 

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Chamber Orchestra

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center 136

Free


The UC San Diego Chamber Orchestra will perform its fall course concert in Room 136 of the Conrad Prebys Music Center.

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MUS 103A Final Recording

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


Undergraduate composition students will present the compositions they created during the first cycle of the 103 course series.

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Christopher Clarino, percussion - Graduate Recital

Thursday, December 1st, 2016 4:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Event Program (PDF)

Percussionist Christopher Clarino will present his graduate recital in the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall with featured guests and fellow graduate students Kirsten Ashley Wiest (soprano) and Siu Hei Lee (piano). Clarino's program will include:

  • Cinnabar Heart by Chinary Ung
  • Dew on Spiderweb by Clayton Valli
  • Premiere of early morning (dew, spiderweb) by Lydia Winsor Brindamour
  • Premiere of touch/time by Stephen Lewis
  • Autumn Island by Roger Reynolds
  • Selections from Katharina Rosenberger's miniatures after poems by e. e. cummings
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Chamber Singers, 95K

Thursday, December 1st, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free
Self Supported Event


Event Program (PDF)

Students in the MUS 95K Chamber Singers course will perform under the direction of Professor of Music Philip Larson.

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Wind Ensemble

Thursday, December 1st, 2016 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center 136

Free


The UC San Diego Wind Ensemble will present its fall quarter concert under the direction of graduate student Kyle Adam Blair.

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Grad Forum

Friday, December 2nd, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Madison Greenstone: 'for bass clarinet and electronics' by Erik Carlson**
Chris Clarino: 'One for violin solo' by Nam June Paik
Kyle Motl and Tommy Babin: 'The Mechanics of Discontent'
Daniel Fishkin: 'hey ii'
T.J. Borden
Jacob Sundtrom performs a new work for electronics

**This piece will begin at 6:30pm and take place in the screening room in the back of the gallery. It will last the duration of the concert. The rest of the program will begin at 7pm.

Grad Forums provide an outlet for Department of Music graduate students to present individual and collaborative works on their own terms. The works presented at this event will consist of hand-selected material unrelated to the students' course or degree requirements.

Location: University Art Gallery


Additional Description:

Graduate students from UCSD's music department present an evening of experimental music amidst the University Art Gallery's Extensions of Photography exhibit. Upon looking at a photograph, one is faced with a still image captured from a split second in the past - initially, this strikes one as a mere truism, but it is in this moment that past and present are, in a way, collapsed. It is this sense that 'Collapsing Temporalities' sets out to explore - the kind of collapse that occurs when manifold entities are condensed into a temporal unity. While the historical dislocation enabled by a photograph might seem a far cry from the immediacy of sound, musicians are always consolidating the past into the present. In 'Collapsing Temporalities', images will be made audible through digital processes, improvisers will draw upon a wealth of past experience to construct new aural logics in real time, and a violin will utter its last sound in Nam June Paik's Fluxus hallmark, 'One for Violin Solo.'

 

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Chamber Ensembles

Friday, December 2nd, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Event Program (PDF)

Students in the MUS 130 Chamber Music Performance course will perform their fall course concert under the direction of faculty member Takae Ohnishi.

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 7:30 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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


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UC San Diego Distinguished Professor of Music and La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Music Director Steven Schick will conduct performances of the following pieces:

  • Symphony of Psalms by Igor Stravinsky (1930)
  • new true mirrors, furrowed, flooded, extended quite far by Kevin Zhang (2016)
  • In the Midst of Flux by Gity Razaz (2013)
  • Symphony No. 6 by Ludwig van Beethoven (1808)

This performance will feature classical and neo-classical compositions that demonstrate two radically different approaches to the symphony as Beethoven’s loving evocation of the Austrian countryside follows the stark beauty of Stravinsky’s devout statement of faith. These iconic works share the stage with pieces by two emerging composers. Kevin Zhang, this year’s Thomas Nee Commission recipient, will present a concerto for two violins, performed by co-concertmasters David Buckley and Peter Clarke. The young Iranian-American composer Gity Razaz balances influences from two musical worlds with enormous sophistication in her 2013 composition.

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

Sunday, December 4th, 2016 2:00 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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


Event Program (PDF)

UC San Diego Distinguished Professor of Music and La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Music Director Steven Schick will conduct performances of the following pieces:

  • Symphony of Psalms by Igor Stravinsky (1930)
  • new true mirrors, furrowed, flooded, extended quite far by Kevin Zhang (2016)
  • In the Midst of Flux by Gity Razaz (2013)
  • Symphony No. 6 by Ludwig van Beethoven (1808)

This performance will feature classical and neo-classical compositions that demonstrate two radically different approaches to the symphony as Beethoven’s loving evocation of the Austrian countryside follows the stark beauty of Stravinsky’s devout statement of faith. These iconic works share the stage with two emerging composers. Kevin Zhang, this year’s Thomas Nee Commission recipient, will present a concerto for two violins, performed by co-concertmasters David Buckley and Peter Clarke. Young Iranian-American composer Gity Razaz balances influences from two musical worlds with enormous sophistication in her 2013 composition.

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Amy Brandon and Kyle Motl

Sunday, December 4th, 2016 7:00 pm

Recital Hall

Free
Self Supported Event


Amy Brandon and Kyle Motl present an evening of improvised music for guitar and bass.

Sculptural and evocative, guitarist Amy Brandon's solo compositions and improvised pieces draw from the worlds of jazz, classical and electroacoustic music.


Additional Description:

Brandon holds an MA in composition from the University of Ottawa and is currently completing an interdisciplinary PhD in guitar skill acquisition and cognition at Dalhousie University. She has performed at several festivals including the Ottawa International Jazz Festival, the Guitar Now Festival, Nexus Festival, Halifax Jazz Festival Spring Series and the 2016 Open Waters Experimental Music Festival. She attended the 2015 Banff Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music, Interplay with the Vancouver Chamber Choir and an Atlantic Centre for the Arts residency with Myra Melford in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

Brandon has also toured with several Canadian and international musicians including Juno winner Mike Rud, Radio Intro, composer and guitarist Roddy Ellias and 4Guitars with classical guitarists Sylvie Proulx, Emily Shaw and bossa nova guitarist Joanne Hatfield. She recently released her first CD, Scavenger, which is nominated for Classical Recording of the Year 2016 by Music Nova Scotia.

In addition to performance and composition, Brandon writes and presents academic work concerning improvisation and guitar pedagogy. Recent presentations include the 2015 International Society for Improvised Music's conference in Switzerland, the Virtuosity Symposium at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest and the 2016 International Guitar Research Centre Conference at the University of Surrey, Guildford, UK.

Brandon's work has also been published in Just Jazz Guitar Magazine. She is grateful for past support from Arts NS and the Canada Council for the Arts.

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Camera Lucida

Monday, December 5th, 2016 7:30 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

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


Camera Lucida is a chamber music collaboration between four musicians with diverse backgrounds. Created by a generous gift from the Sam B. Ersan Chamber Music Fund, Camera Lucida is a unique project matching masterpieces of the chamber music repertoire with a group of world-class instrumentalists who happen to call San Diego home.

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

Camera Lucida's program will include:

  • Phantasiestücke, Op. 88 (for piano trio) by Robert Schumann (1842)
  • Fourth Violin Sonata: Children's Day at the Camp Meeting by Charles Ives (1900-16)
  • Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 63 by Robert Schumann (1847)

No late seating.

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


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

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Tommy Babin, bass - Graduate Recital

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Event Program (PDF)

Bassist Tommy Babin will present his graduate recital in the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall.

Babin's program will include:

  • Christian Wolff: Look She Said (1991)
  • Michael Gordon: Paint It Black (1988)
  • The world premiere of John Forshee's Opus (2016)
  • David Lang: I Feel Pretty (2001)
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Neue Vocalsolisten

Thursday, December 8th, 2016 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Established in 1984 as an ensemble specializing in the interpretation of contemporary vocal music, Neue Vocalsolisten has been artistically independent since 2000. Featuring high soprano Johanna Zimmer, lyric soprano Susanne Leitz-Lorey, mezzo soprano Truike van der Poel, tenor Martin Nagy, baritone Guillermo Anzorena and bass Andreas Fischer, Neue Vocalsolisten will present a special evening of chamber vocal music.

Neue Vocalsolisten will perform tempi agitati, a 55-minute vocal performance arranged by Associate Professor Katharina Rosenberger with choreography by theater and opera director Ludger Engels. The piece uses the music's rhythms, textures and tempi to drive the singers' movements while paying tribute to Renaissance poet Francesco Petrarch and Renaissance composers Adrian Willaert and Cipriano de Rore.

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Erik Carlson with Greg Stuart, percussion

Friday, December 9th, 2016 7:00 pm

Recital Hall

Free


Assistant Professor of Music Erik Carlson will present new works by Jürg Frey, Marianne Schuppe and Tim Feeney with guest performers Greg Stuart (percussion) and graduate student Michiko Ogawa (clarinet). The trio will also perform pieces by Ryoko Akama.

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Aleck Karis, Erik Carlson and Michael Nicolas

Saturday, January 7th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Event Program (PDF)

Pianist Aleck Karis, violinist Erik Carlson and cellist Michael Nicolas will perform the following pieces:

  • Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano (1983) by Charles Wuorinen

  • Trio for Violin, Violoncello and Piano (2011) by Harrison Birtwistle

  • Piano Trio, Op. 97 ("Archduke Trio") (1811) by Ludwig van Beethoven

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Camera Lucida

Monday, January 9th, 2017 7:30 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

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


Event Program (PDF)

Camera Lucida is a chamber music collaboration between four musicians with diverse backgrounds. Created by a generous gift from the Sam B. Ersan Chamber Music Fund, Camera Lucida is a unique project matching masterpieces of the chamber music repertoire with a group of world-class instrumentalists who happen to call San Diego home.

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

For its third concert of the 2016-17 season, Camera Lucida's program will include:

  • Viola Sonata, Op. 36 (1863) by Henri Vieuxtemps

  • Violin Sonata in D minor, Op. 75 (1885) by Camille Saint-Saëns

  • Trio in D minor, Op. 120 (for clarinet, cello and piano) (1922-23) by Gabriel Fauré

No late seating.

Parking permits are available for purchase at the Gilman Parking Structure, located across the street from the Conrad Prebys Music Center at 3100 Gilman Drive.

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


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

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Ryan Nestor, percussion - Graduate Recital

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 3:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Percussionist Ryan Nestor will present his graduate recital in the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall. Nestor will be joined onstage by guest Tasha Godinez and fellow graduate students Sean Dowgray, Matt Kline and Celeste Oram.

Nestor's program will include:

  • Zyklus by Karlheinz Stockhausen (1959)

  • Difficulties Putting it into Practice by Simon Steen-Andersen (2007) (with Dowgray)

  • Early Sentiments by Edward Hammel (2015)

  • Okanagon by Giacinto Scelsi (1968) (with Godinez, Kline and Oram)

  • Lullaby by Nicholas Deyoe (2011)

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ArtPower presents Lea DeLaria

Saturday, January 14th, 2017 8:00 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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


Event Program (PDF)

ArtPower presents a performance by Lea DeLaria.

DeLaria seems to have achieved overnight stardom with her SAG Award–winning stand-out role as Carrie “Big Boo” Black in the Netflix hit series Orange is the New Black. However, her multifaceted career as a comedian, actress and jazz musician has spanned decades. She was the featured vocalist at the 50th anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival and has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the world, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Chicago Symphony, Hollywood Bowl, the Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House. For her ArtPower debut, DeLaria will treat the audience to her beautiful vocal jazz styling and witty commentary. Expect vocal and comedic fireworks.

“ . . . a must . . . for fans of evocative composition, emotional storytelling, and music in general.”Broadwayworld.com

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Tyler J. Borden, cello - Graduate Recital

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Tyler J. Borden, a cellist and graduate student at UC San Diego's Department of Music, will present his graduate recital at 8 p.m. in the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall. Borden's program will include:

  • ASCHE (for cello and clarinet) by Lisa Streich (with Madison Greenstone)

  • the world premiere of merewerges (for solo cello) by Justin Murphy-Mancini

  • thaes ofereode, thisses swa maeg: eight lyrics for cello and soprano by Evan Johnson (with Madison Greenstone)

  • the world premiere of Sixty Cycles (for solo cello) by Josh Levine

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1st Year Grad Winter Composition Jury Concert

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Event Program (PDF)

First year graduate students studying composition will present their winter jury concert at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 in the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall.

The evening will feature performances of works by Joseph Bourdeau, John Burnett, Yi-Hsien Chen, Ioannis Mitsialis, Anthony Vine and Tiange Zhou.

Their pieces will be performed by first year graduate performers Barbara Byers (vocals), Lauren Jones (vocals), Mari Kawamura (piano), Daniel King (percussion), Jordan Morton (double bass) and Benjamin Rempel (percussion).

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1st Year Grad Winter Juries, Discussion Session

Thursday, January 19th, 2017 10:00 am

Conrad Prebys Music Center 231

Free


First year graduate students studying composition will engage in a discussion of the previous night's winter jury concert.

 

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Geoffrey Gartner, cello

Thursday, January 19th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free
Self supported event


Seven years after leaving UC San Diego, Australian cellist Geoffrey Gartner returns to his alma mater to present a solo recital. Geoffrey attended UC San Diego from 2002 through 2009 and completed his graduate degrees in performance under the mentorship of Professor Charles Curtis - a pivotal time in his artistic existence.

Geoffrey's program will consist of works he studied with Charles, including major opuses by Helmut Lachenmann, Luigi Dallapiccola and Morton Feldman, as well as pieces by Damien Ricketson and the premiere of a work by fellow UC San Diego alumnus Jude Weirmeir.

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ArtPower presents L-E-V Dance Company

Thursday, January 19th, 2017 8:00 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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


Event Program (PDF)

ArtPower presents a performance by the L-E-V Dance Company.

The L-E-V Dance Company derives its name from the Hebrew word for heart (lev). OCD Love, the company’s latest work, is a powerful piece danced to pulsating techno beats created by DJ Ori Lichtik, one of the pioneers of techno in Israel. The piece deals with obsessive-compulsive disorder, which poses challenges for love and for life; it is about love that always misses or lovers who keep missing each other. The brainchild of choreographer Sharon Eyal, former dancer and resident choreographer with Batsheva, and arts and rave producer Gai Behar, L-E-V will make its ArtPower debut with this piece, performed by six astoundingly agile dancers.

“The company (pronounced lev) is new . . . but it has a defined style that it takes most troupes years to develop.”The New York Times

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John Fonville Portrait Concert and Celebration

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017 4:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
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Join us in celebrating John Fonville's more than 30 years of teaching at UC San Diego's Department of Music. Fonville's former students from across the globe will present a concert of his works and works dedicated to him, including a recreation of the original choreography to Fonville's Music for Sarah by the Austin-based dancer Sarah Brumgart. Other special guests include Lisa Cella, Anne La Berge, Batya MacAdam-Somer, Reiko Manabe, Elizabeth McNuttJane Rigler, Christine Tavolacci, Berglind María Tómasdóttir and Ine Vanoeveren.

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Michiko Ogawa, clarinets - Graduate Recital

Monday, January 23rd, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Event Program (PDF)

Graduate student and clarinetist Michiko Ogawa will present her second DMA recital on Monday, January 23. The performance will feature works by Teiji Ito as it appears in several experimental films and screenings of select scenes from the films, including Maya Deren's 1943 Meshes of the Afternoon.

The recital will also feature guest performers James Rushford (guitar), Kozue Matsumoto (koto), Clinton McCullum (vocals), Stefan Elnabli (16mm film production), Kate Clark (documentation), and fellow graduate students Sam Dunscombe (bass clarinet/hichiriki/zither), Michael Matsuno (flute), Matthew Kline (contrabass), Ryan Nestor (percussion), Benjamin Rempel (percussion) and Rachel Allen (trumpet).

The evening's program will include music from:

  • The Very Eye of the Night

  • Bagatelle for Willard Maas

  • Passage to Nirvana

  • Work for Matisse

  • Meshes of the Afternoon

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Computer Music Focus: Anne La Berge

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


The Computer Music Focus lecture series continues with a presentation by flutist, composer and improviser Anne La Berge. During her presentation, La Berge will present Utter, a multimedia project created by La Berge in collaboration with Isabelle Vigier and Marcel Wierckx. Inspired by a narrative La Berge created about the relationship between a mother and her child, Utter weaves La Berge's sound and story with visuals provided by Vigier and Wierckx. While at UC San Diego, La Berge will describe the making of Utter in addition to other related works as part of her distinguished career as a composer and performer.

