Department of Music Event Listing

Most Department of Music events are general admission, FREE and open to the public.  Ticketed performances are listed below and available for sale online or via the Music Box Office: (858) 534-3448. 

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Hyperspectral Contrabass

Friday, September 22nd, 2017 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


Event Program (PDF)

Kyle Motl presents a concert of solo bass music in memoriam Ana-Maria Avram.

Iancu Dumitrescu: Spectrum V
Caroline Louise Miller: Hydra Nightingale
Kyle Motl: Phosphene
Ana-Maria Avram: Axe VII
Horatiu Radulescu: Ys Valley

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Celebrate the Arts - Welcome Week Festival

Thursday, September 28th, 2017 3:00 pm

Sun God Lawn

Free


Celebrate the Arts at UC San Diego

ArtPower hosts Celebrate the Arts - a one day festival on the Sun God Lawn featuring Arts and Culture departments from across the UC San Diego campus.  Food trucks and a headline artist will be featured.

More information forthcoming: http://celebratearts.ucsd.edu/

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Camera Lucida: Mozart & Brahms

Monday, October 2nd, 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. 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.

Program
Mozart, Piano Trios in G major, K. 496 and B-flat, K. 502
Brahms, Sonata in E-flat for Viola and Piano, Opus 120 Nr. 2

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). On sale: AUGUST 1st.

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S. Leah Bowden, percussion - Graduate Recital

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Leah Bowden's doctoral studies have centered on the critical documentation of M'Boom, an historic percussion collective that Max Roach founded in 1970 and directed for several decades. On Tuesday October 10th 2017, Ms. Bowden will present a final DMA concert reinterpreting music by different members of M'Boom. She will also play a glockenspiel solo by Roscoe Mitchell and give the world premier of Terra Firme by Lisa Schonberg. For the large ensemble works, Ms. Bowden will be joined by El Otro Lado (The Other Side), a new percussion band featuring musicians who perform and teach on both sides of the USA-Mexico border.

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ArtPower presents Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble

Friday, October 13th, 2017 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

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


Event Program (PDF)

Drawn from the principal players of the world-renowned chamber orchestra Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, this “luminous, often breathtaking” (Washington Post) ensemble was created in 1967 to perform larger-scale works from the chamber music repertoire, such as wind trios and string octets. Directed by academy director/leader Tomo Keller, the ensemble has released over 30 recordings—more than any other chamber ensemble—of classical, romantic, and modern music from the last century.

Program
Erich Wolfgang Korngold: String Sextet in  D Major, Op. 10; Dmitri Shostakovich: Two Pieces for String Octet, Op. 11; Felix Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20

ARTTALK
Pre-performance ArtTalk at The Loft at 7 pm.

SPONSORS
Amnon and Lee Ben-Yehuda; ArtPower’s Founders Club

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Department Seminar: Tatsuya Nakatani

Monday, October 16th, 2017 11:00 am

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


A guest of MUS 43: The department seminar serves both as a general department meeting and as a forum for the presentation of research and performances by visitors, faculty and students. View Google Map | Add to Google Calendar

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Robert Zelickman Chamber Music Recital

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 3:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Event Program (PDF)

Robert Zelickman presents his annual chamber recital, featuring:

  • Kimmo Hakola  - Diamond Street op. 34 (1999)
  • Bernhard Henrik Crussel - Clarinet Quartet op. 4 in C minor (1817)
  • Louis Spoor - Octet in E major op. 32 (1814)

Robert Zelickman, clarinet 
Warren Gref and Barry Toombs, horns
Batya MacAdam-Somer, violin 
Päivikki Nykter and Francesca Savage, violas
Cecilia Kim, cello 
Matthew Kline, double bass

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red fish blue fish

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 4:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free



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WEDS@7 red fish blue fish

Wednesday, October 25th, 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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Event Program (PDF)

Gérard Grisey's Le Noir de l’Etoile

Directed by Steven Schick, UC San Diego's acclaimed percussion ensemble gives a rare performance of Gerard Grisey's cosmic Le Noir de L'Etoile (The Night of the Star), with six performers amid the audience.

Inspired by the discovery in 1967 of pulsars -- pulsing radio waves from massive stars that disintegrated eons ago -- Grisey composed the piece in 1989-1990 for his son Raphael.

Red Fish Blue Fish has played the Bang on a Can Festival in New York City, the Agora Festival in Paris, the Centro des Bellas Artes in Mexico City, and has often been featured in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella series.

***ADDED FREE STUDENT PERFORMANCE:  Wednesday, 10/25 at 4PM***

Steven Schick discusses red fish blue fish: https://youtu.be/0nQ0GQBIKcI

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Grad Forum

Friday, October 27th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Event Program (PDF)

Grad Forums provide an outlet for Music Department graduate students to present individual and collaborative works on their own terms.  From theatrically-oriented conceptions to virtuosic instrumental solos, this Grad Forum highlights the artistic diversity that coexists here at UCSD.

Variations on "Nearer my God to Thee" (1990) by Andy Pape (b.1955)
Chris Clarino and Kyle Adam Blair

as though (1994) by Thomas DeLio (b. 1951) 
Chris Clarino, percussion

"The Pheasant Plucker Hotel" and "The Great New Zealand Eschatological Love Song" by Celeste Oram w/ Landon Bain, banjo, and Dan King, jigdoll

Omar (1985) by Franco Donatoni (1927-2000) 
James Beauton, percussion

Sticks, Snader, and Catbabel - Barbara Byers, Madison Greenstone, and Ben Rempel 

Haftarah by Todd Moellenberg

Subsong by Caroline Louise Miller

Variations on ‘Nearer My God to Thee’ (1990) by Andy Pape (b. 1955)
Kyle Adam Blair, piano

Mime (2016-17) by Matthew Chamberlain
Michael Matsuno, flute
 

Please note that this program contains mature content. Audiences must be 18 years or older.

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

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Department Seminar: Tobin Chodos & Cecil Lytle

Monday, October 30th, 2017 11:00 am

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


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Fall Composition Juries

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 7:30 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Event Program (PDF)

A CONCERT OF PREMIERES

Six world premiere performances of pieces written by graduate students in composition: Joseph Bourdeau, John Burnett, Yi-Hsien Chen, Ioannis Mitsialis, Anthony Vine, and Tiange Zhou.

  • Joseph Bourdeau - A Grin Without a Cat
  • John Burnett - assemblage
  • Yi-Hsien Chen - Rising Vision
  • Ioannis Mitsialis - Five Glimpses of a Strange Dream
  • Anthony Vine - Cadwallader Sonk
  • Tiange Zhou - In Wasted Time

Performances will be conducted by Steven Schick and will feature Rachel Allen (trumpet), Michael Matsuno (flutes), Madison Greenstone (clarinets), Barbara Byers (voice), Mari Kawamura (piano), Kyle Adam Blair (piano), Matthew Kline (double bass) and percussionists: Sean Dowgray, Benjamin Rempel, and Daniel King.

All pieces will be juried by the distinguished members of the Composition and Performance faculty for discussion on the following day, and all are welcome to attend.

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Fall Composition Juries Discussion Session

Friday, November 3rd, 2017 9:00 am

Other

Free


Jury response and discussion session with faculty, composers and performers in response to the November 2nd performance is open to the public and will begin Friday, November 3rd at 8:30am in CPMC 231.View Google Map | Add to Google Calendar

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Young People's Concert

Friday, November 3rd, 2017 7:30 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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


Event Program (PDF)

Steven Schick conducts
A fun and informative introduction to the symphony! Conductor Steven Schick and orchestra perform excerpts from the season-opening concert with commentary from the podium. Free event - Reservations required.

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

SPONSORED BY: Kiwanis Club of La Jolla

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ArtPower presents Meccore String Quartet

Friday, November 3rd, 2017 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

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


Event Program (PDF)

One of the best loved among ArtPower string quartets, known for their breathtaking performances, flawless technique, and visionary interpretations, the Meccore Quartet is one of Europe’s most compelling young ensembles. Formed in 2007 by four of Europe’s most celebrated young string players, the quartet has enthralled music lovers across Europe and America. They have received numerous awards at prestigious chamber music competitions, such as Italy’s Paolo Borciani Competition, the Wigmore Hall String Quartet Competition in London, and the Max Reger International Chamber Music Competition.

Program
Edvard Greig: String Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 27; Robert Schumann: Quartet in A Minor; Karol Szymanowski: String Quartet No. 2

ARTTALK
Pre-performance ArtTalk at The Loft at 7 pm.

SPONSOR
Sam B. Ersan

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Crossing the rue St. Paul

Saturday, November 4th, 2017 7:30 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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


Event Program (PDF)

Steven Schick conducts

George Gershwin - An American in Paris

Duke Ellington/arr. T. Chodos - Mood Indigo
Asher â€¨Tobin Chodos - Concertino for Two Pianos & Orchestra

Aaron Copland - Quiet City

Duke Ellington/arr. T. Chodos - Solitude

George Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue
 
Guest artists: Cecil Lytle (pictured) and Tobin Chodos, piano; Stephanie Richards, trumpet
 
“Walking with Cecil Lytle on the rue St. Paul last June brought to mind my impression of Cecil as the quintessential ‘American in Paris’ – urbane, sage, and deeply connected to both the French and American (and especially the African-American) traditions,” recalls Steven Schick. This sparked a desire to create a program around Cecil’s special artistry. We ask him to play Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and commissioned three works with him in mind from the extraordinary pianist/composer Asher Tobin Chodos, including an original work for two pianos. Stephanie Richards solos on trumpet in Copland’s Quiet City.

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Crossing the rue St. Paul

Sunday, November 5th, 2017 2:00 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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


Event Program (PDF)

Steven Schick conducts

George Gershwin - An American in Paris

Duke Ellington/arr. T. Chodos - Mood Indigo
Asher â€¨Tobin Chodos - Concertino for Two Pianos & Orchestra

Aaron Copland - Quiet City

Duke Ellington/arr. T. Chodos - Solitude

George Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue
 
Guest artists: Cecil Lytle (pictured) and Tobin Chodos, piano; Stephanie Richards, trumpet
 
“Walking with Cecil Lytle on the rue St. Paul last June brought to mind my impression of Cecil as the quintessential ‘American in Paris’ – urbane, sage, and deeply connected to both the French and American (and especially the African-American) traditions,” recalls Steven Schick. This sparked a desire to create a program around Cecil’s special artistry. We ask him to play Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and commissioned three works with him in mind from the extraordinary pianist/composer Asher Tobin Chodos, including an original work for two pianos. Stephanie Richards solos on trumpet in Copland’s Quiet City.

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Department Seminar: Adrienne Valencia

Monday, November 6th, 2017 11:00 am

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


A guest of MUS 43: The department seminar serves both as a general department meeting and as a forum for the presentation of research and performances by visitors, faculty and students. View Google Map | Add to Google Calendar

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Camera Lucida: Schubert

Monday, November 6th, 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. 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.

Program 
Schubert, Piano Trio in B-flat, Opus 99 
Schubert, Piano Trio in E-flat, Opus 100

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). On sale: AUGUST 1st.

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Integrative Studies Focus: David Lopato

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 12:00 am

Conrad Prebys Music Center 231

Free


The Integrative Studies Focus and the Improvisers' Initiative are pleased to welcome pianist-composer David Lopato for a talk in CMPC 231 on November 7th at 6:00 PM. He will discuss fusions involving Western improvised musics and Eastern classical traditions. David Lopato has studied Indonesian musical traditions and his music reflects this influence. His recording, Gending for a Spirit Rising, a gamelan influenced symphonic length composition for large ensemble, was released this Fall.

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WEDS@7 "SO YOU..." (Hermes, Orpheus, Eurydice) by Alvin Lucier

Wednesday, November 8th, 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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The US Premiere of Alvin Lucier's "SO YOU..." (Hermes, Orpheus, Eurydice) for clarinet in b-flat, cello, female voice and 9 amplified wine jars (2017), commissioned by documenta 14 
Jessika Kenney, voice 
Charles Curtis, cello 
Anthony Burr, clarinet 
Tom Erbe, electronics

 
During the course of the performance, a cellist, clarinetist, and a female singer sustain long tones against descending and ascending electronically generated pure waves. As they do so audible beats are produced determined by the distances between the players’ tones and those of the continually sweeping pure waves. 
The text consists of the first two words of selected stanzas of the poem, Eurydice, by American poet H.D. (Hilda Doolittle, 1886–1961).


Additional Description:

The University of California San Diego Department of Music’s Wednesdays@7 concert series presents the U.S. première of a major new work by legendary American experimental composer Alvin Lucier. “SO YOU…“ (Hermes, Orpheus, Eurydice) was commissioned by documenta 14 and premiered in Athens, Greece in June of this year. The piece was composed for Anthony Burr and Charles Curtis who have worked closely with Lucier, both together and independently, for more than fifteen years.

“SO YOU…“ is based on a retelling of the Orpheus myth by poet H.D. Her poem, entitled "Eurydice" and composed during World War I, retells the familiar narrative from Eurydice's perspective. "So you…” are the opening words of the poem, initiating a series of bold accusations and recriminations. In this telling, the story is not one of a tragically doomed attempt at rescue, but a series of selfish actions by Orpheus which denied Eurydice her peace.

 

At the core of Lucier's work is a profound engagement with the material properties of sound and with acoustical physics. Overlooked details of our lived relationship to sounds are framed and magnified in his music with extraordinary care and resourcefulness. "SO YOU…” combines features of two separate categories of Lucier's work: the investigation of resonance in pieces like "Chambers" and "I Am Sitting in a Room", and the investigation of interference patterns between closely tuned frequencies in "Still and Moving Lines of Silence in Families of Hyperbolas" and "In Memoriam Jon Higgins.” The presence of the text and the direct connection to myth, especially myth embedded at the heart of European concert music, adds a further layer of complexity.

The three performers are accompanied by three sinewave sweeps which begin at the upper reaches of the instrumental registers and descend to the low C string of the cello at the mid-point of the piece, before ascending for the second half to their start point. The sinewave sweeps themselves create a strikingly physical presence, as standing waves and interference patterns continuously reconfigure themselves. The effect is further complicated by the fact that the three sweeps are played back through nine speakers mounted inside of large amphorae. The sweeps activate the resonant frequencies of the vases, at times creating feedback-like blooms, at other times inhibiting them. The three musicians perform a long series of interleaved sustained tones that shadow the electronics, creating further interference patterns.

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Matthew Kline, double bass - DMA1 Graduate Recital

Thursday, November 9th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Matthew Kline, contrabass, presents his DMA recital.

Brian Ferneyhough - Trittico Per G.S.
Eva-Maria Houben - Resonantibus Coelis, for Bass and Voice (with Hillary Jean Young)
Jürg Frey - Accurate Placement
Eva-Maria Houben - Fast Nichts No. 2, for Bass and German Speaker (with Madison Greenstone)
Vinko Globokar - Dialouge Uber Feuer

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Chinary 75: Symposium

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 4:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


A symposium focused on the life and work of Distinguished Professor Chinary Ung will feature distinguished guest speakers Adam Greene, Koji Nakano, and Yayoi Uno Everett. Discussion panel moderated by Amy Cimini.

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Chinary 75: Concert 1

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital 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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Event Program (PDF)

The first of two concerts to honor the life and work of Distinguished Professor of Music Chinary Ung. 


  • Still Life After Death 
  • Cinnabar Heart, performed by Christopher Clarino, dance by Charya Burt 
  • Letters from Home, featuring Kalean Ung 


PANEL II - a post-concert discussion 
Moderated by Anthony Davis 
With: Stacey Fraser, Kalean Ung, Charya Burt, Timur Bekbosunov, Sandra Powers

Post concert reception follows.

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WEDS7 Chinary 75

Wednesday, November 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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Chinary Ung - Celebration 75

A celebratory concert honoring Distinguished Professor Chinary Ung on his 75th year. Featuring renowned international artists as well as UCSD faculty and graduate students, a special event is planned to honor the life of Chinary Ung.

  • SINGING INSIDE AURA
  • SPIRAL XIV: “Nimitta”
  • SPIRAL XII: “Space Between Heaven & Earth"

Post concert reception follows.

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Grad Forum

Friday, November 17th, 2017 7:00 pm

University Art Gallery

Free


Event Program (PDF)

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

The performance will held at the University Art Gallery.  (map location)

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ArtPower presents Malpaso Dance Company

Friday, November 17th, 2017 8:00 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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


“ . . . elegant and bold, inventive and joyful.”—Times Union
Following their 2014 U.S. debut in a sold-out run in New York City—which garnered high praise from the New York Times—Malpaso have continued to play a prominent role in the renewed artistic dialogue between America and Cuba.  Representing Cuba’s expanding cultural life, Malpaso—whose name, jokingly, means “misstep”—skillfully blend unfussy ballet, their native Afro-Cuban traditions, and intensely physical modern dance. Since being established in 2012 by resident choreographer and artistic director Osnel Delgado, Malpaso have quickly become one of the most sought-after Cuban dance companies. Emphasizing a collaborative creative process, they are committed to working with top international choreographers while also nurturing new voices in Cuban choreography.

For their San Diego debut, Malpaso will perform Indomitable Waltz, choreographed for the company by ArtPower alumna Aszure Barton; Ocaso by Osnel Delgado; and Why You Follow by Ron K. Brown.

Malpaso Dance Company is an Associate Company of Joyce Theater Productions.

SPONSOR 
Jon and Bobbie Gilbert

SUPPORT
The presentation of Malpaso Dance Company was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Christopher Guzman, piano

Saturday, November 18th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Event Program (PDF)

Pianist Christopher Guzman’s performances showcase a broad range of styles, from the Baroque era to the avant-garde. He is a multiple prizewinner in many international competitions, including the Walter M. Naumburg Competition, the Seoul International Music Competition and the Isang Yun Competition of South Korea. Recently, Mr. Guzman garnered the grand prize and several special prizes at the 10th Concours International de Piano d’Orléans of Orléans, France. As a result, he regularly travels to France to perform in Paris and throughout the Loire Valley. He is currently Associate Professor of Piano at Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania. 

Program: 

Prelude and Fugue in B-flat Minor, BWV 867 (6:30)  J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Prelude and Fugue in D minor, BWV 875 (3:00)  J.S. Bach

From 24 Preludes and Fugues  Rodion Shchedrin (b. 1932)
C Major, A Major, and E-flat Major

“Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues” from North American Ballads Frederic Rzewski (b. 1938)

From Voices and Piano - Peter Ablinger (b. 1959)
Hanna Schygulla, Jorge Luis Borges, Billie Holliday

Toccata, Adagio, and Fugue in C Major, BWV 564 Bach, trans. F. Busoni (1866-1924)

 


Additional Description:

Pianist Christopher Guzman regularly performs for audiences throughout North America, Europe and Asia, as soloist and chamber musician. He is a multiple prizewinner in many international competitions, including the Walter M. Naumburg Competition, the Seoul International Music Competition and the Isang Yun Competition of South Korea. Recently, Mr. Guzman garnered the grand prize and several special prizes at the 10th Concours International de Piano d’Orléans of Orléans, France. As a result, he regularly travels to France to perform in Paris and throughout the Loire Valley. His CD of German and Austrian music from the past one hundred years, Vienne et après, is available on the Tessitures label. Mr. Guzman’s career has brought him to such venues as Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, the Kennedy Center, Carnegie’s Weill Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall and others. He performs regularly with some of the world’s most exciting soloists including Ilya Gringolts, Antoine Tamestit, David Fray, and Jeremy Denk, among others. He continually performs with members of the world’s finest orchestras, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. He appears regularly on the New York Philharmonic’s chamber music series “Philharmonic Ensembles.” Mr. Guzman’s performances showcase a broad range of styles, from the Baroque era to the avant-garde. He continues to collaborate with many of the nation’s preeminent new music ensembles; his performances have included world premieres by Donald Martino, Nico Muhly, and Paul Schoenfield. The New York Times hailed his performance of Christopher Theofanidis’s Statues as “coiled” and “explosive.”

Born in Texas, Christopher Guzman began studying piano at age nine and violoncello two years later. He worked primarily with Jerome Lowenthal and Robert McDonald at the Juilliard School, Anton Nel at the University of Texas at Austin, and the late Patricia Zander at the New England Conservatory. He is currently Associate Professor of Piano at Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania. For more information, please visit christopherguzman.net.

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Department Seminar: Daniel Wnukowski

Monday, November 20th, 2017 11:00 am

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


A guest of MUS 43: The department seminar serves both as a general department meeting and as a forum for the presentation of research and performances by visitors, faculty and students. Hailed as “rapturous and glowing” by International Record Review and “an inspirational and devoted pianist” by Life & Arts - Financial Times, Polish-Canadian pianist Daniel Wnukowski has performed throughout Europe, North America, South America and Asia in numerous international festivals. Read more about Wnukowski by visiting his website at: http://www.wnukowski.com


Additional Description:

Hailed as “rapturous and glowing” by International Record Review and “an inspirational and devoted pianist” by Life & Arts - Financial Times, Polish-Canadian pianist Daniel Wnukowski has performed throughout Europe, North America, South America and Asia in numerous international festivals. He has performed with many orchestras in Europe and North America and is an avid collaborator working with such artists at Daniel Hope, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Alain Trudel and Aleksandra Kurzak. Daniel Wnukowski inaugurated the 2017-year in Warsaw, Poland as a special guest at the National Philharmonic Hall, performing Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”. On May 5, 2017, he performed at the Austrian Parliament for the Austrian president in remembrance of Holocaust victims targeted by Nazi Germany. He is the recipient of numerous scholarships and grants from numerous foundations for promoting the works of exiled composers of the 20th Century. Read more about Wnukowski by visiting his website at: http://www.wnukowski.com

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Monday Night Jazz: Steve Coleman

Monday, November 27th, 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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Join UC San Diego's Department of Music for our first Monday Night Jazz event of the year featuring American saxophonist, composer, MacArthur Fellow, and bandleader Steve Coleman. Also featured on this program are select band members of the Five Elements.


The Artists will also present two days of masterclasses November 28 and 29 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Warren Lecture Hall, Studio A.

