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. 

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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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Computer Music Focus #1: Andrew Brown
Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
5:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall
Free

Making Musical Mates: Adventures in interactive algorithmic performance.

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

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


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WEDS@7 Aleck Karis, piano
Wednesday, October 5th, 2016
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
Purchase Online

Pianist Aleck Karis begins the 2016-2017 Wednesdays@7 concert series with an evening of solo piano pieces by Claude Debussy, Victor Ibarra, Lei Liang and Harrison Birtwistle.

Karis' program will include:

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

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Tatsuya Nakatani with Sam Dunscombe & Kyle Motl
Wednesday, October 5th, 2016
8:00 pm
The Loft at UC San Diego
Free

Tatsuya Nakatani Solo + Trio

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

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

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

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


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The Voice Machine
Friday, October 7th, 2016
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

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

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

The Voice Machine features the following works:

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

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The Voice Machine
Saturday, October 8th, 2016
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

Performance #2 of The Voice Machine

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

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

The Voice Machine features the following works:

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

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Kris Davis & Craig Taborn
Monday, October 10th, 2016
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
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UC San Diego's Jazz Initiative presents the piano duo Kris Davis and Craig Taborn.

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

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

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


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James Beauton, percussion - Graduate Recital
Tuesday, October 11th, 2016
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

Paradigms”

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


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WEDS@7 Mivos Quartet
Wednesday, October 12th, 2016
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
Department of Music Box Office: 858-534-3448
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Declared “one of America’s most daring and ferocious new-music ensembles” by The Chicago Reader, the Mivos Quartet is devoted to performing the works of contemporary composers to diverse audiences. Since its beginnings in 2008, the quartet has performed works by emerging and established international composers that represent varied aesthetics of contemporary composition. The Mivos Quartet is invested in commissioning and premiering new music for a string quartet, particularly in a context of close collaboration with composers over extended time periods. Recent collaborations include works with Mark Barden (Wien Modern Commission), Dan Blake (Jerome Commission), Richard Carrick (Fromm Commission), Patrick Higgins (ZS), Sam Pluta (Lucerne Festival Commission), Kate Soper, Saul Williams, Scott Wollschleger and Eric Wubbels (CMA commission).

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

The quartet's Wednesdays@7 program will include:

  • Felipe Lara, Corde Vocale
  • Lei Liang, Serashi Fragments
  • Natacha Diels, Nightmare
  • G. F. Haas, String Quartet No. 3

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Sean Dowgray, percussion - Graduate Recital
Thursday, October 13th, 2016
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

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

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

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


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Computer Music Series
Thursday, October 20th, 2016
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

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Fall Composition Juries
Thursday, October 27th, 2016
7:30 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

The Fall Composition Juries presents an evening of premieres by graduate composers Lydia Brindamour, Andrés Gutiérrez Martínez, Wen Liu and Qingqing Wang. Performed by select members of the Palimpsest Ensemble, the works will be juried by distinguished members of UC San Diego's composition faculty.


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Fall Composition Juries Discussion Session
Friday, October 28th, 2016
9:00 am
Conrad Prebys Music Center 231
Free

Discussion session for the Fall Composition Juries. Public welcome.


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Young People's Concert
Friday, October 28th, 2016
7:30 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

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

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


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus
Saturday, October 29th, 2016
7:30 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

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

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

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


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus
Sunday, October 30th, 2016
2:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

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

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

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


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WEDS@7 Pamplemousse Ensemble
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
Purchase Online

Ensemble Pamplemousse brings flavors and objects to a new form, a new piece, a new experience. Instead of discrete pieces filling out the typical concert, the composer-performer collective has co-authored a piece of strange magic, an exquisite corpse of exquisite corpses, a work sending each members' talents and specialties skittering across its surface. This concert-length set has been developed collectively by bringing everyone's favorite sounds and materials together in one exhilarating combination. What a better way to reach the sublimely absurd than the classic mashup revisited by Pamplemousse?

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


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Stephanie Richards Quintet
Thursday, November 3rd, 2016
8:00 pm
The Loft at UC San Diego
Free

Artist Bio ~

“…left an indelible impression — her tone limber and personal, and her ideas deftly executed.” —NBC News SD

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

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

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


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ArtPower presents Brown-Urioste-Canellakis Trio
Friday, November 4th, 2016
8:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
An ArtPower presentation.
Tickets handled by
UCSD Box Office
Ticket information: 858-534-8497

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

The trio's program will include:

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

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Chamber Music Recital featuring Robert Zelickman
Sunday, November 6th, 2016
3:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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

Zelickman's program will include:

  • John Harbinson  Variations for Violin, Clarinet and Piano 
  • Mozart Trio for Viola, Clarinet and Piano 
  • Krzysztof Penderecki Quartet for Clarinet and String Trio 

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Camera Lucida
Monday, November 7th, 2016
7:30 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall


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

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

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

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

No late seating.