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John Fonville Portrait Concert

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Event Program (PDF)

The celebration honoring John Fonville on January 22 will be followed by another tribute on January 25. This second concert will feature Fonville's complete Changing Scales, performed by Fonville and current graduate students.

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Rachel Allen, trumpet - Graduate Recital

Thursday, January 26th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Local trumpet player and second year graduate student Rachel Allen will present her first DMA recital featuring works for trumpet. Selections will include pieces by Elliot Carter, Toru Takemitsu, Karlheinz Essl, Matthew Burtner and Robert Erickson. Allen will be joined by special guest Eric Starr on trombone.

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ArtPower presents Enso String Quartet

Friday, January 27th, 2017 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

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


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ArtPower presents a performance by the Ensō String Quartet.

Named “one of the eminent string quartets of our era” by Classical Voice, the Grammy-nominated Ensō String Quartet has risen to the top rankings of chamber music performers. Founded at Yale University in 1999, the quartet has been described by The Strad as “thrilling” and praised by the Washington Post for its “glorious sonorities.” The quartet went on to win numerous awards, including top prizes at the Concert Artist Guild competition and the Banff International String Quartet competition. Derived from the Japanese zen painting of the circle, enso represents many things: perfection and imperfection, the moment of chaos that is creation, the emptiness of the void, the endless circle of life and the fullness of the spirit.

The Ensō String Quartet's program will include:

  • String Quartet No. 2 by Alberto Ginastera

  • Crisantemi by Giacomo Puccini

  • String Quartet in F Major by Maurice Ravel

  • Italian Serenade by Hugo Wolf

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Lytle Scholarship Benefit

Sunday, January 29th, 2017 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


The Lytle Scholarship Benefit Concert presents Gospel Music Extravaganza, featuring the UC San Diego Gospel Choir as led by Ken Anderson. Special guests will include Archie Robinson and New Birth Praise.

Proceeds from ticket sales and 100% of donations benefit the Lytle Scholarship Endowment, which provides scholarship support for graduates of The Preuss School at UC San Diego attending Thurgood Marshall College at UC San Diego.

For more information about the concert and scholarships, please visit: rels.ucsd.edu.

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Stephanie Richards and Phantom Station: Conduction for Butch Morris, Part I

Monday, January 30th, 2017 8:00 pm

The Loft at UC San Diego

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WEDS@7 Reed Family Concert - Boulez: RŽpons

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 7:00 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
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Distinguished Professor of Music and Reed Family Presidential Chair Steven Schick will conduct the second annual Reed Family Concert at UC San Diego's Mandeville Auditorium. The concert will feature the Renga ensemble and will include a performance of Pierre Boulez's Répons (1981-84).

This presentation of Répons will include solos by Distinguished Professor Aleck Karis (piano), Nicholas Tolle (cimbalom), Principal Harpist of the San Diego Symphony Julie Smith Phillips, and graduate students Kyle Adam Blair (piano), Fiona Digney (xylophone and glockenspiel) and James Beauton (vibraphone). The performance will also feature technical integration and spatialization led by Professor Miller Puckette and graduate student Johannes Regnier with sound design by Professor Shahrokh Yadegari.

The evening's program will include performances of:

  • Octandre by Edgard Varèse (1923)

  • world premiere of Cordatum by graduate composer Anahita Abbasi (2016)

  • Répons by Pierre Boulez (1981-84)

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MUS206 Sound Installation Seminar Presentation

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Event Program (PDF)

Graduate students enrolled in the MUS 206 Sound Installation course will present their latest sound installation projects. The projects presented at this quarter's seminar will involve a theme of mapping across distance and sound.

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Grad Forum

Friday, February 3rd, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Event Program (PDF)

Department of Music graduate students will present the following works at tonight's Grad Forum:

Grad Forums provide an outlet for Department of Music graduate students to present individual and collaborative works on their own terms. The works presented here consist of hand-selected material unrelated to the students' course or degree requirements.

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Ine Vanoeveren's UCSD Connection

Monday, February 6th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Belgian flutist and Department of Music alumna Ine Vanoeveren will present a solo recital honoring UC San Diego composers as part of her 2017 United States tour. Vanoeveren's program will include:

  • Through by Fernanda Navarro (2015)

  • Echoes of Cassandra by Brian Griffeath-Loeb (2015)

  • Ina by Chaya Czernowin (1988)

  • AP, 16, 17 by Marcelo Lazcano (2015)

  • and the world premiere of No I am not roaming aimlessly by Anahita Abbasi (2017)

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MUS 103B Reading: Del Sol Quartet

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 2:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Event Program (PDF)

The internationally renowned Del Sol Quartet will be in residency to work with a group of UC San Diego undergraduate composers. This is an exciting opportunity for the younger composers to work with these professional musicians, as it is the first time most of these students have ever composed for the string quartet.

Hailed by Gramophone as “masters of all musical things they survey,” the Del Sol String Quartet shares living music with an ever-growing community of adventurous listeners. Fascinated by the feedback loop between social change, technology and artistic innovation, the San Francisco-based ensemble is a leading force in 21st century chamber music whether introducing Ben Johnston’s microtonal Americana at the Library of Congress, exploring Andean soundscapes with Gabriela Lena Frank and traditional musicians, deconstructing Ruth Crawford’s radical experimental processes with East Bay schoolchildren or rocking Mason Bates’ techno grooves in his Ruby Skye dance party. The New York Times praised Del Sol’s most recent recording, Scrapyard Exotica: “See if your foot can stay still once you put on this funky disc of rhythmically infectious… music played by the adventurous Del Sol String Quartet.”

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Christopher Guzman, piano

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free
Self supported event
Guest of Aleck Karis


Event Program (PDF)

Pianist Christopher Guzman will visit the Conrad Prebys Music Center as a special guest performer. Guzman was a piano student at University of Texas at Austin, New England Conservatory and the Juilliard School before landing his current position as an assistant professor at Penn State University. Lauded by the New York Times for his "coiled, explosive playing," Guzman has performed with several distinguished orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony and the New York Philharmonic. He is an award recipient of the Walter M. Naumburg Competition, the Seoul International Music Competition, the Isang Yun Competition of South Korea and the 10th Concours International de Piano d'Orleans in France. Guzman's program will include:

  • Davidsbundlertanze, Op. 6 by Robert Schumann

  • Twelve Etudes, Op. 8 by Aleksandr Scriabin

  1. Etude in C-sharp minor

  2. Etude in F-sharp minor

  3. Etude in B minor

  4. Etude in B major

  5. Etude in E major

  6. Etude in A major

  7. Etude in B-flat minor

  8. Etude in A-flat major

  9. Etude in G-sharp minor

  10. Etude in D-flat major

  11. Etude in B-flat minor

  12. Etude in D-sharp minor

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SlowSD - Festival of Slow Music

Friday, February 10th, 2017 12:01 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


Violinist Erik Carlson, an assistant professor at UC San Diego, will present SlowSD, a festival of slow music and art. The festival will begin at midnight on February 10, 2017 and last through February 12. Admission to all festival performances is free.

Schedule for February 10, 2017:

All day

Experimental Theater Bryan Jacobs and Colin Zyskowski: slow machines installation
All day Recital Hall D. Edward Davis: difference between sameness and difference is same / sameness between difference and sameness is different installation (when the hall is not otherwise in use)
10:00am - 1:30pm Recital Hall Todd Moellenberg and Judith Hamann: The Usual Traffic Todd Moellenberg and Judith Hamann
3:00pm - 4:00pm Recital Hall John Cage: One8
Laurence Crane: Raimondas Rumsas
Jennifer Bewerse
4:00pm - 5:00pm Recital Hall Long Tone Improvisation Bonnie Lander, Rachel Beetz
6:00pm - 6:50pm Recital Hall Anthony Vine: Bazetta Anthony Vine, John Burnett, Benjamin Rempel, Jordan Morton
7:00pm - 8:00pm Recital Hall D. Edward Davis: today (for on kawara) D. Edward Davis, Nomi Epstein, Erik Carlson, Judith Hamann
8:30pm - 9:00pm Silent Tree (Library Walk) Pauline Oliveros: Extreme Slow Walk Nomi Epstein and friends
9:30pm - 10:30pm Recital Hall Antoine Beuger: karminrot Justin Murphy-Mancini
11:30pm  Recital Hall Erik Satie: Vexations Kyle Adam Blair

Additional Description:

Performers will include music professors Erik Carlson, Steven SchickAleck Karis and dance professor Liam Clancy. The festival will also feature performances by Department of Music graduate students Todd Moellenberg (piano), Judith Hamann (cello), Jennifer Bewerse (cello), Bonnie Lander (soprano), Rachel Beetz (flute), Anthony Vine (composition), John Burnett (composition), Benjamin Rempel (percussion), Jordan Morton (bass), Justin Murphy-Mancini (composition/piano), Kyle Adam Blair (piano), Michael Matsuno (flute), Jonathan Nussman (baritone), Christopher Clarino (percussion), Dustin Donahue (percussion), Ryan Nestor (percussion), Jacob Sundstrom (composition), Matthew Kline (bass), Tyler J. Borden (cello), Barbara Byers (composition), Samuel Dunscombe (clarinet), Michiko Ogawa (clarinet) and Madison Greenstone (clarinet).

Guest performers will include D. Edward Davis (composition), Nomi Epstein (composition), Steve Flato (composition) and Leslie Seiters (dance). Installations by Annie Hui-Hsin Hseih, Bryan Jacobs, Colin Zyskowski, D. Edward Davis, Christopher Otto and Nomi Epstein will also be on display in the Conrad Prebys Music Center throughout the weekend.

Visit slowsd.org for the full festival schedule.

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SlowSD - Festival of Slow Music

Saturday, February 11th, 2017 12:01 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


Violinist Erik Carlson, an assistant professor at UC San Diego, will present SlowSD, a festival of slow music and art. The festival will begin at midnight on February 10, 2017 and last through February 12. Admission to all festival performances is free.

Schedule for February 11, 2017:

10:00am -            Room 243 Annie Hui-Hsin Hseih: Drawing Room installation
All day Experimental Theater Bryan Jacobs and Colin Zyskowski: slow machines installation
All day Recital Hall Christopher Otto: Ductually Crossible Flassionallion installation (when the hall is not otherwise in use)
- 10:30am Recital Hall Erik Satie: Vexations Kyle Adam Blair
11:00am - 12:30pm Concert Hall Morton Feldman: Crippled Symmetry Steve Schick, Aleck Karis, Michael Matsuno
1:00pm - 1:20pm Recital Hall D. Edward Davis: monopine
D. Edward Davis: aperture
D. Edward Davis, Erik Carlson
1:30pm - 3:30pm Concert Hall Jonathan Nussman: Rose, Lily, Dove Jonathan Nussman, John Burnett
3:30pm - 4:30pm Recital Hall Eva-Maria Houben: ab und zu Justin Murphy-Mancini
4:45pm - 5:15pm Recital Hall Pauline Oliveros: Extreme Slow Song Nomi Epstein and friends
5:30pm - 6:15pm Concert Hall John Cage: Four3 Christopher Clarino, Dustin Donahue, Ryan Nester, Erik Carlson
6:20pm - 6:30pm Recital Hall Egidija Medeksaite: C-sharp electronic playback
6:40pm - 7:00pm Recital Hall Sarah Hennies: Casts Erik Carlson, D. Edward Davis, Nomi Epstein, T.J. Borden
8:00pm - 9:00pm Recital Hall Liam Clancy and Leslie Seiters: Slow Dancing Liam Clancy and Leslie Seiters
9:00pm - 3:00am Room 136 Jacob Sundstrom: once in a while, i don't believe you  Jacob Sundstrom

Additional Description:

Performers will include music professors Erik Carlson, Steven SchickAleck Karis and dance professor Liam Clancy. The festival will also feature performances by Department of Music graduate students Todd Moellenberg (piano), Judith Hamann (cello), Jennifer Bewerse (cello), Bonnie Lander (soprano), Rachel Beetz (flute), Anthony Vine (composition), John Burnett (composition), Benjamin Rempel (percussion), Jordan Morton (bass), Justin Murphy-Mancini (composition/piano), Kyle Adam Blair (piano), Michael Matsuno (flute), Jonathan Nussman (baritone), Christopher Clarino (percussion), Dustin Donahue (percussion), Ryan Nestor (percussion), Jacob Sundstrom (composition), Matthew Kline (bass), Tyler J. Borden (cello), Barbara Byers (composition), Samuel Dunscombe (clarinet), Michiko Ogawa (clarinet) and Madison Greenstone (clarinet).

Guest performers will include D. Edward Davis (composition), Nomi Epstein (composition), Steve Flato (composition) and Leslie Seiters (dance). Installations by Annie Hui-Hsin Hseih, Bryan Jacobs, Colin Zyskowski, D. Edward Davis, Christopher Otto and Nomi Epstein will also be on display in the Conrad Prebys Music Center throughout the weekend.

Visit slowsd.org for the full festival schedule.

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

Saturday, February 11th, 2017 7:30 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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


Event Program (PDF)

UC San Diego Distinguished Professor of Music and La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Music Director Steven Schick will conduct performances of the following pieces:

  • Barber of Seville Overture by Gioachino Rossini

  • Violin Concerto by Ludwig van Beethoven

  • Sinfonia by Luciano Berio

Featuring guest artists David Bowlin (violin) and vocal octet kallisti, this performance will offer a re-imagining of what the symphony might be. In 1969, the 44-year-old Luciano Berio confronted the imposing heritage of Beethoven and Mahler and composed his Sinfonia, performed here by kallisti under the artistic direction of Susan Narucki. Also on the program are Beethoven’s majestic Violin Concerto, featuring soloist David Bowlin, and Rossini’s much-loved Overture.

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SlowSD - Festival of Slow Music

Sunday, February 12th, 2017 12:01 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


Violinist Erik Carlson, an assistant professor at UC San Diego, will present SlowSD, a festival of slow music and art. The festival will begin at midnight on February 10, 2017 and last through February 12. Admission to all festival performances is free.

Schedule for February 12, 2017:

All day Room 243 Annie Hui-Hsin Hseih: Drawing Room installation
All day Experimental Theater Bryan Jacobs and Colin Zyskowski: slow machines installation
All day Recital Hall Nomi Epstein: Sound for Installation (UCSD) installation (when the hall is not otherwise in use)
10:00am - 11:00am Recital Hall Barbara Byers: Wither  Barbara Byers, John Burnett
11:30am - 12:30pm Recital Hall Samuel Dunscombe: Southern California Grid Samuel Dunscombe
1:00pm - 2:30pm Recital Hall Matt Sargent: Tide
Eva-Maria Houben: Nachtstück
Jürg Frey: Accurate Placement
Matthew Kline
3:00pm - 3:30pm Recital Hall Nomi Epstein: Till for solo piano
Nomi Epstein: Solo for Piano, part 2
Nomi Epstein
3:30pm - 4:00pm Recital Hall Teodora Stepancic: 90 Erik Carlson
4:00pm - 4:30pm Recital Hall Taku Sugimoto: new work Michiko Ogawa, Samuel Dunscombe, Judith Hamann, Erik Carlson, Michael Matsuno
5:00pm - 6:30pm Recital Hall Justin Murphy-Mancini: Two Pieces for Flute
Cat Lamb: Frames
Ernstalbrecht Stiebler: Three in One
Michael Matsuno, T.J. Borden, Judith Hamann
6:30pm - 9:30pm Recital Hall Madison Greenstone: 300 notes played on the contra bass clarinet Madison Greenstone
9:30pm - 11:30pm Recital Hall T.J. Borden, Steve Flato: In the Garden of Eating T.J. Borden and Steve Flato

Additional Description:

Performers will include music professors Erik Carlson, Steven SchickAleck Karis and dance professor Liam Clancy. The festival will also feature performances by Department of Music graduate students Todd Moellenberg (piano), Judith Hamann (cello), Jennifer Bewerse (cello), Bonnie Lander (soprano), Rachel Beetz (flute), Anthony Vine (composition), John Burnett (composition), Benjamin Rempel (percussion), Jordan Morton (bass), Justin Murphy-Mancini (composition/piano), Kyle Adam Blair (piano), Michael Matsuno (flute), Jonathan Nussman (baritone), Christopher Clarino (percussion), Dustin Donahue (percussion), Ryan Nestor (percussion), Jacob Sundstrom (composition), Matthew Kline (bass), Tyler J. Borden (cello), Barbara Byers (composition), Samuel Dunscombe (clarinet), Michiko Ogawa (clarinet) and Madison Greenstone (clarinet).