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Roger Reynolds Book Signing

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 12:00 pm

UC San Diego Bookstore

Free


UC San Diego Bookstore, first floor

Join the UC San Diego Bookstore and the UC San Diego Arts/Humanities/Music department for another Author Series Book Discussion. This time, help us welcome composer - author Roger Reynolds and his book "Passage". "Passage" is a playground for ideas, memories, and the unexpected. It offers a unique melding of ideas and experience through texts written by Reynolds, and images assembled through a lifetime – in the US, Scandinavia, Europe and Japan. It invites the individual reader’s search for his/her own divined implications – links within their own life experience. Reynolds counts among his friends, John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, Toru Takemitsu, Kaija Saariaho, Conlon Nancarrow, Elliott Carter, Chaya Czernowin, John Ashbery, Irvine Arditti, Chinary Ung, and Tadashi Suzuki. "Passage" includes anecdotes and insights about them that can’t be found elsewhere – the resonances of their ways shared across time – musings about encounters from 60 years of a life engaged with music. PASSAGE’s pages are filled with imagery used to modulate for the reader the “viscosity” of the reading experience – how easily one acquires the content that’s there on the page in an amalgam of words and images that sometimes compete on an equal footing, at others inflect one another. The commonality of word and image is modulated by a weave of shifting colors, spacing, and density that is sometimes immediate, at others requiring careful study to fully grasp.

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WEDS@7 JACK Quartet

Wednesday, November 29th, 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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JACK Quartet performs a Wednesdays @ 7 program featuring two new works by Rand Steiger, and Music by Faculty Composer Natacha Diels, and alumnus and Stanford Professor, Mark Applebaum:

  • Mark Applebaum: Darmstadt Kindergarten
  • Marcos Balter: Chambers
  • Natacha Diels: Nightmare for JACK (a ballet)
  • Rand Steiger: Inward for string quartet and electronics (premiere performance)
  • Rand Steiger: Undone for string quartet and electronics (premiere performance of quartet version)
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Piano Studio Students

Thursday, November 30th, 2017 2:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Event Program (PDF)

Music from J.S. Bach, W.A. Mozart, Fréderic Chopin, and Roger Reynolds to be performed by Department of Music piano students Amir Moheimani, Jad Barrere, Andrew Vu, Remi Ha, Junko Roberts, and Mari Kawamura.

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Roger Reynolds' FLiGHT by JACK Quartet

Thursday, November 30th, 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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In an ambitious new work, Pulitzer Prize-winning multimedia artist and composer Roger Reynolds condenses 2,500 years of human flight—real and imagined—into an 80-minute performance, progressing from imagined flight, to preparing for flight, to experiencing flight and, finally, to considering the perspective flight affords.

Performed by the widely acclaimed JACK Quartet, FLiGHT is an immersive artistic experience that weaves together such diverse elements as the Apollo program, Plato and the mythological character of Icarus.

Performance components include JACK Quartet’s strings, various recordings and sounds, actors voicing texts drawn from different time periods and cultures, and visual imagery projected onto boxes that are reoriented as the performance develops. Videographer Ross Karre and computer musician Paul Hembree will also contribute to the performance. 


Additional Description:

This is a unique opportunity to preview a work-in-progress by one of the nation’s most innovative and enigmatic artists. FLiGHT has been performed all or in part at James Madison University, The Phillips Collection, the National Gallery of Art, the Atlas Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and the Park Avenue Armory in New York.

Read more about the development of FLiGHT: (link)

About Roger Reynolds

Roger Reynolds is a Pulitzer prize-winning American composer known for his capacity to seamlessly blend traditional and new music in works that incorporate music, poetry, art and mythology. His work defies definition. New York’s Village Voice applauded his “wizardry in sending music flying through space: whether vocal, instrumental or computerized.”

About JACK Quartet

Comprised of violinists Christopher Otto and Austin Wulliman, violist John Pickford Richards, and cellist Jay Campbell, the JACK Quartet has collaborated with some of the world’s most innovative new music composers. They have been described as “superheroes of the new music world” (Boston Globe), and “the go-to quartet for contemporary music, tying impeccable musicianship to intellectual ferocity and a take-no-prisoners sense of commitment” (Washington Post).

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UC San Diego Gospel Choir

Thursday, November 30th, 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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Undergrad Forum

Friday, December 1st, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


Event Program (PDF)

Undergraduate majors and minors from the Department of Music present their first Forum concert of the year.  Forums provide performance and showcase opportunites for majors and minors with supported resources at the Conrad Prebys Music Center.

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Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh, composition - Graduate Recital

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Event Program (PDF)

Composer Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh presents her PhD dissertation recital.

  • The Warmth of the Nebula (2016) - for solo piccolo (Michael Matsuno) and 8-channel fixed media
  • Half-Open Beings (2017) - for mixed septet 
  • Radius (2017) - for solo pianist (Kyle Adam Blair)

Performers: Kyle Adam Blair (piano), Michael Matsuno (flute), Kyle Motl (contrabass), Ben Rempel (percussion), Madison Greenstone (clarinets), Judith Hamann (cello), and Kathryn Schulmeister (contrabass)


Additional Description:

Born in Taiwan and raised between New Zealand and Australia, Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh's interest in composition focuses on the notion of space in musical, personal, and physical resonances. Hers works have been commissioned and performed by entities such as Beijing Modern Music Festival, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, The Song Company, Syzygy Ensemble, Ensemble Dal Niente, Platypus ensemble, Ensemble Multilaterale, Quartetto Maurice, Momenta Quartet, The Mivos Quartet, Thin Edge New Music Collective and Arcko Symphonic Ensemble.

Additionally, Annie's music has been featured in festivals including Metropolis New Music Festival, OzAsia Festival, The National Gallery of Victoria 'Melbourne Now' exhibition', Mise-en Festival, Wien Modern, NUNC!2 (Chicago), Tectonic Festival 2016 (Adelaide), ISCM World Music Days 2016 (Tongyeong, Korea) and EUREKA! Musical minds of California (Cal State Fullerton).

Annie is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of California, San Diego, working with Lei Liang and Katharina Rosenberger. Prior to joining UCSD, Annie completed her bachelor's (first-class honours) and master's degrees from University of Melbourne (2006, 2010), with Stuart Greenbaum and Brenton Broadstock.

Artist website: http://www.anniehuihsinhsieh.com

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32VM Vocal Master Class

Monday, December 4th, 2017 3:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


The Undergraduate Vocal Masterclass, under the instruction of Kirsten Ashley Wiest, presents works by Dowland, Purcell, Bizet, Offenbach, and more. 

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Monday Night Jazz: 95JC Jazz Ensembles

Monday, December 4th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Monday Night Jazz: 95JC Jazz Ensembles

The 95JC concert will feature a small ensemble performing a variety of exciting compositions, including some written and arranged by student musicians. Our instrumentation includes voice, violin, saxophones, rhythm section and afro-latin percussion.


Additional Description:

Join UC San Diego's Department of Music for our second Monday Night Jazz event of the year! Directed by Kamau Kenyatta, this program will include music by Joe Sample, Alex Hahn, Billy Cobham, Charles Minguss, Martin Chapman, and more.

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Camera Lucida: Martinu & Schmidt

Monday, December 4th, 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)


Camera Lucida is a chamber music collaboration between four musicians with diverse backgrounds. Camera Lucida is a unique project matching masterpieces of the chamber music repertoire with a group of world-class instrumentalists who happen to call San Diego home.

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.

Program 
Martinu, Musique de Chambre Nr. 1
Franz Schmidt, Clarinet Quintet in A 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). On sale: AUGUST 1st.

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Singers and Choirs, 95CK

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


Event Program (PDF)

The Chamber Singers, under the direction of Phil Larson, perform in the Recital Hall.

Personnel Hodie — 14th Century Tune

Hodie Christus Natur Est — Sweelinck

There is no Rose of Such Virtue — Robert H. Young

Messiah  (excerpts)  — G.F. Handel

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Chamber Orchestra

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Event Program (PDF)

UC San Diego Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Matthew Kline performs: 

Coming Together - Frederic Rzweski
Celeste Oram, speaker

Peter and the Wolf - Sergei Prokofiev
Jessica C. Flores, narrator

Star Wars Suite - John Williams

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MUS 33A Final Recording

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 2:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


The students of Music 33 "Introduction to Composition," led by Prof. Lei Liang, will present their original compositions. For many students in this class, this is the first time they composed their own music! These students came from diverse backgrounds, and many are double-majors or music minors. Their original works reflect their diverse interests and talents, and all are invited to attend.

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95W World Music Students

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


Students of Pandit Kartik Seshadri and Arup Chattopadhyay perform Indian Classical Music on December 6, 2017 in an evening of Ragas and Talas (Indian Classical Music) under the directorship of Kartik Seshadri. All are welcome to attend.

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Rachel Allen, trumpet - Graduate Recital

Thursday, December 7th, 2017 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Rachel Allen will present her second DMA recital featuring works by UC San Diego Professors Roger Reynolds and Lei Liang, as well as works by Robert Henderson, Judith Bingham, and Stravinsky. Rachel will by joined by guest musicians Alexandria Smith, Jane Zwernaman, Eric Starr, Bryan Smith, Chris Clarino, and Ashley Zhang.View Google Map | Add to Google Calendar

Wind Ensemble

Thursday, December 7th, 2017 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free



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Chamber Ensembles

Friday, December 8th, 2017 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Undergraduate students under the direction of Takae Ohnishi will perform chamber music. The program includes selected movements of Beethoven String Trio in G major, Brahms Piano Quartet in G minor, Arensky Piano Trio in D minor, Mahler Piano Quartet in A minor, Debussy String Quartet in G minor and more. All are welcome to attend.

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Concentric Paths

Saturday, December 9th, 2017 7:30 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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


Event Program (PDF)

Steven Schick conducts

Guillaume de Machaut/arr. Felipe Rossi - Je vivroie liement/Liement me deport
Tina Tallon - luscinia
Francis Poulenc - Gloria
Thomas Adès - Concentric Paths

Guest artists: Susan Narucki and Kirsten Wiest, sopranos; Keir GoGwilt, violin (2016 Young Artists Winner); red fish blue fish

A path that leads both forward and back creates concentric patterns that connect 20th-century French composer Francis Poulenc to his late medieval countryman Guillaume de Machaut (here in an arrangement by Felipe Rossi for soloists Keir GoGwilt and Kirstin Wiest.) The orchestra music of renowned English composer Thomas Adès is presented in San Diego for the first time with his violin concerto, Concentric Paths. Thomas Nee Commission recipient, Tina Tallon, creates a new work for orchestra and electronics.

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Concentric Paths

Sunday, December 10th, 2017 2:00 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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


Event Program (PDF)

Steven Schick conducts

Guillaume de Machaut/arr. Felipe Rossi - Je vivroie liement/Liement me deport
Tina Tallon - luscinia
Francis Poulenc - Gloria
Thomas Adès - Concentric Paths

Guest artists: Susan Narucki and Kirsten Wiest, sopranos; Keir GoGwilt, violin (2016 Young Artists Winner); red fish blue fish

A path that leads both forward and back creates concentric patterns that connect 20th-century French composer Francis Poulenc to his late medieval countryman Guillaume de Machaut (here in an arrangement by Felipe Rossi for soloists Keir GoGwilt and Kirstin Wiest.) The orchestra music of renowned English composer Thomas Adès is presented in San Diego for the first time with his violin concerto, Concentric Paths. Thomas Nee Commission recipient, Tina Tallon, creates a new work for orchestra and electronics.

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MUS 103A Final Recording

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 12:00 am

Conrad Prebys Music Center 203


This concert has been canceled. 

MUS103A is now a recording session, as per instructor: Chinary Ung.

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TJ Borden, Paul Hembree and James Bean

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free
Self Supported event
Sponsor: TJ Borden


Tyler J. Borden welcomes UC San Diego Music alumni and collaborators: Paul Hembree and James Bean for a concert of music for cello and real-time electronics.

In 2015, cellist T.J. Borden teamed up with UCSD alumni Paul Hembree and James Bean, each a composer and computer musician, to perform Brian Ferneyhough’s Time and Motion Study II for vocalizing cellist and live electronics. Out of this, D U C K R U B B E R was born — a collaborative effort driven by Bean, Borden, and Hembree to explore challenging works of electroacoustic music. In an attempt to probe the interstices between performer, composer, and technologist, the trio explores the extremes of instrumental practice while integrating them with creative applications of music technology. Weaving through throbbing sub-audio pulsations, cascading layers of glitched audiovisuals, and outrageously virtuosic instrumental techniques, the trio never fails to bring audiences an arresting, unforgettable concert experience.

Please note that this performance will begin at 8:00 p.m.

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WEDS@7 Eric Huebner performs Roger Reynolds' Piano Etudes

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 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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This recital by guest pianist Eric Huebner will feature the entire collection of piano Etudes by György Ligeti, as well as Book I of Roger Reynolds' Piano Etudes.

About the artist:

Pianist Eric Huebner has drawn worldwide acclaim for his performances of new and traditional music since making his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at age 17. In January 2012, he was appointed pianist of the New York Philharmonic and currently holds the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Piano Chair. He has been featured in orchestral works by Lindberg, Stravinsky, Ives, Milhaud, Carter and R. Strauss among others and regularly appears in chamber music performances with musicians from the Philharmonic at New York City's Merkin Hall and elsewhere. In March 2016, he was featured in recital as part of the New York Philharmonic's "Messiaen Week" - a series of concerts featuring the work of the late French composer. Huebner has collaborated with the conductor David Robertson in performances of György Ligeti’s Piano Concerto, Olivier Messiaen’s Oiseaux Exotiques and on the American premiere with percussionist Colin Currie of Elliott Carter's Two Controversies and a Conversation for piano, percussion and chamber ensemble. Recent solo recitals have featured the piano études of the late Hungarian composer György Ligeti and include appearances on the St. Louis Symphony's Pulitzer Arts Foundation Gallery series, at Bowling Green State University and the University of Michigan. 

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It's About Time! Percussion Festival

Thursday, January 11th, 2018 12:00 am


San Diego Symphony presents:  IT'S ABOUT TIME! Percussion Festival

Steven Schick, festival curator

JANUARY 11 — FEBRUARY 11, 2018

It’s about the rich world of rhythm. It’s about the way we hear musical time!  It’s about the myriad ways percussion music connects us to the world and to nature.  It’s about living in natural time!  It’s about listening to the sounds of the outside world, to our own heartbeats, to noises of contemporary life. It’s about time in the 21st century! Our festival is about how sound can convey emotion and deepen the connections among us all.  It’s about how time binds us to each other!  It’s about a fertile and interconnected web of musical partners—musicians, audiences and institutions—spanning all of San Diego.  It’s About Time!

The “It’s About Time” Festival is supported in part by a grant from the American Orchestra’s Futures Fund, a program of the League of American Orchestras made possible by funding from the Anne & Gordon Getty Foundation.

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Family, Kids, and Infant-Friendly Recital No. 2: Toy Pianos, Piano, and Soprano

Saturday, January 13th, 2018 3:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free
Self Supported event
Sponsor: Siu Hei Lee


Following a successful kids' concert last year, we are doing more of this! This time, the Figmentum Ensemble (Daria Binkowski, Ania Sundstrom, and UCSD alumni Kyle Rowan) will present compositions for toy pianos. Lauren Jones will sing, and Siu Hei Lee will play the piano. We encourage kids to talk during performance, and infants can cry as part of the musicking. Bottomless crayons and colored papers will be provided, and all are welcome!


Additional Description:

Following a successful kids' concert last year, we are doing more of this! This time, the Figmentum Ensemble (Daria Binkowski, Ania Sundstrom, and UCSD alumni Kyle Rowan) will present compositions for toy pianos. Lauren Jones will sing, and Siu Hei Lee will play the piano. We encourage kids to talk during performance, and infants can cry as part of the musicking. Bottomless crayons and colored papers will be provided.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Saturday, January 13th, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free
Self Supported event
Sponsor: Shahrokh Yadegari


In a collaboration with UC San Diego's Literature Department, Shahrokh Yedagari and Babak Rahimi present a reading of A Midsummer Night's Dream in Persian.

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ArtPower presents Compagnie Herve Koubi

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 8:00 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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


Recognized as one of Europe’s most distinctive choreographers, Hervé Koubi draws creative strength from his Algerian roots and Mediterranean culture. His company makes its San Diego debut with What the Day Owes to the Night (Ce Que le Jour Doit à la Nuit), a highly physical, stunningly fluid work for 12 French Algerian and African male dancers. The piece combines capoeira, martial arts, and urban contemporary dance, and is packed with backflips, head spins, and powerful imagery evocative of Eastern paintings and Islamic architecture. What the Day Owes to the Night is danced to an eclectic score that features Johann Sebastian Bach, Hamza El Din & the Kronos Quartet, and traditional Sufi music.

UC SAN DIEGO PARTNER
International Center

SUPPORT
This project is supported by FUSED: French-US Exchange in Dance, a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, and FACE Foundation, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Florence Gould Foundation, and the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. 

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Yarn/Wire performs Maryanne Amacher's Adjacencies

Thursday, January 18th, 2018 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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Maryanne Amacher is known primarily as an electronic composer, but early on she wrote a handful of pieces for classical instruments using experimental forms of notation. AUDJOINS, a Suite For Audjoined Rooms was a collection of such works, from the early to mid-’60s, for various spatially staged ensembles. Adjacencies, a graphic score for two percussionists and electronics, was written in 1965 and is the only known extant score of that series. The work directs performers by sending their microphone signals to a changing array of speakers surrounding the audience, combining otherwise distinct worlds of sound. Not performed since 1966, Blank Forms has collaborated with Amy Cimini and Bill Dietz to unpack and analyze the score for its posthumous realization. Ian Antonio and Russell Greenberg, of the experimental piano-percussion quartet Yarn/Wire, will be performing Adjacencies, with sound distribution by Daniel Neumann and Woody Sullender.

Maryanne Amacher (1938-2009) was a composer of large-scale fixed-duration sound installations and a highly original thinker in the areas of perception, sound spatialization, creative intelligence, and aural architecture. She is frequently cited as a pioneer of what has come to be called sound art, although her thought and creative practice consistently challenges key assumptions about the capacities and limitations of this nascent genre. Often considered to be part of a post-Cagean lineage, her work anticipates some of the most important developments in network culture, media arts, acoustic ecology, and sound studies.

This performance would not be possible without the ongoing commitment of Blank Forms and the Maryanne Amacher Archive to preserving Amacher’s legacy. Adjacencies’ first performance since 1965 was presented by Blank Forms in September 2017 at The Kitchen in New York City. Many thanks to Lawrence Kumpf, Bill Dietz, Blank Forms and the Maryanne Amacher Archive for making the New York and San Diego performances possible.

Read more: Amy Cimini on Maryanne Amacher's Adjacencies

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Weston Olencki and Eric Wubbels

Friday, January 19th, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free
Self Supported event
Sponsor: Madison Greenstone


Composer/performers Weston Olencki and Eric Wubbels will present new work written by and for the duo. The two works explore shared concerns of virtuosity, synchronization, and hybridization using languages developed through intensive long-term collaboration and friendship.

Program 
Weston Olencki - recasting [2016-18], premiere; prepared piano, transducers, synthesizers, electronics, objects 
Eric Wubbels - contraposition [2016-17]; trombone + prepared piano


Additional Description:

Eric Wubbels is a composer, pianist, and Co-Director of the Wet Ink Ensemble. His music has been performed throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and the U.S., by groups such as Wet Ink Ensemble, Mivos Quartet, yarn|wire, Kupka's Piano (AUS), Berlin PianoPercussion, Ensemble Linea (FR), New York New Music, SCENATET (DK), Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, and Talea Ensemble, and featured on festivals including Huddersfield Festival, Zurich Tage für Neue Musik, Chicago Symphony MusicNOW, and MATA Festival. The recipient of a 2016 Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Wubbels has been awarded commissioning grants from Chamber Music America's Classical Commissioning Program, ISSUE Project Room, MATA Festival, Barlow Endowment, Jerome Foundation, New Music USA, and Yvar Mikhashoff Trust, and residencies at the MacDowell Colony (2011, 2016), Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and Civitella Ranieri Center. As a performer, he has given U.S. and world premieres of works by major figures such as Peter Ablinger, Richard Barrett, Beat Furrer, George Lewis, and Mathias Spahlinger, as well as vital young artists such as Rick Burkhardt, Francesco Filidei, Erin Gee, Bryn Harrison, Clara Iannotta, Alex Mincek, Sam Pluta, Katharina Rosenberger, and Kate Soper.

Weston Olencki is a New York City based trombonist/composer specializing in the performance and production of experimental music & art. Weston is a member of Ensemble Pamplemousse, one half of RAGE THORMBONES & People Making Sounds, and has performed with Ensemble Dal Niente, ICE, wasteLAnd, Wet Ink Ensemble, wildUP!, Fonema Consort, Talea Ensemble, and others. His work has been commissioned by the Talea Ensemble, Ensemble Pamplemousse, and soloists Jesse Langen, Lester St. Louis, and Matt Barbier. He has held residencies at Harvard, Stanford, and New York Universities, and was awarded the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis for Interpretation from the Darmstadt Ferienkurse.

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ArtPower presents Aeolus Quartet

Friday, January 19th, 2018 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

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


Event Program (PDF)

Praised by Strad magazine for their “high-octane” performances, the Aeolus Quartet is one of the finest young quartets touring today. Formed in 2008 at the Cleveland Institute of Music by violinists Nicholas Tavani and Rachel Shapiro, violist Gregory Luce, and cellist Alan Richardson, the quartet is committed to presenting time-seasoned masterpieces and new cutting-edge works with freshness, dedication, and fervor. Since its inception, the all-American quartet has been awarded prizes at nearly every major competition in the United States and performed across the globe with showings “worthy of a major-league quartet” (Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News).

Program
Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in D Minor, Op. 76, No. 2; Philip Glass: Quartet No. 3 “Mishima”; Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No.14, Op.131

ARTTALK
Pre-performance ArtTalk at The Loft at 7 pm.

SPONSORS
Eric Lasley and Judith Bachner; Bjorn Bjerede and Jo Kiernan

STUDENT ENGAGEMENT SPONSOR
Joan Jordan Bernstein’s ArtPower Student Engagement Endowed Fund

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Stuart Collection Tour

Saturday, January 20th, 2018 11:00 am

Stuart Collection

Free


Join Steven Schick and the UC San Diego Stuart Collection's Mary Beebe in a walking discussion of the sounds of the Stuart Collection. From Terry Allen's "Silent Tree" to De Saint Phalle's "Sun God" to works by Robert Irwin and finally composer John Luther Adams, let's find out what sculpture sounds like. The final stop on the tour will be John Luther Adams's 2017 installation "The Wind Garden," an interactive sound environment that reacts to the topography and weather of its site in the Theatre District at UC San Diego.

