Department of Music Concert Calendar

Most Department of Music concerts 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.  Purchase Tickets online for Department of Music Events

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PLEASE NOTE: NO LATE SEATING.  Guests arriving late may be turned away or will be asked to enter between pieces.

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ARCHITEUTHIS WALKS ON LAND: THE SURVEYORS
Sunday, October 19th, 2014
7:00 pm
CPMC Experimental Theater
Free. General Admission.

Violist Amy Cimini and bassoonist Katherine Young have been performing together as Architeuthis Walks on Land since 2003. The duo developed its approach to improvisation in Chicago and New York City's rich experimental music communities, and have collaborated with artists like Anthony Braxton and the Tri-Centric Orchestra, Peter Evans, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Jessica Pavone, and Hans Joachim Irmler from Faust. In 2011, Cimini and Young were each invited to the High Zero Festival of Experimental Improvised Music. Reviews of their second album, Natura Naturans released on Carrier Records in 2010, describe this intensity as "raw, yet refined improvisational sophistication" (Free Jazz Stef) and "manifest improvisational bravura, of the ruthless variety, depending on close intervallic buzzing, pipe-like droning and the rusty fencing of inhospitable harmonic territories." Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes). The duo recently completed two artist residencies at the Rensing Center for the Arts and EMPAC at Rensellaer Polytechnic Institute, where they developed and recorded their third album. Cimini and Young have been evolving their live-electronics set-ups for a number of years - in this collaboration, as well as in other rock and experimental music projects such as Pretty Monsters, Starring, and Till by Turning. The Surveyors marks the first documentation of these efforts.


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WEDS@7 Talea Ensemble
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
7:00 pm
CPMC Concert Hall
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
Music Department Box Office: 858-534-3448
Purchase Online

The Talea Ensemble with Susan Narucki

Charles Wuorinen: Fast Fantasy (1977)
Aaron Helgeson: Poems of Sheer Nothingness (2012-2013)
Oscar Bettison: An Automated Sunrise (for Joseph Cornell) (2014)
Rand Steiger: A Menacing Plume (2011)

Susan Narucki, soprano
James Baker, conductor

The Talea Ensemble is committed to promoting new, groundbreaking music through innovative programming thereby communicating the distinctive voices of composers that deserve to be heard. By commissioning and programming these progressive works alongside the established literature of modern and contemporary repertoire, the ensemble creates a dialogue that challenges the boundaries of music and fosters a greater understanding of the works of today. Additionally, the Talea Ensemble wishes to support and advance familiarity with contemporary American works by bringing it to concert halls and venues not only in New York but also abroad. By developing an interactive relationship between the composers, performers and audience, the Talea Ensemble builds an environment of reciprocal inspiration that sparks the imagination of all.


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ArtPower! Presents: Minguet Quartet
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
8:00 pm
CPMC Concert Hall
An ArtPower! presentation.
Tickets handled by
UCSD Box Office
Ticket information: 858-534-8497

One of Europe’s most sought-after quartets, the Minguet Quartet takes its name from Pablo Minguet, an eighteenth-century Spanish philosopher who tried in his writings to make the fine arts accessible to the masses. The Quartet aspires to do the same through chamber music. Performing in the most prestigious concert halls and music festivals, such as the Salzburg Festival and the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, the Quartet has impressed audiences with their precision. “They possess a refinement and polish that commands attention and effortlessly pleases” (Calgary Herald). In 2010, the ensemble received one of the most prestigious prizes in Germany, the "Echo Klassik."

Ulrich Isfort, violin; Annette Reisinger, violin; Aroa Sorin, viola; Matthias Diener, cello.

PROGRAM

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quartet No. 15 in D minor, K. 421 (K. 417b)
Glenn Gould: String Quartet, Op. 1
Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80

SPONSORS Patricia and Christopher Weil


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Fall Composition Jury Concert featuring the Talea Ensemble
Friday, October 24th, 2014
7:00 pm
CPMC Concert Hall
Free

The Talea Ensemble joins UC San Diego grads to present the Fall Composition Juries, an evening of world premiere presentations by graduate composers: James Bean, Fernanda Aoki Navarro, Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh, Felipe Rossi, Tina Tallon, and Bradley Scott Rosen.