Guest performers will include D. Edward Davis (composition), Nomi Epstein (composition), Steve Flato (composition) and Leslie Seiters (dance). Installations by Annie Hui-Hsin Hseih, Bryan Jacobs, Colin Zyskowski, D. Edward Davis, Christopher Otto and Nomi Epstein will also be on display in the Conrad Prebys Music Center throughout the weekend.

Visit slowsd.org for the full festival schedule.

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

Sunday, February 12th, 2017 2:00 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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


Event Program (PDF)

UC San Diego Distinguished Professor of Music and La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Music Director Steven Schick will conduct performances of the following pieces:

  • Barber of Seville Overture by Gioachino Rossini

  • Violin Concerto by Ludwig van Beethoven

  • Sinfonia by Luciano Berio

Featuring guest artists David Bowlin (violin) and the vocal octet kallisti, this performance will offer a re-imagining of what the symphony might be. In 1969, the 44-year-old Luciano Berio confronted the imposing heritage of Beethoven and Mahler and composed his Sinfonia, performed here by kallisti under the artistic direction of Susan Narucki. Also on the program are Beethoven's majestic Violin Concerto, featuring soloist David Bowlin, and Rossini's much-loved Overture.

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Jennifer Bewerse, cello - Graduate Recital

Friday, February 17th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Event Program (PDF)

Jennifer Bewerse is joined by Southland Ensemble to present her final recital at UC San Diego featuring the chance poetry of Jackson Mac Low. Mac Low’s dedication to systems of composition – which included chance, indeterminacy, and simultaneous performance – allowed him to create works of extreme openness. His poems represent a moment in poetry where truths of authorship were called into question and the very boundaries of music and poetry were pulled taut.

Featuring:
Tree Movie
54th Light Poem: For Ian Tyson
The Five Young Turtle Asymmetries
Is That Wool Hat My Hat?
Numbered Asymmetries

“I myself think that if it is a connection and it does something, it’s some kind of cause but it’s different from the time-linear cause going from past to future. It’s across any present, between any two things coexisting. ... And I think that one thing that systematic chance does allow... is for something to happen on that synchronous plane.” - Jackson Mac Low

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ArtPower presents Dover Quartet and Avi Avital

Friday, February 17th, 2017 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

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


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ArtPower presents a performance by the Dover Quartet, featuring Avi Avital.

The New Yorker recently dubbed the Dover Quartet as “the young American string quartet of the moment.” The group catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff International String Quartet competition, becoming one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. They return to the ArtPower stage with Avi Avital, one of the world’s most exciting and adventurous musicians. Acknowledged by The New York Times for his “exquisitely sensitive playing” and “stunning agility,” Avital is the first mandolin player to receive a Grammy Award nomination in the Best Instrumental Soloist category.

The quartet's program will include:

  • Chaconne in D Minor (for solo mandolin) by Johann Sebastian Bach

  • Cymbeline (for string quartet and mandolin) by David Bruce

  • Quartet No. 1, “From My Life” by BedÅ™ich Smetana

  • Six Miniatures (for string quartet and mandolin) by Sulkhan Tsintsadze

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Dror Feiler w/ Kyle Motl and Kjell Nordeson

Saturday, February 18th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall


"To be in exile to be displaced from one’s country of origin and upbringing to be an immigrant —the experience of over 185 million people in the world, on a conservative estimate—is a wrench perhaps comparable in impact to that of war, long-term hunger or imprisonment.

"For me to be in exile, to be an immigrant is like being 'NOISE' in musical context, Like being the 'STAIN' on the 'clean' wall.

"Instead of a person creatively carrying over meanings, across accepted borders of sense, a person is here bodily pushed over borders by forces beyond his or her control.

"In 'NOISE MUSIC' performances aural elements are sprinting toward each other from opposite far ends of the aural space and are colliding in a direct, violent impact. This sound of crashing aural elements is 'NOISE MUSIC.' While sound connotes nothing more than the sense-data of hearing, 'NOISE MUSIC,' from the Latin nausea, suggests an unpleasant disturbance, confusion, or interference baldly lacking any musical quality and that in sociological terms for me is 'EXILE.' The collision of the 'STAIN' of the 'NOISE' with the clean wall is becoming the sunrise of freedom and justice."

-from Exile as Noise & Stain - Noise & Stain as Exile - Dror Feiler

 

Dror Feiler was born in 1951 in Tel Aviv, Israel and has been living in Sweden since 1973. Feiler plays the soprillo, sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor and contrabass saxophones, as well as the B-flat clarinet, bassethorn, contrabass clarinet. He also operates computerized sound systems.

Feiler has performed and recorded with several groups and as a solo artist in Sweden, Russia, Yuguslavia, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Great Britain, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Belarus, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, Austria, Switzerland, France, Israel, Palestine, Holland, Hungary, Norway, Germany, France, Japan, Colombia, Mexico, U.S.A., Brazil and Colombia over the last 40 years.

Filer is the founder of the free music improvisation group Lokomotiv Konkret. He is also the founder and artistic leader of the Too Much Too Soon Orchestra.

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Camera Lucida

Monday, February 20th, 2017 7:30 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

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


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Camera Lucida is a chamber music collaboration between four musicians with diverse backgrounds. Created by a generous gift from the Sam B. Ersan Chamber Music Fund, Camera Lucida is a unique project matching masterpieces of the chamber music repertoire with a group of world-class instrumentalists who happen to call San Diego home.

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

Camera Lucida's program will include:

  • Fantasy Pieces for Cello and Piano, Op. 73 (1849) by Robert Schumann

  • String Quartet in D major, K. 575, “King of Prussia” (1789-90) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  • Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 84 (1918) by Edward Elgar

No late seating.

Parking today is free.

Limited free student tickets available at the door.

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


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

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Composition Focus Seminar: Steve Takasugi

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 6:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center 231

Free


Guest composer Steven Takasugi will present a lecture as part of the Computer Music Focus lecture series, during which he will discuss compositional practices and his own recent works. An open Q&A session will follow the discussion.

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Mari Kawamura, piano

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free
Self Supported Event


Graduate performer Mari Kawamura will present a solo piano recital at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 21 in the Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall. Kawamura's program will include:

  • Six Piano Etudes (1, 2) (2006) by Augusta Read Thomas

  • Makrokosmos, Volume 1 (1972) by George Crumb

  • Six Piano Etudes (3, 4) (2006) by Augusta Read Thomas

  • Mirror, Mirror on the Wall (1994) by Rebecca Saunders

  • Six Piano Etudes (5, 6) (2006) by Augusta Read Thomas

  • Sequenza IV (1966) by Luciano Berio

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WEDS@7 red fish blue fish

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
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UC San Diego's own percussion ensemble red fish blue fish will perform as part of the Department of Music's ongoing Wednesdays@7 concert series. The performance will be conducted by Founder and Distinguished Professor of Music Steven Schick and will feature graduate students James BeautonLeah BowdenChristopher ClarinoFiona Digney, Sean Dowgray, Daniel King, Ryan Nestor and Benjamin Rempel.

The ensemble's program will include the following:

  • Percussion Suite (1933) by Johanna Beyer

  • A song of grecis. by Justin Murphy-Mancini (world premiere)

  • Persephassa (1969) by Iannis Xenakis

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Composition Focus Presents Steve Takasugi

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 6:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Guest composer and alumnus Steven Takasugi will present a recital of original works following his lecture on February 21 at the Conrad Prebys Music Center. Featuring current Department of Music graduate performers, the program will include:

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Kyle Motl, bass - Graduate Recital

Friday, February 24th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


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Kyle Motl presents Metatrope, a concert for solo contrabass.

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Stephanie Richards and Phantom Station: Conduction for Butch Morris, Part II

Monday, February 27th, 2017 8:00 pm

The Loft at UC San Diego

Free


Assistant Professor Stephanie Richards will perform conductions with members of the Phantom Station Ensemble, featuring professors Erik Carlson and Mark Dresser, special guests Oyvind Brandtsegg and Bryan Jacobs and select Department of Music graduate students.

This performance is the second in a three-part series that strives to excavate spontaneous sonic combustion and delve into the unknown through Conduction, an artistic process created by Butch Morris to enable "an improvised duet for ensemble and conductor" without words or musical notation. This concert is part of the Conduction series, which will hold a final performance on March 13.

Click here to learn more about the February 27 performance at the Loft.

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WEDS@7 Palimpsest

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
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San Diego's own Palimpsest Ensemble will present a special program featuring works and performances by members of UC San Diego's Department of Music community. Curated and conducted by Distinguished Professor Aleck Karis, Palimpsest's program will include:

  • Penthode by Elliott Carter

  • Accord in the Corral, a new work by UC San Diego graduate student Tobin Chodos featuring the instrumentation of Elliott Carter's piece

  • Piano Concerto by György Ligeti, as performed by graduate student Todd Moellenberg

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Grad Forum

Friday, March 3rd, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


The fourth Grad Forum of the 2016-17 academic year will feature music by Daniel Fishkin, Jonathan Nussman, John Burnett, Barbara Byers, Benjamin Rempel, Celeste Oram, Grace Huddleston and Tiange Zhou.

Grad Forums provide an outlet for Department of Music graduate students to present individual and collaborative works on their own terms. The works presented here consist of hand-selected material unrelated to the students' course or degree requirements.

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ArtPower Dublin Guitar Quartet

Friday, March 3rd, 2017 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

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


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ArtPower presents a performance by the Dublin Guitar Quartet.

They might play traditional Spanish-style classical guitars, but they’re not your standard guitar ensemble. Described as a “quartet with a difference” by the Irish Times, the Dublin Guitar Quartet is the first classical guitar quartet devoted entirely to new music. Since their formation, the quartet has worked to expand the genre’s limited repertoire by commissioning new works and adapting modern masterpieces. With the help of 8- and 11-string guitars, the quartet has created an original catalogue of arrangements by composers such as Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Arvo Pärt and György Ligeti. Expect a dynamic, entertaining and completely novel concert experience at their San Diego debut with ArtPower.

The quartet's program will include:

  • Aheym by Bryce Dessner

  • Saxophone Quartet by Philip Glass

  • Book of Leaves by Rachel Grimes

  • Gongan by William Kanengiser

  • Changing the Guard by Nikita Koshkin

  • Inaktelki Nóták and Mátraszentimrei Dalok by György Ligeti

  • Quartet by Marc Mellits

  • Songs in Honour of the Virgin Mary by Urmas Sisask

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MUS 133 Projects in New Music Performance

Monday, March 6th, 2017 3:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Students enrolled in the MUS 133 Projects in New Music Performance course will present their end-of-quarter concert.

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Karis Piano Studio Students

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 2:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Piano students of Distinguished Professor of Music Aleck Karis will present an informal studio concert of their current projects.

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Distinguished Lecture Series: Henry Spiller

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


Wednesdays@7 presents: Distinguished Lecture Series: Henry Spiller

Heavy Metal Bamboo: How archaic bamboo instruments became modern in Bandung, Indonesia

Henry Spiller

UC Davis

In 2009, nine people suffocated at a death metal concert featuring local metal bands in Bandung, Indonesia. In response, some Bandung-based metal musicians began to reconsider their wholesale adoption of global "heavy metal" values and musical style. In a quest to inject local Sundanese values of community and cooperation into their musical practice, they hit upon the idea of reviving archaic rural bamboo musical instruments— karinding (mouth-resonated lamelophone) and celempung (idiochord tube zither)—as a means to reconnect to their Sundanese past.

This lecture examines how Bandung musicians create localized, alternative modernities by putting old bamboo instruments to new uses. I introduce two case studies: Karinding Attack ("Karat"), a group of metal musicians who play their death-metal-inspired compositions on village bamboo instruments, and Galengan Sora Awi ("GSA"), a neighborhood-based group of musicians who play a variety of traditional Sundanese musical styles on bamboo instruments of their own invention. I explore how both groups have modified traditional bamboo musical instruments and styles to promote decidedly global modern values: the noisy timbres and diffuse pitches associated with distorted amplified guitars, the rejection by some countercultural groups of modern, sterile, mass-produced, manufactured goods in favor of do-it-yourself (DIY) technologies, the fostering of renewable resources, conservation, and the cleanup of urban environments, and the promotion by the Indonesian government of local and regional traditions.

Bamboo’s versatility—which in the past enabled Sundanese individuals to solve many pressing everyday problems—continues to empower them to face the challenges of modern life. Bamboo’s association with the rakyat—everyday people—and bamboo music’s association with Sundanese/Indonesian principle of gotong royong (mutual aid and cooperation) are further attractions for modern Indonesians eager to adapt local values to global contexts.

 

Henry Spiller is an ethnomusicologist whose research focuses on Sundanese music and dance from West Java, Indonesia. His books include Gamelan: The Traditional Sounds of Indonesia (ABC-CLIO, 2004) and Erotic Triangles: Sundanese Dance and Masculinity in West Java (Chicago, 2010). His most recent book, Javaphilia: American Love Affairs with Javanese Music and Dance (Hawaii, 2015), was awarded the Society for Ethnomusicology’s Bruno Nettl Prize in 2016. Spiller’s current project, based on fieldwork conducted in Bandung, Indonesia, with the support of a Fulbright Senior Scholar award, investigates music made with bamboo musical instruments. He earned his BA (music) from UC Santa Cruz, an MM (harp performance) from  Holy Names University, and the MA and PhD (ethnomusicology) from UC Berkeley. Currently he is professor of music at UC Davis, where he is the once and future department chair, teaches world music classes and graduate seminars, and directs the department's Sundanese gamelan ensemble.

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Bass Ensembles

Thursday, March 9th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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Professor of Music Mark Dresser's students will present an end-of-quarter bass ensemble performance.

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ArtPower presents Bereishit Dance Company

Thursday, March 9th, 2017 8:00 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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


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ArtPower presents a performance by the Bereishit Dance Company.

Founded by choreographer Park Soon-Ho, Bereishit is a Seoul-based dance company that approaches the Korean traditional culture from a contemporary perspective. The company explores the issues of identity and transformation with a dance style that merges the control and full-body excitement of break dance with sleek artistry and urban cool.

With an all-male cast, Bereishit’s West Coast debut includes two works: Bow, an athletic duet inspired by the tradition of archery, explores the boundaries of sports and dance, while the intensely physical Balance and Imbalance features brilliant and fun interplay among five dancers, a pair of Korean traditional drummers and one traditional pansori singer.

“The street style in dress and movement disguises finely honed skill in balancing bodies at extraordinary angles and in extraordinary configurations.”—Critical Dance

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Jonathan Nussman, baritone - Graduate Recital

Friday, March 10th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


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Baritone Jonathan Nussman will present his graduate recital in the Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater.

The recital will feature George Crumb's Songs, Drones and Refrains of Death, as well as György Kurtág's Hölderlin-Gesänge and a world premiere work by UC San Diego graduate composer Anahita Abbasi. Guest performers include James Beauton (percussion), Kyle Adam Blair (piano), Matt Kline (bass), Ryan Nestor (percussion), Boaz Roberts (guitar), Bryan Smith (tuba) and Eric Starr (trombone).

In addition to the live performance, a new sound installation, Drone for Mary Hamilton, will be on display in the Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall, beginning at 6 p.m. until approximately 8:30 p.m.

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Kiyoe Wellington, bass - Graduate Recital

Sunday, March 12th, 2017 3:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Bassist Kiyoe Wellington will present her graduate recital in the Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater. Wellington's program will include:

  • Figment III (2007) by Elliott Carter (for solo bass)

  • Ryoanji (1983) by John Cage (for bass, percussion, tape and dance; featuring Chris Clarino)

  • Madrigals, Book I (1965) by George Crumb (for bass, vibes, voice; featuring Lauren Jones)

  • Einige Sätze (1996-99) by György Kurtág (for bass, voice, slides and projection; featuring Barbara Byers)

  • The Sea (for solo bass)

  • Stronghold (2008) by Julia Wolfe (for bass and tape)

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Monday Night Jazz: 95JC Jazz Ensembles

Monday, March 13th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


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

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Stephanie Richards and Phantom Station: Conduction for Butch Morris, Part III

Monday, March 13th, 2017 8:00 pm

The Loft at UC San Diego

Free


Assistant Professor Stephanie Richards will perform conductions with members of the Phantom Station Ensemble, featuring special guest Ivan Trujillo (trumpet).

This is the final performance in a three-part series that strives to excavate spontaneous sonic combustion and delve into the unknown through Conduction, an artistic process created by Butch Morris to enable "an improvised duet for ensemble and conductor"without words or musical notation. The concert will take place at 8 p.m. at the Loft.