This FREE event steps off at the Conrad Prebys Music Center on the UC San Diego campus at 11am...don't be late!  (No ticket necessary!)

   An It's About Time Festival Featured Event 

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Charles Mingus: Tijuana Moods (Discussion)

Saturday, January 20th, 2018 2:00 pm

San Diego Central Library, Morgan Auditorium

Free


Join "It's Above Time" festival curator Steven Schick as he leads a discussion of the legacy of African-American composer Charles Mingus and his historic Tijuana Moods album project. (This music will be performed on January 22 on the Athenaeum Jazz series.) Panelists for this discussion will include alto saxophonist Charles McPherson, one of the most longstanding members of Charles Mingus' band; Anthony Davis, UC San Diego Professor of Music and noted composer, pianist and improviser; and others to be announced soon. This event is presented with grant support from the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). This edition of UC San Diego's Helen Edison Lecture Series will take place at the Morgan Auditorium of the San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common in downtown San Diego.

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Wilfrido Terrazas Sea Quintet + Peter Kuhn Trio

Monday, January 22nd, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free
Self Supported event
Sponsor: Kyle Motl


Wilfrido Terrazas Sea Quintet + Peter Kuhn Trio

WILFRIDO TERRAZAS SEA QUINTET

A creative music ensemble from Ensenada, Mexico, has been around since 2016. The group plays mostly original compositions and free improv. Life is tastier by the sea!

Members:
Wilfrido Terrazas: flutes and whistles
José Fernando Solares: saxophones
Iván Trujillo: trumpet and flugelhorn
Edwin Montes Roldán: guitar
Abraham Lizardo: drums

PETER KUHN TRIO

Peter Kuhn: clarinets
Kyle Motl: contrabass
Nathan Hubbard: drums and percussion

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1st Year Grad Winter Composition Jury

Friday, January 26th, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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Four WORLD PREMIERE performances highlight the Winter Composition Jury Concert this evening. Led by Rand Steiger and Steven Schick, first-year composition and performance graduate students present a unique collaborative endeavor culminating in the creation the four new pieces:

  • After Escher (Emergence) by Alex Stephenson
  • Humoresk by Sammi Jo Stone
  • mother woke me (wake me) - created by Alexandria Smith and Jasper Sussman
  • From Stillness by Anqi Liu

Featuring performances by Dimitrios Paganos Koukakis, Kathryn Schulmeister, Alexandria Smith, Jasper Sussman, and Shaoai Ashley Zhang.

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Winter Composition Jury Discussion

Saturday, January 27th, 2018 9:00 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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Lytle Scholarship Benefit Concert

Sunday, January 28th, 2018 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


Pianist and Emeritus Professor of Music Cecil Lytle presents the 22nd annual benefit concert for the Lytle Scholarship and the Preuss School at UC San Diego.  

We are pleased to present the finest jazz, folk, and classical pianists in San Diego.  Please join us for a rousing four piano rendition of Flight of the Bumble Bee, Dizzy Gillespie's Night in Tunisia, and many more.  Featuring:

Cecil Lytle
Kei Akagi
Tobin Chodos
Mike Wofford
Joshua White

More information regarding the Lytle Scholarship Concert may be found online here.

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Department Seminar: Abbey Radar

Monday, January 29th, 2018 11:00 am

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


A guest of MUS 43: The department seminar serves both as a general department meeting and as a forum for the presentation of research and performances by visitors, faculty and students.
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Camera Lucida: Beethoven & Grieg

Monday, January 29th, 2018 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. 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.

Program 
Beethoven, Sonata in g-minor for Cello and Piano, Opus 5 Nr. 2
Grieg, Violin Sonata Nr. 2 in G major, Opus 13
Beethoven, String Quartet "Rasumovsky" in C major, Opus 59 Nr. 3

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). On sale: AUGUST 1st.

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ArtPower presents: Roland Auzet

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 7:30 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

An ArtPower presentation.
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“Art is a game between all people of all ages.”—Marcel Duchamp

Music is a tool to create and consolidate a totality, a community of reflections on our daily lives.

A bare hands is a sound performance, focused like a magnifying glass on an object that we know well. With my “bare hands,” I will look at … a car. We’ll have an intimate encounter that will reveal the joys of rhythms and sounds.

From the time we were children we have played with and in cars. We travel in them, for sure, but we also talk, take shelter from the rain, eat, and make love in them. Sometime we even live in them…a sad fact too often the case today. 

The car as object will live through sound. It is not mute but its language is secret. It is the secret of all secrets. It contains all the worlds. It is our history; it is.

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Luis Urrea (Discussion)

Thursday, February 1st, 2018 7:00 pm

San Diego Central Library, Morgan Auditorium

Free


Hailed by NPR as a "master storyteller with a rock and roll heart," Luis Alberto Urrea is a prolific writer who uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss and triumph. Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and American mother, Urrea is the critically acclaimed, best-selling author of 16 books, including The Hummingbird's Daughterand Into the Beautiful North. Join "It's About Time" curator Steven Schick for a conversation with Luis Urrea about his life and work and their collaboration on a new version of Stravinsky's L'Histoire du soldat (to be performed at UC San Diego's Mandeville Auditorium on February 3rd) with texts from Urrea's writings. This edition of UC San Diego Extension's Public Events & Lectures series takes place at the San Diego Central Library's Morgan Auditorium.

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Michael Pisaro's "asleep, forest, melody, path"

Friday, February 2nd, 2018 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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Michael Pisaro's asleep, forest, melody, path is a rich and resonant work scored for six field recordings (made in six specially chosen sites in San Diego), a large ensemble of instrumentalists and two soloists. A work of both great intimacy and extraordinary emotional and sonic power, asleep, forest, melody, path sketches a sonic portrait of our city and the people who call it home. Percussionist Greg Stuart returns to UC San Diego to lead the performance and joins violinist Erik Carlson as soloist. 

15 Questions with Michael Pisaro.

Doors at 6:30 p.m. | Pre-Concert Talk at 7:00 p.m. | Concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

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Reed Family Concert: Igor Stravinsky "L'Histoire du Soldat"

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 7:30 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
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Celebrate the centennial of Igor Stravinsky's masterpiece L'Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) with a new setting featuring texts by the extraordinary writer Luis Urrea, the cutting-edge Tijuana dance collective Lux Boreal and UC San Diego’s dynamic new flute professor Wilfrido Terrazas. Music from a hundred years ago along with text, dance and improvised music from today combine to explore real-life problems and joys of Mexicans and Americans as they cross the international border between San Diego and Tijuana.This performance is the annual Reed Family Concert presented by the UC San Diego Department of Music at Mandeville Auditorium.

Please note: General Admission seating.  Doors at 6:30 p.m. Pre-concert talk with Maestro Schick at 7:00 p.m. The Performance will begin at 7:30 p.m.

No late seating.

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Taiwanese Studies presents Pi-hsien Chen, piano

Sunday, February 4th, 2018 3:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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Chuan Lyu Endowment and Taiwan Studies Lecture Series at UCSD present pianist Pi-hsien Chen 

W. A. Mozart    Fantasie c-Minor KV 475 and Sonata C-minor KV 457

Yang Tsung-Hsien 楊聦賢
Albumblätter from Sansui Shack 山水寮扎記 (1994)
Lento - Adagietto - Andante

Arnold Schönberg   Five Piano Pieces Op. 23

Yen Lu 盧炎.     Impromptu (2005)

Lei Liang    My Windows

Franz Schubert Sonata E-flat Major DV 568

About the artist:
Pianist Pi-hsien Chen was born in Taiwan and came to Cologne when she was nine years old. One year later, she was admitted into the class of Hans-Otto Schmidt-Neuhaus. She won the first prizes at the ARD-International Piano Competition in Munich, the A. Schoenberg Competition in Rotterdam, and the J. S. Bach Competition in Washington D.C. She performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Concertgebouw-Orchestra, the Zurich-Tonhalle-Orchestra. Conductors with whom she has worked include Bernhard Haiting, Paul Sacher, Hans Zender, Péter Eötvös. Pi-hsien Chen took part in numerous international music festivals. Her increasing interest and engagement in contemporary music grew in cooperation with composers such as Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen, György Kurtág and Elliott Carter. Moreover, she performed contemporary music with ensembles including Ensemble Modern, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain and Asko Ensemble. More recently, her complete Mozart’s Sonatas are released by Sunrise Records. Her recording of Scarlatti and Beethoven sonatas, along with John Cage and Stockhausen were released by HATnowART (Basel,Switzerland) to critical acclaim. Since 1983, Pi-hsien Chen was professor of piano at the University of Music in Cologne, and since 2004, at the University of Music in Freiburg.

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Erik Carlson / Greg Stuart

Sunday, February 4th, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free
Self Supported event
Sponsor: Erik Carlson


Greg Stuart and Erik Carlson write and perform their works:

  • Greg Stuart: shoaling
  • Erik Carlson: 9,710,557,029 : 10,763,508,996 : 11,678,055,512 : 13,333,899,204 : 15,811,880,472 : 17,690,519,736 polyrhythm (partial cycle)
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The Music of Manfred Werder

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free
Self Supported event
Sponsor: Erik Carlson


Erik Carlson presents the Music of Manfred Werder

  • Manfred Werder: 20160
  • Erik Carlson: for performer and laptop

About the composer: 

Composer, performer, curator, lives in situ. Manfred Werder focuses on possibilities of rendering the practices regarding composition and field. His recent scores have featured either found sentences from poetry and philosophy, or found words from whatever sources. His performances, both indoors and outdoors, aim at letting appear the world’s natural abundance. Earlier works include stück 1998, a 4000 page score whose nonrecurring and intermittent performative realization has been ongoing since December 1997.

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WEDS@7 Aleck Karis, piano

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
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Late Debussy Piano Recital

  • Twelve Études (1915)
  • Children’s Corner Suite (1908)

Aleck Karis presents a rare opportunity to hear, in its entirety, Claude Debussy’s final piano masterpiece, the Twelve Études.  Among the most colorful and evocative works ever written for piano, they are also daring musical explorations which stretch the boundaries of harmony and form. Karis opens the program with Debussy’s much-loved Children’s Corner Suite, which includes Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum, The Little Shepherd, and Golliwogg’s Cakewalk.

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Erasure and Hearing Landscapes

Thursday, February 8th, 2018 5:00 pm

Qualcomm Institute Atkinson Hall

Free


In spring 2017, UC San Diego Music professor and former Qualcomm Institute composer in residence Lei Liang and QI's professor of visualization and virtual reality, Falko Kuester, organized a unique seminar called “Hearing Seascapes: A Collaborative Seminar on the Sonification of Coral Reefs.” It provided graduate students from the music and engineering departments with an opportunity to develop interdisciplinary projects on the topic of coral reefs. Out of that seminar course emerged two multimedia performance works developed by groups of graduate students who will premiere their installations simultaneously in two venues in Atkinson Hall on the UC San Diego campus. The immersive works include:

Erasure, an ambitious, large-scale multimedia installation produced by a robust collaboration among Computer Music Ph.D. student Jacob Sundstrom, Computer Science and Engineering Ph.D. student Vid Petrovic, Music Performance Ph.D. student Fiona Digney, and Ph.D. student in Musical Composition Anthony Vine

Hearing Seascapes, which combines coral reef imagery and audio data to generate sound based on the location and viewpoints of endangered coral reefs, a work by Lauren Jones, a Master's student in Vocal Performance, and Computer Music Ph.D. student Eunjeong Stella Koh, both at UC San Diego.

Hearing Seascapes will be staged in the Calit2 Immersive Visualization Lab (SunCave), and Erasure in the Reconfigurable Media Lab, both on the first floor of QI's Atkinson Hall.

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Grad Forum

Friday, February 9th, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Robert Erikson - Kryl 
Alexandria Smith

set of Irish/Scottish music 
Landon Bain, Keir GoGwilt, Barbara Byers

Manfred Werder - Stück 2004
Matthew Kline

Songs for Fish by Barbara
Barbara Byers, Ben Rempel, Jordan Morton, Keir GoGwilt

Peter Ablinger - Weiss/Weisslich 17c (1994/2007)
Christopher Clarino, Barbara Byers

Theodor A. Wiesengrund - "The Philosophy of New Zealand Music, part I: Richard Fuchs & the Dialectic of Loneliness" (1946)
Celeste Oram, Madison Greenstone

Grad Forums provide an outlet for Music Department graduate students to present individual and collaborative works on their own terms. From theatrically-oriented conceptions to virtuosic instrumental solos, this Grad Forum highlights the artistic diversity that coexists here at UCSD.

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Cross Winds

Saturday, February 10th, 2018 7:30 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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Steven Schick conducts

Gustav Mahler - Symphony No. 4
Roland Auzet - Alone: Theatre and Music for Fiona

Guest artists: Tasha Koontz, soprano; Fiona Digney, percussion

It has been a tough few years in France – a time of strong crosswinds from every direction. Paris-based circus artist, composer, and percussionist Roland Auzet fights back in a new theatrical percussion concerto written for and commissioned by UC San Diego graduate student Fiona Digney. The balm of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, with one of the most beautiful slow movements ever written, helps calm the currents.

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Cross Winds

Sunday, February 11th, 2018 2:00 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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Steven Schick conducts

Gustav Mahler - Symphony No. 4
Roland Auzet - Alone: Theatre and Music for Fiona

Guest artists: Tasha Koontz, soprano; Fiona Digney, percussion

It has been a tough few years in France – a time of strong crosswinds from every direction. Paris-based circus artist, composer, and percussionist Roland Auzet fights back in a new theatrical percussion concerto written for and commissioned by UC San Diego graduate student Fiona Digney. The balm of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, with one of the most beautiful slow movements ever written, helps calm the currents.

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Visitors from Aichi University of the Arts (Japan)

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 6:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


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Please join the Performance and Composition Areas as they welcome guests and noted scholars from Aichi University in Japan.

  • Akira Kobayashi: Glass Swan (Todd Mollenberg)
  • Akira Kobayashi: Haru no Uta (Lauren Jones and Mari Kawamura)
  • Rica Narimoto: Six Etudes (Michael Matsuno)

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Akira Kobayashi graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and holds the Master’s degree in Arts.   Akira Kobayashi has received numerous prizes in International competitions and awards include: First Prize at the 1st International Carlos Chavez Prize competition for Young Composers, First Prize in Japan Symphony Foundation’s 10th Composition Competition, finalist for the 3rd Music Today Composition Prize, finalist in the 1st Nuove Sincronie International Composition Competition, Arts Prize sponsored by the Jomo Newspaper Publishing Company and Honorary Plaque at the 9th International Gino Contilli Composition Competition. He studied at the Sibelius Academy as a research fellow with a grant from the Japanese government. Currently Akira Kobayashi is Professor of composition at Aichi University of the Arts.

Rica Narimoto was born in Wakayama, Japan, and completed her M.A. and D.M. degrees at Aichi University of the Arts, graduating at the top of her class and receiving the university's prestigious Kuwabara Prize. Her music has been performed in many countries including Japan, Holland, Finland, the United States and Egypt. She received numerous awards including the Irino Prize (2008). Her work combines contemporary compositional techniques with the traditional rhythmic structures of the 17th-century Japanese Itchu-Bushi form in order to create abstract structures of space and time and produce a unique musical signature. In 2011, awarded a grant from the Asian Cultural Council (USA), she resided in New York City. Currently she is Associate Professor at Aichi University of the Arts.

Masayuki Yasuhara is a musicologist with a specialization in Russian music history.  He graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, before studying at Indiana University (musicology, organ and Russian Studies) and Moscow State University (Philology).  In 2001, he spent 6 months as a visiting scholar at the Moscow Conservatory on a special grant from the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prof. Yasuhara has published book chapters and articles on Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, Socialist Realism, among others.  He has also given papers at various professional conferences including the 1997 meeting of the International Comparative Literature Association in Leiden, Holland, the 2000 International Shostakovich Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, and the Chapter meetings of the Musicological Society of Japan.  

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SoirŽe for Music Lovers

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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Soirée for Music Lovers:  A tradition continues

In 1987, renowned virtuoso violinist János Négyesy established a series of Chamber Music concerts called the “Soirée for Music Lovers”. These programs were intended to be a musical counterpoint to the experimental music that characterized the music department at the University of California, where Professor Négyesy was a long-time faculty member. The quarterly concerts, featuring chamber music from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, grew to be a popular and elegant part of the musical life of San Diego. The tradition continues this year on Wednesday, February 14th, at the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall on the UC San Diego campus. Päivikki Nykter, the late Professor Négyesy’s wife, musical partner and a featured performer in every previous Soirée, has taken up the mantle in presenting a program worthy of the Négyesy legacy. 

Program:

  • Telemann: Quartet for flute, oboe, violin and continuo in G Major
  • Brahms: Botschaft , Op. 47, No. 1 and Richard Strauss: Heimliche Aufforderung, Op.27, Op. 3 for bass-baritone and piano
  • Ravel: Sonatine for flute, viola and harp
  • Schumann: Piano Quartet in E flat Major, Op. 47

Performers:

Cecilia Kim (cello)
Philip Larson (bass-baritone)
Siu Hei Lee (piano)
Michael Matsuno (flute)
Päivikki Nykter (violin and viola)
Tasha Smith-Godinez (harp)
Stephanie Smith (oboe)
Annabelle Terbetski (viola)
Steven Tran (harpsichord)
 

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MUS 32 Guitar by Pablo Gomez Cano

Thursday, February 15th, 2018 5:30 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


Come and join the guitar class at the Music Department in this great recital. Acoustic and Electric guitar; guitar duo, gutiar and percussion, electronics and more...

Performers include: Matthew Alviar, Alonso de la Peña, Vincenzo Libertore, Siddhartha Krishnan, and Martine Xenja. Instructed by Pablo Gómez-Cano.

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Lauren Jones, soprano - Graduate Recital

Thursday, February 15th, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Soprano Lauren Jones - This performance is in partial fulfillment of Lauren's graduate degree in Vocal Performance. The program will include works by Luciano Berio, Kaija Saariaho, Erik Satie, Igor Stravinsky, and Daniel Tacke. Also performing with Lauren will be percussionist Sean Dowgray, pianist Siu Hei Lee, and computer musician Stella Ko.

Luciano Berio - Sequenza
Erik Satie - 3 Melodies 
Daniel Tacke - Abend
Kaija Saariaho - Lohn
Stravinsky - 3 Japanese Lyrics
Stravinsky - "No Word from Tom" from The Rake's Progress

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Christopher Clarino, percussion - Graduate Recital

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Percussionist Christopher Clarino presents his third DMA recital:

Karlheinz Stockhausen - Nasenflügeltanz 
John Cage - Music for Four
Tiange Zhou - world premiere 
Jean-Charles François - Fragments II
Georges Aperghis - Retrouvailles

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WEDS@7 Susan Narucki

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

General Admission: $15.50
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The Edge of Silence - vocal chamber music of György Kurtág

A concert devoted to the vocal chamber music of the Hungarian master composer, György Kurtág, including Hét Dal (Seven songs for voice and cimbalom) S.K. Remembrance Noise (voice and violin), Erinnerung an einen Winterabend (voice, violin, cimbalom), Attila Jozsef Fragments (solo voice) and Scenes from a Novel (voice, violin, cimbalom and double bass. When asked about the impetus behind the program, Narucki said  "György Kurtág's music has been one of the touchstones of my life as a musician.  I was introduced to the composer's music at  the beginning of my professional career, performing the West Coast premiere of Messages of the R.V. Troussova  at the 1986 Ojai Festival.  I began a journey into a musical landscape that is overwhelmingly rich and varied.  Kurtág illuminates the texts he sets; his music is a synthesis of vocal expression and musical materials in which every gesture contributes to the whole.  It is music that is emotionally powerful, intensely personal and hauntingly beautiful - and it has fascinated me for over thirty years.  Some of the pieces on the program have been an integral part of my life as a singer; they are works that I've presented many times; in the case of some others, I return and remember.  The scores are full of messages - observations, ideas, questions - a map of the composer's profoundly fertile imagination, in which I have tried to find my bearings, again and again."

The soprano is joined by guest artists Curtis Macomber (violin), Nicholas Tolle (cimbalom) and Kathryn Schulmeister (double bass).


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Biographies:

The playing of violinist Curtis Macomber was praised recently by the New York Times for its “thrilling virtuosity” and by Strad Magazine for its “panache”. He enjoys a varied and distinguished career as soloist, chamber musician, and teacher, and he has for several decades been recognized as one of this country’s foremost interpreters and proponents of new music. Mr. Macomber’s extensive discography includes the complete Brahms and Grieg Sonatas as well as hundreds of critically praised recordings of contemporary solo and chamber works. As a member of the New World String Quartet from 1982-93, he performed in virtually all the important concert series in this country, as well as touring abroad. He is the violinist of Da Capo, a founding member of the Apollo Trio and the newest member of both the Manhattan String Quartet and the Walden Chamber Players. Mr. Macomber is presently a member of the chamber music faculty of the Juilliard School, where he earned B.M., M.M., and D.M.A. degrees as a student of Joseph Fuchs. He is also on the violin faculties of the Manhattan and Mannes Schools of Music, and has taught at the Tanglewood, Taos and Yellow Barn Music Festivals.

Nicholas Tolle is one of North America's premiere cimbalom artists. In 2017 he appeared as a soloist with Steven Schick and musicians from UCSD performing Pierre Boulez' Repons and will also present the complete solo and small ensemble cimbalom works of György Kurtág at Tufts University. In August he will made his ninth visit to the Lucerne Festival to perform the works of Kurtág and Heinz Holliger. He has recently performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, the New York Philharmonic, and the International Contemporary Ensemble. In 2012 he was a soloist with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal performing Pierre Boulez’ Repons, which he also performed with the composer conducting at the Lucerne Festival in 2009. He has appeared as a soloist with Collage New Music and Orchestra 2001 performing Steve Mackey’s 5 Animated Shorts, and with numerous orchestras performing Kodály’s Háry János Suite. Based in Boston, MA, locally he can be seen regularly with such groups as the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Callithumpian Consort, and Sound Icon. He is also a frequent collaborator with Ensemble Signal. He is the founder and artistic director of the Ludovico Ensemble, and is the sole proprietor of Boston Percussion Rentals, New England's largest percussion rental company.

