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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Nico Couck Solo Concert
Thursday, April 16th, 2015
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall
Free

Apparatus is the system of relationships that is established between two elements: the musical instrument and its player. While each element has the capacity to capture, interpret, model, control, or secure the gestures of the other element - it is the interaction and the changing of each element's role that form the concert. It is the mechanics of the physical act of playing guitar and how the body can become the extension of the instrument, its major manipulator, or simply both. 

Nico Couck performs music by Simon Steen-Andersen and Tiziano Manca, and new works by Brigitta Muntendorf, Kai Johannes Polzhofer and Dan Tramte. Integrating guitars, choreography, J.S. Bach, electronics, and even YouTube, Apparatus is a multimedia event in which the physical and mechanical duality is the denominator.

Program

Tiziano Manca
Stur
(2010)
acoustic guitar
 
Dan Tramte
degradative interference
(2014) 
e-guitar and video
 
Kai Johannes Polzhofer
“Keiner kennt seinen eigenen Namen, keiner kennt sein wirkliches Antlitz” (Léon Bloy)
(2015) 
prepared guitar
 
Brigitta Muntendorf
Public Privacy #4: Leap in the dark
(2015) 
e-guitar and video
 
Simon Steen-Andersen
Beloved Brother
(2008)
acoustic guitar

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Hearing Landscapes
Friday, April 17th, 2015
5:00 pm
Calit2 Theater, Atkinson Hall
Free

Qualcomm Institute Composer in Residence Lei Liang, collaborating with Falko Kuester, Director of the institute’s Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture and Archaeology (CISA3), will present a public performance based on work funded by a 2014 Calit2 Strategic Research Opportunities (CSRO) grant to Liang.

The performance will feature new musical compositions by Liang and high-resolution, multispectral scans of 12 rare Chinese landscape paintings by 20th-century artist Huang Binhong (1865-1955). The paintings were on loan from Elna Tsao, with support from the San Francisco-based Mozhai Foundation, for digitization at UC San Diego in late January 2015. Liang, a professor of music at UC San Diego, is developing new concepts of sonic “shadows” and “lights” to craft a musical language for orchestration and sound spatialization. The multispectral imaging led by CISA3’s Kuester will also shed new light on the painter’s creative process by capturing detailed information (big data) about the materials, techniques and artistic processes used by Huang. The April 17 event will end a week of rehearsals, and it will give the campus and broader community an opportunity to experience how composer Liang transforms the big data into new sonic expressions and individualized experiences. He will use the Calit2 Theater's outsized VROOM display system to showcase the never-before-seen multispectral images of the paintings (captured in visible light as well as ultraviolet, infrared and other wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum), annotated by music.

PERSONNEL:
Lei Liang – Composer (Calit2, UCSD)
Falko Kuester – Visual Explorer (CISA3, UCSD)
Zachary Seldess – Principal Collaborator / Audio Software Developer
Greg Surges – Audio Software Developer
Samantha Stout – Cultural Heritage Engineer
Chris McFarland – Software Developer
Eric Hamdan - Audio System Developer
Eric Lo – Robotic Engineer
James Strawson – Robotic Engineer

This free event has limited seats available. Please register at http://hearing-landscapes.eventbrite.com/.


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Lytle Scholarship Benefit Concert
Sunday, April 19th, 2015
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

This year’s concert theme is “Harlem Hellfighters: Jazz Goes to War.” The program will feature jazz music brought to Paris from the United States during World War I by the “hellfighters,” a group of African American soldiers who fought valiantly during the war—even when they did not have equal rights at home.  

All proceeds and gifts benefit the Lytle Scholarship Endowment, which provides scholarships for graduates of The Preuss School UCSD attending UC San Diego’s Thurgood Marshall College.  


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Springfest at the Birch Aquarium
Sunday, April 19th, 2015
6:00 pm
Birch Aquarium
$10 general admission/$8 Birch members & UCSD students--includes Aquarium admission. Purchase tickets in advance online

Join the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography for the third annual Immersion@Birch Aquarium concert. This special evening under the sea features musical performances from UC San Diego music graduate students. On April 19 from 6-8pm, visitors can stroll through the aquarium and encounter live and recorded pieces specifically curated for this unique event. Performances include intimate chamber music in front of the two-story Kelp Forest tank, silent sea-themed film in the Galleria, live Gamelan music on the Tide-Pool Plaza, free jazz near the Elasmo Beach Sharks, and electronic music based on live video tracking of jellyfish in the Hall of Fishes.