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Ableton Live Workshop

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 12:00 am

Conrad Prebys Music Center Room 264

Free


Moldover and the Future of Controllerism

For those with the drive and patience to learn a little engineering, anything you can dream up, you can build. But in a world of cheap, powerful and seemingly unlimited off-the-shelf solutions, why would you even want to?

In this talk, Todd Moldover will discuss the motivation behind his bespoke instruments and controllers. Through a demonstration of particular key devices, he'll discuss the artistic challenges that necessitated their design and show how you can take your performance needs and turn them into instruments and controllers of your own. Finally, he'll discuss the idea of "controllerism" as an artistic ethos. Where did it come from, and where will it go in the future?
 

Please note that this event begins at 2:00 p.m. in CPMC Room 264.

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Chamber Orchestra

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


The UC San Diego Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Matthew Kline, will perform its winter course concert in the Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater.

Beethoven - Coriolan Overture Op. 62
Debussy/Schoenberg - Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun)
Mozart - Concerto for Flute and Harp K. 299
Soloists: Michael Matsuno; Flute
Tasha Godinez Smith; Harp
Weber - Overture to Der Freischutz

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UC San Diego Gospel Choir

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 8:00 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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

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WEDS@7 Susan Narucki

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
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Susan Narucki and Donald Berman

Longtime collaborators, soprano Susan Narucki and pianist Donald Berman present an evening of works for voice and piano that combine intensity of expression and overarching lyricism.  

The concert's first half juxtaposes two works by György Kurtág: Three Old Inscriptions and Requiem For the Beloved with selections from Robert Schumann's Kerner Lieder, Op. 35. Alexander Zemlinsky's Op. 13, a set of six songs to poems by Maurice Maeterlinck and works by American composer James Primosch complete the program. Narucki and Berman have collaborated on a number of critically acclaimed recordings, including Song Cycles of Aaron Jay Kernis (Koch), Music From the American Academy in Rome (Bridge) and The Light That is Felt: Songs by Charles Ives (New World), for which they earned the Classical Recording Foundation's Samuel Sanders Award for Distinguished Collaboration.

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Wind Ensemble

Thursday, March 16th, 2017 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center 136

Free


Under the direction of Kyle Adam Blair, the UC San Diego Wind Ensemble will perform a program of canonic wind ensemble staples as well as experimental pieces from UC San Diego affiliated composers, including alumnus Mark Applebaum and founding Department of Music faculty member Robert Erickson. The ensemble's program will include:

  • English Folk Song Suite by Ralph Vaughan Williams

  • Ambitus by Mark Applebaum

  • Symphony No. 6 for Band by Vincent Persichetti

  • White Lady by Robert Erickson

  • Lincolnshire Posy by Percy Grainger

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95K Chamber Singers

Friday, March 17th, 2017 3:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


Students in the MUS 95K Chamber Singers course will perform a short program of vocal works under the direction of Bonnie Lander. The students' program will include works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina and selections from Johannes Brahms' Liebeslieder Walzer, with accompaniment by Loie Flood and Jeanne Saier.

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Chamber Ensembles

Friday, March 17th, 2017 4:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Students in the MUS 130 Chamber Music Performance course will perform their winter course concert under the direction of faculty member Takae Ohnishi.

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Computer Music Focus: Neil Rolnick

Friday, March 17th, 2017 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


The Computer Music Focus lecture series continues with a presentation by composer Neil Rolnick. In this lecture, Rolnick will recount his experience using computers in performance since the 1970s. Using musical examples, he'll describe the evolution of his thinking about what it means to treat the computer as an instrument, and he'll perform excerpts of several recent pieces for laptop computer.


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Composer Neil Rolnick pioneered the use of computers in musical performance, beginning in the late 1970s. Based in New York City since 2002, his music has been performed worldwide, including recent performances in China and Mexico and across the U.S. His string quartet Oceans Eat Cities was performed at the UN Global Climate Summit in Paris in December 2015.

Rolnick’s music has often included unexpected and unusual combinations of materials and media. His work ranges from digital sampling and interactive multimedia to acoustic vocal, chamber and orchestral works. Throughout the 1980s and '90s he was responsible for the development of the first integrated electronic arts graduate and undergraduate programs in the U.S., at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s iEAR Studios in Troy, NY.

Though much of his work connects music and technology, and is therefore considered in the realm of “experimental” music, Rolnick’s music has always been highly melodic and accessible.  Whether working with electronic sounds, acoustic ensembles, or combinations of the two, his music has been characterized by critics as “sophisticated,” “hummable and engaging” and as having “good senses of showmanship and humor.” 

In 2014 and 2015 Rolnick completed Cello Ex Machina (2015)Silicon Breath (2014), commissioned by the New York State Council on the Arts, and Dynamic RAM & Concert Grand (2014), commissioned by the Fromm Foundation. All three appear on his latest CD Ex Machina, released on Innova Recordings in 2016.  During this period, Rolnick also completed the first two of a series of new solo laptop performance pieces, O Brother! and WakeUp, deconstructing recordings by Rolnick’s younger brother and by the Everly Brothers, respectively. In 2014, the American Composers Orchestra issued the 18th commercial recording of Rolnick’s work, his iFiddle Concerto, featuring violinist Todd Reynolds.

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UC San Diego Bach Ensemble

Friday, March 17th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Select students in the MUS 130 course will perform a program of concerti by Antonio Vivaldi (Concerto for Two Cellos in G minor, Concerto for Flute in F major) and J. S. Bach (Concerto for Violin in A minor) under the instruction of faculty member Takae Ohnishi.

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

Friday, March 17th, 2017 7:30 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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


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UC San Diego Distinguished Professor of Music and La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Music Director Steven Schick will conduct a performance of Giuseppe Verdi's Reqiuem.

Guest artists include Ariana Strahl (soprano), Victoria Vargas (mezzo-soprano), Robert Breault (tenor), Colin Ramsey (bass-baritone), the San Diego Master Choral and the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus.

Verdi composed his magnificent Requiem in 1874, when he was in his sixties and thought that he had retired. Requiem was composed nearly by accident: Verdi proposed that a setting of the great text should be made by a group of composers, but when the others dropped out, he wrote the whole thing himself. Millions of music lovers have been grateful ever since for Verdi’s return from retirement. The La Jolla Symphony and Chorus will be joined in this production by guest choruses and operatic soloists for the concert event of the season.

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

Saturday, March 18th, 2017 7:30 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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


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UC San Diego Distinguished Professor of Music and La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Music Director Steven Schick will conduct performances of the following pieces:

Giuseppe Verdi: Reqiuem

Guest artist include Ariana Strahl (soprano), Victoria Vargas (mezzo-soprano), Robert Breault (tenor), Colin Ramsey (bass-baritone), the San Diego Master Choral and the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus.

Verdi composed his magnificent Requiem in 1874, when he was in his sixties and thought that he had retired. Requiem was composed nearly by accident: Verdi proposed that a setting of the great text should be made by a group of composers, but when the others dropped out, he wrote the whole thing himself. Millions of music lovers have been grateful ever since for Verdi’s return from retirement. The La Jolla Symphony and Chorus will be joined in this production by guest choruses and operatic soloists for the concert event of the season.

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

Sunday, March 19th, 2017 2:00 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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


Event Program (PDF)

UC San Diego Distinguished Professor of Music and La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Music Director Steven Schick will conduct performances of the following pieces:

Giuseppe Verdi: Reqiuem

Guest artist include Ariana Strahl (soprano), Victoria Vargas (mezzo-soprano), Robert Breault (tenor), Colin Ramsey (bass-baritone), the San Diego Master Choral and the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus.

Verdi composed his magnificent Requiem in 1874, when he was in his sixties and thought that he had retired. Requiem was composed nearly by accident: Verdi proposed that a setting of the great text should be made by a group of composers, but when the others dropped out, he wrote the whole thing himself. Millions of music lovers have been grateful ever since for Verdi’s return from retirement. The La Jolla Symphony and Chorus will be joined in this production by guest choruses and operatic soloists for the concert event of the season.

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A Night of Classical Iranian Music

Friday, March 24th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Self Supported Event
Sponsor: Hesam Abedini


Iranian Music Improvisation

Niloufar Shiri: Kamancheh

Mahtab Nadalian: Santour

Milad Jahadi: Tombak & Daf

Hesam Abedini: Vocals

RSVP Required at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2897579

Mahtab Nadalian is an Iranian Santoor player who graduated from the College of Fine Arts at University of Tehran. She had her high school studies from 2004 to 2010 at Tehran Music Conservatory, where she had maestro Arfa' Atraee as her Santour teacher. Mahtab has performed in many music festivals such as Iranian Women's Music Festival, Tehran Youth Music Festival and Fajr International Music Festival, to name a few. She is currently studying Audio Recording Technology at Houston Community College.

Milad Jahadi was born in 1983 in Qazvin. He started his Tombak lessons with Hamidreza Maghsudi and later studied with Rashid Kakavand and Pezhham Akhawas. He started Daf in 2002 and continued his music lessons with Dr. Hossien Meissami who taught him music theory. Milad performed with the Horakhsh and Sama ensembles as well as with the late Ostad Jalal Zolfonoun. He migrated to the US in 2011 where he continued his musical activities, performing and teaching both adult and children at the Iranian School of San Diego. He has performed with Dr. Hossien Omoumi.

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Parissa

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 12:00 am

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

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The UC San Diego Division of Arts and Humanities presents a conversation with Master Parissa on Tuesday, April 4 in the Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall. Dean Cristina Della Coletta will provide an introduction to Parissa's discussion.

Parissa is the first holder of the Roghieh Chehre-Azad Distinguished Professorship. She is Iran's most distinguished female vocalist, who is visiting UC San Diego to share her deep knowledge of Radif - the classical repertoire of Persian traditional music. Its melodic patters are preserved through many generations and provide the basis for improvisation in Persian traditional music. Radif is taught through oral tradition and the repertoire evolves and is preserved by masters of each generation, such as Parissa.

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Bonnie Lander, voice - Graduate Recital

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


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Soprano Bonnie Lander will present a recital in collaboration with the New York-based ensemble Rhymes with Opera. The ensemble will premiere Lander's Coping Mechanisms as its first improvisational opera, featuring vocalists Lander, Elisabeth Halliday and Robert Maril, as well as Judith Hamann (cello), Tommy Babin (bass) and Kjell Nordeson (percussion).

Coping Mechanisms explores themes of isolation, anxiety, agoraphobia and grief through improvised dramatic narratives and sounds. Set apart in three separate spaces, three singers (performed by Rhymes With Opera ensemble members Bonnie Lander, Elisabeth Halliday and Robert Maril) explore their own anxieties about what awaits them in the outside world. Using both incidental vocal sounds and melodies inspired by operatic training and techniques, the trio works together in bringing to life a full musical narrative - without the safety net of a written score. Coping Mechanisms is a new opera that explores how we create our own personal spaces while also longing for a connection with our community.


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Founded in 2007, Rhymes With Opera includes founding company members Ruby Fulton (composer); Elisabeth Halliday (soprano); George Lam (composer); Bonnie Lander (soprano); and Robert Maril (baritone). During the 2012-2013 season, Rhymes With Opera expanded to include a house band, the Rhymes With Orchestra, a chamber ensemble comprised of some of this generation’s most exciting contemporary instrumentalists. With the addition of the RWOrchestra, RWO has become a self-contained contemporary opera machine, commissioning and producing works that can be performed whole-cloth by the company.

Since 2007, RWO has commissioned more than 17 new operas, ranging from one-minute “signature” pieces to evening-length productions. New operas commissioned and produced by RWO include Travis Sullivan’s Three Modern Pieces, Thomas Limbert’s Numbers / Dates, Jenny Olivia Johnson’s Book of Gazes, Kathleen Bader’s Leads, Douglas Buchanan’s Goblin Market, David Smooke’s Criminal Element, Adam Matlock’s Red Giant, and Erik Spangler’s Cantata For A Loop Trail, an outdoor hiking opera set in Gwynn Falls Leakin Park in Baltimore and Inwood Hill Park in New York City.

RWO has performed in Baltimore venues including Area 405, the 2640 Space, the City Arts Gallery and the Wind-Up Space, and in NYC venues including Roulette, the Cornelia Street Café, the National Opera Center, JACK, and the City University of New York. Since 2014 , RWO has regularly presented our mainstage productions in the intimate 124 Bank Street Theatre in New York City.

Bonnie Lander is a classically trained vocalist and violin player who specializes in unorthodox music including new music, avant-garde, and free improvisation. Her relationship with experimental music is defined through collaboration with composers, performers (music and dance), improvisers, lighting designers, sound engineers, computer musicians, students, and friends. Bonnie has performed throughout the United States and Europe in a wide variety of concert settings oscillating between theaters, concert halls, galleries, vans, and bridges. She is currently a DMA candidate at UC San Diego and is an active member of two new music non- profit organizations as performer, composer, and outreach director: Rhymes With Opera (NYC) and San Diego New Music (San Diego). For more info check out http://www.bonnielander.com

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Drew Ceccato, saxophone - Graduate Recital

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Saxophonist Drew Ceccato will present a graduate recital featuring fellow Department of Music graduate students Tyler J. Borden (cello), Judith Hamann (cello), Tommy Babin (bass) and Kyle Motl (bass). Ceccato's program will include a performance of Roscoe Mitchell's Nonaah.

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Madison Greenstone, clarinets - Graduate Recital

Thursday, April 6th, 2017 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Clarinetist Madison Greenstone will present a graduate recital featuring music for low clarinets by Trevor Bača, Martin Rane Bauck, Luigi Nono, and mixed media video animation by Marta Tiesenga. Madison will be joined by Michael Matsuno (bass flute), Jacob Sundstrom (electronics) and Marta Tiesenga (projection/animation).

Madison's program will feature:

  • MYRKR (for solo bass clarinet) by Trevor Bača

  • the world premiere of lago maggiore (for solo bass clarinet and electronics) by Martin Rane Bauck

  • A Pierre. dell'azzuro silenzio inquietem (for contrabass clarinet, bass flute and electronics) by Luigi Nono

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Keir GoGwilt, violin - Graduate Recital

Thursday, April 6th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Violinist Keir GoGwilt will present his graduate recital with music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Paul von Westhoff, and world premieres of music by Carolyn Chen, Tobin Chodos and Celeste Oram. GoGwilt's concert will also feature guest pianist Todd Moellenberg. His complete program will include:

  • Shirr* by Tobin Chodos with pianist Todd Moellenberg

  • Suite in D Minor by Johann Paul von Westhoff

  • Study on Westhoff Suite in D Minor* by Carolyn Chen

  • Partita in E Major by Johann Sebastian Bach

  • Televisionmann (Gulliver's Travels)* by Celeste Oram

*world premieres

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Springfest - staycation

Saturday, April 8th, 2017 12:00 am

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Springfest 2017
Ongoing
Free


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Graduate pianist Todd Moellenberg presents Staycation, an event that will launch Springfest on April 8 in the Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater and last through Sunday, April 16.

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Springfest: CEMEC

Saturday, April 8th, 2017 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Springfest 2017
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, Stanford, UC Santa Barbara, CalArts and UC San Diego.

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Kirsten Ashley Wiest, soprano - Graduate Recital

Saturday, April 8th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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"I emerged as a Phoenix, to rise in love."

Soprano Kirsten Ashley Wiest will present a graduate recital featuring guest performers Siu Hei Lee (piano), Kyle Adam Blair (piano) and Ashley Cutright (mezzo-soprano). The concert program will include:

  • A Sonatina (2016) by Bill Alves

  • Please Be Okay Till Morning by Daniel Felsenfeld (world premiere)

  • Tacciono i boschi (1981) by James Erber

  • Two Sonnets by Giordano Bruno by Phoenix (world premiere)

  • jumalattaret (2012) by John Zorn

Free parking, free admission, free hugs post-performance.

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Formosa Quartet

Sunday, April 9th, 2017 3:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

General Admission: $10.00
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.00
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
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The Formosa Quartet will return to UC San Diego for a performance that will include the world premiere of a new work by Wei-Chieh Lin inspired by Taiwanese folk songs. The quartet's program will feature:

  • world premiere of Five Taiwanese Folk Songs by Wei-Chieh Lin

  • String Quartet No. 4 by Bela Bartok

  • Lullaby for String Quartet by George Gershwin

  • Four Grappelli Jazz Tunes arranged by quartet violinist Jasmine Lin

This concert is co-sponsored by the Chuan Lyu Endowment and the Taiwan Lecture Series at UC San Diego.