Kathryn Schulmeister is a double bassist with a wide range of musical and interdisciplinary interests. In March of 2017, Kathryn performed a 6-city tour of Switzerland and Luxembourg with the Lucerne Festival Young Artists, performing an experimental theater work incorporating dance and various styles of classical and contemporary music. With a passion for collaborating with composers to create new repertoire for the double bass, Kathryn’s performance has been described as “…turning an ostensibly ungainly instrument into a writhing white-hot crucible.” (5against4) Kathryn is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Contemporary Music Performance from the University of California, San Diego. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and completed her Master of Music degree at the McGill University in Montréal, receiving numerous scholarships and awards during her studies including the Austrian Society Scholarship, the Clara Lichtenstein Fellowship, the Graduate Excellence Award, and National Public Radio's ‘From the Top’ Scholarship.

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Vinny Golia, Bobby Bradford, Mark Dresser in Trio

Friday, February 23rd, 2018 8:00 pm

The Loft at UC San Diego

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Jeff Parker and the New Breed 
Bobby Bradford, Vinny Golia, Mark Dresser in Trio 

Jeff Parker - guitarist best known for working with post-rock group, Tortoise. / Bobby Bradford - American jazz trumpeter, cornetist, bandleader, and composer  / Vinny Golia - American composer and multi-instrumentalist specializing in woodwind instruments. / Mark Dresser - Grammy nominated, internationally renowned bass player, improviser, composer, and interdisciplinary collaborator.

$15.00 general / $5.00 staff/faculty / FREE UCSD students Doors: 7PM // Show: 8PM 

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MUS 201B Projects in New Music Perf, Improv

Monday, February 26th, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


MUS 201B: Projects in New Music Performance - Improvisation

Featuring: 
Sammi Jo Stone, Tenor Saxophone | Lily Lacy, voice and cello
Kyle Motl, bass | Joey Bourdeau, drums | Anthony Davis, instructor

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WEDS@7 loadbang

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 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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Wednesdays at 7 present loadbang  

  • Alexandre Lunsqui - Guttural I, II, III & IV 
  • Scott Worthington – A Different Infiniteness
  • Carlos Cordeiro – Disquiet  
  • Reiko Futing – Land of Silence 
  • Lei Liang – Lakescape V 
  • William Lang – There Might Be One More
  • Scott Wollschleger – What is the Word 

About the artists:

New York City-based new music chamber group loadbang is building a new kind of music for mixed ensemble of trumpet, trombone, bass clarinet, and baritone voice. Since their founding in 2008, they have been praised as ‘cultivated’ by The New Yorker, ‘an extra-cool new music group’ and ‘exhilarating’ by the Baltimore Sun, ‘inventive’ by the New York Times and called a 'formidable new-music force' by TimeOutNY. Their unique lung-powered instrumentation has provoked diverse responses from composers, resulting in a repertoire comprising an inclusive picture of composition today. In New York City, they have been recently presented by and performed at Miller Theater, Symphony Space, MATA and the Avant Music Festival; on American tours at Da Camera of Houston, Rothko Chapel, and the Festival of New American Music at Sacramento State University; and internationally at Ostrava Days (Czech Republic) China-ASEAN Music Week (China) and Shanghai Symphony Hall (China).

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Sonic Fluidities

Friday, March 2nd, 2018 8:00 am

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

To be announced


Sonic Fluidities
An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

March 2-3, 2018
University of California San Diego
Conrad Prebys Music Center

Sound — an un-solid state, a phenomenon of flux and emergence — opens up fluid spaces in which to theorize and create across disciplinary boundaries.  Sound siphons diverse conceptual frameworks and methodologies, allowing them to coexist and take on new forms. Not only does sound borrow from divergent bodies of knowledge, it blurs the distinction between creative practice, research and scholarly work, calling on researchers to consider their interconnected roles as listeners, performers, composers, curators, builders, etc. Sound acts as a conduit for labor from a variety of collaborators, resulting in radical epistemologies and hermeneutics.

The Integrative Studies (IS) program at UC San Diego’s Department of Music is a community of faculty and students whose work moves fluidly between scholarship, performance, improvisation, sound installation, composition, instrument building and more, with the common goal of theorizing through sound.  Our inaugural conference asks questions about what it means to do “integrative studies,” offering the metaphor of “fluidity” as a starting point for querying silos and hierarchies of knowledge.

Featured daily events on Friday include: 

7:00 p.m. - Clara Latham, Keynote Performance | Recital Hall, Room 127

For more information: official site 

Daily schedule:  https://sites.google.com/view/sonicfluidities/conference-schedule

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ArtPower presents Smetana Trio

Friday, March 2nd, 2018 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

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


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Founded in 1934, Smetana Trio is today’s foremost Czech chamber ensemble. Currently comprised of Jitka ÄŒechová (piano), JiÅ™í Vodička (violin), and Jan Páleníček (cello), the trio perpetuates the interpretational ideals created by their illustrious predecessors as well as other superlative 20th-century chamber music soloists. The Smetana Trio was recently awarded the 2017 BBC Music Magazine Award, the world’s only classical music award voted on by the public.

Program
Alexander Zemlinsky: Trio in D Minor, Op. 3; Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 8; Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 49

ARTTALK
Pre-performance ArtTalk at The Loft at 7 pm.

SPONSOR
Sam B. Ersan

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Sonic Fluidities

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 8:00 am

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

To be announced


Sonic Fluidities
An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

March 2-3, 2018
University of California San Diego
Conrad Prebys Music Center

Sound — an un-solid state, a phenomenon of flux and emergence — opens up fluid spaces in which to theorize and create across disciplinary boundaries.  Sound siphons diverse conceptual frameworks and methodologies, allowing them to coexist and take on new forms. Not only does sound borrow from divergent bodies of knowledge, it blurs the distinction between creative practice, research and scholarly work, calling on researchers to consider their interconnected roles as listeners, performers, composers, curators, builders, etc. Sound acts as a conduit for labor from a variety of collaborators, resulting in radical epistemologies and hermeneutics.

The Integrative Studies (IS) program at UC San Diego’s Department of Music is a community of faculty and students whose work moves fluidly between scholarship, performance, improvisation, sound installation, composition, instrument building and more, with the common goal of theorizing through sound.  Our inaugural conference asks questions about what it means to do “integrative studies,” offering the metaphor of “fluidity” as a starting point for querying silos and hierarchies of knowledge.

Featured daily events on Saturday include: 

2:00 p.m. - George Lewis, Keynote Speaker | Recital Hall, Room 127

For more information: official site 

Daily schedule:  https://sites.google.com/view/sonicfluidities/conference-schedule

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Piano Studio

Sunday, March 4th, 2018 3:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Piano studio students of Aleck Karis present recent work.View Google Map | Add to Google Calendar

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The Music of JŸrg Frey

Sunday, March 4th, 2018 4:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free
Self Supported Event
Sponsor: Matt Kline


The UCSD Grad Community is thrilled to welcome the composer Jürg Frey to San Diego. This concert will present two of his works along with another piece by Eva-Maria Houben. The concert will be in the Experimental Theater in CPMC. The concert is free and open to the public. The program is:

Klein Sein by Eva-Maria Houben 
- Ashley Zhang, Piano

Accurate Placement by Jürg Frey
- Matt Kline, Double Bass

ohne titel (architektur der stille) by Jürg Frey
- Michael Matsuno, Flute; Curt Miller - Bass Clarinet

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LAVA Exhibition

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 4:00 pm

105 University Center

Free


LAVA Exhibition

Opening Reception - Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor, 105 University Center

LAVA is an art exhibition featuring work by graduate students, faculty, and alumni from the Department of Visual Arts. The show is supported by EVC Elizabeth H. Simmons and Dean Cristina Della Coletta. The selection of work conveys themes of color, patterns and vibrancy that showcases the unique diversity of visual arts. The exhibit engages audiences outside of the traditional gallery space and integrates concept art into our everyday routines. The two previous exhibitions — Mint and Chroma — were held at the Office of the Graduate Division and Office of the Division of Arts and Humanities respectively, with support from Dean Kit Pogliano and Dean Cristina Della Coletta.  Curated by Visual Arts alumnus, Farshid Bazmandegan.

At 4:30 p.m., the Opening Reception will feature a performance by David Borgo (tenor saxophone) and Tommy Babin (double bass). 

1. Drum Talk (composed by David Borgo)
2. Inner Urge (composed by Joe Henderson)


Additional Description:

David Borgo is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Music at UC San Diego. He has published widely on the social, cultural, historical and cognitive dimensions of music-making, including a book titled Sync or Swarm: Improvising Music in a Complex Age, which won the Alan P. Merriam Prize in 2006 from the Society for Ethnomusicology as the most distinguished English-language book published during the previous year. David’s scholarly work also appears in Jazz Perspectives, Black Music Research Journal, Journal of Popular Music Studies, American Music, Journal of American History, Journal of Consciousness Studies, Parallax, Open Space, The Oxford Handbook on Critical Improvisation Studies, and in several edited book volumes. As a saxophonist, David has toured in the United States, Europe, Asia, Canada, Mexico and Brazil, and he has released ten albums of original music. David has given invited talks and/or performances at the Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music (STEIM) in Amsterdam, the Sonic Arts Research Center (SARC) at Queens University Belfast, The University of Göteborg, The University of São Paulo, Escuela National de Musica-UNAM in Mexico City, The University of Chicago, The University of Minnesota, The Northwest Electro-Acoustic Music Organization (NWEAMO), UCLA, UCHRI’s "State of the Arts" Festival, and The Bronowski Art and Science Forum, among other distinguished venues.

Called "muscular and exact" by the Globe and Mail, and "inflammable" by The Village Voice, bassist Tommy Babin has performed worldwide with a wide range of musical artists including Mats Gustaffson, Hamid Drake, Matana Roberts, Gordon Grdina, Francois Houle, and Anthony Braxton alongside his own projects. He is a Juno Award-winner, recipient of multiple awards from the Canada Council for the Arts , and can be heard on upcoming 2018 album releases alongside Paul Plimley, Jon Irabagon, and Eyvind Kang. Tommy is currently a doctoral student at the University of California, San Diego.
 

Curated by Visual Arts alumnus, Farshid Bazmandegan.

Selected works included are by:

Jessica Frelund (MFA Candidate)

Angie Jennings (MFA Alumna)

Lisa Korpos (MFA Candidate)

Aitor Lajarin (MFA Alumnus)

Jean Lowe (MFA Alumna)

Kim MacConnel (Professor Emeritus)

Rubén Ortiz-Torres (Professor)

Omar Pimienta (MFA Alumnus)

Italo Scanga (Professor Emeritus)

Ernest R. Silva (Professor Emeritus)

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

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free
Self Supported Event
Sponsor: Matt Kline


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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Kjell Nordeson, Kyle Motl, and David Stackenas

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free
Self Supported Event
Sponsor: Kjell Nordeson



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WEDS@7 Palimpsest, curated by Aleck Karis

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 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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The Palimpsest Ensemble presents a program curated and conducted by Aleck Karis:

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Undergrad Forum

Thursday, March 8th, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free



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Grad Forum

Friday, March 9th, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


6:45pm. Pre-concert installation/performance: 
'Σ = a = b = a + b' (1969) by Eliane Radigue

7:15pm, Concert:

'Arci' by Hannah Kulenty, performed by Sean Dowgray (North American premiere)

'Anaklasis' for 2 basses by Barry Guy, performed by Tommy Babin and Kyle Motl

'you called my mother's tenacity a snowflake' by Michael Matsuno

'from the distance of our own' by Anthony Vine

'CVS' & 'Conical Chronicle' by Lil Lacy and Sammi Stone

Post-performance installation/performance: 
'Vice-Versa, etc...' (1970) by Eliane Radigue

Grad Forums provide an outlet for Music Department graduate students to present individual and collaborative works on their own terms. From theatrically-oriented conceptions to virtuosic instrumental solos, this Grad Forum highlights the artistic diversity that coexists here at UCSD.

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Joshua Charney - Graduate Recital

Saturday, March 10th, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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Josh Charney presents Bula Matari | Breaker of Rocks.

This one act opera tells the historical tale of British explorer Henry Morton Stanley’s tumultuous expedition through the African Congo into the Sudan to rescue Emin Pasha, a European governor under attack by an army of Islamic freedom fighters led by Muhammad Ahmad, a man who claims to be the Mahdi - the redeemer of Islam. 

Performers
Henry Stanley - Jonathan Nussman
The Mahdi - Barbara Byers
Emin Pasha - Adam Davis

Piano - Siu Hei Lee
Double Bass - Kyle Motl
Double Bass - Tommy Babin
Percussion - Chris Clarino 

More information on Josh Charney.

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32VM Vocal Master Class

Monday, March 12th, 2018 3:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


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Students enrolled in the MUS 32VM: Vocal Master class course, under the instruction of Kirsten Ashley Wiest, perform an end of term recital. 

Performers will present German Lieders, opera arias, and new compositions by Undergraduate composers (MUS33B), instructed by Elisabet Curbelo. 

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Monday Night Jazz: 95JC Jazz Ensembles

Monday, March 12th, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


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Monday Night Jazz: 95JC Jazz Ensembles

The 95JC concert will feature a small ensemble performing a variety of exciting compositions, including some written and arranged by student musicians. Our instrumentation includes voice, violin, saxophones, rhythm section and afro-latin percussion.

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Singers and Choirs, 95CK

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


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SINGERS and CHOIRS

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

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Chamber Orchestra

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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The UC San Diego Chamber Orchestra
Matthew Kline, conductor

Program:
José Pablo Moncayo -  Huapango 
Eva-Maria Houben - Die Himmelsmechanik
Ludwig Van Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 4, Mari Kawamura, Piano Soloist 
Alberto Ginastera - Estancia

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UC San Diego Gospel Choir

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 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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Directed by Ken Anderson, the choir combines hundreds of voices to fill the auditorium with the uplifting sound of African American spirituals, blues, traditional songs, and gospel. View Google Map | Add to Google Calendar

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95W World Music Students

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


Under the direction of Kartik Seshadri, the students of 95W, World Music perform a course concert in the Recital Hall, Room 127 at the Conrad Prebys Music Center.

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Bach Ensembles

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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Bach Ensemble 

The Bach Ensemble directed by Takae Ohnishi (harpsichordist, UC San Diego lecturer) presents the concert performed by selected students from Mus 130 (Chamber Ensemble). 

Takae also will join the ensemble as a continuo player and has invited guest artist, Pei-chun Tsai, a violinist from San Diego Symphony and a lecturer at San Diego State University. 

The all Baroque program includes:

  • A.Vivaldi : Cello Concerto in C major
  • A.Vivaldi : Violin Concerto in A minor
  • J.S.Bach : Violin Double Concerto in D minor
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Distinguished Lecture Series: Steven Feld

Thursday, March 15th, 2018 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


The Distinguished Lectures Series continues with the presentation of noted ethnomusicologist: Steven Feld.  Dr. Feld will present: Hearing Heat: An Anthropocene Acoustemology.

Please click here for Dr. Feld's full biography.

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Wind Ensemble

Thursday, March 15th, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


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Bass Ensembles

Thursday, March 15th, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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Chamber Ensembles

Friday, March 16th, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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The concert presents the works by Vivaldi, Mozart, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and etc by the students from Mus130 chamber ensemble class directed by Takae Ohnishi.View Google Map | Add to Google Calendar

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Efficient Arrays

Friday, March 16th, 2018 7:30 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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


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Patrick Walders conducts

Franz Liszt - Les Preludes
Carl Orff - Carmina Burana

Guest artists: Tasha Koontz, soprano; John Russell, tenor; Kyle Ferrill, baritone; North Coast Singers “Caprice” youth chorus
 
Two important European musical figures from two different historical periods faced history in similar ways. Franz Liszt, well known as the progenitor of virtuosic piano music, was a stalwart visionary, devoted to the future. In his best-known work, Orff looks to the distant musical past for inspiration. LJS&C’s new Choral Director, Patrick Walders, makes his conducting debut with the orchestra and chorus.

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Efficient Arrays

Saturday, March 17th, 2018 7:30 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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Patrick Walders conducts

Franz Liszt - Les Preludes
Carl Orff - Carmina Burana

Guest artists: Tasha Koontz, soprano; John Russell, tenor; Kyle Ferrill, baritone; North Coast Singers “Caprice” youth chorus
 
Two important European musical figures from two different historical periods faced history in similar ways. Franz Liszt, well known as the progenitor of virtuosic piano music, was a stalwart visionary, devoted to the future. In his best-known work, Orff looks to the distant musical past for inspiration. LJS&C’s new Choral Director, Patrick Walders, makes his conducting debut with the orchestra and chorus.

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Efficient Arrays

Sunday, March 18th, 2018 2:00 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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


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Patrick Walders conducts

Franz Liszt - Les Preludes
Carl Orff - Carmina Burana

Guest artists: Tasha Koontz, soprano; John Russell, tenor; Kyle Ferrill, baritone; North Coast Singers “Caprice” youth chorus
 
Two important European musical figures from two different historical periods faced history in similar ways. Franz Liszt, well known as the progenitor of virtuosic piano music, was a stalwart visionary, devoted to the future. In his best-known work, Orff looks to the distant musical past for inspiration. LJS&C’s new Choral Director, Patrick Walders, makes his conducting debut with the orchestra and chorus.

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MUS 206 Improvisation/Notation

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Wilfrido Terraza's graduate seminar: Improvisation/Notation, presents a concert promoting current projects. Featuring: Rachel Allen, Mari Kawamura, Matthew Kline, Dimitrios Paganos Koukakis, Kathryn Schulmeister, Alexandria Smith, and Jasper Sussman.View Google Map | Add to Google Calendar

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MUS 33B Final Recording

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 3:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


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Undergraduate composers studying with Elisabet Curbelo present an end of term concert.

Featuring compositions by: Joshua Choi, Andrés Duvvuri, Eyvonne Hu, Stacy Hurst, Eduardo Jimenez, Hyun Joong Kim, Matt LeVeque, Vincenzo Liberatore, Luke Piszkin, and Zeng Ren.

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Additional Description:

Flower, composed by: Joshua Choi
Tiffany Tsai, violin
Joshua Choi, piano

Cloud, composed by: Andrés Duvvuri
Andrés Duvvuri and Eduardo Jiménez, guitars

Mark of Cain, composed by: Eyvonne Hu
Alkane Xu, piano
Matt Leveque, vibraphone

Contemplations, composed by: Stacy Hurst
Danlei Zhao, voice
Kyle Adam Blair, piano

Ajedrez II, composed by: Eduardo Jimenez
Eduardo Jimenez, guitar
Martha Hartt, voice

Music of the Unknown, composed by: Hyun Joong Kim
Elizabeth Fisher, voice
Hyun Joong Kim, piano

in the light of the sun, composed by: Matt LeVeque
Benjamin Mateyka, piano
Jacqueline Guy, violin
Savanna Dunaway, violin
Joseph Garcia, marimba
Matt LeVeque, vibraphone

Vertigo, composed by: Vincenzo Liberatore
Joseph Garcia, vocals and AMP
Ben Mateyka, harpsichord
Julia Yu, vocalist and actress
Vincenzo Liberatore, actor

A Piece of His Own Heart: Hymn to the Unbroken
composed by: Luke Piszkin
Teagan Rutkowski, voice
Nickan Shabdar, violin
Zhiling Xu, dizi
Kyle Adam Blair, piano

Product Topology, composed by:  Zeng Ren
Adrian Chan, voice
Zeng Ren, piano

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scapegoat duo

Monday, April 2nd, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


scapegoat visits from Montreal to present the North American premieres of recent works written for the duo by Michelle Lou and Pierluigi Billone!

Michelle Lou, Opal (2017)
Pierluigi Bilione, 2 Alberi (2017)

scapegoat
Joshua Hyde, saxophones
Noam Bierstone, percussion

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Camera Lucida: Beethoven & Brahms

Monday, April 2nd, 2018 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.  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.

Program 
Beethoven, String Quartet "Rasumovsky" in e minor, Opus 59 Nr. 2
Brahms, Piano Quartet in A major, Opus 26

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). On sale: AUGUST 1st.

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Jordan Morton, double bass - Graduate Recital

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


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Contrabassist and vocalist Jordan Morton presents a recital of repertoire and new original works in support of her graduate studies with Mark Dresser.

Featuring:
Nelson Moneo, violin
Ben Rempel, percussion
Dan King, percussion

Program: 
oibinnadocS by Håkon Thelin
Suite Myth by Jordan Morton with violin, percussion and bass/voice
Drifting, Aglow by Anthony Vine 
Amarchord by Hakon Thelin
 

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SD Soundings - GSA Happy Hour

Friday, April 6th, 2018 3:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center 136

SD Soundings Festival 2018
Free



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Madison Greenstone, clarinets - Graduate Recital

Friday, April 6th, 2018 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


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Madison Greenstone, contra/bass/mechanical clarinets

  • RAW MATTER by Timothy McCormack
  • Duo for computer-controlled mechanical clarinets & human performers, developed and performed in collaboration with Bryan Jacobs
  • WHORL for contrabass clarinet and electronics by Michelle Lou (WORLD PREMIERE)
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Kyle Adam Blair, piano - Graduate Recital

Friday, April 6th, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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Kyle Adam Blair presents: “With A Little Help From My Friends…”

  • Stuart Saunders Smith – Family Portraits: Self (in 14 Stations) (1997)
  • Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh – Radius (2017)
  • Charles Ives – Piano Sonata No. 2 (Concord, Mass. 1840-1860) (1911-15)

Dedicated to his late father Charles, Kyle Adam Blair’s final solo piano recital at UC San Diego explores themes of friendship, community, and reverence. The title “With A Little Help From My Friends…” pays homage to one of Charles Blair’s favorite musical moments: Joe Cocker’s performance of The Beatles’ song of the same name at Woodstock 1969.

