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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Jury Concert: Integrative Studies
Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

Integrative Studies creative practice students present original works.

Featuring new compositions by: James Gutierrez, Diana Hereld, Yvette Jackson, Joshua Charney, Juan Rubio, Gust Burns, Joshua Hochman, and Suzanne Thorpe.


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WEDS@7 David Borgo presents Kronomorfic and KaiBorg
Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
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Professor David Borgo presents Kronomorfic and KaiBorg in this special Wednesdays@7 concert.

David Borgo - soprano and tenor saxophones
Michael Dessen - trombone
Kjell Nordeson - vibraphone and marimba
Nathan Jarrell - electric guitar
Andy Zacharias - contrabass
Paul Pellegrin - drum set

 

Kronomorfic, co-led by saxophonist David Borgo and drummer Paul Pellegrin, is an ensemble dedicated to the exploration of polymetric time. The music is innovative yet surprisingly approachable. The compositions explore multi-layered rhythmic phrases (e.g., 3:4:5, 3:5:7, 6:7:9, 8:12:15, 7:11, 9:13, 11:18) using interlocking melodies that evolve through rhythmic modulations and individual and collective improvisations, but in the end the music grooves, the melodies linger, and the solos burn. The ensemble’s first album, Micro Temporal Infundibula, was released in 2010 on pfMENTUM Records. The second installment, Entangled, was released in 2014 on OA2 Records.

 

David Borgo- soprano saxophone, laptop
Jeff Kaiser- quartertone trumpet, laptop
 

KaiBorg explores the intersections of cutting-edge computer music and contemporary improvisation. Employing custom signal processing techniques and hardware mapping strategies, the musicians perform on "hybrid instruments" that extend their acoustic sonic palettes and afford new spatialization opportunities, all without sacrificing the sense of intimacy and speed of interaction required in improvised settings.

KaiBorg’s music has been described as "a surging sonic kaleidoscope" (San Diego Union Tribune) filled with "strange sounds and odd surprises" (Babysue) that "alternately overwhelm the senses and gives pause for contemplation" (Gapplegate Review); "quite cosmic, yet never indulgent" (Downtown Music Gallery).  The duo released its first compact disc entitled Harvesting Metadata on the pfMENTUM label, and they have concertized throughout California and in Holland and Sweden.


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Leah Bowden DMA Recital
Thursday, May 21st, 2015
8:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

Bam! Bam! 

Leah Bowden

Percussion and Drums

A D.M.A. Concert featuring works by Erik Griswold, Tristan Perich, Anthony Davis and Glenn Kotche.


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Peter Ko Undergraduate Honors Recital
Friday, May 22nd, 2015
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Peter Ko presents his undergraduate honors recital, with pianist Daniel Kim.

Johann Sebastian Bach - Cello Suite No.4 in E-flat major, BWV 1010

Gabriel Fauré - Élégie

Sergey Prokofiev - Cello Sonata Op. 119


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Ojai Festival Preview with Steven Schick
Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
Department of Music Box Office: 858-534-3448
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Distinguished Professor of Music, Steven Schick, will be the Musical Director for the 2015 Ojai Music Festival! He will be presenting a preview of June's festival at the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall. Read more here.

Program:
The Anvil Chorus- David Lang (Schick solo)
Six Japanese Gardens- Kaija Saariaho (Schick solo)
Toccata- Carlos Chavez (red fish blue fish)
Four Marys- Julia Wolfe (Renga)
Pipa Concerto- Lou Harrison (Renga with Wu Man)
 

Percussionist, conductor, and author Steven Schick was born in Iowa and raised in a farming family.  For forty years he has championed contemporary music by commissioning or premiering more than one hundred-fifty new works. He was the founding percussionist of the Bang on a Can All-Stars (1992-2002) and served as Artistic Director of the Centre International de Percussion de Genève (2000-2005). Schick is founder and Artistic Director of the percussion group, red fish blue fish.

Currently he is Music Director of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus and Artistic Director of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. In 2012 he became the first Artist-in-Residence with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). Schick founded and is currently Artistic Director of “Roots and Rhizomes,” a summer course on contemporary percussion music held at the Banff Centre for the Arts. He maintains a lively schedule of guest conducting including appearances in this season with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Nova Chamber Ensemble and the Asko/Schönberg Ensemble. Among his acclaimed publications are a book, “The Percussionist’s Art: Same Bed, Different Dreams,” and numerous recordings of contemporary percussion music including a 3 CD set of the complete percussion music of Iannis Xenakis (Mode).  Mode will release a companion recording on DVD of the early percussion music of Karlheinz Stockhausen in 2014. Steven Schick is Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of California, San Diego.