The members of the Formosa Quartet – Jasmine LinWayne LeeChe-Yen Chen, and Deborah Pae – have established themselves as leading solo, chamber, and orchestral musicians. With degrees from the Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, and New England Conservatory, they have performed in major venues throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe, and have been top prizewinners in prestigious competitions such as the Paganini, Primrose, Fischoff, Naumburg, and Tertis competitions. As chamber musicians, they have appeared regularly at the Marlboro, Kingston, Santa Fe, Ottawa, Ravinia, Crans-Montana, and Schiermonnikoog festivals, as well as at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, La Jolla Summerfest, the Seattle Chamber Music Society, and Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove. They have held principal positions in the San Diego and Cincinnati Symphonies, and have taught at the University of Southern California, California State University Fullerton, Roosevelt University, Taos School of Music, Stanford University, McGill University, and the Juilliard School. In 2014 the Quartet became the faculty quartet-in-residence at the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. 


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Winners of the First Prize and the Amadeus Prize at the London International String Quartet Competition in 2006, the Formosa Quartet is “one of the very best quartets of their generation” (David Soyer, cellist of the Guarneri Quartet). Its debut recording on the EMI label was hailed as “spellbinding” (Strad Magazine) and “remarkably fine” (Gramophone), and the quartet has given critically acclaimed performances at the Ravinia Festival, the Caramoor Festival, the Library of Congress, the Da Camera Society of Los Angeles, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center, Rice University, San Francisco State University, and Wigmore Hall in London. Formed in 2002 when the four founding members came together for a concert tour of Taiwan, the Formosa Quartet is deeply committed to championing Taiwanese music and promoting the arts in the land of its heritage.

The members of the Formosa Quartet are the founders and faculty members of the annual Formosa Chamber Music Festival in Hualien, Taiwan. Inaugurated in 2013 and modeled after American summer festivals such as Marlboro, Ravinia, the Taos School of Music, and Kneisel Hall, FCMF is the product of long-held aspirations and years of planning, and represents one of the quartet’s more important missions: to bring high-level chamber music training to talented young musicians in Taiwan and first-rate music to Taiwanese audiences.

In the 2015-2016 season, the Formosa Quartet continues a two-year residency with Art of Élan, a San Diego arts-presenting organization. As ensemble-in-residence, the Quartet is working with UCSD professor of composition Lei Liang to create a new piece based on music indigenous to the aboriginal tribes of Taiwan. The culmination of the two-year project was the premiere performance of the commission in Spring 2016 and looks ahead to a new disc of music inspired by Hungarian and Taiwanese folk traditions.

In its relatively brief existence, the Formosa Quartet’s active commissioning has contributed significantly to the 21st century’s string quartet literature. They premiered Taiwanese-American composer Shih-Hui Chen’s Returning Souls: Four Pieces on Three Formosan Amis Legends in 2014, and the Quartet’s recording of its first commission from Ms. Chen, Fantasia on the Theme of Plum Blossom, was released on the New World Records label in 2013. Other pieces recently written for the Quartet include three pieces by Dana Wilson — Hungarian Folk Songs,The night of h’s, and Apart — Wei-Chieh Lin’s Pasibutbut, and Thomas Oboe Lee’s Piano Quintet and Jasmine Variations

The members of the Formosa Quartet – Jasmine LinWayne LeeChe-Yen Chen, and Deborah Pae – have established themselves as leading solo, chamber, and orchestral musicians. With degrees from the Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, and New England Conservatory, they have performed in major venues throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe, and have been top prizewinners in prestigious competitions such as the Paganini, Primrose, Fischoff, Naumburg, and Tertis competitions. As chamber musicians, they have appeared regularly at the Marlboro, Kingston, Santa Fe, Ottawa, Ravinia, Crans-Montana, and Schiermonnikoog festivals, as well as at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, La Jolla Summerfest, the Seattle Chamber Music Society, and Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove. They have held principal positions in the San Diego and Cincinnati Symphonies, and have taught at the University of Southern California, California State University Fullerton, Roosevelt University, Taos School of Music, Stanford University, McGill University, and the Juilliard School. In 2014 the Quartet became the faculty quartet-in-residence at the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. 

The Formosa Quartet forms an octet with violins Joseph Curtin (2001) and Andrea Guarneri (1662), an Enrico Catenari viola (1680), and a Vincenzo Postiglione cello (1885) on generous loan from the Arts and Letters Foundation.

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Springfest: IMMERSION@Birch Aquarium

Sunday, April 9th, 2017 6:00 pm

Birch Aquarium

$12 general admission/$9 Birch members & UCSD students--includes Aquarium admission. Purchase tickets in advance online
Springfest 2017 Event


Birch Aquarium teams up with UC San Diego's Department of Music to present Springfest: IMMERSION, an evening of live music and experimental sounds spread throughout the aquarium. Join us for a unique offering of works conceived and performed by graduate students and inspired by the sea.

To purchase tickets, visit the Birch Aquarium website.

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Springfest: Tango Canyengue

Monday, April 10th, 2017 12:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Springfest 2017
Free


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Xavier Beteta will perform tangos of the "Old Guard," the original tango style that was danced in the outskirts and poor neighborhoods of Buenos Aires in the early 20th century.


Additional Description:

Xavier is originally from Guatemala City where he studied piano at the National Conservatory. At age 18, he was awarded the first-prize at the Augusto Ardenois National Piano Competition and third-prize at the Rafael Alvarez Ovalle Composition Competition in Guatemala. He continued his piano studies in the United States with Argentinean pianist Sylvia Kersenbaum and with Russian pianist Sergei Polusmiak. He has attended master-classes with pianists Massimiliano Damerini and Daniel Rivera in Italy, and he has also performed as a soloist with the Guatemalan National Symphony Orchestra. As a composer, Xavier studied privately in Guatemala with Rodrigo Asturias. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Composition at the University of California San Diego, where he has studied with Roger Reynolds, Chinary Ung, and Philippe Manoury. In 2013, Xavier won the Second Prize at the International Antonin Dvorak Composition Competition in Prague.

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Springfest - Robert Morris: Oracle

Monday, April 10th, 2017 4:00 pm

Geisel Library

Springfest 2017
Free


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Come hear music performed outdoors! Inspired by the I Ching, Robert Morris's Oracle for large ensemble will provide a 64-minute sonic landscape of the 64 hexagrams from The Book of Changes.


Additional Description:

Oracle is a sixty-four-minute composition for singers and instrumentalists including percussion. It is the third of my pieces designed to be played out of doors, in a park or in the country, woods, highlands, and the like. It may be also played indoors. The structure of Oracle is based on the I-Ching, one of the Chinese Classic texts (compiled c. 1150 b.c.) in which sixty-four hexagrams are used to suggest appropriate actions in response to questions posed by the reader. Each hexagram is a collection of six lines that are either broken (- -) or unbroken (---). I use each hexagram to determine the musical features of a corresponding section of the composition; there are therefore 64 sections, each lasting one minute. The order of the hexagrams does not follow the orders given above, but are sequenced so that between two successive hexagrams only one line changes from broken to unbroken or vice versa. This ensures that the music based on the hexagrams flows along smoothly, without great change or abruption. As in my other outdoor pieces, each section is associated with a basic pitch. Thus there is a sequence of 64 notes that guides the music forward. These notes are overlapped so that, excepting the first and last three sections, each section has not only a basic pitch, but a basic four-note chord that is articulated in various ways. The structure of the basic pitch sequence permits the chords to represent each of the 29 types of four-note harmonies (available in the equal-tempered system of pitches) exactly once in a given order, then in retrograde. -Robert Morris

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Springfest - JŸrg Frey: Metal, Stone, Skin, Foliage, Air

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Springfest 2017
Free


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Jürg Frey's evening-length work for percussion quartet (1996-2001) explores the sonic properties of triangles, hand-bells, tam-tams, bell plates, bass drums, stones, and leaves through sequences of repetition.

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Springfest @ The Loft

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 8:30 pm

The Loft at UC San Diego

Springfest 2017
Free


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The Kyle Motl Trio with Tobin Chodos and Kjell Nordeson perform music from the upcoming record Panjandrums! along with new compositions.   

Jordan Morton and Creatures open the show.

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Springfest - Kyle Motl, Solo Contrabass

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Springfest 2017
Free


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Graduate bassist Kyle Motl presents solo music utilizing the wealth of the contrabass' sonorities, testing the limits of timbre, technique, and dynamic envelope.


Additional Description:

At the heart of Kyle Motl's solo music is an ongoing interest in exploring the limits of the contrabass. In solo improvisation, he is free to plumb the instrument’s wealth of sonorities, pushing sound to its breaking point and revealing the extremities of technique, timbre, and dynamic envelope. This also presents a platform for the artifacts from other musical endeavors as varied as free jazz, contemporary concert music, and noise, to become refracted, transformed, and recontextualized. An ever evolving work, Metatrope constantly looks back on itself while pushing forward, an embracing the idiosyncrasies of intuition. Bio. Kyle Motl is a bassist, composer, and improviser. Active in a variety of ensembles and settings, Kyle’s work crosses the boundaries between idioms as wide as free jazz, contemporary concert music, and extreme metal. Current interests include extended harmonic techniques for solo bass improvisation, electroacoustic performance with live electronics and improvising software, modular compositional schemes, recursive and generative structuring, and exploration of complex sonic spectra. Kyle is a member of the Peter Kuhn Trio, and has been performing in quartet and trio with Abbey Rader since 2011. He maintains regular duo projects with T.J. Borden, Adam Tinkle, and Drew Ceccato. The Kyle Motl Trio, featuring Kjell Nordeson and Tobin Chodos is a collaborative platform for new compositions weaving complex structures together with free improvisation. Kyle has performed alongside artists including Anthony Davis, Kidd Jordan, Mary Halvorson, Roscoe Mitchell, Mark Dresser, and Wadada Leo Smith, among others. Kyle holds a BM from Florida Atlantic University and an MM from Florida International University. He is a DMA candidate at UC San Diego, where he studies bass with Mark Dresser.

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Springfest - Bazetta Revisited

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Springfest 2017
Free


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Bazetta Revisited is an immersive sound and light environment, featuring music by Anthony Vine and video projections by Katy Gilmore. During this two-hour expanse, slowly evolving visual fields of blurred footage and camera feedback elide with bent and diffracted microtonal networks that are cast in a variety of forms, from long, improvisatory meditations to antiphonal hymns. Bazetta—a small township in Northeast Ohio—serves as a guiding metaphor. Audience members may come and go as they please during the performance.

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Springfest - Luke Martin: shifting inflections

Thursday, April 13th, 2017 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Springfest 2017
Free


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The shifting inflections series will grow (expand, proliferate) as if it was a mold spore. here and there. sometimes unseen. sometimes seen. with the potential to suddenly explode and (re)connect in unpredictable ways. erewhon: both no-where and now-here. something not present in an actual state, but present in a virtual state: potential.

This concert will be performed by Tyler J. Borden and Madison Greenstone.

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Springfest - a mist is a collection of points

Thursday, April 13th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Springfest 2017
Free


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A mist is a collection of points, while a grid is an organized collection of points. There is the unspoken tension in this work between regular and aperiodic, solid and vague, artificial and organic, order and sprawl. This interplay takes place from one section to the next, and also in the interactions between the parts: between the pianist (Todd Moellenberg), the percussionist (Ryan Nestor), and the sine tones (by Michael Pisaro). It affects the melody and the resonance, the timing and the coordination between parts. The intermingling of shadow pitches and extended resonances creates effects that are at least as vivid as any articulation.

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Springfest - Donatoni/Feldman

Friday, April 14th, 2017 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Springfest 2017
Free


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"I've been living with the minor second all my life and I finally found a way to handle it." - Morton Feldman

This concert will feature performances of the following pieces:

  • Ave by Franco Donatoni

  • Why Patterns? by Morton Feldman

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Springfest - XX

Friday, April 14th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Springfest 2017
Free


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XX presents a concert featuring collaboration between women. Live motion tracking, video, performance art, sung poetry, amplified hair, a talking disklavier, delicate percussion and gritty solo bass come together in a fabric that explores themes of radical biological forms, domestic violence and space, feeling at home and fragility. The concert is configured partly as an homage to the late and great Pauline Oliveros, and features her work Bye-Bye Butterfly as well as her correspondence with various female collaborators.

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Springfest - Sound and Violence

Friday, April 14th, 2017 9:00 pm

Che Cafe

Springfest 2017
Free


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Springfest presents a night of performances and audiovisual installations exploring the ways in which sound engages violence, discipline, and resistance in an age of authoritarianism.

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Springfest - [O]

Saturday, April 15th, 2017 12:30 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Springfest 2017
Free


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Lydia Winsor Brindamour’s [O] is a multimedia sonic experience comprised of a piece for two double basses with live spatialization, performed alongside photographs taken this past August during a month long stay in Olafsfjordur, North Iceland. The work is a visual and aural portrait of a specific place and time.


Additional Description:

Matt Kline is a double bassist who is committed to avant-garde and experimental music. He has performed with Ensemble Modern, MusikFabrik, Talea Ensemble, Ensemble Zeillig, LA Monday Evening Concerts, Tony Arnold, Felix Fan, Steven Schick, Krzysztof Penderecki and others. He has worked with Roger Reynolds, Chinary Ung, Hans Abrahamsen, Lewis Nielson and has had numerous works written for him. In 2014, Matt created and premiered the double bass version of the Capriccio per Siegfried Palm by Krzysztof Penderecki upon the composer’s request. He is a regular guest artist at the soundSCAPE music festival. He also composes extensively for the double bass and in 2010, won the grand prize in the International Society of Double Bassists composition competition. His primary mentors have been Sandor Ostlund, Paul Ellison, Francois Rabbath, Scott McAllister and Mark Dresser. Matt holds both performance and teaching diplomas from Le Institut de Rabbath. He is currently pursing a DMA in double bass performance at the University of California San Diego.

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Springfest - CLAUSTRUM

Saturday, April 15th, 2017 1:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Springfest 2017
Free


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Sound installation / Micro-Opera / Haunted House

A short, immersive performance for small groups of people, CLAUSTRUM is the creation of Bonnie Lander and Jonathan Nussman, vocalists and improvisers. The performance will be repeated on loop for successive small audiences. Listeners can sign up for a specific time, or will be admitted on a first-come basis.

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Springfest - TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIPS: A RADIO SƒANCE

Saturday, April 15th, 2017 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Springfest 2017
Free


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Celeste Oram is joined by violinists Keir GoGwilt and (remotely, from New Zealand) Alex Taylor in re-enacting the improvisatory practice of Vera Wyse Munro (1897-1966): a pioneering New Zealand radio ham, improviser, and sonic experimenter. During the afternoon, this durational improvisation - featuring violins, starling poems, shortwave radio, and archaeologies of radio history - will be broadcast as a radio installation on multiple channels over low-power radio transmitters, and the public is invited to come prepared with battery-powered radios to tune in to the improvisation in the Conrad Prebys Music Center. In the evening, audience members are invited to gather in the Concert Hall for a culminating séance summoning the ghost of Vera Wyse Munro.

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Springfest - Where I Am I AM

Saturday, April 15th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Springfest 2017
Free


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Experimental vocalist and composer Odeya Nini presents a night of her instrumental compositions, sound collages, and solo vocal work. Odeya's work is an investigation of extended techniques, resonance and pure expression, exploring the relationship between mind and body, multi- dimensionality and the various landscapes it can yield. Her solo work is an interdisciplinary vocal practice with movement and theatrical elements displaying a spectrum of sound from tender intimacy to bold aberrance. The concert will feature Where I Am I Am, a piece for three voices, tape and electronics. Compositions will include works for solo flute and solo piano.

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Springfest @ Bread & Salt

Sunday, April 16th, 2017 10:00 am

Bread & Salt, San Diego

Springfest 2017
Free


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Springfest @ Bread and Salt: ENCUENTRO is an event that seeks to bring the UC San Diego Department of Music into dialogue, collaboration and engagement with the broader San Diego community. This year, the event partners with Borderland Noise in order to extend this process into a bi-national experimental arts festival, featuring artists from Tijuana, Mexicali and Ensenada. With more than 30 artists involved, performances and installations will take place across the entire Bread and Salt site, including unusual hidden spaces, and a quadrophonic grain silo.

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Camera Lucida

Monday, April 17th, 2017 7:30 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

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


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Camera Lucida is a chamber music collaboration between four musicians with diverse backgrounds. Created by a generous gift from the Sam B. Ersan Chamber Music Fund, Camera Lucida is a unique project matching masterpieces of the chamber music repertoire with a group of world-class instrumentalists who happen to call San Diego home.

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

Camera Lucida's program will include:

  • Sonata in B-flat Major for Viola and Piano, Opus 107 by Max Reger

  • String Quartet in E-flat major, Opus 74, “The Harp” by Ludwig van Beethoven

  • Piano Trio by Charles Ives

No late seating.