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Additional Description:

Though this program doesn’t sound anything like Joe Cocker or The Beatles, the sentiments of that song ring true Blair performs works by two of his close friends, Stuart Saunders Smith and Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh, during the first portion of the program. Smith invokes the Stations of the Cross in his Family Portraits: Self, a piece composed of 14 brief movements, some as short as 10 seconds.

Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh’s Radius, written in 2017, explores physical distances ranging outward from the pianist himself. The sonic novelties elicited by performing inside the piano, when combined the visual theatre of the pianist’s motions, make for a truly arcane experience.

The recital concludes with Charles Ives’ 45-minute masterwork, Piano Sonata No. 2 (Concord, Mass. 1840–1860), which consists of four movements named after 19th century transcendentalist writers. In the first movement, “Emerson”, Ives imagines Ralph Waldo “standing on a summit, at the door of the infinite where many men do not dare to climb…hurling back whatever he discovers there…thunderbolts for us to grasp, if we can…” Ives titles his frenetic, humorous scherzo “Hawthorne” after Nathaniel, a second movement which Ives describes as “an extended fragment trying to suggest some of his wilder, fantastical adventures into the half-childlike, half-fairylike phantasmal realms.” “The Alcotts”, named after Amos Bronson, Louisa May, and the rest of the family, juxtaposes a scene of Beth Alcott sitting at a spinet piano playing through bits of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 against Amos’ impassioned rhetoric. Finally, the sonata closes with “Thoreau” named after Henry David. This movement paints an impressionistic image of him at Walden Pond, which Ives describes in the following passage:

“…And if there shall be a program let if follow his thought on an autumn day of Indian summer at Walden—a shadow of a thought at first, colored by the mist and haze over the pond:
        Low anchored cloud,
        Fountain head and
        Source of rivers…
        Dew cloth, dream drapery—
        Drifting meadow of the air…”

Kyle Adam Blair is a D.M.A. candidate in Contemporary Music Performance under the tutelage of Aleck Karis.

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SD Soundings @ The Front Arte Cultura

Saturday, April 7th, 2018 2:00 pm

The Front Art Cultura

SD Soundings Festival 2018
Free


SD Soundings presents experimental music from San Diego and Tijuana:

Celeste Oram
Sarah Matthews
Vaginals
Hee Jung Shin
Madison Greenstone performs Michelle Lou
Judith Hamann
Super Squirrel
Hidhawk (TJ)

2PM
FREE
www.sdsoundings.com
www.casafamiliar.org/thefront

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SD Soundings - Hearing the Unsounded

Monday, April 9th, 2018 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

SD Soundings Festival 2018
Free


Event Program (PDF)

This performance highlights issues of communication, perception, performer agency (often encountered in live sound situations) by using technology to take them to an extreme. Two performance venues for the public exist, where simultaneous duo performances with a third remote party will take place. For the remote bass player, it is a trio, for each saxophonist, it is a duo. The audience is free to decide which duo performance to witness. The question arises, how perceptible will the presence of the unheard saxophonist in each location be? What is the performer and audience experience with an inaudible third partner?

Kyle Motl: contrabass, concept Drew Ceccato: saxophones Peter Kuhn: saxophones Trevor Henthorn: technical consulting Juan Rubio: technical assistance

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Mari Kawamura, piano - Graduate Recital

Monday, April 9th, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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Pianist Mari Kawamura presents her first DMA recital in the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall. 

Roger Reynolds: Piano Etudes Book I (2012)
Toru Takemitsu: Rain Tree Sketch (1982)
: Rain Tree Sketch II (1992)
: Litany (1950/1990)

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Additional Description:

Mari Kawamura is a concert pianist whose curiosity and wide-ranging interests have taken her in many directions.

Her repertoire includes pieces by William Byrd, late Scriabin, Xenakis, Cage and several contemporary Japanese composers. She has been collaborating with composers for many years and has premiered many works by young composers.

She has appeared in the major festivals, such as Tanglewood Music Center, Spoleto Festival USA and the Darmstadt International Summer Course and has given both solo and chamber music concerts in various venues, including Jordan Hall (Boston), Regent Hall (London) and Kirsten Kjær Museum (Denmark). Her 2013 performance of Xenakis’s Dikthas at the SICPP in Boston was described as "an unrelenting volcanic eruption" by NEWMUSICBOX.

Kawamura holds a Master’s degree from the Royal Academy of Music, where she achieved the DipRAM prize for her outstanding final recital. Her master’s thesis “Realization of Music for Piano 21-36” focused on “performers’ own discretion in Cage’s music, which is indeterminate with respect to its performance.” Her teachers included Vadim Sakharov and Tatiana Sarkissova.

After studying with Stephen Drury at the New England Conservatory in the Graduate Degree Program, Kawamura is now pursuing her DMA degree under Aleck Karis at the University of California, San Diego.

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SD Soundings - Duo Malaka plays Musica Machina

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

SD Soundings Festival 2018
Free


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Duo Malaka plays Musica Machina

Sean and Dimitris will perform music by Hiller, Kulenty, Mitsialis (world premiere), Nobre, Papakrassas.

Duo Malaka:
Sean Dowgray, percussion
Dimitris Paganos Koukakis, piano

  • Giannis Papakrasas - Duo for Piano and Percussion
  • Marlos Nobre - Sonancias 
  • Ioannis Mitsialis - Machinemode for Piano and Percussion
  • Hanna Kulenty - Kisses & Crosses 
  • Lejaren Hiller - Machine Music
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Benjamin Rempel, percussion - Graduate Recital

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


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Ben Rempel, percussionist and member of red fish blue fish, presents a recital in support of his graduate studies with Steven Schick. 

Music by Nathan Davis, Morton Feldman, John Burnett, Madison Greenstone, and Ben Rempel

with Madison Greenstone (clarinet) and John Burnett (electronics)


Additional Description:

Ben Rempel is an experimental percussionist from Irvine, CA. He is currently pursuing an M.A. in Music Performance at UC San Diego, where he studies with Steven Schick. Ben has bachelors degrees from Oberlin College in Percussion Performance and Computer Science, where he studied with Michael Rosen and Jamey Haddad.

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SD Soundings - Pi-saro / pi (1-2954)

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 12:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

SD Soundings Festival 2018
Free


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Michael Pisaro's 15-movement piano solo, over 3 hours in length, explores durational, resonant ruminations on the discrete relationship between a circle's circumference and its diameter.  

Kyle Adam Blair, piano

(Estimated duration 4.5 hours. The audience is welcome to quietly enter and exit during the performance.)

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SD Soundings - PAGEBOY

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 12:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

SD Soundings Festival 2018
Free


Event Program (PDF)

Ticker tape android Todd Moellenberg performs a cut-up reading of the news.

The audience is free to come and go between 12 and 6pm.

This event is limited to patrons 18 years and older. 

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SD Soundings @ the University Art Gallery

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 7:00 pm

University Art Gallery

SD Soundings Festival 2018
Free


Event Program (PDF)

If you turned out your pockets and let all the junk tumble down into a little puddle on the floor what would it look like? Some stuff you saved? Some stuff you ended up with by accident? Maybe something someone gave you? Probably some garbage. We went through our pockets and found a kazoo, some old-timey music and a couple vague memories of weird bugs. Intimately loud, squirming with life, and a little chaotic, Pocket Music offers a moment of thanks to all the odds, ends and doodads we find lying around.

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SD Soundings - Voicing Space

Thursday, April 12th, 2018 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

SD Soundings Festival 2018
Free


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A new immersive work for live singer and resonant sound, Voicing Space is a meditation on the harmonic subtleties of the human vocal process and the spaces (both internal and external) where it resonates. It is an exploration of the invisible yet tangible resonant frequencies of a space through the sonification of its architectural elements, a deconstruction and reconstruction of language, and a dialogue with voices past and present.

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SD Soundings - Houben / Evans-Weiler

Thursday, April 12th, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

SD Soundings Festival 2018
Free


Event Program (PDF)

And if you would ask me for a statement to composing, to my composing – I would answer: listening becomes the awareness of fading sound.

Fading sound is the link between life and art; between perception in daily life and perception while performing, while composing.

And the awareness of fading sound may become the awareness of presence. -Eva-Maria Houben

'lines and tracings' places the transparent among the obscure. The piece uses as its basis the idea that we are creating our own wander lines while also tracing over the lines of others. It is an exploration of infinite potential within the means we have been given. Sound becomes our language to create an architecture of being together.

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Additional Description:

Haikus by Eva-Maria Houben

Flute – Michael Matsuno
Clarinet – Madison Greenstone
Trombone – Callan Milani
Piano – Mari Kawamura
Timpani – Fiona Digney
Percussion – Ryan Nestor
Percussion – Daniel King
Cello – T.J. Borden
Double Bass – Matt Kline
Violin – Erik Carlson
Voice – Hillary Jean Young

And if you would ask me for a statement to composing, to my composing – I would answer: listening becomes the awareness of fading sound.

Fading sound is the link between life and art; between perception in daily life and perception while performing, while composing.

And the awareness of fading sound may become the awareness of presence.

-Eva-Maria Houben


lines and tracings by Morgan Evans-Weiler’
World premiere, commissioned by SD Soundings

Morgan Evans-Weiler, violin
Kyle Adam Blair, piano
Tyler J. Borden, cello
Madison Greenstone, clarinet
Justin Murphy-Mancini, harpsichord

‘lines and tracings’ places the transparent among the obscure. The piece uses as its basis the idea that we are creating our own wander lines while also tracing over the lines of others. It is an exploration of infinite potential within the means we have been given. Sound becomes our language to create an architecture of being together.

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SD Soundings - XX

Friday, April 13th, 2018 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

SD Soundings Festival 2018
Free


Event Program (PDF)

Me/Monologue by Tiange Zhou
Mikrop by Elisabet Curbelo
Water Flow by Anqi Liu
Thermodynamics by Jasper Sussman
Spelunking by Caroline Miller and Alexandria Smith
A Midsize Disgrace in the Realm of People and Things by Sammi Stone
Daddy by Fernanda Aoki Navarro

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Additional Description:

Fernanda Aoki Navarro is a composer born in Brazil based in San Diego, California. 
She works with acoustic and electroacoustic music and has been exploring performance art, installations and other multimedia platforms. Fernanda doesn’t like to be reduced to a gender, doesn’t know how to samba, procrastinates to write program notes, doesn’t know how to react to compliments or critiques, goes to the cinema every week, drinks coffee every day.

Elisabet Curbelo is a Spanish composer and performer born in Gran Canaria. She studied piano pedagogy, voice and composition in her hometown, Madrid and Istanbul. Today she pursues a PhD in Composition at UC San Diego under the advisory of Roger Reynolds.

Elisabet’s work and dedication has been valued throughout her career by diverse institutions, as she has been awarded numerous grants, prizes, and commissions. Her pieces have been performed in Spain, Turkey, USA, Germany, Switzerland and Holland. Her research focuses on the use of sensors to control electronics with movement and the use of extended vocal techniques based on her research of Middle Eastern music and culture.

Anqi Liu
Arrived late to composition, mostly teaching herself to compose at age eighteen, with an even later start in formal compositional studies at the age of twenty-three. Despite this late beginning, Liu’s music has been widely admired by conductors, musicians, and composers and has been appreciated by diverse audiences. Her music has been performed worldwide through the US to Europe and China. During the years based in New York City, her works were frequently performed by various ensembles in New York City at the prestigious venues such as Le Poisson Rouge, Shapeshifter Lab, the Firehouse Space and others. Pursuing her Ph.D. at UC San Diego, Liu got bachelor degrees of law and music performance at Xiamen University and an MA in Composition from Rutgers University. Distinct from a conventional compositional training, her music degree included extensive travels throughout the Chinese hinterlands to study the folk music of Chinese minority groups. During her time in America, Liu has focused on avant-garde acoustic experiments and exploring diverse possibilities on timbre and gestures.

Caroline Louise Miller’s music explores affect, biomusic, labor, tactility, and glitch. Her latest works deal with horror and abjection, corporate discipline in late capitalism, and hybridizing popular and electronic art music. In 2014 Caroline spent 2 weeks aboard a Scripps research vessel sailing from Taiwan to Micronesia, collecting field recordings aboard the ship, lowering an expensive instrument in and out of the water with a giant winch, and interviewing members of the crew. Her music appears across the U.S. and internationally.

Alexandria Smith
Praised by the New York Times for her “appealingly melancholic sound” and “entertaining array of distortion effects,”Alexandria Smith is a trumpeter, improviser, and electronic musician/multimedia artist pursuing her DMA at the University of California, San Diego.  The objective of her practice is to use a multidisciplinary approach to explore the parallels of the theoretical concepts behind interactive software and hardware, immersive environments, and music that form a cross-wiring of sensory perceptions and involuntary synthesis. Her recent work and collaborations are currently focusing on pushing the timbral limits and vulnerability of the trumpet while representing the importance of the perspective of people that identify as female.


Sammi Stone 
Sammi Stone is an oboist, saxophonist, composer, sometime percussionist, and avid admirer of hummingbird calls. Originally from Baker City, OR, she is an alumna of Williams College in Williamstown, MA, and is currently pursuing a MA in Composition at UCSD. Her current projects take as extra-musical inspiration the unhurried lifestyle of the supercentenarian Greenland Shark and the psychoacoustics of frog choruses. As a musician, she looks for inspiration to the works of John Lurie, Alec Wilder, Olivier Messiaen, Charlie Rouse, Dolly Parton, and Alfred Schnittke, and to her friends and mentors. As a human being on a quest to live a life of balance, maturity, and positive action, she looks everywhere for clues and clarifications.

Jasper Sussman
Jasper is a composer, performer, improviser, and scholar pursuing a Ph.D. in Music: Integrative Studies at the University of California, San Diego. Her current work involves discovering, archiving, mastering and composing for the myriads of expressive capabilities that the human voice possesses, and understanding these sounds musically, culturally, and anatomically.

Inspired by encounters with artists (in no particular order) Cathy Berberian, Sainkho Namtchylak, Meredith Monk, Theo Bleckmann, Bobby McFerrin, Tanya Tagaq, Ken Ueno, Paul Botelho, FKA Twigs, and Alice Babs, Jasper has spent much of the last four years exploring raw and vulnerable vocal timbres. As composer-in-residence with Gateway Opera last Spring, she had the sublime opportunity of creating her first operatic work, a Shell of a Troll, working closely with cast and crew from the show’s conception to its raucous birth. Sussman additionally wrote three new choral works last season as the Madison Choral Project’s first composer-in-residence, each piece exploring new textures for a cappella choir. Her past works span from collaborative dance pieces like Dionysian Sea, commissioned by choreographer Marlene Skog and featured at the World Dance Alliance—Americas in Honolulu, to orchestral works like Baguettelle which received 2nd place in the Austin Civic Orchestra Composition Competition in 2014.

Tiange Zhou (1990) is a composer, writer, designer and improvisational dancer. Her music is performed across Asia, Europe, and American. Tiange was awarded a prize in the Second Sorodha International Composer’s Competition in Belgium and was a finalist for the American Prize in the chorus music division. Her solo violin piece “A Mirror for a Dream” was chosen as one of the contemporary pieces for the Musical Summer Malaga 2016 6th International Solo Violin Competition. Her chamber work” hEArT” for soprano and piano is awarded the first prize at  Kirkoskammer Composition Competition in Ireland. Besides composition, Tiange studies contemporary dance and theatre design in the UCSD theatre and dance department at the same time with her Ph.D. of Music journey.

Performer Bios

Kyle Adam Blair is an active pianist, vocal coach, and music director in the San Diego area, specializing in the performance of American contemporary music.  His focuses include the performance of new works in collaboration with composers and the performance of works from the middle-to-late 20th century. As a soloist, Blair is set to release his first solo album soon, entitled Palm Sunday. The album consists of five solo piano works by noted American composer Stuart Saunders Smith; one of which, the title track Palm Sunday, was commissioned by Blair in 2012. Blair also recently premiered and recorded all twelve of Bruno Ruviaro’s Pós-Tudos, a set of piano etudes combining musical and technical challenges with extensive musical borrowing.  Blair is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Contemporary Music Performance at UC San Diego under the mentorship of Aleck Karis.

T.J. Borden is a musician working in and around the constraints of the cello. Formerly from Western NY, he is now based in San Diego, where he spends much of his time finding ways to exploit the strengths and failures of himself and his instrument.  Thus far, this has encompassed explorations of interference, limitations, and self-restraint (or the lack thereof). These explorations have either accrued with the practice of or have been pursued through multiple approaches/styles, including improvisation, noise, western art music, drone, and performance art.  www.tylerjborden.com

Chris Clarino currently performs with red fish blue fish. He has previously performed with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Eastman Percussion Ensemble, the La Jolla Symphony, OSSIA and the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players.Chris has performed as soloist with the USMA Concert Band at West Point and the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra. He has studied with John Beck, Steve Schick, Michael Burritt, Bill Cahn, Eduardo Leandro, Charles “Chip” Ross and Rich Thompson.

Shayla James 
Shayla James balances her time as a Music Teaching Artist and Music Researcher in the non-profit sector. Since leaving UCSD, she has established an energetic piano and string studio in the San Diego area, with students of various ages and musical backgrounds. Her teaching and performance repertoire includes classical, orchestral and chamber, contemporary, and popular styles. She believes in being an advocate for arts/music education for all ages and exploring flexible ways of teaching to meet the creative needs of her students. Her research interests include arts accessibility, education and cultural policy. She aims to interweave these interests into her performance and teaching practice.

Dmitri Yevstifeev has performed as both a chamber musician and soloist across the United States and Internationally, having played and worked with many highly respected musicians including members of the Alban Berg Quartett, the Juilliard String Quartet, the Guarneri String Quartet, Quartour Ebene, Robert Chen-Concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony, and Paul Coletti, virtuoso violist, among many others. During his time in Los Angeles, Dmitri has played in a number of studio sessions for film productions and local Los Angeles Artists including Judith Hill, BBC’s Planet earth II, and Netflix’s Chef’s Table. Starting violin at the age of 5 in his hometown of Rochester NY, Dmitri grew up playing both classical and traditional folk music, and was also part of the Rochester Boy’s Choir for many years, where he served as Head Chorister. After switching to viola at age 14, Dmitri took his studies to Cleveland (Cleveland Institute of Music), Baltimore (Peabody Conservatory), and finally to Los Angeles (Colburn Conservatory of Music). In addition to a variety of formal performances, Dmitri often gives street performances in a wide range of locations around the L.A. area, and frequently performs at various open mic events. Dmitri will soon be working with RWS Entertainment Group’s Lincoln Center Stage, performing in a piano quintet aboard a Holland America Cruise vessel, traveling the world.

Robert Zelickman, clarinetist, has been teaching and performing in San Diego since 1982.  He is a member of the bass clarinet quartet JAMB and co-director of Second Avenue Klezmer Ensemble.  Robert was a member of Orchestra Nova for 23 seasons and has performed with the San Diego Symphony and the San Diego Opera.

Recently, Robert retired from UC San Diego (1983-2015) where he lectured on Jewish Music, conducted the Wind Ensemble and performed regularly, premiering many new compositions.  He currently performs in recitals and chamber music concerts throughout San Diego.

Zelickman earned his BA at UCLA and a MFA at Cal Arts. He studied with Hugo Raimondi, Michele Zukovsky and Ronald Rueben.  

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SD Soundings - Hermetic Art Party

Friday, April 13th, 2018 6:00 pm

Warren Grad Spaces

SD Soundings Festival 2018
Free


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Hermetic Art Party is an immersive one-hour collaborative composition, featuring music by Anthony Vine (guitar) and Madison Greenstone (clarinet), and video projections by Katy Gilmore. The work is a glacial meditation on a limited vocabulary of clarinet multiphonics; each facet and nuance being gradually illuminated over time. Tuned in relation to the clarinet's sonorities, the guitar acts as a reflecting reservoir: echoing, tracing, reinforcing, and shading the clarinet with an ebbing and flowing palette of sustained harmonics. Slowly evolving, hazy color fields of projected light responds to the unfolding sound, establishing another immersive dimension for the audience to situate themselves within.

Show times: 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

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SD Soundings - every once in a while i dont believe you II

Friday, April 13th, 2018 7:15 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center 365

SD Soundings Festival 2018
Free


Event Program (PDF)

Conrad Prebys Music Center, Room 365
April 13th, 7:15 pm (sunset) – April 14th, 3:30 am

Jacob Sundstrom (composer/writer/creator)
Anonymous female, 43 yrs old

An overnight 8-hour quasi-realtime work that turns the bio-potentials of the brain during sleep into sound. Guided by the hypnogram of an anonymous woman who’s EEG was captured for scientific purposes, her sleep progression creates the form of the piece. We share in her dreams and follow her through the night. Visitors are welcome to stay the night and sleep during the work. Pillows and blankets are welcome.

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ArtPower presents Harlem Quartet

Friday, April 13th, 2018 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

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


Event Program (PDF)

After a rave reception at their San Diego debut at ArtPower in 2016, the Grammy-winning Harlem Quartet is bringing back its “new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing, and intelligent” (Cincinnati Enquirer). Passionate about advancing diversity in classical music, the quartet engages young audiences by drawing attention to works by minority composers. Since debuting in 2006 at Carnegie Hall, they have performed throughout the U.S. as well as in France, the U.K., Belgium, Panama, Canada, and in South Africa, where under the auspices of the U.S. State Department they spent two weeks on tour performing concerts and participating in outreach activities.

Program
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 95 “Serioso”; W.A. Mozart: String Quartet No.17 in B-flat Major, K.458; Anton Webern: Langsamer Satz; Antônio Carlos Jobim: The Girl from Ipanema (arranged by Dave Glenn and Harlem Quartet); Guido López Gavilán: Cuarteto en Guaguancó

ARTTALK
Pre-performance ArtTalk at The Loft at 7 pm.

SPONSORS
Eric Lasley and Judith Bachner

STUDENT ENGAGEMENT SPONSORS
Joan Jordan Bernstein’s ArtPower Student Engagement Endowed Fund; The Weil Family Foundation

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High Desert Soundings - The Palms

Saturday, April 14th, 2018 5:00 pm

The Palms

SD Soundings Festival 2018
Free


High Desert Soundings is a two day festival of experimental music in and around Joshua Tree National Park. Featuring 25 distinct performers spanning a wide spectrum of experimental music practices, High Desert Soundings is a chance for listeners to immerse themselves in two full days of music in one of the worlds most striking landscapes. 