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


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


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Judith Hamann, cello - Graduate Recital
Thursday, November 10th, 2016
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

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San Diego New Music presents: Noise Spectra
Tuesday, November 15th, 2016
8:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

Rachel Beetz hosts San Diego New Music, the Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble, and conductor Simone Mancuso at UC San Diego. Following on last year's collaboration with Simone Mancuso presenting the works of Pierre Boulez, we present a new collaboration with our Arizona colleagues featuring Ethers, by Trisan Murail, with soloist Rachel Beetz, Malin Bång's hyperoxic, Gérard Grisey's Stèle, and a new work by Arizona composer Garth Paine.

 

Rachel Beetz, flute

Batya MacAdam-Somer, violin

Mark Menzies, viola

Alex Greenbaum, cello

Scott Worthington, double bass

Eric Starr, trombone

Dustin Donahue & Ryan Nestor, percussion


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WEDS@7 Anthony Burr & Thomas Meadowcroft
Wednesday, November 16th, 2016
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
Purchase Online

UC San Diego Associate Chair and Associate Professor of Music Anthony Burr and guest composer Thomas Meadowcroft present an evening of musical collaborations as part of UC San Diego Music's ongoing Wednesdays@7 concert series.


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Computer Music Series
Thursday, November 17th, 2016
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

"Cross adaptive processing as musical intervention - Exploring radically new modes of musical interaction in live performance"

Øyvind Brandtsegg (Norwegian University of Technology and Science)

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

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

The project is run by the Norwegian University of Technology and Science, Music Technology, Trondheim. We are proud to collaborate with our strong partners at De Montfort University, Maynooth University, Queen Mary University of London, Norwegian Music Academy and University of California San Diego. The project is strongly based in practical experimentation with said techniques, and for this we rely on collaboration with a range of fine performers. Project leader is professor Øyvind Brandtsegg.


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Michael Matsuno, flute - Graduate Recital
Friday, November 18th, 2016
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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UC San Diego Gospel Choir
Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016
8:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $5.50
Students : Free with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
Purchase Online

Directed by Ken Anderson, the UC San Diego Gospel Choir combines hundreds of voices to fill Mandeville Auditorium with the uplifting sound of African American spirituals, blues, traditional songs and gospel.


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Monday Night Jazz: 95JC Jazz Ensembles
Monday, November 28th, 2016
12:00 am
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

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


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Karis Piano Studio Students
Tuesday, November 29th, 2016
2:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Concert Choir, 95C
Tuesday, November 29th, 2016
3:30 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall
Free

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MUS 33A Final Recording
Tuesday, November 29th, 2016
5:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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Chamber Orchestra
Tuesday, November 29th, 2016
8:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center 136
Free

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MUS 103A Final Recording
Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
5:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall
Free

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Christopher Clarino, percussion - Graduate Recital
Thursday, December 1st, 2016
5:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Chamber Singers, 95K
Thursday, December 1st, 2016
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall
Free

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Wind Ensemble
Thursday, December 1st, 2016
8:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center 136
Free

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Chamber Ensembles
Friday, December 2nd, 2016
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus
Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
7:30 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

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

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

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


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus
Sunday, December 4th, 2016
2:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

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

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

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


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Camera Lucida
Monday, December 5th, 2016
7:30 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall


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

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

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

Camera Lucida's program will include:
Ives: Sonata No. 4 for Violin and Piano
Kodaly: Duo for Violin and Cello
Schumann: Piano Trio in G minor, Opus 110

No late seating.

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


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


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Rachel Allen, trumpet - Graduate Recital
Tuesday, December 6th, 2016
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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Tommy Babin, bass - Graduate Recital
Wednesday, December 7th, 2016
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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Neue Vocalsolisten
Thursday, December 8th, 2016
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

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


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Aleck Karis, Erik Carlson and Michael Nicolas
Saturday, January 7th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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Camera Lucida
Monday, January 9th, 2017
7:30 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall


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

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

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

Camera Lucida's program will include:
Schumann: Fairy Tale Pictures for Viola and Piano, Opus 113
Saint-Saëns: Violin Sonata in d minor, Opus 75
Fauré: Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Opus 120

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


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


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Ryan Nestor, percussion - Graduate Recital
Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
3:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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ArtPower presents Lea DeLaria
Saturday, January 14th, 2017
8:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
An ArtPower presentation.
Tickets handled by
UCSD Box Office
Ticket information: 858-534-TIXS (8497)

ArtPower presents a performance by Lea DeLaria.