Limited free student tickets available at the door.

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


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

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WEDS@7 On Structure: Natacha Diels and Jessie Marino

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
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Wednesdays@7 presents On Structure, the collaborative project of Jessie Marino and Assistant Professor Natacha Diels. The duo's April 19 concert will include performances of the following pieces:

  • Tape Piece by Andy Ingamells and Maya Verlaak

  • Portal by On Structure

  • Throw Me To You And Back Again by Jessie Marino

  • Love Duet by Department of Music alumna Carolyn Chen

 

On Structure is a sound-centric performance duo. The 
New York based ensemble uses improvised and composed
Sounds {and the fluctuation of these sounds} to brew 
Transferable art pieces which may 
Ravage the realms of the performer, audience or space itself. 
Uncovering the hidden motions of sound, freeing 
Compositions from the fluorescence of the concert expectation. 
Topsy-turvy. 
Use of lasers, wigs, electronics, cellosandflutes; 
Repurposing life experiences for music glitches and muscle twitches. 
Eclipse boundaries of the stage.


To learn more, visit Jim Chute's April 2015 San Diego Union-Tribune article about On Structure.

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Felipe Rossi, composer - Graduate Recital

Thursday, April 20th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


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Composer Felipe Rossi presents an evening of recently composed works along some improvisations with (and without) live electronics in the Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater.

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ArtPower Ariel Quartet

Friday, April 21st, 2017 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

An ArtPower presentation.
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Ticket information: 858-534-TIXS (8497)


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ArtPower presents a performance by the Ariel Quartet

Characterized by their youth, brilliant playing and soulful interpretations, the Ariel Quartet has quickly earned a glowing international reputation. Formed in Israel when the members were young students 16 years ago, the quartet was recently awarded the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award. They currently serve as the faculty quartet-in-residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where they direct the chamber music program and perform their own annual series of concerts—a remarkable achievement for an ensemble so young. This award-winning quartet has performed widely in North America, Europe and Israel and will be making their San Diego debut at ArtPower.

The quartet's program will include:

  • Quartet in A Major, Op. 18, No. 5 by Ludwig van Beethoven

  • New Commission by Mahammed Fairouz

  • Quartet in A Major, Op. 41, No. 3 by Robert Schumann

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Kartik Seshadri, sitar

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 7:30 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
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Sitar master Pandit Kartik Seshadri will present a performance of classical Indian ragas, accompanied by tabla player Pandit Arup Chattopadhyay. 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 "expressive beauty, rich tonal sensibility and rhythmic intricacy."

Parking is free on weekends.

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King Yue Li, piano

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free
Self Supported Event
Event sponsor: Siu Hei Lee


King Yue Li (Hong Kong/Philadelphia) will present piano music by Department of Music graduate composer Xavier Beteta, Claude Debussy and Frederic Chopin, among others.

Winner of the Japan-Hong Kong International Music Competition and the Hong Kong-Asia Piano Open Competition, King Yue traveled across the United States, Germany and Hong Kong to perform in solo piano recitals, chamber ensemble concerts and harpsichord salons. Born in Hong Kong, King Yue is currently completing his master's degree in piano performance at Temple University. 

Before pursuing postgraduate studies in the USA, King Yue’s talent had been recognized in his Hong Kong hometown. He was the top prizewinner of prestigious competitions such as the Hong Kong Youth Culture & Art Development Association’s Competition and the Hong Kong (Asia Pacific) Piano Competition. Taking advantage of the continual British influence in Hong Kong music education, King Yue obtained piano certifications such as the Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (LRSM, 2009) and the Fellowship of the Trinity College London (FTCL, 2011). As a result of his academic and pianistic achievements, he received scholarships from the Hong Kong Government, Au Bak Ling Charity Trust, and the Temple University.

Beyond performance, King Yue is also a specialist in education. He holds an education degree with First Class Honor and has given private lessons for nine years.

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WEDS@7 Takae Ohnishi, harpsichord

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
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Acclaimed harpsichordist and UC San Diego lecturer Takae Ohnishi will present a night of music by Professor Lei Liang and Johann Sebastian Bach as part of the Department of Music's ongoing Wednesdays@7 concert series.

Alongside guests Missy Lukin from Quartet Nouveau and Zou Yu (violin), Chi-Yuan Chen (viola) and Chia-Ling Chien (cello) from the San Diego Symphony, Ohnishi will present the following program:

  • Garden Eight: Earth / East by Liang

  • Toccata in G minor, BWV 915 (for harpsichord) by Bach

  • Lakescape III by Liang

  • Winged Creatures by Liang

  • Violin and Harpsichord, BWV 1018 by Bach

  • Some Empty Thoughts of a Person from Edo by Liang

  • Parts for a Floating Space by Liang

  • Sonata in G minor, BWV 1029 (for viola and harpsichord) by Bach


Additional Description:

The UC San Diego Department of Music's ongoing Wednesdays@7 concert series continues with a performance by acclaimed harpsichordist and UC San Diego lecturer Takae Ohnishi. Ohnishi has performed extensively as a soloist, chamber musician and continuo player. The Gramophone praised her recording of the Goldberg Variations, commenting, “Ohnishi’s brilliant artistry immerses the listener in the creative and emotional narratives Bach unfolds with incomparable mastery.”

Held in UC San Diego's Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, Ohnishi's performance will feature the Department of Music's beautiful Marc Ducornet French Flemish harpsichord.

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Computer Music Focus: Gil Weinberg

Thursday, April 27th, 2017 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


The Computer Music Focus lecture series will continue with a presentation by Gil Weinberg.

Robotic Musicianship at Georgia Tech

Abstract: The Robotic Musicianship Group at Georgia Tech aims to facilitate meaningful musical interactions between humans and machines, leading to novel musical experiences and outcomes. In our research we combine computational modeling approaches for music perception, interaction, and improvisation, with novel approaches for generating acoustic responses in physical, social, and embodied manner. The motivation for this work is based on the hypothesis that real-time collaboration between human and robotic players can capitalize on the combination of their unique strengths to produce new and compelling music. Our goal is to combine human qualities such as musical expression and emotions with robotic traits such as powerful processing, mechanical virtuosity, the ability to perform sophisticated algorithmic transformations, and the capacity to utilize embodied musical cognition, where the robotic body shapes its musical cognition. The talk will feature a number of approaches we have explored for perceptual modeling, improvisation, path planning, and gestural interaction with robotic platforms such as Haile, Shimon, Shimi and the robotic drumming prosthesis.


Additional Description:

Weinberg is the founding director of the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, where he established the M.S. and Ph.D. programs in music technology. He is a professor in the School of Music and an adjunct professor in the School of Interactive Computing. Weinberg's research aims at expanding musical expression, creativity and learning through meaningful applications of technology. His research interests include robotic musicianship, new instruments for musical expression, mobile music and sonification. During his tenure at Georgia Tech, he has published more than 50 peer-reviewed papers and seven patent applications. Based on his recent inventions – a set of musical applications that allow novices to create music in expressive and intuitive manners – he has founded a startup company – ZOOZ Mobile – whose products have been downloaded by close to two million users. 

Weinberg's music has been featured at festivals and concerts such as Ars Electronica and SIGGRAPH, and with orchestras such as Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the National Irish Symphony Orchestra and the Scottish BBC Symphony. His interactive musical installations have been presented in museums like the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Museum and the Boston Children's Museum. With his improvising robotic musicians, Haile and Shimon, he has traveled worldwide, featuring dozens of concerts and presentations in festivals and conferences such as SIGGRAPH, DLD, and the World Economic Forum in Davos. Weinberg received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT and his B.A. from the Interdisciplinary Program for Fostering Excellence in Tel Aviv University.

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Judith Hamann and Anthea Caddy, cellists

Thursday, April 27th, 2017 7:00 pm

WLH Studio A

Free


Cellist Jutith Hamann presents her graduate recital on Thursday, April 27 at 7 p.m.
Anthea Caddy and Judith Hamann create an immersive performance experience, exploring the acoustic capacities of two cellos through electroacoustic spatialisation, durational listening and site specific use of room tone.

Using amplification to identify microscopic and subtle nuances of the cello, this project develops works that identify a combination of pitch and resonance, positioning them within an expanded context of temporality, and deep immersion for the audience. Focused in part on durational listening over the course of concerts that are a over an hour in length, this project develops seemingly simple sounds into an increasingly complex and engaging sound world, as the cellists navigate and magnify the minute details of two cellos interacting. Anthea and Judith use spatialised amplification to tune the acoustics of site specific performance spaces, creating an environment where the works submerge the listener, suspending and extending their sense of time and space. The space itself is darkened, creating a unique experience where the work is presented as an intersection point between performance and installation, with the audience able to move through and alter their perspective throughout the work.

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Kyle Adam Blair, piano - Graduate Recital

Friday, April 28th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Kyle Adam Blair presents: COMMUNE

Pianist Kyle Adam Blair invites vibraphonist Berndt Thurner to premiere Stuart Saunders Smith's chamber vibraphone concerto entitled Commune, a 90-minute work composed for soloist and an ensemble featuring a violin, cello, string bass, flute, soprano saxophone, piano, and two percussionists.

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Siu Hei Lee, piano

Saturday, April 29th, 2017 4:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free
Self Supported Event


Graduate pianist Siu Hei Lee presents a family, kids and infant-friendly piano recital. The program will last for 35 minutes only and will feature:

Fireflies by Amy Beach

Ballade No. 1 by Frederic Chopin

Piano Sonata No. 28, Op. 101 by Ludwig van Beethoven

Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. The performance will begin at 4 p.m.

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Fiona Digney, percussion - Graduate Recital

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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⫸SPACE ⦂ PLACE⫷

Australian percussionist and Department of Music graduate student Fiona Digney presents an evening of music exploring space and place: architectural spaces, sonic landscapes, acoustical phenomena and psychological geographies. From the contemplative listening of John Cage’s 4’33”, the shimmering reflections of Alvin Lucier’s Silver Streetcar of the Orchestra and the earthy power of Iannis Xenakis’ Rebonds to the encompassing ethereal landscape of John Luther Adams’ Four Thousand Holes, Digney, with special guest Mari Kawamura, explores the spaces and places we occupy, and how these are created, represented and experienced through music.

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WEDS@7 Anthony Burr & Thomas Meadowcroft

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
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Associate Professor Anthony Burr and guest composer Thomas Meadowcroft will present a concert featuring three of Meadowcroft's recent works. Bur and Meadowcroft will be joined onstage by several of the Department of Music's current graduate students, including Fiona Digney, Benjamin Rempel, Rachel BeetzTodd Moellenberg and alumnus Dustin Donahue. The program will include performances of The Great Knot, Medieval Rococo and the United States premiere of a new work for pedal steel guitar and electronics.

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ArtPower St. Lawrence String Quartet

Friday, May 5th, 2017 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

An ArtPower presentation.
Tickets handled by
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Ticket information: 858-534-TIXS (8497)


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ArtPower presents a performance by the St. Lawrence String Quartet.

Back by popular demand, the “witty, buoyant, and widely attentive” (The Gazette, Montreal) St. Lawrence String Quartet has developed an undisputed reputation as a world-class chamber ensemble. Serving as ensemble-in-residence at Stanford University since 1998, the quartet continues to build their reputation for imaginative and spontaneous music making through an energetic commitment to the established quartet literature, as well as the championing of new works by composers like John Adams, Osvaldo Golijov, Ezequiel Viñao and Jonathan Berger.

The quartet's program will include:

  • Second Quartet by John Adams

  • String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135 by Ludwig van Beethoven

  • String Quartet No. 1, Op. 112 by Camille Saint-Saëns

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

Saturday, May 6th, 2017 7:30 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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


Guest conductor Michael Gerdes will lead the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus in a performance of:

  • Concerto for Flute by Carl Nielsen

  • Biennale Snapshots by Vivian Fung (U.S. premiere)

  • Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky

This performance will feature guest flutist Carlos Aguilar, the 2015 Young Artists winner.

Continuing the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus' season theme of music created during the midpoint of composers' careers, guest composer Michael Gerdes will lead the perennial favorite Pictures at an Exhibition, composed when Modest Mussorgsky was 35 years old. That should have been the midpoint of a great career, but–tragically–Mussorgsky was dead only seven years later. The La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Young Artists first place winner Carlos Aguilar will perform Carl Nielsen’s Flute Concerto, a very playful (and very funny) piece of music. Vivian Fung offers her own set of “pictures” in a colorful musical response to works of public art from the 2014-16 Vancouver Art Biennale.

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

Sunday, May 7th, 2017 2:00 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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


Guest conductor Michael Gerdes will lead the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus in a performance of:

  • Concerto for Flute by Carl Nielsen

  • Biennale Snapshots by Vivian Fung (U.S. premiere)

  • Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky

This performance will feature guest flutist Carlos Aguilar (2015 Young Artists Winner).

Continuing the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus' season theme of music created during the midpoint of composers' careers, guest composer Michael Gerdes will lead the perennial favorite Pictures at an Exhibition, composed when Modest Mussorgsky was 35 years old. That should have been the midpoint of a great career, but–tragically–Mussorgsky was dead only seven years later. The La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Young Artists first place winner Carlos Aguilar will perform Carl Nielsen’s Flute Concerto, a very playful (and very funny) piece of music. Vivian Fung offers her own set of “pictures” in a colorful musical response to works of public art from the 2014-16 Vancouver Art Biennale.

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WEDS@7 kallisti Presents Chamber Opera

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
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kallisti presents an evening of one-act operas

kallisti will premiere its eighth chamber opera on May 10, 2017 as part of the Department of Music's Wednesdays@7 concert series. The double bill will feature performances of Francis Poulenc's La Voix Humaine and two short works by American minimalist composer Tom Johnson.

Since its formation in 2009, kallisti has regularly presented chamber operas and vocal chamber music performances. Housed at UC San Diego, kallisti is led by Artistic Director Susan Narucki and features current Department of Music graduate students working in collaboration with distinguished guest artists.

Written in 1958 to a libretto by Jeau Cocteau, La Voix Humaine focuses on the final phone call that marks the end of a relationship. Set for solo soprano, the 40-minute work is a detailed psychological portrait that includes music of heartbreaking beauty. The kallisti production features Hillary Jean Young and pianist Kyle Adam Blair. Narucki directs, with assistance from Celeste Oram.

In Johnson's two absurd, comedic miniatures Dryer and Drawers, unnamed characters attempt to communicate with each other while performing simple tasks. Hindered by the musical processes of repetition and gradual growth, their humorous interactions offer a glimpse into a farcical world governed by mechanized order. Graduate student and baritone Jonathan Nussman directs both pieces and takes the lead in Dryer alongside soprano Lauren Jones, while soprano Kirsten Ashley Wiest performs Drawers. Pianist Ran Duan provides musical accompaniment for both Johnson pieces. Both works feature lighting design by Jessica C. Flores and costume design by Annie Le.

Additional performances will be held in the Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater on May 12 and 13, both at 7 p.m.

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kallisti Presents Chamber Opera

Friday, May 12th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
Purchase Online


 

kallisti presents an evening of one-act operas

kallisti will premiere its eighth chamber opera on May 10, 2017 as part of the Department of Music's Wednesdays@7 concert series. The double bill will feature performances of Francis Poulenc's La Voix Humaine and two short works by American minimalist composer Tom Johnson.

Since its formation in 2009, kallisti has regularly presented chamber operas and vocal chamber music performances. Housed at UC San Diego, kallisti is led by Artistic Director Susan Narucki and features current Department of Music graduate students working in collaboration with distinguished guest artists.

Written in 1958 to a libretto by Jeau Cocteau, La Voix Humaine focuses on the final phone call that marks the end of a relationship. Set for solo soprano, the 40-minute work is a detailed psychological portrait that includes music of heartbreaking beauty. The kallisti production features Hillary Jean Young and pianist Kyle Adam Blair. Narucki directs, with assistance from Celeste Oram.

In Johnson's two absurd, comedic miniatures Dryer and Drawers, unnamed characters attempt to communicate with each other while performing simple tasks. Hindered by the musical processes of repetition and gradual growth, their humorous interactions offer a glimpse into a farcical world governed by mechanized order. Graduate student and baritone Jonathan Nussman directs both pieces and takes the lead in Dryer alongside soprano Lauren Jones, while soprano Kirsten Ashley Wiest performs Drawers. Pianist Ran Duan provides musical accompaniment for both Johnson pieces. Both works feature lighting design by Jessica C. Flores and costume design by Annie Le.

The final performance will be held in the Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater on May 13 at 7 p.m.