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Fall Juries, Discussion Session
Saturday, October 25th, 2014
10:00 am
CPMC 231
Free

The public is welcome to observe discussion and jury observations by UC San Diego's distinguished composition faculty in response to Friday evening's Fall Composition concert of premieres.


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red fish blue fish
Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
8:00 pm
CPMC Concert Hall
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
Department of Music Box Office: 858-534-3448
Purchase Online

The New York Times calls red fish blue fish a "dynamic percussion ensemble from the University of California." Founded fifteen years ago by Steven Schick, the San Diego-based ensemble performs, records, and premieres works from the last 85 years of western percussion's rich history. The group works regularly with living composers from every continent. Recent projects include a world premiere of a Roger Reynolds' Sanctuary and the American premiere of James Dillon's epic Nine Rivers cycle with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). In the Summer of 2011, red fish blue fish collaborated with George Crumb, Dawn Upshaw, and Peters Sellars to premiere the staged version of The Winds of Destiny. Eighth Blackbird invited red fish blue fish to join them in performances of works by American icons such as John Cage and Steve Reich at the Park Ave Armory in New York City. The New York Times called their "riveting" performance of John Cage the "highlight" of the program. Red fish blue fish has appeared regular at the Ojai Music Festival and will be featured ion the 2015 festival.  Critics around the world have praised the group’s recordings of the percussion chamber music of Iannis Xenakis and Roger Reynolds (Mode Records). Also on Mode Red fish blue fish recently released a DVD of the early percussion music of Karlheinz Stockhausen(September, 2014).


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Monday@Noon UCSD Graduate Students in Concert
Monday, November 3rd, 2014
12:00 pm
CPMC Concert Hall
Free

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


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Grad Forum
Friday, November 7th, 2014
7:00 pm
CPMC Experimental Theater
Free

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


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Young PeopleĆ's Concert
Friday, November 7th, 2014
7:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium

Steven Schick conducts

Our second annual Young People’s Concert is tailored for young audiences and enjoyable for the entire family. Conductor Steven Schick takes the audience through an enlightening and entertaining performance of Mahler’s famous Fifth Symphony, with commentary from the podium.


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ArtPower! Presents: St. Lawrence String Quartet
Friday, November 7th, 2014
8:00 pm
CPMC Concert Hall
An ArtPower! presentation.
Tickets handled by
UCSD Box Office
Ticket information: 858-534-8497

The Saint Lawrence String Quartet continues to build its reputation for imaginative and spontaneous music making - through an energetic commitment to the great, established quartet literature, as well as the championing of new works. “Here is an ensemble that projects an irresistible exuberance in performances,” writes the Boston Globe, “and links that sense of joy with artistry of subtlety and finesse.” Among the world-class chamber ensembles of its generation, the Saint Lawrence String Quartet returns to ArtPower! to convey every piece of music to the audience in vivid color!

Geoff Nuttall, violin; Mark Fewer, violin; Lesley Robertson, viola; Christopher Costanza, cello

PROGRAM

Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in C major, Op. 76, No. 3 (“Emperor”)
Erwin Schulhoff: Five Pieces for String Quartet
Antonín Dvorák: String Quartet No. 11 in C major, Op. 61, B. 121

SPONSOR  Sam Ersan


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus ...on the nature of sensation and thought
Saturday, November 8th, 2014
7:30 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

Steven Schick conducts

Nathan Davis      a Sound, uttered WORLD PREMIERE
Gustav Mahler    Symphony No. 5

Guest Artists: red fish blue fish

Two works of sharp contrast open our 60th anniversary season. The world premiere of Nathan Davis’ a Sound, uttered, scored for chorus and 4 percussionists, draws text from a unique collaboration between composer and the chorus that depicts the origin and meaning of language. We conclude with one of the mightiest of all symphonies. Mahler’s Fifth opens with a grief-stricken funeral march, lifts out of that darkness to dance with cosmic energy, and concludes in a blaze of triumph.


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus ...on the nature of sensation and thought
Sunday, November 9th, 2014
2:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

Steven Schick conducts

Nathan Davis      a Sound, uttered WORLD PREMIERE
Gustav Mahler    Symphony No. 5

Guest Artists: red fish blue fish

Two works of sharp contrast open our 60th anniversary season. The world premiere of Nathan Davis’ a Sound, uttered, scored for chorus and 4 percussionists, draws text from a unique collaboration between composer and the chorus that depicts the origin and meaning of language. We conclude with one of the mightiest of all symphonies. Mahler’s Fifth opens with a grief-stricken funeral march, lifts out of that darkness to dance with cosmic energy, and concludes in a blaze of triumph.