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Karis Studio Piano Students
Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
2:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Graduate piano performance students of Aleck Karis present an informal concert.


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UCSD Gospel Choir
Thursday, May 28th, 2015
8:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
General: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $5.50
Students w/ID: Free
Department of Music Box Office: 858-534-3448
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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.

Anderson and the Gospel Choir were recently highlighted in thisweek@ucsandiego, naming it "the most popular music course on campus."


Kjell Nordeson Recital
Friday, May 29th, 2015
7:30 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free
Kjell Nordeson - Fluency
A conceptual concert on the theme of fluency.
 
Fluency, or lack thereof, is a decisive parameter in improvised music as well as in speaking. A flowing, seemingly self generating music, or a tentative stuttering, or a forward-leaning but disruptive delivery, all reflect the premises for the creative situation. Fluency is also related to musical style and personal idiom, where the level of fluency is  incorporated either deliberately or accidentally. This concert flows with various degrees of fluency.
 
Musicians: Kjell Nordeson - percussion
Judith Hamann - cello
Bonnie Lander - voice
Improvisations, and music by Felipe Rossi

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Piano Students
Saturday, May 30th, 2015
8:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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Undergraduate Juries
Sunday, May 31st, 2015
10:00 am
Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall
Free

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Cole Pendergrass Undergraduate Honors Recital
Sunday, May 31st, 2015
5:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

MUS 32VM Voice Students
Sunday, May 31st, 2015
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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Monday Night Jazz: 95JC Jazz Ensembles
Monday, June 1st, 2015
8:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

The 95JC concert, under the direction of KAMAU KENYATTA, 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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Chamber Orchestra
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015
8:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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


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95W Indian Music Students
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015
8:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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


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Singers and Choirs
Thursday, June 4th, 2015
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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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Wind Ensemble
Thursday, June 4th, 2015
8:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
General: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $5.50
Students w/ID: Free
Department of Music Box Office: 858-534-3448
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In his final concert as he retires in June, Robert Zelickman directs UC San Diego's Wind Ensemble performing An Evening of Italian Music including Rossini's Semiramide Overture, Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana (selections from Mascagni's opera), Verdi's Nabucco Overture and ballet music from Aida, Lentini's march Defenders of Liberty, plus the world premiere of New Dance Mechanics by department of music composer and PhD candidate Ryan Welsh.


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Chamber Ensembles
Friday, June 5th, 2015
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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Computer Music Concert
Friday, June 5th, 2015
8:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus ...on the nature of utterance
Saturday, June 6th, 2015
7:30 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

David Chase conducts

Peter Tchaikovsky        Violin Concerto
Jonathan Dove            There Was a Child

Guest artist: Priti Gandhi, soprano; Annelle Gregory, violin; Edward Mout, tenor; North Coast Singers youth choir

Choral Director David Chase leads our season-ending concerts. Annelle Gregory, winner of the 2012 Young Artists Competition, plays Tchaikovsky’s great concerto, one of the most difficult ever written for the violin. There Was a Child, composed by Jonathan Dove in 2009, is a grand cantata in the spirit of Benjamin Britten and Ralph Vaughan Williams. Composed as a tribute to a young man who had died tragically, rather than dwelling in darkness, Dove’s oratorio inspires and uplifts. Setting texts by English and American poets, it is scored for soprano and tenor soloists, children’s choir, chorus, and orchestra.


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus ...on the nature of utterance
Sunday, June 7th, 2015
2:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

David Chase conducts

Peter Tchaikovsky        Violin Concerto
Jonathan Dove            There Was a Child

Guest artist: Priti Gandhi, soprano; Annelle Gregory, violin; Edward Mout, tenor; North Coast Singers youth choir

Choral Director David Chase leads our season-ending concerts. Annelle Gregory, winner of the 2012 Young Artists Competition, plays Tchaikovsky’s great concerto, one of the most difficult ever written for the violin. There Was a Child, composed by Jonathan Dove in 2009, is a grand cantata in the spirit of Benjamin Britten and Ralph Vaughan Williams. Composed as a tribute to a young man who had died tragically, rather than dwelling in darkness, Dove’s oratorio inspires and uplifts. Setting texts by English and American poets, it is scored for soprano and tenor soloists, children’s choir, chorus, and orchestra.


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ICAM Timecode
Tuesday, June 9th, 2015
6:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

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MUS33C Intro to Composition Final
Wednesday, June 10th, 2015
3:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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Best of ICAM
Thursday, June 11th, 2015
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
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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