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kallisti Presents Chamber Opera

Saturday, May 13th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
Purchase Online


 

kallisti presents an evening of one-act operas

kallisti will premiere its eighth chamber opera on May 10, 2017 as part of the Department of Music's Wednesdays@7 concert series. The double bill will feature performances of Francis Poulenc's La Voix Humaine and two short works by American minimalist composer Tom Johnson.

Since its formation in 2009, kallisti has regularly presented chamber operas and vocal chamber music performances. Housed at UC San Diego, kallisti is led by Artistic Director Susan Narucki and features current Department of Music graduate students working in collaboration with distinguished guest artists.

Written in 1958 to a libretto by Jeau Cocteau, La Voix Humaine focuses on the final phone call that marks the end of a relationship. Set for solo soprano, the 40-minute work is a detailed psychological portrait that includes music of heartbreaking beauty. The kallisti production features Hillary Jean Young and pianist Kyle Adam Blair. Narucki directs, with assistance from Celeste Oram.

In Johnson's two absurd, comedic miniatures Dryer and Drawers, unnamed characters attempt to communicate with each other while performing simple tasks. Hindered by the musical processes of repetition and gradual growth, their humorous interactions offer a glimpse into a farcical world governed by mechanized order. Graduate student and baritone Jonathan Nussman directs both pieces and takes the lead in Dryer alongside soprano Lauren Jones, while soprano Kirsten Ashley Wiest performs Drawers. Pianist Ran Duan provides musical accompaniment for both Johnson pieces. Both works feature lighting design by Jessica C. Flores and costume design by Annie Le.

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Camera Lucida

Monday, May 15th, 2017 7:30 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

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


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Camera Lucida is a chamber music collaboration between four musicians with diverse backgrounds. Created by a generous gift from the Sam B. Ersan Chamber Music Fund, Camera Lucida is a unique project matching masterpieces of the chamber music repertoire with a group of world-class instrumentalists who happen to call San Diego home.

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

Camera Lucida's program will include:

  • Sonata for Piano and Cello in F major, Opus 5 Nr. 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven

  • String Trio by Arnold Schoenberg

  • Piano Quartet in E-flat major, Opus 87 by Antonin Dvorak

No late seating.

Limited free student tickets available at the door.

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


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

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WEDS@7 red fish blue fish

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
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UC San Diego's own percussion ensemble red fish blue fish return for another performance in the Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater. The ensemble's program will include:

  • Rebonds by Iannis Xenakis

  • Aura by Anna Thorvaldsdottir

  • Six legs and an amphibious state of mind by Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh (world premiere)

  • Darkness by Franco Donatoni

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Tobin Chodos, composer - Graduate Recital

Thursday, May 18th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


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Doctoral candidate Tobin Chodos will present a solo piano concert featuring the music of Los Angeles-based composer Micah Kerenzvi.

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Hesam Abedini and Niloufar Shiri - Honors Recital

Friday, May 19th, 2017 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Department of Music undergraduate honors students Hesam Abedini and Niloufar Shiri will present their honors composition recital at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 19 in the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall. The recital will feature performances by Department of Music graduate students Joshua Charney (piano), Sean Dowgray (percussion), Judith Hamann (cello), Lauren Jones (soprano), Michael Matsuno (flute), Kyle Motl (double bass), Ryan Nestor (percussion) and Jonathan Nussman (baritone).

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Yvette Jackson - Graduate Recital

Friday, May 19th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Composer Yvette Jackson will present her graduate recital at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 19 in the Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater. Jackson's program will feature improvisations performed by soprano Malesha Jessie Taylor, graduate cellist Judith Hamann, graduate bassist Tommy Babin, as well as the premiere of Jackson's latest multichannel radio opera Swan II: Journey to Freedom.

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Michael Cohn, piano - Honors Recital

Saturday, May 20th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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Department of Music undergraduate honors pianist Michael Cohn will present his honors recital at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 20 in the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall. Cohn's program will include:

  • Prelude and Fugue No. 24 in B minor, BWV 893 by Johann Sebastian Bach

  • Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90 by Ludwig van Beethoven

  • Polonaise in F-sharp minor, Op. 44 by Frederic Chopin

  • Prelude in G minor, Op. 23, No. 5 by Sergei Rachmaninoff

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Stephen Lewis, piano - Graduate Recital

Sunday, May 21st, 2017 4:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Composer Stephen Lewis will present his graduate recital at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 21 in the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall. Lewis' program will include music by Luciano Berio, Johannes Brahms, Claude Debussy and Ludwig van Beethoven.

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Joshua Charney, piano - Graduate Recital

Monday, May 22nd, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Josh Charney presents selected scenes from his chamber opera Bula Matari: Breaker of Rocks, the true story of British explorer Henry Morton Stanley’s tumultuous expedition through the African Congo into the Sudan. This is in collaboration with MFA directing student Will Detlefsen. The evening also features the premiere of Charney’s piece for flute and fixed media, Water Round #1, performed by Michael Matsuno

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Dr. Richard Kogan: Music and Melancholy

Monday, May 22nd, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free, ticketed event.
Register online: https://hrweb.ucsd.edu/ra/


The Department of Music will host an event in collaboration with the John A Majda, MD Fund and the UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry as part of the 2017 American Psychological Association's annual conference. Dr. Richard Kogan, who works as a concert pianist, a clinical professor of psychiatry at Cornell Weill University and the artistic director of the Cornell Music and Medicine program, will present Tchaikovsky: Music and Melancholy, a lecture and performance analyzing the mental illness and presumed suicide of the great Russian composer P.I. Tchaikovsky. 

Dr. Kogan trained as a concert pianist at Juilliard School of Music before majoring in music and attending medical school at Harvard University.  He will be speaking and playing for the American Association of Psychiatrists at their annual general meeting to be held in San Diego in May.

Admission is free, but RSVPs are required. Please visit https://hrweb.ucsd.edu/ra/ to RSVP.

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Distinguished Lecture Series: Martha Feldman

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 4:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


The Department of Music's Distinguished Lecture Series is proud to present a lecture by Martha Feldman, a Mabel Green Myers professor of music and the humanities at the University of Chicago's Department of Music. Feldman will present a lecture titled, The Castrato Phantom: Moreschi, Fellini, and the Sacred Vernacular in Rome on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 4 p.m. in the Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall. A light reception will follow.

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Ryan Welsh, composer - Graduate Dissertation Recital

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 6:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


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Composer Ryan Welsh will present his graduate dissertation recital at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24 in the Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater. Welsh's performance will include the world premiere of his new work String Quartet No. 1: Convergences for string quartet and electronics, as well as a performance of Lattices, Cobwebs, Tunnels and Spirals for solo piano.

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WEDS@7 Carlson and Karis

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
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Distinguished Professor Aleck Karis and Assistant Professor Erik Carlson will present a concert as part of the Department of Music's ongoing Wednesdays@7 concert series. The duo's program will consist of works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Milton Babbitt, Eva-Maria Houben and Johannes Brahms. The complete program will feature:

  • Sonata in F minor by Johann Sebastian Bach

  • Little Goes a Long Way by Milton Babbitt

  • Wind's Whispering Words by Eva-Maria Houben

  • Sonata in G major, Op. 78 by Johannes Brahms

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Computer Music Focus: James Fei

Thursday, May 25th, 2017 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


The Computer Music Focus series continues with a lecture presented by composer and performer James Fei.

Klangumnwandlers and Optical Oscillators: On Working with Some Historic Electronic Instruments

Without really planning on it, I have over the years developed a series of works that is part historical investigation and part creative challenge. I was always curious about some of the more unusual inventions in electronic music history that were mentioned fleetingly and rarely heard – how did something like Theremin's Rythmicon, with its synchronized rhythmic and harmonic ratios, actually work, and what did it sound like? In this talk I will discuss my compositional approach and the operation of some of these instruments, including the ANS, the original Buchla modular system, the Bode Frequency Shifter, and Michel Waisvisz's Crackle Synthesizer.

James Fei (b. Taipei, Taiwan) moved to the U.S. in 1992 to study electrical engineering. He has since been active as a composer and performer on saxophones and live electronics. Works by Fei have been performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble, Bang on a Can All-Stars, MATA Micro Orchestra and Noord-Hollands Philharmonisch Orkest. Recordings can be found on Leo Records, Improvised Music from Japan, CRI, Krabbesholm and Organized Sound. Compositions for Fei's own ensemble of four alto saxophones focus on physical processes of saliva, fatigue, reeds crippled by cuts and the threshold of audible sound production, while his sound installations and performance on live electronics often focus on feedback. He was a recipient of the 2014 award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Fei has taught at Mills College in Oakland since 2006, where he is John and Martha Davidson Associate Professor of Electronic Arts and Head of the Art and Technology Program.

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Undergraduate Forum Performance

Thursday, May 25th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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Undergraduate majors of the Department of Music present their first FORUM performance on Thursday, May 25.  The concert will feature performances and compositions by: Dana Marie Chan, Michael Cohn, Johnny D'Agostini, David Dong, Chris Gross, Julian Haddad, Alec Hamilton, Elliot Han, Michael Hayes, Jonathan Connor Hughes, Natalie Kanga, Ian Martin, Peter McInnis, Marc Olsher, Brandon Paulson, Varun Rangaswamy, Nicole Yixuan Shao, Alberto Vargas, and Sherry Zheng.

Please note that this event has moved to the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall.  Performance begins at 7:00 p.m.

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ArtPower presents Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company

Thursday, May 25th, 2017 8:00 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

An ArtPower presentation.
Tickets handled by
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Ticket information: 858-534-TIXS (8497)


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ArtPower will present a performance by the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.

The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company was born out of an 11-year collaboration between Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane, who passed away in 1988. During this time, the two dancers redefined the duet form and foreshadowed issues of identity, form and social commentary that would change the face of American dance. The Company has performed worldwide in over 200 cities in 40 countries on every major continent and is recognized as one of the most innovative and powerful forces in the dance-theater world.

The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company returns to UC San Diego with Play and Play: An Evening of Movement and Dance, which includes two works—D-Man in the Waters and Story/. Both will be accompanied by live music.

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MUS 33C Final Recording

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 2:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


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Students enrolled in the MUS 33C: Introduction to Composition III course will present their final recordings.

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Marc Olsher, double bass - Honors Recital

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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Bass player Marc Olsher will present his undergraduate honors recital at 7 p.m. on May 31, 2017 in the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall.

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Jury Concert: Integrative Studies

Thursday, June 1st, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


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Integrative Studies students will present their end-of-quarter juries concert.

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UC San Diego Gospel Choir

Thursday, June 1st, 2017 8:00 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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

Will Call tickets will be available for pickup in the Mandeville Auditorium lobby one hour prior to the concert's scheduled start. Tickets will also be available for purchase in the lobby prior to the concert start.

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MUS 131 Advanced Improvisation

Friday, June 2nd, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


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Students enrolled in the MUS 131: Advanced Improvisation course will present their end-of-quarter concert.

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MUS 103C Undergraduate Juries

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 10:00 am

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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Undergraduate students enrolled in the MUS 103C: Seminar in Composition III course will present their end-of-quarter juries concert.

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Dana Marie Chan, piano

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free
Self Supported Event


Undergraduate music student Dana Marie Chan will present her solo piano recital at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 3 in the Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall.

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Ryan Matsumura, senior recital

Sunday, June 4th, 2017 2:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free
Self Supported Event


Undergraduate student Ryan Matsumura will present his senior recital on Sunday, June 4 at 2 p.m. in the Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater.

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Piano Students

Sunday, June 4th, 2017 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Event Program (PDF)

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

Michael Cohn (Bach's Prelude and Fugue in b minor)
Matthew Rice (Bach's Prelude and Fugue in F# Major & selections from Prokoviev's Visions fugitives, Op. 22)
Chia-yu Chang (Mozart's Piano Sonata in A Major, K. 331, Andante grazioso)
Ziyi Gao (Beethoven's Piano Sonata in C Major, Op. 2, No. 3, Allegro con brio)
Jad Barrere (Mendelssohn's Rondo Capriccioso op. 14 and Barber's Excursions op. 20 no. 3, Allegretto)
and Kyle Adam Blair (Ferneyhough's Opus Contra Naturam (A Shadow Play), I - Pensieroso, vacilando, and selections from Poulenc's Les soireés des Nazelles)

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Monday Night Jazz: 95JC Jazz Ensembles

Monday, June 5th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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

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Chamber Orchestra

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Under the direction of Matthew Kline, the UC San Diego Chamber Orchestra will perform its spring course concert in the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall.

Danzón No. 2 - Arturo Márquez

Un Sourire - Olivier Messiaen 
- Sean Dowgray and Dan King - Mallet Soloists

Le Nozze di Figaro (Selections) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- Overture
- Porgi, amor, qualche ristoro
- Voi, che sapete
- Hai gia vinta la causa
- L'ho perduta, me meschina
- Giunse alfin il momento
- Scena Ultima

Mozart Vocal Soloists:
Susanna – Kirsten Ashley Wiest
Countess – Hillary Jean Young
Cherubino – Ashley Wahlstrom
Barbarina – Lauren Jones
Marcellina – Susan Narucki
Basilio – Nathan Daum
Don Curzio – Sean McCormac 
Count – Jonathan Nussman 
Antonio – Kyle Rowan
Bartolo – Samuel Chan
Figaro - Phil Larson

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95W Indian Music Students

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Under the direction of Kartik Seshadri, the students of 95W: World Music Ensembles will perform in the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall.

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MUS 32/132 Guitar Students

Thursday, June 8th, 2017 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free
Self Supported Event
Sponsor: Pablo Gomez-Cano



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Singers and Choirs, 95CK

Thursday, June 8th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Students enrolled in the 95C: Concert Choir and 95K: Chamber Singers courses will perform under the instruction of Professor Philip Larson.

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Wind Ensemble

Thursday, June 8th, 2017 8:00 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $5.50
Students : Free with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
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Students enrolled in the 95L: Wind Ensemble course will perform under the instruction of graduate pianist Kyle Adam Blair.

Festive Overture, Op. 96 (1954) - Dmitri Shostakovich
(arr. Donald Hunsberger)

Symphony in B-flat for Band (1951) - Paul Hindemith
I. Moderately fast, with vigor
II. Andantino grazioso / Fast and gay
III. Fugue

No Lantern Burns Long in this Cavity (2017) - Kyle Adam Blair
*world premiere

Percussion Concerto (1994) - Joseph Schwantner
(arr. Andrew Boysen)
I. Con forza
II. In Memoriam. Misterioso
III. Ritmico con moto (with restrained energy), con forza
James Beauton, percussion soloist

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Chamber Ensembles

Friday, June 9th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Students enrolled in the MUS 130: Chamber Music Performance course will perform under the instruction of faculty member Takae Ohnishi.

(For the full concert program, please click on the image on the left.)


Additional Description:

String Quartet, “American” – Allegro ma non troppo  - Antonin DvoÅ™ák (1841-1904)
Leanne Chen, violin 
Graceful Lee, violin
Kevin Chen, viola
Cory Lin, cello


Lachrymae, Excerpts - Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Nan Yi, viola
Qingqing Wang, piano


Divertimenti 3, KV. Anh. 229 – No. 1, Allegro / No. 2, Adagio / No. 5, Rondo - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Ha Yeon Kim, first clarinet
Daphne He, second clarinet
Violoncello: Andrew Choi, cello


Piano Quartet Op.25 – Rondo alla Zingarese - Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Yeeun Kim, violin
Emily Ng, viola
Julianne Chen, cello
Walter Chang, piano


Sonata in E Minor, K. 304 – Allegro - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Amir Moheimani, piano
Jacqueline Guy, violin


Four songs for voice and violin, Op. 35 – II and III - Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
Weilin Neo, soprano
Jacqueline Guy, violin


Violons Dans Le Soir - Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
Weilin Neo, soprano
Amir Moheimani, piano
Jacqueline Guy, violin


String Quartet No.1 Op.11 – Andante Cantabile / Scherzo - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Celeste Maya, violin
Caitlin Murphy, violin
Stephanie Cheng, viola
Yingqi Chen, cello


Trio for Flute, Clarinet, and Bassoon, Op. 32 – Rondo / Andante grazioso - Kaspar Kummer
(1895-1970)
scored by Thomas Goss
Jane Wu, flute
Hannah Hwang, clarinet
Neha Shah, bassoon


Trio for two flutes and cello – Allegro Moderato / Andante / Rondo Allegretto - Carl Stamiz (1746-1801)
Erica Liao, flute
Seema Ahmed, flute
Alisa Kim, cello


Piano Trio – Movement I - Ernest Chausson (1855-1899)
Charlotte Armstrong, violin
Giuliana Sidhu, cello
Remi Ha, piano


Piano Quartet Op.23 Allegro Moderato - Antonin DvoÅ™ák
Eun Lee, violin
Hanna Roan, viola
Angela Kang, cello
Seonmin Hwang, piano


Danse Macabre, Op.40 - Camille Saint-Saëns
Mitchell Kong, first piano
Yiming Kang, second piano

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Maggie Joshi, Alexander Chuk and Vincent Nguyen, senior recital - voice

Saturday, June 10th, 2017 2:30 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free
Self Supported event
Sponsor: Jonathan Nussman


Maggie Joshi, Alexander Chuk and Vincent Nguyen will present their senior recital at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 10 in the Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall.