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Chamber Music Recital
Sunday, November 9th, 2014
3:00 pm
CPMC Concert Hall
Free

Robert Zelickman and friends present An Afternoon of Chamber Music.

Schumann: Marchenerzahlungen (Fairy Tales) for clarinet, viola & piano, Op. 132 (1853)
Kalevi Aho: Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano (2006)
Gérard Pesson: Nebenstück, filtrage de la Ballade op.10 n°4 de Brahms (1998)
Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115 (1891)

Robert Zelickman (clarinets), Päivikki Nykter (viola), Todd Moellenberg (piano), Batya MacAdam-Somer and Joan Zelickman (violins), Cecilia Kim (cello)


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ArtPower! Presents: Arabesque Dance, Vietnam
Saturday, November 15th, 2014
8:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
An ArtPower! presentation.
Tickets handled by
UCSD Box Office
Ticket information: 858-534-8497

Realism merges with symbolic movement when seven dancers conjure agrarian cycles and rural rituals in The Mist. Consisting of seven scenes, this visually arresting piece depicts an emotional story about the simple life of rice farmers. A rustic spectacle of bamboo bridges, spiral incense, and conical hats, will fill the stage and embody all the charms and colors of southern Vietnam. “Masterpieces are rarely simply explicable… instead, they’re the product of rich imagination, and The Mist is in every way undeniably that” (The Saigon Times). In their San Diego debut, Arabesque will awaken all of the senses of ArtPower! dance lovers, drawing them closer to the traditional cultural beauty in rural areas in Vietnam through their exquisite movement. 

K-12 STUDENT MATINEE & MASTER CLASS SPONSORS Jon and Bobbie Gilbert


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Camera Lucida
Monday, November 17th, 2014
7:30 pm
CPMC Concert Hall
Tickets handled by San Diego Symphony
Single tickets: $25
UCSD Faculty/Staff: $20
(UCSD students with ID may attend for FREE, but must arrive by 6:30pm!)
Ticket information: 619-235-0804

MARTINU AND BRAHMS
Monday, November 17, 7:30pm

MARTINU: Serenade No. 2 for Two Violins and Viola, H. 216
BRAHMS: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major
MARTINU: Quintet No. 2 for Piano and Strings, H. 298

Camera Lucida, a collaboration between UC San Diego and the San Diego Symphony, presents chamber music masterpieces of the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries in the acoustically perfect Conrad Prebys Concert Hall at UCSD. Principal musicians from the San Diego Symphony and distinguished performance faculty from UCSD join with guests from the international chamber music world in performances that blend the precision and cohesiveness of a permanent ensemble with widely ranging instrumentation.

Sponsored by the Sam B. Ersan Fund at the San Diego Foundation


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WEDS@7 Palimpsest
Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
7:00 pm
CPMC Concert Hall
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
Department of Music Box Office: 858-534-3448
Purchase Online

UC San Diego's premiere chamber ensemble: Palimpsest, performs Donald Martino's Triple Clarinet Concerto, Lei Liang's Harp Concerto, and the premiere of Yvonne Wu's Piano Concerto, with new music from Japan; curated and conducted by faculty member Aleck Karis.


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Grad Forum
Friday, November 21st, 2014
7:00 pm
CPMC Experimental Theater
Free

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


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Matthew Kline Graduate Recital
Saturday, November 22nd, 2014
8:00 pm
CPMC Concert Hall
Free

Matt Kline is equally at home as a double bassist, composer and improviser. His music often combines all three of these areas and has provided him a very diverse musical career. As a double bassist, he writes extensively for the instrument using new and original techniques. In 2010, his piece Fragments for solo bass was awarded the grand prize in the International Society of Bassist’s composition competition. Recently, he performed as principal double bassist under the conductor and composer Krzysztof Penderecki. Upon the composer’s request, Matt performed his own adaptation of Penderecki’s Capriccio for Sigfried Palm. He previously was a member of the Renew ensemble, a group that specialized in contemporary improvisation.