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

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


Geoffrey Gartner, cello
Thursday, January 19th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall
Self supported event

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ArtPower presents L-E-V Dance Company
Thursday, January 19th, 2017
8:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
An ArtPower presentation.
Tickets handled by
UCSD Box Office
Ticket information: 858-534-TIXS (8497)

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

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

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


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1st Year Grad Winter Composition Jury Concert
Friday, January 20th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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1st Year Grad Winter Juries, Discussion Session
Saturday, January 21st, 2017
10:00 am
Conrad Prebys Music Center 231
Free

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John Fonville Portrait Concert and Celebration
Sunday, January 22nd, 2017
4:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
Purchase Online

Join us in celebrating John Fonville's over 30 years in the music department. His former students from across the globe present a concert of his works and works dedicated to him, including a re-creation of the original choreography to Fonville's "Music for Sarah" by Austin based dancer Sarah Brumgart. Other special guests include Stephanie Aston, Lisa Cella, Anne La Berge, Reiko Manabe, Elizabeth McNutt,  Jane Rigler, Christine Tavolacci, Berglind María Tómasdóttir, and Ine Vanoeveren. 


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Michiko Ogawa, clarinets - Graduate Recital
Monday, January 23rd, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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WEDS@7 John Fonville Portrait Concert
Wednesday, January 25th, 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
Purchase Online

John Fonville and current graduate students present the complete set of his "Changing Scales."


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Computer Music Series
Thursday, January 26th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

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ArtPower presents Enso String Quartet
Friday, January 27th, 2017
8:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
An ArtPower presentation.
Tickets handled by
UCSD Box Office
Ticket information: 858-534-TIXS (8497)

ArtPower presents a performance by the Ensō String Quartet.

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

The Ensō String Quartet's program will include:
Alberto Ginastera: String Quartet No. 2

Giacomo Puccini: Crisantemi

Maurice Ravel: String Quartet in F Major

Hugo Wolf: Italian Serenade


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Lytle Scholarship Benefit Concert
Sunday, January 29th, 2017
3:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Tickets may be purchased online at:
http://rels.ucsd.edu
Parking is free
All tickets are held at the door

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

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


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WEDS@7 Reed Family Concert - Boulez: Répons
Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
7:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
Purchase Online


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MUS206 Sound Installation Seminar Presentation
Thursday, February 2nd, 2017
5:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

MUS 103B Reading: Del Sol Quartet
Wednesday, February 8th, 2017
2:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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SlowSD - Festival of Slow Music
Thursday, February 9th, 2017
12:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall
Free

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SlowSD - Festival of Slow Music
Friday, February 10th, 2017
12:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall


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SlowSD - Festival of Slow Music
Saturday, February 11th, 2017
12:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus
Saturday, February 11th, 2017
7:30 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

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

  • Gioachino Rossini: Barber of Seville Overtur
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Concerto
  • Luciano Berio: Sinfoni

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


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SlowSD - Festival of Slow Music
Sunday, February 12th, 2017
12:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus
Sunday, February 12th, 2017
2:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

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

  • Gioachino Rossini: Barber of Seville Overtur
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Concerto
  • Luciano Berio: Sinfoni

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


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Jennifer Bewerse, cello - Graduate Recital
Friday, February 17th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

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ArtPower presents Dover Quartet and Avi Avital
Friday, February 17th, 2017
8:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
An ArtPower presentation.
Tickets handled by
UCSD Box Office
Ticket information: 858-534-TIXS (8497)

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

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

The quartet's program will include:

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

David Bruce: Cymbeline (for string quartet and mandolin)

Bedřich Smetana: Quartet No. 1, “From My Life”

Sulkhan Tsintsadze: Six Miniatures (for string quartet and mandolin)


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Camera Lucida
Monday, February 20th, 2017
7:30 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall


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

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

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

Camera Lucida's program will include:
Schumann: Fantasy Pieces for Cello and Piano, Opus 73
Mozart: String Quartet in D major, K. 575, “King of Prussia”
Elgar: Piano Quintet in a minor, Opus 84

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


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


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WEDS@7 red fish blue fish
Wednesday, February 22nd, 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
Purchase Online


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Kyle Motl, bass - Graduate Recital
Friday, February 24th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

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WEDS@7 Palimpsest
Wednesday, March 1st, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
Purchase Online


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Computer Music Series
Thursday, March 2nd, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

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ArtPower Dublin Guitar Quartet
Friday, March 3rd, 2017
8:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
An ArtPower presentation.
Tickets handled by
UCSD Box Office
Ticket information: 858-534-TIXS (8497)

ArtPower presents a performance by the Dublin Guitar Quartet.