The festival will be held on April 14th at The Palms restaurant in Wonder Valley and on April 15th at the Indian Cove Amphitheater in Joshua Tree National Park. Free on-site camping (at The Palms) has been generously provided by the owners.

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High Desert Soundings - Joshua Tree Natl Park, Indian Cove

Sunday, April 15th, 2018 11:00 am

Joshua Tree National Park

SD Soundings Festival 2018
Free


High Desert Soundings is a two day festival of experimental music in and around Joshua Tree National Park. Featuring 25 distinct performers spanning a wide spectrum of experimental music practices, High Desert Soundings is a chance for listeners to immerse themselves in two full days of music in one of the worlds most striking landscapes. 

The festival will be held on April 14th at The Palms restaurant in Wonder Valley and on April 15th at the Indian Cove Amphitheater in Joshua Tree National Park. Free on-site camping (at The Palms) has been generously provided by the owners.

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Andrew Raffo Dewar, saxophone

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Event Program (PDF)

"Anabolism" for soprano saxophone and live biofeedback-driven electronics

A composition of electroacoustic biofeedback music by composer/performer Andrew Raffo Dewar for modular synthesizer-based live electronics and soprano saxophone. Developed during a residency at the EMS electronic music studios in Stockholm, the piece translates the performer’s sound and aspects of their biological functions (brainwaves and muscle movements) into control signals that affect the live electronics, such that the form of the music itself is partially generated and manipulated through biofeedback processes largely outside the performers’ control. 

Andrew Raffo Dewar (b.1975 Rosario, Argentina) is a composer, soprano saxophonist, ethnomusicologist, educator, and arts organizer. His work has been performed throughout North America, Southeast Asia and Europe, and he has studied and performed with avant-garde jazz legends Steve Lacy, Anthony Braxton, Bill Dixon, and composer Alvin Lucier. He has also had a long involvement with Indonesian traditional and experimental music, in particular the Minangkabau music of West Sumatra. Dr. Dewar is an Associate Professor in New College and the School of Music at the University of Alabama.

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Karis, Carlson, and Nicolas

Friday, April 20th, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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Aleck Karis, piano 
Erik Carlson, violin 
Michael Nicolas, cello 

  • Bach - selections from the Musical Offering
  • Wolpe - selections from Interval Studies
  • Houben - Avalon Orchard
  • Shostakovich - Trio in e minor
     

 

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kallisti - Queen of the Ether

Saturday, April 21st, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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kallisti  - QUEEN OF THE ETHER 
 
kallisti presents an evening of vocal music for women's voices, featuring works by four extraordinary composers from across the globe:  Elizabeth Angot, Karin Rehnqvist, Katharina Rosenberger, and Ana Sokolovic. The works featured on the program encompass an astonishing range of musical and vocal expression, including Rosenberger's intimate works which reference the virtuosic singing of the Baroque and Renaissance, and Angot's playful interwoven structures.  Sokolović's Six Songs for Sirens is an exuberant (at times, raucous) celebration of the female singing voice, utilizing iconic female Balkan choral sounds as an integral part of the fifteen minute work.  Finally, kallisti is pleased to present the San Diego premiere of Karin Rehnqvist's Puksånger/Lockrop (Herding Calls) which includes 'kulning', a particular form of folk singing used to communicate over long distances,  as well as Rehnqvist's masterwork Vishentens lov (In Praise of Wisdom).
  
We invite you to join us as we celebrate the music of four exceptional composers, rarely heard in San Diego. 
 
• Elizabeth Angot - Music for Six Voices
• Katharina Rosenberger - Vive faville & Tratti confluenti
• Ana Sokolović - Six Songs for Sirens
• Karin Rehnqvist - Puksånger/Lockrop, for two female voices and percussion
featuring Kirsten Ashley Wiest and Hillary Jean Young, sopranos
Sean Dowgray, percussion

• Karin Rehnqvist - Vishentens lov (In Praise of Wisdom)
featuring Lauren Jones, soprano
 
Susan Narucki, Hillary Jean Young, Kirsten Ashley Wiest, Lauren Jones, Sharon Chohi Kim and Katie Walders, voices.  Sean Dowgray, percussion.

For more information on kallisti, visit: http://www.kallisti-ensemble.com/

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CEMEC (A SD Soundings Event)

Saturday, April 21st, 2018 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

CEMEC website
Free


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CEMEC - UC SAN DIEGO

1.  Carolyn Chen & Christopher Clarino (UCSD) - 'Threads'
2.  Michael Janz (CalArts) - 'Las Chivas; Slower'
3.  Scott Perry (UCSB) - 'The Walrus and the Carpenter'
4.  Anqi Liu (UCSD) - 'Ocean Pearl Teardrops'
5.  Sam Friedland (CalArts) - 'Occlusive Thoughts'
6.  Elizabeth J. Hambleton (UCSB) - 'Eric, Turn Off the Nintendo'
7.  Melodie Michel (UCSC) - 'Haunting Ballad'
8.  Preston Towers (UCSB) - 'Real Men Drive Cars'
9.  Alex Stephenson & Dimitris Paganos Koukakis (UCSD) - 'Jeu-Parti'

The California Electronic Music Exchange Concert (CEMEC) series, run and curated by grad students and faculty of each participating institution, is meant to strengthen the connections between the California institutions that have computer and electronic music programs.

The 2018 series of California Electronic Music Exchange Concerts will be held at the campuses of UCSC, UCSD, UCSB, Mills, Stanford, and CalArts. Student composers, performers, improvisers, and/or installation artists are encouraged to submit electronic works of any type for consideration: fixed media, live electronics, interactive performance, video, installation, etc. The only requirement for consideration is that the works use electronics in a purposeful way. 

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Arefnameh

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

General Admission: $30.00
UCSD Faculty, Staff, and Students: $5.00
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
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Arefnameh
A Music-Theatre work By Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam

Featuring
Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam as Iraj Mirza
and
Behfar Bahadoran as Aref Ghazvini

Introduction by Dr. Ahmad Karimi Hakkak

Sponsored by Chehre-Azad Endowed Funds for the Arts in Division of Arts and Humanities at UC San Diego. In collaboration with Persian Cultural Center

The introduction will be delivered in English, however, the play will be in Persian

Tickets - General Admission: $30 | UCSD Faculty, Staff, and Students: $5

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Last Days of Chinatown

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free
Self Supported Event
Sponsor: Colin Zyskowski


A film screening for "Last Days of Chinatown", a film discussing recent development projects in Detroit as it has undergone a process of "rejuvenation."  A Q&A session will follow with the director: Nicole MacDonald and composer Colin Zyskowski. 

Read more about the film in this review: Hyperallergic Review.

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WEDS@7 Palimpsest - RENGA

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 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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Wednesdays @ 7 Palimpsest presents RENGA
Steven Schick and Kate Hatmaker, artistic directors
Steven Schick, conductor


RENGA, an ensemble comprised of musicians from San Diego Symphony and UC San Diego artists present a program including world premiere commissions by UC San Diego PhD candidates in composition: Elisabet Curbelo and Fernanda Aoki Navarro.

  • Elisabet Curbelo - L’anello *world premiere
  • Fernanda Aoki Navarro - Glottogony *world premiere
  • Gérard Grisey - Partiels 
  • Harrison Birtwistle - Secret Theatre

http://www.rengasd.com/ 

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Asher Tobin Chodos - Graduate Recital

Friday, April 27th, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Asher Tobin Chodos performs a solo piano concert.

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Kartik Seshadri, sitar

Saturday, April 28th, 2018 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
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
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Sitar master Pandit Kartik Seshadri will present a performance of classical Indian ragas, accompanied by tabla player Pandit Arup Chattopadhyay and Pankaj Mishra on Sarangi. 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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Camera Lucida: Beethoven & Brahms

Monday, April 30th, 2018 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. 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.

Program 
Beethoven, String Quartet "Rasumovsky" in F major, Opus 59 Nr. 1
Brahms, Piano Quartet in g minor, Opus 25

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). On sale: AUGUST 1st.

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RAGE THORMBONES

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 6:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


RAGE THORMBONES is a collaboration between trombonists Matt Barbier and Weston Olencki. They push low brass instruments into the nether lands of expanded technical practice, long-form duration, and integration within dense electronic setups. Matt lives and works in Los Angeles, and Weston in New York City. They are best friends. 

Madison Greenstone and Weston Olencki perform an improv set with contrabass clarinet and modular synth, followed by WORLDEATER by Timothy McCormack, performed by RAGE THORMBONES.

WORLDEATER aims to completely saturate our listening space, like a heavy, viscous vapor filling a room. It devours our world and replaces it with its own.
 

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WEDS@7 Anthony Davis & Mark Dresser

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018 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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Anthony Davis and Mark Dresser

Pianist Anthony Davis and contrabassist Mark Dresser have been making envelope-pushing music together since the late 1970s in everything from small bands to operas. Their joint concert will feature composed and improvised duets and solo pieces.
-A San Diego Union-Tribune Spring Arts Top 10 Things to Watch in Music, Spring 2018.

Read more: “Meet Musician Anthony Davis” by George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune. 

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James Beauton, percussion - Graduate Recital

Friday, May 4th, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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Percussionist James Beauton, a member of red fish blue fish, presents his second DMA recital.

  • Brian Ferneyhough - Bone Alphabet (1992)
  • Lydia Winsor Brindamour - a thin line between (2018) *world premiere*
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen - Kontakte (1958-60)  
    • *with Kyle Adam Blair, piano*
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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Facing-off Across Sunset Boulevard

Saturday, May 5th, 2018 7:30 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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


Event Program (PDF)

Sameer Patel, guest conductor

Arnold Schoenberg - Five Pieces for Orchestra
Olivier Messiaen - Un Sourire
Toru Takemitsu - A Flock Descends Into the Pentagonal Garden
Hannah Lash - Eating Flowers
Igor Stravinsky - Symphony in Three Movements
 
The twin towering figures of the first half of the 20th century were Igor Stravinsky and Arnold Schoenberg, separated by compositional method, aesthetic direction, and personal style. Nevertheless, they found themselves in Los Angeles at the same time, two great composers in the flood of expatriates driven from Europe by Nazism. “This scene may never have happened,” muses Steven Schick, “but I have often imagined them on opposite sides of Sunset Boulevard (for a while the two lived near each other not far from the Whisky a go go) facing off across the traffic the way they had done across the chasm of artistic difference in Europe.” Three fascinating composers, each indebted in important ways to Stravinsky and Schoenberg, complete the tableau. Sameer Patel (pictured), Associate Conductor for San Diego Symphony, guest conducts.

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Facing-off Across Sunset Boulevard

Sunday, May 6th, 2018 2:00 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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


Event Program (PDF)

Sameer Patel, guest conductor

Arnold Schoenberg - Five Pieces for Orchestra
Olivier Messiaen - Un Sourire
Toru Takemitsu - A Flock Descends Into the Pentagonal Garden
Hannah Lash - Eating Flowers
Igor Stravinsky - Symphony in Three Movements
 
The twin towering figures of the first half of the 20th century were Igor Stravinsky and Arnold Schoenberg, separated by compositional method, aesthetic direction, and personal style. Nevertheless, they found themselves in Los Angeles at the same time, two great composers in the flood of expatriates driven from Europe by Nazism. “This scene may never have happened,” muses Steven Schick, “but I have often imagined them on opposite sides of Sunset Boulevard (for a while the two lived near each other not far from the Whisky a go go) facing off across the traffic the way they had done across the chasm of artistic difference in Europe.” Three fascinating composers, each indebted in important ways to Stravinsky and Schoenberg, complete the tableau. Sameer Patel (pictured), Associate Conductor for San Diego Symphony, guest conducts.

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Juan Diego D’az

Monday, May 7th, 2018 3:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


Juan Diego Díaz, Assistant Professor of Music, UC Davis

Crossing the Atlantic (Once Again): The Return of a Tabom Master Drummer to Bahia 

During the first half of the 19th century some eight thousand freed enslaved Africans and creoles resettled from Bahia, Brazil to West Africa. In adapting to their new realities they formed communities with distinct Afro-Brazilian identities known today as Tabom in Ghana, Brésiliens in Togo, Agudas in Benin, and Amaros in Nigeria. Although most no longer speak Portuguese and have never set foot in Brazil, they are keen to maintain and strengthen their Brazilian heritage. In July 2016, Eric Morton, the Tabom master drummer, accomplished a long held desire of most Tabom: visiting Bahia, the land of their ancestors. This presentation follows Morton's steps in Accra and Bahia in discussing how the Tabom construct a trans-Atlantic identity by engaging musical and religious practices from Brazil, or perceived as Brazilian. It explores the role of memories, beliefs, expectations, and musical aesthetics during encounters with local musicians and devotees of Afro-Brazilian religions. 

Presented by the UC San Diego Division of Arts and Humanities | Institute of Arts and Humanities

Please click on Professor Diaz's image on the left for full biographical information.


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JUAN DIEGO DÍAZ
Assistant Professor of Music
Ph.D. Ethnomusicology, University of British Columbia

Juan Diego Díaz is an ethnomusicologist with a geographic research interest in Africa and its diaspora, particularly Brazil and West Africa. He is interested in how African diasporic musics circulate and transform across the Atlantic and how they serve individuals and communities in identity formation. He uses a variety of approaches including close musical analysis, timeline theory, groove analysis, phenomenology of the body, and discourse analysis. He is also a long term Capoeira Angola practitioner and has led capoeira and samba ensembles.

Previous to UC Davis, Juan Diego held posts as a lecturer at the University of Ghana and postdoctoral fellow at the University of Essex, the latter funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The funded research investigates the music of the descendants of freed enslaved Africans who resettled from Brazil to Ghana, Togo, and Benin during the 19th century. This research has produced a book called Tabom Voices: A History of the Ghanaian Afro-Brazilian Community in their Own Words (2016) and the documentary film “Tabom in Bahia” (2017), documenting the visit of a Ghanaian master drummer to Bahia, Brazil.

Juan Diego’s articles appear in journals such as Ethnomusicology, Ethnomusicology Forum, and Analytical Approaches to World Music.

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Professor Unscripted: Wilfrido Terrazas

Monday, May 7th, 2018 6:00 pm

The Loft at UC San Diego

Free


The UC San Diego International Faculty & Scholar Office (IFSO) hosts PROFESSOR UNSCRIPTED with Wilfrido Terrazas on Monday, May 7th at 6:00 p.m. at The Loft at UC San Diego (Zanibar).  Professor Terrazas will meet with UC San Diego students to host a discussion regarding Improvisation in Music and Life. 

Students with a UCSD ID will enjoy limited free appetizers!

*Note: Professor Terrazas will present a solo flute performance "ALTA" on Tuesday, May 8th.

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Nadine Hubbs

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 4:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Room 231

Free


Nadine Hubbs

"'Country Mexicans': Sounding Mexican American Life, Love, and Belonging in Country Music"

Country music is widely associated with whiteness and particularly the white working class, but not all country fans are Anglo Americans. The Country Music Association has identified Latinxs as one of its fastest-growing fan sectors, and most of these are Mexican Americans. At a time when race, ethnicity, and immigration are at the forefront of national debates, their engagements bear heightened interest.

Professor Hubbs is a guest of Integrative Studies Focus, MUS 205.

Please click on the image on the left for Professor Hubbs' full biography.


Additional Description:

Professor Nadine Hubbs' research focuses on gender and queer studies, 20th- and 21st-century U.S. culture, and social class in popular and classical music. Her writings have treated topics including Leonard Bernstein, tonal modernism, 1970s disco, Morrissey, Radiohead, and country music. Her award-winning first book, The Queer Composition of America’s Sound (University of California Press, 2004), asks how a circle of gay composers around Aaron Copland and Virgil Thomson managed to become architects of American identity during the nation's most homophobic period. Her latest book, Rednecks, Queers, and Country Music (University of California Press, 2014), combines musicological, social, and historical perspectives on American country music to historicize and challenge current constructions of the working-class homophobe. Her current book project is Country Mexicans: Sounding Mexican American Life, Love, and Belonging in Country Music. She is professor of women’s studies and music and faculty affiliate in American culture at the University of Michigan, where she also directs the Lesbian-Gay-Queer Research Initiative.

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Wilfrido Terrazas, flute

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Event Program (PDF)

Alta. Flute music by Mexican composers in California

Works for solo flute by Carmina Escobar. Guillermo Galindo, Ivan Naranjo, Mauricio Rodriguez, Pablo Rubio-Vargas and Wilfrido Terrazas

Wilfrido Terrazas, flutist

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Todd Moellenberg, piano - Graduate Recital

Thursday, May 10th, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Todd Moellenberg presents his third and final DMA piano recital, featuring:

  • Stefan Wolpe: Form
  • Yvonne Wu: Counterpoints for Piano (world premiere)
  • Dominique Troncin: Ciel ouvert
  • Jean Barraqué: Sonata
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Kyle Motl: Solo Contrabass

Friday, May 11th, 2018 7:00 pm

University Art Gallery

Free


Event Program (PDF)

Kyle Motl presents a concert of music for solo contrabass at the University Art Gallery.

  • Sofia Gubaidulina: Preludes
  • Kyle Motl: Phosphene
  • Caroline Louise Miller: hydra nightingale
  • Kyle Motl: Interlocutions I
     
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Tyler J. Borden, cello - Graduate Recital

Monday, May 14th, 2018 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Tyler J. Borden presents a cello recital:

  • 'Music for Cello and Piano' by Earle Brown
  • ‘Rendition’ for cello, double bass, and piano by Carolyn Chen
  • 'Cello Song Variations: Hallelujah, I'm a Bum' by Christian Wolff
  • 'Sonata for Violoncello and Piano' by Elliott Carter

Kyle Adam Blair, piano
Kathryn Schulmeister, double bass

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Tommy Babin, bass - Graduate Recital

Monday, May 14th, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


Tommy Babin, bass, presents a DMA recital

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David DeFilippo, computer music

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Dave DeFilippo, synthesizer

The instrument performed has auto structuring principles that derive implicative content via a sensor device, scheduling psychical expectations ahead of the musician. The mentioned provides a directing voice over a network of elements forming each other.

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WEDS@7 Takae Ohnishi, Ensemble

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 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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BACH NIGHT
with friends from San Diego Symphony

Takae Ohnishi (harpsichordist, UCSD Lecturer) presents two trio sonatas, highly architectural in design: in which the two upper parts in the harpsichord and a string instrument provide counterpoint to a third part - the bass line supplied by the harpsichord. 

All J.S.Bach Program:

  • Sonata in C minor for Violin and Harpsichord BWV1017
  • Sonata in G major for Cello and Harpsichord BWV1027
  • Prelude, Fugue and Allegro in E-flat major for Harpsichord BWV998

Guest artists:
Zou Yu (Violin, San Diego Symphony)
Chia-Ling Chien (Cello, San Diego Symphony)

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Collaborative DJ Ensemble

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 8:00 pm

Whistle Stop

Free


MUS 201 - Collaborative DJ Ensemble presents the first of two shows: 

An evening of dark electronics, collaborative dj sets, and video art. 

Electro-industrial, techno, bruk, glitch, lo-fi, witch house, dark ambient, vaporwave, nightcore, chopped and screwed, ETC...

No cover charge.  Audience must be 21 years or older. 
9pm-midnight.

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Barbara Byers, voice - Graduate Recital

Friday, May 18th, 2018 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


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Barbara Byers presents: BEOWULF

Barbara Byers is a vocalist, composer and materials artist. In her rendition of the epic of Beowulf, she explores questions of monstrosity, 'otherness' and fatalism, while presenting the tragedy of the monster, Grendel, through music, dance and material performance.

Featuring: 
Barbara Byers, voice and oud
Benjamin Rempel, percussion
Kyle Adam Blair, piano
Kathryn Schulmeister, double bass
Sammy Jo Stone, baritone saxophone and Oboe
Michael Matsuno, flute
John Burnett, electronics/sound
Vocalists:  Jonathan Nussman, Lauren Jones, Jasper Sussman, Samuel Chan, Lizze Fisher

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Daniel King, percussion - Graduate Recital

Friday, May 18th, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free



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Dimitris Paganos, piano - Graduate Recital

Sunday, May 20th, 2018 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

SD Soundings Festival 2018
Free


Event Program (PDF)

Music by Hiller, Kulenty, Mitsialis (world premiere), Nobre, Papakrassas.

  • Giannis Papakrasas - Duo for Piano and Percussion
  • Marlos Nobre - Sonancias 
  • Ioannis Mitsialis - Machinemode for Piano and Percussion
  • Hanna Kulenty - Kisses & Crosses 
  • Lejaren Hiller - Machine Music

Dimitris Paganos Koukakis, piano
Sean Dowgray, percussion

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Distinguished Lecture Series: Douglas Kahn

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


The Distinguished Lectures Series continues with the presentation of noted professor of media and innovation: Douglas Kahn.

Professor of Media and Innovation, National Institute for Experimental Arts, University of New South Wales, Australia.

Energies as Optic in the Arts and Music

Over the last decade vibration has begun to join sound as a means of musical and artistic understanding and possibility. Whereas sound studies developed in part in contrast to visual studies and visual arts, instead of eyes and ears, studies of vibration have moved from ears to bodies, with some venturing out to larger ontological terrain. This paper proposes adding energies to the mix. Sound and vibration are but two forms of energy among others, after all, and go only so far in addressing artistic and musical self-understandings and material cultures. Rather than percussive big bangs or harmonics of primal vibrations, the paper pulls up short of ontology to ask how the arts might perform among practices of energy that since the mid-twentieth century have entailed, pace the philosopher Michel Serres, a global self-awareness of tangible self-annihilation.

ROOM CHANGE TO ROOM 367 in the Conrad Prebys Music Center.

Please click on the image on the left for Professor Kahn's full biography.


Additional Description:

Bio

Douglas Kahn is an historian and theorist of media arts, sound and music in the arts, energy in the arts, and science in the arts from the late-19th Century to the present, with an emphasis on the traditions of the avant-garde, and experimentalism. He was formerly Professor and Founding Director of Technocultural Studies, University of California at Davis. He was a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Arts Writers Grant from Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation, and an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship.