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Pablo Gomez Cano Recital
Tuesday, April 21st, 2015
8:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall
Free

Music 541 presents: Dustin Donahue, Pablo Gomez Cano, Scott Worthington

New works for percussion, guitar, and double bass by Stanford graduate composers: Constantin Basica, Eoin Callery, Andrew Greenwald, Alexandra Hay, Jessie, Marino, Iván Naranjo, Laura Steenberge

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Original, distinctive, and unconventional, Pablo Gomez's guitar is one of the most remarkable sounds of today's music scene. Decidedly different and away from all conventions, his repertoire includes various aesthetic tendencies: from classics of the twentieth century and contemporary pieces to works written expressly for him by renowned Mexican and international composers. His repertoire includes solo guitar; electro-acoustic music; duets with vocalist, percussion, and violin; and concerts with chamber ensembles and orchestras. This a musical diversity that has taken him to performances in concerts in the United States, Sweden, France, London, Germany, Austria, Spain , Canada, Latin America Chile, Venezuela, Iceland and in several cities in Mexico. He has shared the stage with world class performers, such as Susan Narucki, Christophe Desjardins, Steve Schick, Magnus Andersson, among others. He has been soloist with the Camerata de Las Americas, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Mexico City, the Orchestra of the University of Cincinnati, Carlos Chavez Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Fine Arts in Mexico City to name a few and has participated in various ensembles: The Contemporary Ensemble of Montreal (ECM)and the Kore Ensemble of Canada, the Ibero-American Ensemble of Madrid, the Latin American Quartet, Onix, Palimpsest Ensamble among others. He has performed in the Cervantino Festivals, Festival de México, Festival Internacional de Morelia as well as other dedicated to new music, including the Ferien Kurse für Neue Musik Darmsatadt, Radar, the Manuel Enriquez New Music Forum, the V Search Event in San Diego, and the Festival A Tempo in Caracas and Paris, among others. Pablo Gomez began his musical studies at the (Ollin Yoliztli) School Introduction to Music and Dance with maestro Gerardo Carrillo. He received his professional education at the National School of Music at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) where he graduated with honors. He also had private studies with Federico Bañuelos. With the support of Mexico's National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA), he attended a two-year specialization program in contemporary music in Stockholm, Sweden, with Magnus Andersson. He produced a CD Tañendo Recio, under the Quindecim label and has participated in various other professional recordings. Recently the label World Records produced the CD Miliou that includes a solo work perfumed by Gomez. In 2012 he received the "Interpreters with relevant Career" grant from Mexico's National Fund for the Arts. He currently teaches at UNAM's National School of Music and is pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of California at San Diego.

Scott Worthington (b. 1987) is a double bassist and composer based in Los Angeles. As a chamber musician and soloist he largely focuses on contemporary music and frequently commissions and premieres new works. These commissions have resulted in solos and concertos by Robert Morris, Juan Trigos, and numerous young composers. Upcoming premieres include works with electronics by Clarence Barlow, Brenna Noonan, and Gary Philo. Worthington is a founding member of ensemble et cetera, a trio for clarinet, percussion, and double bass. Since 2010, eleven works have been composed for their unique instrumentation and they have realized many open-score works by composers such as John Cage and Earle Brown. In 2013, &c. held an international composition competition which received over 250 applications and they currently working towards a studio recording of the winners' works. His other engagements span a variety of areas in contemporary music. Worthington’s interest in concert-length music led to many performances of Wolfgang von Schweintz's epic Plainsound Glissando Modulation, an eighty-minute duet in just intonation, with violinist Andrew McIntosh. Through his interest in electronic music, he has worked as a sound engineer for performances of a variety of electro-acoustic works by Boulez, Lucier, Meadowcroft, Reynolds, Sciarrino, and Stockhausen. He is also active in promoting contemporary music as a concert organizer. He served on the board of Ossia New Music for two years helping to expand their concert series and present 20th century repertoire pieces alongside premieres. In 2013 he co-founded wasteLAnd, a concert series in Los Angeles which presents Southern-Californian composers and performers. Worthington has performed around the world at the the Carlsbad Music Festival, the Chihuahua International Festival, June in Buffalo, the Lucerne Festival, Monday Evening Concerts, MicroFest, and the WithOutWalls Festival and spent three summers at the Lucerne Festival Academy working with Pierre Boulez and Ensemble Intercontemporain. His music has been performed around the United States by ensembles and soloists in art galleries, concert halls, and venues such as the Carlsbad Music Festival, the DiMenna Center, The Stone, and Roulette. He can be heard on Albany Records, Bridge Records, Hat Hut, Naxos, Populist Records, and Tzadik. Worthington studied at the Eastman School of Music with James VanDemark and the University of California, San Diego with Mark Dresser. While in San Diego, he also studied the Alexander Technique with Eileen Trobermann. He performs on a copy of a Lorenzo Carcassi bass built for him by Barrie Kolstein.