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

The quartet's program will include:

Bryce Dessner: Aheym

Philip Glass: Saxophone Quartet

Rachel Grimes: Book of Leaves

William Kanengiser: Gongan

Nikita Koshkin: Changing the Guard

György Ligeti: Inaktelki Nóták and Mátraszentimrei Dalok

Marc Mellits: Quartet

Urmas Sisask: Songs in Honour of the Virgin Mary


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Felipe Rossi, composition - Graduate Recital
Monday, March 6th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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Karis Piano Studio Students
Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
2:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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Bass Ensembles
Thursday, March 9th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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ArtPower presents Bereishit Dance Company
Thursday, March 9th, 2017
8:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
An ArtPower presentation.
Tickets handled by
UCSD Box Office
Ticket information: 858-534-TIXS (8497)

ArtPower presents a performance by the Bereishit Dance Company.

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

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

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


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Jonathan Nussman, baritone - Graduate Recital
Friday, March 10th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

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Kiyoe Wellington, bass - Graduate Recital
Sunday, March 12th, 2017
3:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

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Monday Night Jazz: 95JC Jazz Ensembles
Monday, March 13th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

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


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MUS 33B Final Recording
Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
5:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall
Free

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Chamber Orchestra
Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center 136
Free

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UC San Diego Gospel Choir
Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
8:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $5.50
Students : Free with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
Purchase Online

Directed by Ken Anderson, the UC San Diego Gospel Choir combines hundreds of voices to fill the auditorium with the uplifting sound of African American spirituals, blues, traditional songs and gospel.


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WEDS@7 Susan Narucki
Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
Purchase Online

Soprano Susan Narucki and pianist Donald Berman present an evening of songs that are united by intensity of expression, exquisite writing for voice and piano and overarching lyricism.  

The performance will include György Kurtág's rarely heard Three Old Inscriptions, Requiem for a Friend, selections from Robert Schumann's Kerner Lieder and works by Alexander Zemlinsky and American composer James Primosch. As longtime collaborators, Narucki and Berman earned the Classical Recording Foundation's Samuel Sanders Award for their critically acclaimed recording of the songs of Charles Ives.  


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MUS 133 Projects in New Music Performance
Thursday, March 16th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

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Wind Ensemble
Thursday, March 16th, 2017
8:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center 136
Free

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Chamber Ensembles
Friday, March 17th, 2017
4:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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UC San Diego Bach Ensemble
Friday, March 17th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus
Friday, March 17th, 2017
7:30 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

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

Giuseppe Verdi: Reqiuem

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

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


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus
Saturday, March 18th, 2017
7:30 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

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

Giuseppe Verdi: Reqiuem

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

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


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus
Sunday, March 19th, 2017
2:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

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

Giuseppe Verdi: Reqiuem

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

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


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Bonnie Lander Graduate Recital
Tuesday, April 4th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

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Drew Ceccato Graduate Recital
Wednesday, April 5th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

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Keir GoGwilt, violin - Graduate Recital
Thursday, April 6th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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Madison Greenstone, clarinets - Graduate Recital
Friday, April 7th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

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Formosa Quartet
Friday, April 7th, 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
Purchase Online

The members of the Formosa Quartet – Jasmine Lin, Wayne Lee, Che-Yen Chen, and Deborah Pae – have established themselves as leading solo, chamber and orchestral musicians. Since forming in 2002 to perform and promote Taiwanese music, the Formosa Quartet won the First Prize and the Amadeus Prize at the London International String Quartet Competition in 2006. To date, they have given critically acclaimed performances at the Ravinia Festival, Caramoor Festival, Library of Congress, Da Camera Society of Los Angeles, Chicago Cultural Center, Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center, Rice University, San Francisco State University and Wigmore Hall in London. 

This event is sponsored by Taiwanese Studies at UC San Diego.


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Kirsten Ashley Wiest, soprano - Graduate Recital
Saturday, April 8th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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Camera Lucida
Monday, April 17th, 2017
7:30 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall


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

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

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

Camera Lucida's program will include:
Reger: Sonata in B-flat Major for Viola and Piano, Opus 107
Beethoven: String Quartet in E-flat major, Opus 74, “The Harp”
Ives: Piano Trio

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


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


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WEDS@7 On Structure: Natacha Diels and Jessie Marino
Wednesday, April 19th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
Purchase Online

Wednesdays@7 presents On Structure, the collaborative project of Jessie Marino and Natacha Diels.