His books include Noise, Water, Meat: A History of Sound in the Arts (MIT Press, 1999); Earth Sound Earth Signal: Energies and Earth Magnitude in the Arts  (University of California Press, 2013); Mainframe Experimentalism: Early Computing and the Foundations of Digital Arts, edited with Hannah Higgins (University of California Press,2012); and Source: Music of the Avant-garde, edited with Larry Austin (University of California Press, 2011). Forthcoming books include the edited volume Energies in the Arts (MIT Press) and the monograph Of Artists and Ecopaths: Ecological Energies from the Cold War to the Warm War (MIT Press).

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WEDS@7 Stephanie Richards: Full Moon

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Marking the debut solo record of “envelope-shredding” trumpeter/composer Stephanie Richards, Fullmoon is years of shaping, culminating in a mesmerizing work of refined electric insanity. With Fullmoon, Richards is unplugged, acoustically manipulating her horn against resonating surfaces, appearing to sound processed, only to be live-sampled by electronic pioneer Dino J.A. Deane. Unbridled and succinct, Fullmoon is a sonic exploration of supernatural pulses and groove.

Richards has built a compelling presence in the NYC improvised and experimental scenes, from working with masters Anthony Braxton, Henry Threadgill, Laurie Anderson and Yoko Ono, to cutting edge improvisors Jason Moran and Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier. Meeting through a mutual bond with the late improvising pioneer Butch Morris, collaborator Dino J.A. Deane innovated the use of live electronics in the 1980s, working with artists ranging from Jon Hassell to the art punk group Indoor Life.

Inspired by phases of the moon, the compositions first manifested in physical form; Richards on trumpet encircled by percussion instruments, choreographed to play within and against the resonant surfaces of timpani, gong, snare drum and piano. The supernatural sounds are sampled and manipulated in real- time by Deane and it is the unique sonic character of each surface that sets the tone for the music. Live-video feedback by filmmaker and designer Aaron Vinton completes a trio of sonic and visual experimentation.

A screening of the animated short film “Gong”, created by Aaron Vinton and produced by Pomp&Clout Productions will commence the program.

Read more about Fullmoon's review on NPR's All Songs Considered (link).

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DPA Microphone University

Thursday, May 24th, 2018 10:00 am

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free
Register online


DPA Microphone University
Microphones for Music - When Every Note Matters


Join DPA Microphones' Eric Stahlhammer and Gabriel Antonini for a masterclass on microphone techniques and technology. We will focus on music and the stage, discussing mic technique for bands and professional voices. We will conclude the day with a fun, bring your instrument session and we will look at finding the best techniques and sound for all sorts of specific instruments and playing styles.

After the event is an open to the public, networking event at The Rock Bottom Brewery sponsored by Apex Audio. All professionals and students are welcome to come and mingle.

Register online via Eventbrite.

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Additional Description:

10:00 AM - An interactive discussion of microphones for the stage and studio

         A fabulous Jazz group will help us to help discuss and demonstrate the finer points of microphone technology and placement techniques. We will deep dive into the physics and practical implementation of various microphone types with an emphasis on live reinforcement and live recording applications. We will finish up with miking professional voices both singing and speaking.

1:00 PM - Lunch (provided)

2:00 PM - Instrument miking techniques

         We will have a bunch of different instruments, but we invite you to bring your own instrument! We are looking to help instrumentalists to find their sound and help engineers gain experience with miking various instruments. 

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Professionals Networking Mixer 

 Rock Bottom Brewery

8980 La Jolla Village Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037

Generously Spronsored by Apex Audio the office retail partner for this event

http://www.apexaudio.com/


Parking @ UC San Diegoparking.ucsd.edu

Visitor 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.

 

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Undergrad Forum

Thursday, May 24th, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Event Program (PDF)

Music majors and minors from the Department of Music present an Undergrad Forum in the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall.

Click on the image of the left for full program information.


Additional Description:

Henry Cowell - Aeolian Harp
Sherry Zheng, piano

Johannes Brahms - Piano Trio in C Minor
Savanna Dunaway, violin & Wesley Tang, cello
Remi Ha, piano

Douglas Moore - The Silver Aria
Julia Yu, soprano & Michael Cohn, piano

Stefan Wolpe - Second Piece for Violin Alone
Jackie Guy, violin

Francisco Tárrega - Capricho Árabe
Vincenzo Liberatore, classical guitar

Franz Schubert - Selections from Schwanengesang
Joseph Garcia, tenor & Amir Moheimani, piano

Fréderic Chopin - Nocturne in D-Flat Major
Chua Zong Ming, piano

Ivan Trevino - Strive to be Happy
Matthew Leveque, marimba

Léo Delibes - Flower Duet from Lakmé
Julia Yu, soprano & Jennifer Colin, mezzo-soprano
Michael Cohn, piano

Fréderic Chopin - Military Polonaise
Benjamin Mateyka, piano

Blimp Disaster - Kodak Black & Bhad Babie: Match Made in Heaven Maybe
Blimp Disaster
Martin Chapman, drums & Rohit Godbole, keyboard
Lindsey Jackson, synthesizer & Daniel Kaplan, guitar
Forest Reid, bass

Future Islands - Seasons
Jonathan Lestat - Afterthoughts
One3seven
Kristina Manilay, alto saxophone
Nolan Fewell, drums & Mindy Hua, vibraphone
Habib Sabbagh & Nathanial Craig, bass/guitar
Umut Fidan, piano & Gregor Grigorian, brass
Adam Abadilla & Valerie Stark, vocals

Juan Gabriel - Asi Fue
Los Amigos Musicos
Martha Hartt and Jennifer Colin, vocals
Joseph Garcia, vibraphone & Alonso de la Peña, bass
Benny Magana & Ian Barker, trumpets
Eduardo Jimenez & Vincenzo Liberatore, guitars
Cordane Richardson, piano & Leonardo Barba, drums

Queen - Somebody to Love
The Bohemian Tabernacle Choir
David Knoll, piano and vocals & Alonso de la Peña, guitar
Gustavo Umbelino, bass & Leonardo Barba, drums
Choir Singers: Andrew Pavia, Ben Little, Christopher Hutchinson, Cindy Yang, Gail
Hobbs, Hannah Saltman, Isabella Calabrese, Josiah Glesener, Kevin Rex, Natalie
Lydick, Savanah Lyon, Shane Ramil, & Vo Nhat Minh
 

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Matthew Kline, double bass - DMA2 Graduate Recital

Friday, May 25th, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Event Program (PDF)

Double bassist and conductor, Matthew Kline, presents his second DMA recital featuring Boulez' masterwork: Le Marteau sans maître.

Pierre Boulez - Le Marteau sans maître
Michael Matsuno, flute
Dustin Donahue, xylophone 
Ryan Nestor, vibraphone
Sean Dowgray, percussion
Collin Mcallister, guitar
Annabelle Terbetski, viola
Alice Teyssier, voice
Matthew Kline, conductor

Wolfgang von Schweinitz - Plainsound Counterpoint
23-Limit Harmony Intonation Studies for Double Bass Solo 
Matthew Kline, double bass

Eva-Maria Houben - Romantische Streiflichter
Matthew Kline, double bass
Erik Carlson, violin
 

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Piano Studio

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018 12:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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Celeste Oram, composition - Graduate Recital

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018 2:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


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Pocket Music

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


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If you turned out your pockets and let all the junk tumble down into a little puddle on the floor what would it look like? Some stuff you saved? Some stuff you ended up with by accident? Maybe something someone gave you? Probably some garbage. We went through our pockets and found a kazoo, some sea-dwelling trouble-makers, and a couple vague memories of weird bugs. Intimately loud, squirming with life, and a little chaotic, Pocket Music offers a moment of thanks to all the odds, ends and doodads we find lying around. 

Music by Lauren Jones, Joey Bourdeau, and Mari Kawamura
Sculptural Props and movement by Molly Gabbard
Movement by Viktor De La Fuente

Free event- All ages welcome!

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Violin in Persian Music

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018 4:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


Violin in Persian Music
Chehre-Azad Distinguished Lecture Series 
Wednesday May 30th, 4-5:30PM
Conrad Prebys Music Center (CPMC) 127, Recital Hall

The great masters of the improvisation repertoire of Persian traditional music (The Radif) were traditionally tar players in early eras. However, as tar is a plucked instrument, it has limited glissando and ornamentation capabilities.  The violin was introduced in the world of Persian traditional music in 1950s and quickly became one of the most prominent instruments among many Iranian Musicians due to the level of performative control it provides. Five prominent students of Abolhassan Saba (1902-1957), namely Mehdi Khaledi, Ali Tajvidi, Habib Badiee, Parviz Yahaghi and Asaddolah Malek became the most influential violinists in the two decades before the 1979 revolution. In this talk, using examples from these masters, I shall discuss the tuning and use of ornamentations on the violin in Persian music. I shall also briefly discuss the kamancheh, which is a folk instrument played in different regions of Iran. Asghare Bahari, Kamran Darooghe, and Hossein Ismaelzadeh are notable masters who did not play the kamancheh as a folk instrument for performing Persian traditional music in the 1970s. After the 1979 revolution, a number of folk kamancheh players integrated traditional Persian music to their style of playing. Approximately twenty different types of tuning exist for violin in Persian music, while kamancheh players often limit themselves to only four. I shall compare and demonstrate different tunings for the performance of the Radif for both the violin and kamancheh.

Click on the the image on the left for biographical information for Keyavash Nourai.


Additional Description:

Keyavash Nourai commenced his passion for playing the violin in Iran with renowned Kamancheh player Ostad Kamran Daroughe. Upon his arrival to the United States in the Late-seventies, he studied classical violin with Alexander Treger, the concert master of LA philharmonic. Later he studied Paganini Caprices under the tutelage of Eugene Fodor, and Indian style violin with L.Subramaniam and L.Shankar. He also studied jazz harmony and piano with Dr. Artashes Kartalyan.  Nourai holds a Bachelors and a Masters degree in World Music, and Classical Violin and Composition from Cal-Arts. During his academic training and career, he perused Classical Persian music and professionally mastering several Persian instruments such as Kamancheh, Santur, Setar and Tombak. Assimilating and teaching Saba's radif on violin and Santur; as well as Mirza Abdola's radif on Setar and Violin. Additionally performing radif on piano with the style of M.H Shahrdar. Nourai has combined his influence of both Western and Eastern training along with Indian and Jazz to create his own style of Violin and Kamancheh. Nourai's career includes multiple recordings of Indian and Arabic music on violin and cello along with pop-classical style for a variety of artists. He has performed internationally in Canada, Europe and Middle East with legendary singers Hayedeh, Ebi, Aref, Siamak Shajarian, Mohsen Namjoo, Sousan Dayhim and Strunz and Farah. Nourai has released two CDs with Shahrokh Yadegari named "Migration" and "Green Memories" (featuring Azam Ali). Currently, he is working on several original compositions and arrangement with Mohsen Namjoo for full orchestra. Arrangements also include a piece for him called "Daf" played by Netherlands Blazer Ensemble.

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Wšlflilieder at CalIt2

Thursday, May 31st, 2018 5:00 pm

Atkinson Hall at CalIt2

Free


Wölflilieder

Composer Felipe Rossi presents 15 short musical scenes based on the imaginary autobiography of Adolf Wölfli [1864-1930].

Rachel Allen, trumpet and flugelhorn
Eric Starr, trombone
Ariana Warren, clarinet and bass clarinet
Cody Putman, bassoon
Kjell Nordeson, percussion
Batya MacAdam-Somer, violin
Mark Dresser, double-bass
Jonathan Nussmann, narrator

Johannes Regnier, live electronics
Nakul Tiruviluamala, sound design
Jonathan Lestat, sound design
Abe King, video
Sam Bedford, scenic design
Christina Hansen, lightning design

Calit2 Theater, Atkinson Hall
http://ideas.calit2.net/
 

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UC San Diego Gospel Choir

Thursday, May 31st, 2018 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 the auditorium with the uplifting sound of African American spirituals, blues, traditional songs, and gospel.View Google Map | Add to Google Calendar

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Amir Moheimani, piano - Undergraduate Honors

Friday, June 1st, 2018 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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Amir Moheimani (Piano, Harpsichord) presents an undergraduate honors recital at 5:00 PM on Friday June 1st in the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, featuring:

  • William Byrd: A Voluntary (1591)
  • J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in C Major, BWV 870, from WTC Book II (1722)
  • Franz Schubert: Impromptu No. 4 in F minor, Op. 142 (1827)
  • Alexander Scriabin: Vers La Flamme, Op. 72 (1914)
  • Alfred Schnittke: Sonata No. 1 (1987)
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MUS 131 Advanced Improvisation

Friday, June 1st, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


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Under the instruction of Kyle Motl, MUS 131 Advanced Improvisation Techniques presents their course concert.

Shoel - John Zorn
Improvisation - Martin Chapman
Pinzin Kinzin - Avishai Cohen/Shai Maestro/Mark Guiliana
Improvisation - Ariel Ortega
Ascension - The Comet is Coming - transcribed by Martin Chapman
Improvisation - Leo Barba
Improvisation - Barba/Ortega/Chapman

Leo Barba, drums and percussion
Martin Chapman, guitar
Ariel Ortega, drums and percussion

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Undergrad Composition Juries

Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 10:00 am

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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Undergraduate Composition Juries
Professor Lei Liang, Instructor

New compositions by: 
Nathanial Craig
Yixuan Shao
Huixin Yan
Michel Chen
Nan Yi
Justin Dingeman

Performers: 
Rachel Beetz, flute
Madison Greenstone, clarinet
T.J. Borden, cello
Matt Kline, double bass
Kyle Adam Blair, piano

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Beatmaking Workshop at The Front

Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 2:00 pm

The FRONT Arte Cultura

Free


Learn to create beats, bass, harmonies and melodies on your laptop with DJ Super Squirrel (AKA Sarah Hankins).

This three-hour workshop is FREE and open to the public! Everyone is welcome, and no experience is necessary. All you need is a laptop and headphones or earbuds.

The workshop will be followed by an evening of DJ sets and electro-acoustic music by San Diego artists. Worskshop participants will have the opportunity to showcase their own creations and peform short sets!

RSVP for more information to Sarah at shankins@ucsd.edu.

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Ecstatic Contemplation: An Mandeville Auditoriumio-Visual Experience

Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 6:00 pm

The FRONT Arte Cultura

Free


Ecstatic Contemplation: An Audio-Visual Experience
Saturday June 2, 6-11pm.

All ages, free and open to the public.

Details and Schedule: 

An evening of collaborative electronic music, immersive video art, and DJ sets by local artists.

6-7pm: Music by Beatmaking Workshop participants.

7-10pm: Live audio-visual performances by members of the UCSD DJ Collaborative.

10-11pm: DJ sets and dance party

Performances by:

DJ Lestat (Jon Yergler)
Jechava (Johnny Echavarria)
Ray Stachowiak
Nicky Rodriguez
Landon Bain
Neoprene (Ryne Heslin)
John Burnett
Justin Lee
Leanne Chen
Nakul Tiruviluamala
Dead Lion (Daniel Fishkin)
Rosie Dwyer
Nicole Shao
Robles Li
Neil the Neil
Super Squirrel (Sarah Hankins)

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a&k

Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free
Self Supported Event
Sponsor: Kathryn Schulmeister


a&k is the duo collaboration of Alexandria Smith and Kathryn Schulmeister. 

This performance features an original suite of concept pieces which address the physicality of a musician’s body in relation to instrumental performance, and a reimagination of excerpts from the Dresser/Harkins/Schick eminent rhythmic and improvisational collaboration, House of Mirrors.

Alexandria Smith, Trumpet
Kathryn Schulmeister, Double Bass
Aurora Lagattuta, Dance
Jasper Sussman, voice and movement
 

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MUS 32/132 Guitar

Monday, June 4th, 2018 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free
Self Support Event
Sponsor: Pablo Gomez


MUS 32 & 132 Guitar students, under the instruction of Pablo Gomez-Cano present their end of year concert.   Featuring: 

Matthew Alviar
Vincenzo Liberatore
Martine Xenja
Alonso de la Peña 
Zihao “Roland” Xu
Siddhartha Krishnan

Guest Musicians
Jennifer Colin, mezzosoprano
Leo Barba, percussion

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Monday Night Jazz: 95JC Jazz Ensembles

Monday, June 4th, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


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

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Chamber Orchestra

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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The UC San Diego Chamber Orchestra, under the wand of Matt Kline, presents their Spring concert. 

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov - Russian Easter Festival Overture
Benjamin Britten - The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
Celeste Oram - The Young People's Guide to the Orchestra

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
FREE EVENT
 

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WEDS@7 Ensemble Pamplemousse + Line Upon Line

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018 7:00 pm

Warren Lecture Hall, Studio A

Free


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Composer/performer collective Ensemble Pamplemousse was founded in 2003 to provide a focal point for like-minded creators with a thirst for sonic exploration. The ensemble is a close-knit group of divergent artistic personalities, emergent from training in disparate musical fields. Their collective love for the exquisite in all sonic realms leads the ensemble to persistently discover new vistas of sound at the frayed edges of dissective instrumental performance technique. Compositions aggregate each member's unique virtuosic talents into extraordinary magical moments. In the flexible moments of performance, the ensemble weaves together shapes of resonance, clusters of glitch, skitters of hyper action, and masses of absurdity into impeccable structures of unified beauty.

FREE: Warren Lecture Hall / Studio A
 

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95W World Music Students

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


Classical Indian ragas performed by students of sitar master Kartik Seshadri and Arup Chattopadhyay, tabla.

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Distinguished Lecture Series: Jennifer Lynn Stoever

Thursday, June 7th, 2018 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


The Distinguished Lectures Series continues with the presentation of: Jennifer Lynn Stoever, author of The Sonic Color Line: Race and the Cultural Politics of Listening.

Professor Stoever will present: "Listening to Racism in the United States, or Why Sound Matters".

Please click on the image on the left for Dr. Stoever's full biography.


Additional Description:

Jennifer Lynn Stoever received her PhD in American Studies and Ethnicity from USC. Her dissertation, “The Contours of the Sonic Color-Line: Slavery, Segregation, and the Cultural Politics of Listening” was a 2007 finalist for the American Studies Association Dissertation Prize. She serves on the editorial boards of Sound Studies and Social Text. She has published in Social Text, Social Identities, Sound Effects, American Quarterly and Radical History Review among others; most recently her article “Fine-Tuning the Sonic Color-line: Radio and the Acousmatic Du Bois“ was published in Modernist Cultures and is the featured online article of the issue.   During 2011-2012, she was a fellow at The Society for the Humanities at Cornell University, participating in the research group on Sound: Culture, Theory, Politics.

Currently Associate Professor at SUNY Binghamton, Jennifer teaches courses on African American literature, sound studies, and race and gender representation in popular music.  She also is the project coordinator for the Binghamton Historical Soundwalk Project, a multi-year archival, civically-engaged art project designed to challenge how Binghamton students and year-round residents hear their town, themselves, and each other.   She is Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief for Sounding Out!: The Sound Studies Blog and her book The Sonic Color Line: Race and the Cultural Politics of Listening was published by New York University Press in 2016.

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Chamber Singers, 95K

Thursday, June 7th, 2018 5:30 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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Phillip Larson directs the CHAMBER SINGERS of MUS 95K.   

The CHAMBER SINGERS will perform selections by Monteverdi, Le Juene, and Vivaldi, in the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall.

  • Revecy Venir Du Printans - Claude Le Jeune
  • The Oak And The Ash - Traditional English Tune
  • Jo Mi Son Giovenetta - Claudio Monteverdi
  • Shenandoah - Traditional American Tune
  • Gloria Antonio - Vivaldi

Micaela Flores, Sara Zhang, and Julia Yu, sopranos
Catherine Hallsten and Jennifer Colin, altos

Please note time change to: 5:30 p.m.

 

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Wind Ensemble

Thursday, June 7th, 2018 7:00 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $5.50
Students : Free with ID
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The UC San Diego Wind Ensemble, under the direction of James Beauton, presents their Spring concert in Mandeville Auditorium.

Wind Ensemble Spring 2018 Concert - with Kyle Adam Blair, piano soloist.

Appalachian Spring Suite - Aaron Copland
Quid Pro Quo - Derek Tywoniuk
Metamorphosis - Anthony O'Toole
Leichtweg/Lightway - Jennifer Jolley
Rhapsody in Blue - George Gershwin

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Telematics: San Diego, Seoul, NYC

Friday, June 8th, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


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Interconnections for Peace: 
A Telematic Concert

Telematic music is live performance on the Internet with musicians in different geographical locations. 

San Diego  (Local time: June 8, 7 p.m.)
Nicole Mitchell - flutes/ composer
Stephanie Richards-trumpet/ composer
Michael Dessen -trombone/composer
Mark Dresser - bass/composer

Seoul (Local time: June 9, 11 a.m.)
Black String:
Yoon Jeong Heo, Geomungo 6-string fretted zither, composer
Jean Oh, electric guitar
A Ram Lee, Daeguem bamboo flute
Min Wang Hwang, Percussion, vocal
SNU Professor:
Ji Young Yi, Gayaguem 

New York City (Local time: June 8, 10 p.m.)
Yoon Sun Choi, voice 
Jane Ira Bloom, soprano saxophone
Matthias Ziegler, flutes 
David Taylor, bass trombone
Satoshi Takeishi, drumset/percussion
Sarah Weaver, conductor, composer

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Free Unticketed Event

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Chamber Ensembles

Friday, June 8th, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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CHAMBER ENSEMBLES

Under the direction of Takae Ohnishi, undergraduate chamber ensembles perform.

The students will present the works by Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, DvoÅ™ák, Grieg, Dohnanyi, Smetana and etc.

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus A Line Broken

Saturday, June 9th, 2018 7:30 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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


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Steven Schick conducts

Rand Steiger - Template
Courtney Bryan - Yet Unheard
Ornette Coleman/arr. A.T. Chodos - Lonely Woman
Gabriel Fauré - Requiem

Guest artists: Helga Davis and Priti Gandhi, sopranos; Jonathan Nussman, baritone; Peter Evans, trumpet; Kyle Motl, contrabass; Kjell Nordeson, percussion
 
Some lines end too soon. The spiritual crux of this program is Courtney Bryan’s poignant memorial to Sandra Bland and other African-American victims of violence. We’ll pair her music with improvisation, the historical voice of African-American resistance, in Rand Steiger’s Template, in a new orchestra version for trumpet-genius Peter Evans, and a new arrangement by Asher Tobin Chodos of Ornette Coleman’s late be-bop classic. We’ll remember the victims of violence with Fauré’s gentle Requiem.