He has received commissions and/or performances from Sandor Ostlund, Todd Meehan, Dennis Whittaker, Maggie Hasspacher, Rodolfo Morales, Thomas Bacon, Alicia Lawyer, members of the Czech Philharmonic and others. In 2008 he was a winner in the Robert Avalon composition competition. He has participated in the Academy Westfalen in Germany, CASMI program in Prague, Domaine Forget, Fresh Inc and Texas music festivals. Matt received his undergraduate in composition from Baylor University where he studied with Scott McAllister and Sandor Ostlund. In 2011, he lived in Paris, France where he studied with international bass soloist and pedagogue Francois Rabbath. He holds both performing and teaching diplomas from his institute. He studies double bass performance with Mark Dresser.


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Monday Night Jazz: 201B Improv Ensemble
Monday, November 24th, 2014
8:00 pm
CPMC Concert Hall
Free

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UCSD Gospel Choir
Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
8:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
General: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $5.50
Students w/ID: Free
Department of Music Box Office: 858-534-3448
Purchase Online

Under the direction of Ken Anderson, the UCSD Gospel Choir, performs in Mandeville Auditorium.


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Karis Studio Piano Students
Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
2:00 pm
CPMC Concert Hall
Free

Students from Aleck Karis' piano studio perform selected works.


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Bonnie Lander DMA Recital
Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
8:00 pm
CPMC Experimental Theater
Free

Bonnie Lander is a vocalist that specializes in the performance and presentation of contemporary music. She has performed all over the United States as an improviser, classical soprano, contemporary soprano, and avant garde interpreter. Bonnie has collaborated with many composers, improvisers, computer musicians, jazz musicians, rock musicians, and classical musicians with the belief that no one genre can be responsible for the growth and forward motion of amazing new music. A prolific presence on the East Coast- Bonnie is a founding member of Baltimore based Rhymes With Opera- a chamber music company dedicated to new vocal repertoire; she completed an Artist in Residence at thefidget space in Philadelphia; and has been invited to participate as a featured guest artist for Shodekeh's Embody Vocal Arts series in Baltimore. Currently a DMA candidate at UC San Diego in the studio of Susan Narucki, Bonnie has also received a MM and GPD at Peabody Institute for Voice and Computer Music Performance studying under Phyllis Bryn-Julson and Dr. McGregor Boyle, as well as a BM in voice from the University of Miami Frost School of Music in the studio of Esther-Jane Hardenbergh. She is the only graduate who has twice received the Phyllis Bryn-Julson Award for the Commitment to and Performance of 20th/21st Century Music at the Peabody Institute.


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Kyle Adam Blair and Todd Moellenberg Duo Recital
Thursday, December 4th, 2014
7:00 pm
CPMC Concert Hall
Free

Kyle Adam Blair and Todd Moellenberg present a two-piano recital. The program includes works by Claude Debussy, Franco Donatoni, Brian Ferneyhough, Mauricio Kagel, György Ligeti, and a world premiere by Hunjoo Jung.


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Jazz Adv Improvisation Techniques, MUS 131
Thursday, December 4th, 2014
8:00 pm
CPMC Experimental Theater
Free

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Michael Mizrahi, piano
Friday, December 5th, 2014
8:00 pm
CPMC Concert Hall
Free

Pianist Michael Mizrahi, a guest of Aleck Karis, performs.

Mr. Mizrahi has won acclaim for his compelling performances of a wide-ranging repertoire and his ability to connect with audiences of all ages. He has appeared as concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and teaching artist across the United States and abroad.  Mr. Mizrahi has performed in the world’s leading concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Toyko’s Suntory Hall, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Jordan Hall and the Gardner Museum in Boston, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the Chicago Cultural Center and Houston’s Jones Hall. He has performed as soloist with major orchestras including the Houston Symphony, National Symphony, Haddonfield Symphony, Sioux City Symphony, and Prince Georges Philharmonic. He has given solo recitals at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC and has made repeated appearances on the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago. His chamber music festival appearances include Music@Menlo, Verbier, the Yellow Barn Music Festival, and the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival. Mr. Mizrahi won First Prize and the Audience Choice Award in the Ima Hogg International Competition, as well as first prizes in the International Bartók-Kabalevsky Competition and the Iowa International Piano Competition. He won third prize in the San Antonio International Piano Competition in 2006. Mr. Mizrahi appeared for many years on the active roster of Astral Artists.