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

Saturday, June 10th, 2017 7:30 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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


Event Program (PDF)

David Chase will conduct the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus in a performance of:

  • Beatrice and Benedict by Hector Berlioz

  • Verklärte Nacht by Arnold Schoenberg

  • The Lovers by Samuel Barber

Love gone awry, love gone bad, love gone very well indeed. David Chase concludes his 43-year tenure as the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus' Choral Director with a program inspired by love in its many faces. Berlioz’s take on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing has delighted audiences everywhere, Schoenberg’s macabre love story haunted Viennese audiences and Barber’s explicit settings shocked Philadelphians at its premiere.

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

Sunday, June 11th, 2017 2:00 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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


Event Program (PDF)

David Chase will conduct the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus in a performance of:

  • Beatrice and Benedict by Hector Berlioz

  • Verklärte Nacht by Arnold Schoenberg

  • The Lovers by Samuel Barber

Love gone awry, love gone bad, love gone very well indeed. David Chase concludes his 43-year tenure as the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus' Choral Director with a program inspired by love in its many faces. Berlioz’s take on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing has delighted audiences everywhere, Schoenberg’s macabre love story haunted Viennese audiences and Barber’s explicit settings shocked Philadelphians at its premiere.

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32VM Vocal Master Class

Sunday, June 11th, 2017 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Students enrolled in the MUS 32VM: Vocal Masterclass course will perform under the instruction of Jonathan Nussman

(Please click on the image on the left for full program information.)


Additional Description:

Tell me on a Sunday (Song and Dance) - Andrew Lloyd Webber (b. 1948)
Zyczenie - Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Teagan Rutkowski, mezzo-soprano

Tu lo sai - Giuseppe Torelli (1658-1709)
Not While I’m Around (Sweeney Todd) - Stephen Sondheim (b.1930)
Ethan Coston, baritone

Pur dicesti, o bocca bella - Antonio Lotti (1667-1740)
Losing my mind (Follies) - Stephen Sondheim (b. 1930)
Martha Hartt, soprano

Under the Greenwood Tree - Roger Quilter (1877-1953)
I’m Falling in Love With Some One (Naughty Marietta) - Victor Herbert (1859-1924)
Adrian Chan, baritone

Love’s Philosophy - Roger Quilter (1877-1953)
Deh vieni, non tardar (Le nozze di Figaro)  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Maggie Joshi, soprano

Adieu - Gabriel Fauré (1877-1962)
Empty Chairs at Empty Tables (Les Misérables)  - Claude-Michel Schönberg (b. 1944)
Vincent Nguyen, baritone

Non più andrai (Le nozze di Figaro)  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Berceuse / Songs My Mother Taught Me - Charles Ives (1874-1954)
Alexander Chuck, baritone

Take, O take those lips away - Peter Warlock (1894-1930)
An die Laute - Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
I Remember (Evening Primrose)  - Stephen Sondheim (b. 1930)
Miranda Evans, mezzo-soprano

Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön (Die Zauberflöte)  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
O Mistress Mine - Roger Quilter (1877-1953)
Ombra mai fu (Serse)  - George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Warren Bacal, tenor

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Best of ICAM

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Event Program (PDF)

ICAM students present their end-of-year projects for The Best of ICAM.

Event timeline at the Conrad Prebys Music Center: 

4-6 PM  Installations and booths: Experimental Theater (CPMC 122)
5-6 PM  Reception: North Courtyard
6-8 PM  Presentations: Recital Hall (CPMC 127)


Additional Description:

Tuesday, June 12th:

2-5  ICAM Vis walkthrough at the Kamil Gallery in Mandeville

4-6  ICAM Music student projects in the CPMC North Courtyard

4-8  ICAM Music installations in CPMC 122

5-6  Pan-ICAM reception in the CPMC North Courtyard, with food and refreshments

6-8  ICAM Music presentations in CPMC 127

 

 

Installations (in 122, 4-8 PM):

  • Elizaveta Onatsko
  • Hongjing Zhu
  • Josh Gomez
  • Todd Everett

Booths (in the North Courtyard, 4-6 PM):

  • Christopher Carrillo
  • Cindy Ly
  • Helen Zhou
  • Jingjie Gao
  • Jonah Paraiso
  • Kim Jin
  • Lenis Kim
  • Mai Dinh
  • Max Catozzi
  • Meghan Kennedy

Presentations (in 127, 6-8 PM.  Roughly 10 minutes each, in this order):

  • Lenis Kim
  • Kevin Di Bella
  • Elizabeth Lee
  • Kristanya Oen
  • Brad Stevenson
  • Mai Dinh
  • Junseok Shim
  • Gabrielle Jarrett
  • Tetsutarou Shimoda
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Xavier Beteta, composer - Graduate Recital

Friday, June 16th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Event Program (PDF)

Graduate composer and pianist Xavier Beteta will present his graduate recital at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 16, 2017 in the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall.

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OPENING NIGHT: Fiddles vs. Pianos

Friday, August 4th, 2017 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

For ticket information go to La Jolla Music Society or call 858.459.3728.


La Jolla Music Society | SUMMERFEST 2017

OPENING NIGHT: Fiddles vs. Pianos

An evening of musical fireworks and spectacular artistry as world-renowned violinists and celebrated pianists strut their stuff. Will there be a winner? Be there to find out! 

PROKOFIEV Sonata for Two Violins in C Major, Op. 56 
SARASATE Navarra, Op. 33 
SHOSTAKOVICH Galop from Cheryomushki 
BIZET/MILONE Carmen Fantasy for Four Violins and Double Bass 
SCHOENFIELD Boogie for Piano-4 Hands 
MENDELSSOHN Andante and Allegro Brilliant for Piano-4 Hands, Op. 92 
RACHMANINOFF Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos, Op. 17
 

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Open Rehearsal: Daniel Ching

Saturday, August 5th, 2017 12:20 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free Event! No late seating.


OPEN REHEARSAL
Special Guest: Daniel Ching

12:10 PM DOORS OPEN
12:20 PM REHEARSAL STARTS

Olli Mustonen and Miró Quartet rehearse Mustonen’s Piano Quintet

Doors will open 10 minutes prior to the start time listed below for each rehearsal. These are working rehearsals and no entry is allowed once they have begun.

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From Prague with Love

Saturday, August 5th, 2017 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

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La Jolla Music Society | SUMMERFEST 2017 

FROM PRAGUE WITH LOVE 

Parisian glamour meets Eastern Europe’s romantic mysticism in this luscious program of Chopin, DvoÅ™ák and Lutoslawski’s Variations on Theme of Paganini for Two Pianos, played by piano duo sensations, twin sisters, Christina and Michelle Naughton. 

BALAKIREV Islamey 
DVOŘÁK Cigánské Melodie (Gypsy Songs), Op. 55 
CHOPIN Rondo for Two Pianos in C Major, Op. 73 
LUTOSLAWSKI Variations on Theme of Paganini for Two Pianos 
DVOŘÁK Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81

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Genius from Finland: Olli Mustonen

Sunday, August 6th, 2017 3:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

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La Jolla Music Society | SUMMERFEST 2017

GENUIS FROM FINLAND: Olli Mustonen

Evoking the era of virtuoso composer-pianists Liszt and Rachmaninoff, Finnish genius Olli Mustonen spans two centuries in this scintillating program of Beethoven and his own brilliant quintet.

MUSTONEN    Nonet No. 2
BEETHOVEN    Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 “Apassionata”
BEETHOVEN    Piano Sonata in A Major, Op. 2, No. 2
MUSTONEN    Piano Quintet

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Open Rehearsal: DaXun Zhang

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 12:20 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free Event! No late seating.


OPEN REHEARSAL
Special Guest: DaXun Zhang

12:40 PM DOORS OPEN
12:50 PM REHEARSAL STARTS

Glenn Dicterow, Chee-Yun, Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, Edward Arron and DaXun Zhang rehearse Dvorák’s Quintet for Strings and Bass in G Major, Op. 77

Doors will open 10 minutes prior to the start time listed below for each rehearsal. These are working rehearsals and no entry is allowed once they have begun.

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In the Heart of Hungary

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

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La Jolla Music Society | SUMMERFEST 2017

IN THE HEART OF HUNGARY

Plush – Liszt’s Grand Duo
Earthy – Kodaly’s Duo for Violin and Cello
Profound – Bartók’s String Quartet No. 4:

Music to salute the heart and spirit of an enchanted place.

LISZT    Grand Duo Concertant sur le ‘Le marin’, S.128
KODÁLY    Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7
BARTÓK    Village Scenes, SZ78
BARTÓK    String Quartet No. 4

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The Power of Five

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

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La Jolla Music Society | SUMMERFEST 2017

THE POWER OF FIVE

One night, three quintets spanning centuries, that will broaden sonic frontiers. Beethoven’s sole string quintet is operatic in its scope. DvoÅ•ák adds a string bass for a beautiful new sonority. Xiaogang Ye’s West Coast Première combination of pipa and string quartet is a lyric breakthrough.

BEETHOVEN    String Quintet in C Major, Op. 29
XIAOGANG YE    Gardenia for Pipa and String Quartet, West Coast Première 
DVOŘÁK    Quintet for Strings and Bass in G Major, Op. 77

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Open Rehearsal: Cho-Liang Lin

Thursday, August 10th, 2017 2:50 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free Event! No late seating.


OPEN REHEARSAL
Special Guest: Cho-Liang Lin

2:40 PM DOORS OPEN
2:50 PM REHEARSAL STARTS

Kristin Lee, Cho-Liang Lin, Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, Edward Arron and Miró Quartet rehearse Spohr’s Double String Quartet No. 1, Op. 65

Doors will open 10 minutes prior to the start time listed below for each rehearsal. These are working rehearsals and no entry is allowed once they have begun.

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Celebrating Strings

Friday, August 11th, 2017 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

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La Jolla Music Society | SUMMERFEST 2017

CELEBRATING STRINGS

Reach the mountaintop summit of Mendelssohn’s Octet on an invigorating excursion via Kodály’s meltingly romantic serenade, and the power of Spohr’s Double String Quartet – written in Leipzig in 1825, the same year Mendelssohn completed his own octet masterwork at the age of 16!

SPOHR    Double String Quartet No.1, Op. 65
KODÁLY    Serenade for Two Violins and Viola, Op. 12
MENDELSSOHN    String Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20

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Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio

Sunday, August 13th, 2017 3:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

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La Jolla Music Society | SUMMERFEST 2017

KALICHSTEIN-LAREDO-ROBINSON TRIO: 40th Anniversary

Wish a happy 40th anniversary to America’s internationally-lauded piano trio, as they gift SummerFest with the new work written for them by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, as well as profoundly moving trios by Mendelssohn and Brahms.

ELLEN TAAFFE ZWILICH    Pas de Trois (2016)
MENDELSSOHN    Piano Trio No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 66
BRAHMS    Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8

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Beethoven I

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

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La Jolla Music Society | SUMMERFEST 2017

THE COMPLETE BEETHOVEN’S VIOLIN SONATAS I

Violinist (and SummerFest Music Director) Cho-Liang Lin and pianist Jon Kimura Parker inaugurate a four-concert journey through some of the most profound
and beautifully-moving music written by Beethoven, history’s
most-acclaimed composer.

BEETHOVEN    Violin Sonata No. 8 in G Major, Op. 30    , No. 3
BEETHOVEN    Violin Sonata No. 6 in A Major, Op. 30, No. 1
BEETHOVEN    Violin Sonata No. 7 in C Minor, Op. 30, No. 2

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Beethoven II

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

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La Jolla Music Society | SUMMERFEST 2017

THE COMPLETE BEETHOVEN’S VIOLIN SONATAS II

The sublime “Kreutzer” sonata is the capstone for the second stop on this four-concert journey through Beethoven’s genius, performed violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist Shai Wosner.

BEETHOVEN    Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12, No. 1
BEETHOVEN    Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 12, No. 2
BEETHOVEN    Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47 “Kreutzer”

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Beethoven IV

Friday, August 18th, 2017 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

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La Jolla Music Society | SUMMERFEST 2017

THE COMPLETE BEETHOVEN’S VIOLIN SONATAS IV

SummerFest favorite, violinist Yura Lee, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center pianist Gilles Vonsattel complete this SummerFest first-ever performance
of the complete Beethoven violin-piano sonatas.

BEETHOVEN    Violin Sonata No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 12, No. 3
BEETHOVEN    Violin Sonata No. 4 in A Minor, Op. 23
BEETHOVEN    Violin Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 96

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Open Rehearsal: Michelle Kim

Saturday, August 19th, 2017 1:50 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free Event! No late seating.


OPEN REHEARSAL
Special Guest: Michelle Kim

1:40 PM DOORS OPEN
1:50 PM REHEARSAL STARTS

Haochen Zhang, Cho-Liang Lin, Michelle Kim, Paul Neubauer and Clive Greensmith rehearse Elgar’s Piano Quintet in A Minor, Op. 84

Doors will open 10 minutes prior to the start time listed below for each rehearsal. These are working rehearsals and no entry is allowed once they have begun.

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An Evening with the Regina Carter Quartet

Saturday, August 19th, 2017 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

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La Jolla Music Society | SUMMERFEST 2017

AN EVENING WITH THE REGINA CARTER QUARTET

THE REIGNING QUEEN OF JAZZ VIOLIN
Regina Carter is an extraordinary violinist, a certified genius. The Los Angeles Times calls her “a talented, charismatic player who is almost single-handedly reviving interest in the violin as a jazz instrument.” Wherever this Grammy® nominated violinist performs, she takes her audiences with her on a journey through tradition and creativity.

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Summer Serenades

Sunday, August 20th, 2017 3:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

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La Jolla Music Society | SUMMERFEST 2017

SUMMER SERENADES

Wind virtuosi will take you on a musical journey. From the British genteel and aristocratic atmosphere of Elgar to the rarely heard Gemini Variations by Britten. This program brims with disarming quirks and unexpected charms, concluding with DvoÅ™ák Serenade for Winds, one of the greatest works for winds since the Mozart Serenade.

BRITTEN    Gemini Variations for Flute, Violin and Piano 4-Hands, Op. 73
ELGAR    Piano Quintet in A Minor, Op. 84
DVOŘÁK    Serenade for Winds and Strings in D Minor, Op. 44

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Open Rehearsal: Haochen Zhang

Monday, August 21st, 2017 2:20 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free Event! No late seating.


OPEN REHEARSAL
Special Guest: Haochen Zhang

2:10 PM DOORS OPEN
2:20 PM REHEARSAL STARTS

Haochen Zhang, Nathan Hughes, Anthony McGill, Keith Buncke and Jennifer Montone rehearse Mozart’s Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-flat Major, K.452

Doors will open 10 minutes prior to the start time listed below for each rehearsal. These are working rehearsals and no entry is allowed once they have begun.

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Mozart's Enchantment

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

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La Jolla Music Society | SUMMERFEST 2017

MOZART’S ENCHANTMENT

Mozart – the very word embodies the experience of sublime beauty. The Quintet for Winds and Piano is an astonishing rarity; few composers tackled this combination. The Divertimento for string trio – a pinnacle of human creativity. The Flute Quartet, featuring SummerFest veteran Catherine Ransom Karoly, an immersion in sheer pleasure.

MOZART    Flute Quartet No. 3 in C Major, K.285b
MOZART    Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-flat Major, K.452
MOZART    Divertimento in E-flat Major, K.563

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An Evening with Alisa Weilerstein

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

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La Jolla Music Society | SUMMERFEST 2017

AN EVENING WITH ALISA WEILERSTEIN

One of today’s reigning instrumental soloists world-wide, cellist Alisa Weilerstein returns to SummerFest. Clarinetist Anthony McGill and pianist Inon Barnatan join Alisa for the shimmering autumnal profundities of the Brahms’ Clarinet Trio and the brooding power of Brahms’ Piano Quintet.

J.S. BACH    Cello Suite No.3 in C Major, BWV 1009
BRAHMS    Clarinet Trio in A Minor, Op. 114
BRAHMS    Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34

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