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus A Line Broken

Sunday, June 10th, 2018 2:00 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

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Steven Schick conducts

Rand Steiger - Template
Courtney Bryan - Yet Unheard
Ornette Coleman/arr. A.T. Chodos - Lonely Woman
Gabriel Fauré - Requiem

Guest artists: Helga Davis and Priti Gandhi, sopranos; Jonathan Nussman, baritone; Peter Evans, trumpet; Kyle Motl, contrabass; Kjell Nordeson, percussion
 
Some lines end too soon. The spiritual crux of this program is Courtney Bryan’s poignant memorial to Sandra Bland and other African-American victims of violence. We’ll pair her music with improvisation, the historical voice of African-American resistance, in Rand Steiger’s Template, in a new orchestra version for trumpet-genius Peter Evans, and a new arrangement by Asher Tobin Chodos of Ornette Coleman’s late be-bop classic. We’ll remember the victims of violence with Fauré’s gentle Requiem.

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Undergrad Opera, 32VM

Sunday, June 10th, 2018 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free


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The Undergraduate Vocal Masterclass, under the direction of Kirsten Ashley Wiest, is proud to present the FIRST EVER undergraduate opera at UC San Diego! 

The evening begins with Samuel Barber's "A Hand of Bridge", followed by Peter Maxwell Davies' enchanting and unique take on the story of "Cinderella".

Pianist Siu Hei Lee leads singers Ian Barker, Adrian Chan, Jennifer Colin, Lizze Fisher, Joseph Garcia, Martha Hartt, Lauren Jue-Morrison, Teagan Rutkowski, and Danlei Zhao in this musical event that is sure to dazzle and delight! 

Admission and parking are FREE!

Samuel Barber: A Hand of Bridge (1959)
Peter Maxwell Davies: Cinderella (1980)

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Best of ICAM

Sunday, June 10th, 2018 6:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


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ICAM (Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts Major) students present their end-of-year projects for THE BEST OF ICAM.

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Hearing Seascapes

Monday, June 11th, 2018 6:30 pm

WaveLab in the Structural and Material Engineering Building

Free


Monday, 6/11, 6:30-8pm, at the WaveLab in the Structural and Material Engineering Building.


Additional Description:

“Hearing Seascapes” is an interactive multi-media installation that combines imagery and audio data to generate sound for the audience to experience the endangered coral reefs. It uses sounds recorded by bio-acousticians in oceans, and data collected by oceanographers to tell the extraordinary story of coral reefs: how they survive and rebound.

The work came out of an interdisciplinary seminar led by Lei Liang, professor of music at UC San Diego, in collaboration with his colleagues Prof. Falko Kuester of the Engineering Department, and Prof. Stuart Sandin of Scripps Institute of Oceanography.

This seminar will include 4 composers: Yihsien Chen, Alex Stephenson, Anqi Liu and Yixuan Shao. They were joined in the seminar by grad students from Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Visual Arts and Engineering Department.

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MUS 33C Composition Concert

Friday, June 15th, 2018 2:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


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Undergraduate composers finish the MUS 33 series with compositions presented in concert. Instructed by Fernanda Aoki Navarro.

Featuring the work of composers: Joshua Choi, Stacy Hurst, Eduardo Jimenez, Hyun Joong Kim, Matthew Leveque, Vincenzo Liberatore, Luke Piszkin, and Zeng Ren

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Jonathan Lestat, Honors Presentation

Friday, June 15th, 2018 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


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Music of the Mountains is and audio and visual adventure in sound design and audio spatialization. Come experience the 15.1 customized sound system and the music of Jonathan Lestat.

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OPENING NIGHT: Carnival!

Friday, August 3rd, 2018 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

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


La Jolla Music SocietySUMMERFEST 2018

OPENING NIGHT CARNIVAL!

Take a walk on the wild side as the festival kicks off with this celebratory program. Legendary cellist Lynn Harrell leads an all-star roster of eight cellists, sharing the stage with beloved soprano Lyubov Petrova, known for her fiery presence and shimmering voice. The evening closes with a delightful salute to feathers, fur, and fins with Saint-Saëns’ humorous musical suite Carnival of the Animals, with text by comedic musical genius Peter Schickele.

Prelude · 7:00 PM Interview with SummerFest Music Director Cho-Liang Lin hosted by Eric Bromberger

BARTÓK · Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano, Sz.111
VILLA-LOBOS · Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1 for Eight Cellos
VILLA-LOBOS · Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 for Soprano and Eight Cellos

SAINT-SAËNS · Carnival of the Animals

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BARTÓK · Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano, Sz.111
Paul Huang, violin; Anthony McGill, clarinet; Shai Wosner, piano

VILLA-LOBOS · Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1 for Eight Cellos
VILLA-LOBOS · Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 for Soprano and Eight Cellos

Lyubov Petrova, soprano; Lynn Harrell, Ben Hong, Hai-Ye Ni, Chia-Ling Chien, Yao Zhao, Max Geissler, Jonathan Lo, Alex Greenbaum, cellos

SAINT-SAËNS · Carnival of the Animals
Paul Huang, Cho-Liang Lin, violins; Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, viola; Ben Hong, cello; Peter Lloyd, bass; Pamela Vliek Martchev, flute; Anthony McGill, clarinet; Shai Wosner, Joyce Yang, pianos; Ryan Nestor, percussion; Mark Pinter, narrator

 

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An Evening with Yefim Bronfman

Saturday, August 4th, 2018 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 2018

AN EVENING WITH YEFIM BRONFMAN

Extolled by The Wall Street Journal for “his range of sonority – from lyrical to pungent, to explosive,” Yefim Bronfman is internationally recognized as one of today’s most acclaimed and admired pianists. As a close friend of Cho-Liang Lin, Mr. Bronfman celebrates the music director’s 18-year tenure with a beautiful and rich evening of solo and chamber music masterpieces, including Schubert’s iconic Piano Sonata, D.958, written in the last year of the composer’s life.

Prelude 7:00 PM Interview with Yefim Bronfman hosted by Eric Bromberger

MOZART · Sonata in E Minor for Violin and Piano, K.304
SCHUBERT · Piano Sonata in C Minor, D.958
SCHUMANN · Quintet for Piano and Strings in E-flat Major, Op. 44

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Additional Description:

MOZART · Sonata in E Minor for Violin and Piano, K.304
Cho-Liang Lin, violin; Yefim Bronfman, piano

SCHUBERT · Piano Sonata in C Minor, D.958
Yefim Bronfman, piano

SCHUMANN · Quintet for Piano and Strings in E-flat Major, Op. 44
Yefim Bronfman, piano; Paul Huang, Emily Kruspe, violins; Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, viola; Lynn Harrell, cello

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An Afternoon with Emerson String Quartet

Sunday, August 5th, 2018 3:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

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La Jolla Music Society | SUMMERFEST 2018

AN AFTERNOON WITH EMERSON STRING QUARTET

Named “America’s greatest quartet” by TIME Magazine, the distinguished Emerson String Quartet performs an all-Beethoven program, featuring the bewildering and complex Grosse Fuge.

Prelude · 2:00 PM
Interview with members of Emerson String Quartet hosted by Eric Bromberger

BEETHOVEN · String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131 
BEETHOVEN · String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130 with Grosse Fuge, Op. 133 

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BEETHOVEN · String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131 
BEETHOVEN · String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130 with Grosse Fuge, Op. 133 
Emerson String Quartet:
Eugene Drucker, Philip Setzer, violins; Laurence Dutton, viola; Paul Watkins, cello

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Music from the Heart

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 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 2018

MUSIC FROM THE HEART

Strings soar in beautifully lyrical works by Stravinsky and Mendelssohn. The evening culminates with Rachmaninoff’s final composition, Symphonic Dances, performed by two of the most accomplished pianists of their generation, Shai Wosner and Joyce Yang. Let your emotions take flight!

Prelude 7:00 PM Rolston String Quartet performs Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11

STRAVINSKY · Suite Italienne for Violin and Piano
MENDELSSOHN · String Quintet in B-flat Major, Op. 87
RACHMANINOFF · Symphonic Dances, Op. 45 for Two Pianos

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Additional Description:

STRAVINSKY · Suite Italienne for Violin and Piano
Martin Beaver, violin; Joyce Yang, piano

MENDELSSOHN · String Quintet in B-flat Major, Op. 87
Paul Huang, Anna Lee, violins; Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, Heiichiro Ohyama, violas; Hai-Ye Ni,cello

RACHMANINOFF · Symphonic Dances, Op. 45 for Two Pianos
Shai Wosner, Joyce Yang, pianos

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Late Night with Leonard Bernstein

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

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La Jolla Music Society | SUMMERFEST 2018

LATE NIGHT WITH LEONARD BERNSTEIN

Celebrate the centennial of Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) with an intimate look into the life and music of this remarkable man, composer, conductor, musician, and father, through the eyes of his daughter Jamie Bernstein.

Leonard Bernstein, a well-known insomniac for whom night was a time for creativity and friendship, was often found entertaining guests late into the night. Hosted by his daughter Jamie and featuring soprano Amy Burton and pianists John Musto and Michael Boriskin, this performance is an affectionate, multi-media portrait of the personal side of this singularly public figure.

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49 Minutes on the Edge: Flux Quartet

Thursday, August 9th, 2018 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

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La Jolla Music Society | SUMMERFEST 2018

49 MINUTES ON THE EDGE: AN EXPLORATION WITH FLUX QUARTET

In this first of two 49-minute performances, the acclaimed FLUX Quartet will take the audience onto a new musical plane with a program celebrating contemporary composers. Audience members are invited to mingle at a post-concert gathering with the artists, creating an opportunity for essential dialogue around this next wave of composition.

BROWN · String Quartet (1965)
OLIVER LAKE · Hey Now Hey (2017)
LEI LIANG · Serashi Fragments (2005)
NANCARROW · String Quartet No. 3 (1987)
RAND STEIGER · String Quartet (2018) WORLD PREMIÈRE

FLUX Quartet:
Tom Chiu, Conrad Harris, violins; Max Mandel, viola; Felix Fan, cello

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Across Oceans

Friday, August 10th, 2018 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

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ACROSS OCEANS

Dive into this lush, dynamic program bridging the great masterworks of Bruch and Dvorák with one of the most prolific and esteemed Japanese composers working today, Toshi Ichiyanagi.

Prelude · 7:00 PM
Cambridge Trio performs Dvorák’s Piano Trio in F Minor, Op. 65

TOSHI ICHIYANAGI · String Quartet
BRUCH · Octet in B-flat Major, Op. posth. 
DVORÁK · Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 87

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TOSHI ICHIYANAGI · String Quartet
FLUX Quartet

BRUCH · Octet in B-flat Major, Op. posth. 
Martin Beaver, Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, Luri Lee, Emily Kruspe, violins; Hezekiah Leung, Heiichiro Ohyama,violas; Felix Fan, cello; DaXun Zhang, bass

DVORÁK · Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 87
Gilles Vonsattel, piano; Martin Beaver, violin; Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, viola; Carter Brey, cello

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My Favorite Playlist

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

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La Jolla Music Society | SUMMERFEST 2018

MY FAVORITE PLAYLIST

Cho-Liang Lin’s eclectic artistic palette has led him to diverse musical endeavors, including championing new works. Join us as we shuffle through some of the gems he has discovered, with friends he’s made along the way during his 18 years as Music Director!

Prelude 7:00 PM Lecture by Nicolas Reveles

TURINA · Escena Andaluza, Op. 7 (Scenes of Andalusia)
DEBUSSY · Sonata in D Minor for Cello and Piano 
LEI LIANG · Vis-à-vis, for Pipa and Percussion WORLD PREMIÈRE 
MAHLER · Rückert-Lieder 
GINASTERA · String Quartet No. 1, Op. 20

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TURINA · Escena Andaluza, Op. 7 (Scenes of Andalusia)
Paul Neubauer, viola; Saetbyeol Kim, piano; Rolston String Quartet

DEBUSSY · Sonata in D Minor for Cello and Piano 
Jian Wang, cello; John Novacek, piano

LEI LIANG · Vis-à-vis, for Pipa and Percussion WORLD PREMIÈRE 
Wu Man, pipa; Steven Schick, percussion

MAHLER · Rückert-Lieder 
Tamara Mumford, mezzo-soprano; Ken Noda, piano

GINASTERA · String Quartet No. 1, Op. 20
Rolston String Quartet

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An Evening with Adele Anthony & Gil Shaham

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

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La Jolla Music Society | SUMMERFEST 2018

AN EVENING WITH ADELE ANTHONY & GIL SHAHAM

A string extravaganza featuring the extraordinary Gil Shaham and Adele Anthony alongside powerhouse violinists and rising stars from the Bravo! International Music Academy.

Prelude 7:00 PM Cambridge Trio performs Beethoven’s Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 97 “Archduke”

LECLAIR · Sonata in E Minor for Two Violins, Op. 3, No. 5
MOSZKOWSKI · Suite in G Minor for Two Violins and Piano, Op. 71 
BACH/BRAHMS · Presto after J.S. Bach from Five Studies for Piano,
op. Anh. Ia/1
BARTÓK · Sel. from 44 Duos for Two Violins, Sz.98
WIENIAWSKI · Sel. from Études-Caprices for Two Violins, Op. 18 
JULIAN MILONE · Flower Duet from Delibes’ Lakmé
Song to the Moon from Dvorák’s Rusalka
Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
JULIAN MILONE · En Coulisses for Twelve Violins

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LECLAIR · Sonata in E Minor for Two Violins, Op. 3, No. 5
Adele Anthony, Gil Shaham, violins

MOSZKOWSKI · Suite in G Minor for Two Violins and Piano, Op. 71 
Adele Anthony, Gil Shaham, violins; Juho Pohjonen, piano

BACH/BRAHMS · Presto after J.S. Bach from Five Studies for Piano,
op. Anh. Ia/1

BARTÓK · Selections from 44 Duos for Two Violins, Sz.98

WIENIAWSKI · Selections from Études-Caprices for Two Violins, Op. 18 
Adele Anthony, Gil Shaham, violins

JULIAN MILONE · Flower Duet from Delibes’ Lakmé
Song to the Moon from Dvorák’s Rusalka
Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen

Adele Anthony, Gil Shaham, Cho-Liang Lin, Kyoko Takezawa, violins; DaXun Zhang, bass

JULIAN MILONE · En Coulisses for Twelve Violins
Adele Anthony, Gil Shaham, Emily Kruspe, Anna Lee, Luri Lee, Cho-Liang Lin, Kyoko Takezawa, Bravo! International Music Academy students, violins

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49 Minutes on the Edge: Piano Focus

Thursday, August 16th, 2018 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

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La Jolla Music Society | SUMMERFEST 2018

49 MINUTES ON THE EDGE: PIANO FOCUS

In a spotlight of SummerFest commissions, Marc-André Dalbavie’s Piano Quartet and Pierre Jalbert’s most recent Piano Quintet refashion piano chamber music staples into a vehicle for exploring contemporary harmonies. Following this 49-minute performance, audience members are invited to mingle at a post-concert gathering with the artists, creating the opportunity for essential dialogue around this next wave of composition

MARC-ANDRÉ DALBAVIE · Piano Quartet for Piano and Strings (2012)
PIERRE JALBERT · Piano Quintet (2017) WEST COAST PREMIÈRE

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MARC-ANDRÉ DALBAVIE · Piano Quartet for Piano and Strings (2012)
John Novacek, piano; Margaret Batjer, violin, Che-Yen Chen, viola; Max Geissler, cello

PIERRE JALBERT · Piano Quintet (2017) WEST COAST PREMIÈRE
Juho Pohjonen, piano; Rolston String Quartet

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Johannes, Clara & Robert

Friday, August 17th, 2018 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

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La Jolla Music Society | SUMMERFEST 2018

JOHANNES, CLARA, & ROBERT

Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann, and Johannes Brahms shared one of the most fascinating and yet tragic love triangles in the history of music. The details of their relationship can be traced through letters, and of course, the great music that was written for and played by each of these three iconic musical figures, who continued to inspire each other even after Robert’s untimely death.

Prelude 7:00 PM Rolston String Quartet performs Webern’s Langsamer Satz and Haydn’s String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 76, No. 4 “Sunrise”

BRAHMS · Two Songs for Alto, Viola, and Piano, Op. 91
C. SCHUMANN · Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 17
R. SCHUMANN · Three Romances for Oboe and Piano, Op. 94
BRAHMS · Trio in E-flat Major for Piano, Violin, and Horn, Op. 40

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BRAHMS · Two Songs for Alto, Viola, and Piano, Op. 91
Tamara Mumford, mezzo-soprano; Paul Neubauer, viola; John Novacek, piano

C. SCHUMANN · Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 17
John Novacek, piano; Yura Lee, violin; Jian Wang, cello

R. SCHUMANN · Three Romances for Oboe and Piano, Op. 94
Liang Wang, oboe; Juho Puhonen, piano

BRAHMS · Trio in E-flat Major for Piano, Violin, and Horn, Op. 40
Juho Pohjonen, piano; Kyoko Takezawa, violin; Erik Ralske, horn

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A Night of Jazz with John Pizzarelli Trio

Saturday, August 18th, 2018 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

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La Jolla Music Society | SUMMERFEST 2018

A NIGHT OF JAZZ WITH JOHN PIZZARELLI TRIO

Called “madly creative” by the Los Angeles Times, world-renowned jazz guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli entertains and delights with his all-star trio. Let “the genial genius of the guitar” (The Toronto Star) take you on a musical journey exploring the Great American Songbook and beyond.

Prelude 7:00 PM
Interview with John Pizzarelli hosted by Jazz 88.3’s Claudia Russell

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The Glory of Cremona

Sunday, August 19th, 2018 3:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

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La Jolla Music Society | SUMMERFEST 2018

THE GLORY OF CREMONA: STRADIVARI, GUARNERI, & AMATI

Enjoy a rare opportunity to hear an exquisite collection of string instruments from the greatest lutherie houses of the 17th and 18th centuries on this stunning program. Performed by world-class musicians, these dazzlingly beautiful works from Massenet’s Meditation to Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence—arguably one of the greatest chamber music works every written—come to life before your eyes.

Prelude 2:00 PM, Lecture by Sam Zygmuntowicz

TELEMANN · Concerto in D Major for Four Violins
TCHAIKOVSKY · Mélodie, Op. 42, No. 3
MASSENET · Meditation from Thaïs
SCHUMANN · Adagio and Allegro in A-flat Major for Cello and Piano, Op. 70
DVORÁK · Terzetto in C Major for Two Violins and Viola, Op. 74
MENDELSSOHN · Capriccio in E Minor for String Quartet, Op. 81
TCHAIKOVSKY · Sextet for Strings in D Major, Op. 70 “Souvenir de Florence”

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TELEMANN · Concerto in D Major for Four Violins
Cho-Liang Lin, Yura Lee, Anna Lee, Kyoko Takezawa, violins

TCHAIKOVSKY · Mélodie, Op. 42, No. 3
Yura Lee, violin; Saetbyeol Kim, piano

MASSENET · Meditation from Thaïs
Anna Lee, violin; Saetbyeol Kim, piano

SCHUMANN · Adagio and Allegro in A-flat Major for Cello and Piano, Op. 70
Jian Wang, cello; Saetbyeol Kim, piano

DVORÁK · Terzetto in C Major for Two Violins and Viola, Op. 74
Yura Lee, Kyoko Takezawa, violins; Toby Hoffman, viola

MENDELSSOHN · Capriccio in E Minor for String Quartet, Op. 81
Anna Lee, Yura Lee, violins; Che-Yen Chen, viola; Jian Wang, cello

TCHAIKOVSKY · Sextet for Strings in D Major, Op. 70 “Souvenir de Florence”
Kyoko Takezawa, Yura Lee, violins; Paul Neubauer, Che-Yen Chen, violas; Gary Hoffman, Jian Wang, cellos

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Midnight in Paris

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

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La Jolla Music Society | SUMMERFEST 2018

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS

Stroll along the Seine and fall in love all over again with some of the most beautiful works in chamber music written by the foremost French composers of their time. Delight in the sensualistic palette of harmonies and timbres, and let the reverie transport you à Paris!

Prelude 7:00 PM
Cambridge Trio performs Ravel’s Piano Trio in A Minor

GOUNOD · Petite Symphonie for Wind Nonet in B-flat Major, Op. 216
RAVEL · String Quartet in F Major
CHAUSSON · Concerto for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet, Op. 21

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GOUNOD · Petite Symphonie for Wind Nonet in B-flat Major, Op. 216
Catherine Ransom Karoly, flute; Liang Wang, Laura Griffiths, oboes; John Bruce Yeh, Teresa Reilly, clarinets; Keith Buncke, Ryan Simmons, bassoons; Erik Ralske, Dylan Hart, horns

RAVEL · String Quartet in F Major
New Orford String Quartet

CHAUSSON · Concerto for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet, Op. 21
Cho-Liang Lin, violin; Orion Weiss, piano; New Orford String Quartet

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An Evening with Emanuel Ax

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

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La Jolla Music Society | SUMMERFEST 2018

AN EVENING WITH EMANUEL AX

One of the most versatile and universally respected pianists on the international concert scene, with a career that has taken him to every major venue and orchestra in the world, Emanuel Ax rounds out our celebration of Music Director Cho-Liang Lin with this glorious program.

Prelude 7:00 PM
Rolston String Quartet performs Brahms’ String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 51, No. 2

BRAHMS · Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56b
SCHOENBERG · Six Little Piano Pieces, Op. 19
MOZART · “Kagelstatt” Trio in E-flat Major, K. 498
BRAHMS · Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 60

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BRAHMS · Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56b
Emanuel Ax, Orion Weiss, pianos

SCHOENBERG · Six Little Piano Pieces, Op. 19
Emanuel Ax, piano

MOZART · “Kagelstatt” Trio in E-flat Major, K. 498
John Bruce Yeh, clarinet; Che-Yen Chen, viola; Emanuel Ax, piano

BRAHMS · Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 60
Emanuel Ax, piano; Cho-Liang Lin, violin; Toby Hoffman, viola; Gary Hoffman, cello

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