Michael Mizrahi received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, where his concentrations were in music, religion and physics. He holds master’s and doctoral degrees from the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Claude Frank. After his Philadelphia debut recital, the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote that “…the performance had transparency, revealing a forward-moving logic and chord voices you didn’t previously realize were there…textures were sumptuous.”

He is currently Assistant Professor of Piano at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin.


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Computer Music Concert
Friday, December 5th, 2014
8:00 pm
CPMC Experimental Theater
Free

Graduate computer music students perform original works in a concert featuring experimental music, performance art, and visual music.


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Computer Music Concert
Friday, December 5th, 2014
8:00 pm
CPMC Experimental Theater
Free

Graduate computer music students perform original works in a concert featuring experimental music, performance art, and visual music.


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Kirsten Wiest DMA Recital
Saturday, December 6th, 2014
8:00 pm
CPMC Concert Hall
Free

Music for soprano by Saariaho, Rihm, Nørgård, Faure, and Ligeti.


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Monday Night Jazz: 95JC Jazz Ensembles
Monday, December 8th, 2014
8:00 pm
CPMC Experimental Theater
Free

Under the direction of Kamau Kenyatta, the students of 95JC present jazz in concert.


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Chamber Orchestra
Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
8:00 pm
CPMC Experimental Theater
Free

Under the direction of Jonathan Hepfer, the UCSD Chamber Orchestra performs.


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MUS206 Telematics
Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
8:00 pm
Warren Studio B
Free

An inter-campus concert presentation of collaborative work between graduate students at UC San Diego and UC Irvine. Musicians in remote locations perform together through a medium of telepresence enabled by high speed internet.


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International Contemporary Ensemble
Thursday, December 11th, 2014
7:00 pm
CPMC Concert Hall
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
Department of Music Box Office: 858-534-3448
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International Contemporary Ensemble performs Rand Steiger’s Coalescence Cycle

ICE is dedicated to reshaping the way music is created and experienced.

The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), described by the New York Times as “one of the most accomplished and adventurous groups in new music,” is dedicated to reshaping the way music is created and experienced. With a modular makeup of 33 leading instrumentalists performing in forces ranging from solos to large ensembles, ICE functions as performer, presenter, and educator, advancing the music of our time by developing innovative new works and new strategies for audience engagement. ICE redefines concert music as it brings together new work and new listeners in the 21st century.

Since its founding in 2001, ICE has premiered over 500 compositions––the majority of these new works by emerging composers––in venues ranging from alternative spaces to concert halls around the world. The ensemble received the American Music Center’s Trailblazer Award in 2010 for its contributions to the field, and received the ASCAP/Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming in 2005 and in 2010. ICE is Ensemble-in-Residence at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago through 2013. The ICE musicians also serve as Artists-in-Residence at the Mostly Mozart Festival of Lincoln Center through 2013, curating and performing chamber music programs that juxtapose new and old music.


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Wind Ensemble
Thursday, December 11th, 2014
8:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
General: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $5.50
Students w/ID: Free
Department of Music Box Office: 858-534-3448
Purchase Online

UCSD WIND ENSEMBLE

Under the direction of Robert Zelickman, the 95L Wind Ensemble performs at Mandeville Auditorium.


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Chamber Ensembles
Friday, December 12th, 2014
7:00 pm
CPMC Concert Hall
Free

CHAMBER ENSEMBLES

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


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus ...on the nature of the democratic impulse and the effacement of obstacles
Friday, December 12th, 2014
7:30 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

Steven Schick conducts

William Grant Still             Afro-American Symphony
Ludwig van Beethoven    Symphony No. 9

Guest artist: Natalie Mann soprano; Peabody Southwell, mezzo-soprano; Enrique Toral, tenor; Ron Banks, bass

In December 1989 Leonard Bernstein led an international orchestra in a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on the ruins of the Berlin Wall, which had just been demolished. We mark the 25th anniversary of that historic concert with a performance of the same music. The concert opens with a different declaration of freedom: William Grant Still’s Afro-American Symphony of 1930 was the first significant symphony by an African-American composer. Nearly a century later, it remains a compelling piece of music.