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


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


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ArtPower Ariel Quartet
Friday, April 21st, 2017
8:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
An ArtPower presentation.
Tickets handled by
UCSD Box Office
Ticket information: 858-534-TIXS (8497)

ArtPower presents a performance by the Ariel Quartet

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

The quartet's program will include:

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

Mahammed Fairouz: New Commission

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


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Kartik Seshadri, sitar
Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
7:30 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
Purchase Online

Sitar master Kartik Seshadri presents a performance of classica Indian ragas. 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."


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WEDS@7 Takae Ohnishi, harpsichord
Wednesday, April 26th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
Purchase Online

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

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


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Computer Music Series
Thursday, April 27th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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Fiona Digney, percussion - Graduate Recital
Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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ArtPower St. Lawrence String Quartet
Friday, May 5th, 2017
8:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
An ArtPower presentation.
Tickets handled by
UCSD Box Office
Ticket information: 858-534-TIXS (8497)

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

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

The quartet's program will include:

John Adams: Second Quartet

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

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


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus
Saturday, May 6th, 2017
7:30 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

Guest composer Michael Gerdes conducts a performance of:

  • Carl Nielsen: Concerto for Flute
  • Vivian Fung: Biennale Snapshots (U.S. premiere)
  • Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

Featuring guest flutist Carlos Aguilar (2015 Young Artists Winner).

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


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus
Sunday, May 7th, 2017
2:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

Guest composer Michael Gerdes conducts a performance of:

  • Carl Nielsen: Concerto for Flute
  • Vivian Fung: Biennale Snapshots (U.S. premiere)
  • Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

Featuring guest flutist Carlos Aguilar (2015 Young Artists Winner).

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


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WEDS@7 kallisti Presents Chamber Opera
Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
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kallisti Presents Chamber Opera
Friday, May 12th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
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kallisti Presents Chamber Opera
Saturday, May 13th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
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Camera Lucida
Monday, May 15th, 2017
7:30 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall


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

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

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

Camera Lucida's program will include:
Beethoven: Sonata for Piano and Cello in F major, Opus 5 Nr. 1
Schoenberg: String Trio
Dvorak: Piano Quartet in E-flat major, Opus 87

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


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


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WEDS@7 red fish blue fish
Wednesday, May 17th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys 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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Tobin Chodos - Graduate Recital
Thursday, May 18th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

Hesam Abedini and Niloufar Shiri Honors Recital
Friday, May 19th, 2017
5:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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Yvette Jackson Graduate Recital
Friday, May 19th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

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Stephen Lewis, piano - Graduate Recital
Sunday, May 21st, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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WEDS@7 Carlson and Karis
Wednesday, May 24th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
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Computer Music Series
Thursday, May 25th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

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ArtPower presents Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
Thursday, May 25th, 2017
8:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
An ArtPower presentation.
Tickets handled by
UCSD Box Office
Ticket information: 858-534-TIXS (8497)

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

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

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


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Marcelo Flores Lazcano, composer - Dissertation Recital
Tuesday, May 30th, 2017
8:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

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Jury Concert: Integrative Studies
Thursday, June 1st, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

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UC San Diego Gospel Choir
Thursday, June 1st, 2017
8:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $5.50
Students : Free with ID
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.


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Leah Bowden, percussion - Graduate Recital
Friday, June 2nd, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

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MUS 103C Undergraduate Juries
Saturday, June 3rd, 2017
10:00 am
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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Piano Students
Sunday, June 4th, 2017
5:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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Monday Night Jazz: 95JC Jazz Ensembles
Monday, June 5th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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


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MUS 33C Final Recording
Tuesday, June 6th, 2017
3:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall
Free

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MUS 131 Advanced Improvisation
Tuesday, June 6th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

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Chamber Orchestra
Tuesday, June 6th, 2017
8:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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95W Indian Music Students
Wednesday, June 7th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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Singers and Choirs, 95CK
Thursday, June 8th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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Wind Ensemble
Thursday, June 8th, 2017
8:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $5.50
Students : Free with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
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Chamber Ensembles
Friday, June 9th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus
Saturday, June 10th, 2017
7:30 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

David Chase will conduct a performance of:

  • Hector Berlioz: Beatrice and Benedict
  • Arnold Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht
  • Samuel Barber: The Lovers

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


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus
Sunday, June 11th, 2017
2:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

David Chase will conduct a performance of:

  • Hector Berlioz: Beatrice and Benedict
  • Arnold Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht
  • Samuel Barber: The Lovers

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


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32VM Vocal Master Class
Sunday, June 11th, 2017
5:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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Best of ICAM
Thursday, June 15th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free



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