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus ...on the nature of the democratic impulse and the effacement of obstacles
Saturday, December 13th, 2014
7:30 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

Steven Schick conducts

William Grant Still             Afro-American Symphony
Ludwig van Beethoven    Symphony No. 9

Guest artist: Natalie Mann soprano; Peabody Southwell, mezzo-soprano; Enrique Toral, tenor; Ron Banks, bass

In December 1989 Leonard Bernstein led an international orchestra in a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on the ruins of the Berlin Wall, which had just been demolished. We mark the 25th anniversary of that historic concert with a performance of the same music. The concert opens with a different declaration of freedom: William Grant Still’s Afro-American Symphony of 1930 was the first significant symphony by an African-American composer. Nearly a century later, it remains a compelling piece of music.


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Lawrence Lee Recital
Saturday, December 13th, 2014
8:00 pm
CPMC Recital Hall


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus ...on the nature of the democratic impulse and the effacement of obstacles
Sunday, December 14th, 2014
2:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

Steven Schick conducts

William Grant Still             Afro-American Symphony
Ludwig van Beethoven    Symphony No. 9

Guest artist: Natalie Mann soprano; Peabody Southwell, mezzo-soprano; Enrique Toral, tenor; Ron Banks, bass

In December 1989 Leonard Bernstein led an international orchestra in a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on the ruins of the Berlin Wall, which had just been demolished. We mark the 25th anniversary of that historic concert with a performance of the same music. The concert opens with a different declaration of freedom: William Grant Still’s Afro-American Symphony of 1930 was the first significant symphony by an African-American composer. Nearly a century later, it remains a compelling piece of music.


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Gratowski-Brown-Winant Trio
Sunday, December 14th, 2014
7:00 pm
CPMC Experimental Theater
Free

Frank Gratkowski - Chris Brown - William Winant

California meets Germany happens to be the headline of this trio of Frank Gratkowski, William Winant, and Chris Brown. Maybe the story-behind-the-story here is that great minds think alike and great improvisers improvise, well...greatly.

German composer/reed musician Frank Gratkowski has been active on the European scene for the last 20 years. He has an affinity for strong pianist like George Graewe, Misha Mengelberg and Achim Kaufmann, and drummers including Gerry Hemingway and Tony Oxley. It seems natural that he would connect with pianist Chris Brown and percussionist William Winant. Both West Coast artists have been associated with Glenn Spearman and Larry Ochs of ROVA fame.

-Mark Corroto, allaboutjazz.com


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Camera Lucida
Monday, December 15th, 2014
7:30 pm
CPMC Concert Hall
Tickets handled by San Diego Symphony
Single tickets: $25
UCSD Faculty/Staff: $20
(UCSD students with ID may attend for FREE, but must arrive by 6:30pm!)
Ticket information: 619-235-0804

SCHUBERT, MOZART AND TCHAIKOVSKY
Monday, December 15, 7:30pm

SCHUBERT: String Trio Fragment in B-flat Major
MOZART: Duo for Violin and Viola in G Major, K. 423
TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Trio in A minor

Camera Lucida, a collaboration between UC San Diego and the San Diego Symphony, presents chamber music masterpieces of the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries in the acoustically perfect Conrad Prebys Concert Hall at UCSD. Principal musicians from the San Diego Symphony and distinguished performance faculty from UCSD join with guests from the international chamber music world in performances that blend the precision and cohesiveness of a permanent ensemble with widely ranging instrumentation.

Sponsored by the Sam B. Ersan Fund at the San Diego Foundation


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MUS103A Seminar in Composition Final
Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
3:00 pm
CPMC Recital Hall
Free

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MUS33A Intro to Composition Final
Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
3:00 pm
CPMC Recital Hall
Free



In an effort to conserve resources and reduce paper waste, we post our concert programs as electronic documents on this page (see listings, below). If you are not at a computer, you can easily access this page by scanning the QR code at right (for iPhones we recommend the Bakodo barcode scanning app). Programs for past concerts dating back to October 2008 are available in our concerts archive. Click here to connect with the archive.

PLEASE NOTE: As an experimental and new music department, much of our music is very intimate and quiet, for this reason, we request that students preparing concert reports refrain from writing or rustling papers during concerts.  We also respect the artistry of our musicians and adhere to a strict policy of NO LATE SEATING.  Guests arriving late may be turned away or will be asked to enter between pieces.

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