Dustin Donahue is a percussionist residing in San Diego, California. He is currently a doctoral student at the University of California, San Diego where he studies with Steven Schick and performs with the percussion group red fish blue fish. Prior to his arrival in southern California, Dustin studied with Anthony Di Sanza at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. As a chamber musician, Dustin has performed in venues across North America, such as the Park Avenue Armory in New York City, the Ojai Music Festival, the Banff Centre, the Aspen Music Festival, and Disney Hall in Los Angeles. With red fish blue fish, he has performed alongside Dawn Upshaw, Eighth Blackbird, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, and the International Contemporary Ensemble. Dustin has also appeared as a soloist at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Carlsbad Music Festival, and the soundSCAPE Festival in Pavia, Italy. Dustin has recorded for Populist Records as part of composer Nicholas Deyoe's debut album, with throbbing eyes. He also appears on several upcoming releases from Mode Records, including the late works of Iannis Xenakis and the complete percussion works of John Cage. Devoted to the creation of new art, Dustin enthusiastically seeks collaboration with composers and artists. Recent premieres include works by John Luther Adams, Lewis Nielson, and Michael Pisaro, as well as a multitude of new pieces by young composers across the country.


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ArtPower! Presents: Emerson String Quartet
Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
8:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
An ArtPower! presentation.
Tickets handled by
UCSD Box Office
Ticket information: 858-534-8497

ArtTalks! at The Loft, 7pm 

An ArtPower! fan favorite, the Emerson String Quartet stands apart in the history of string quartets with an unparalleled list of achievements over three decades: more than thirty acclaimed recordings, nine Grammys (including two for Best Classical Album), three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, Musical America’s "Ensemble of the Year", and collaborations with many of the greatest artists of our time. With the arrival of cellist Paul Watkins in 2013, the Emerson Quartet has embarked on a remarkable new journey – one filled with freshness, warmth and impressive accolades. 

Eugene Drucker, violin; Philip Setzer, violin; Lawrence Dutton, viola; Paul Watkins, cello.

PROGRAM

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quartet No. 14 in G major, K. 387; Benjamin Britten: String Quartet No.2 in C major, Op. 36; Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132

SPONSORS Joan Jordan Bernstein and Alexa Hirsch, Eric Lasley and Judith Bachner


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Kartik Seshadri in Concert
Saturday, April 25th, 2015
7:30 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
Purchase Online

KARTIK SESHADRI, SITAR MASTER

Sitar master Kartik Seshadri performs classical Indian ragas, accompanied by Pandit Arup Chattopadhyay. Seshadri's CD Sublime Ragas was recently among Songlines magazine's Top 10 "Top of the World" albums. His music has been praised by The Washington Post for its "espressive beauty, rich tonal sensibility, and rhythmic intricacy."


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Pi-hsien Chen Piano Recital
Sunday, April 26th, 2015
3:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Sponsored by the Spotlights of Taiwan Culture and Chuan-Lyu Endowment at UCSD

World-renowned pianist Pi-hsien Chen will perform works by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, and new compositions written by Taiwanese composers Tzyy-Sheng Lee, Tsung-Hsien Yang, and Ying-Ting Lin.

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


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Camera Lucida, Myriad Trio
Monday, April 27th, 2015
7:30 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Tickets handled by San Diego Symphony
Single tickets: $25
UCSD Faculty/Staff: $20
Student rush for FREE tickets begins at 6:30 pm. Available for all students (including non-UCSD students).
Ticket information: 619-235-0804


THE MYRIAD TRIO II
A Camera Lucida Special Presentation

Che-Yen Chen, viola
Demarre McGill, flute
Julie Smith Phillips, harp

DEBUSSY: Nuage from “Nocturnes”
Reverie
LIEBERMANN: Sonata for Flute and Harp
SALZEDO: Chanson de la Nuit, arr. Phillips
DELIUS: Florida Suite, arr. Cavaterra

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

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


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus ...on the nature of the Space between us all
Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
7:30 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

Chris Rountree conducts

Leonard Bernstein    Symphony No. 1 “Jeremiah”
Yeung-ping Chen    The Moon in La Jolla Nee Commission
Charles Ives        Symphony No. 2

Guest artist: Heather Johnson, mezzo-soprano

Special guest conductor Christopher Rountree, artistic director and conductor of wild Up, an adventurous chamber group that blends new music, classical repertoire, performance art and pop, leads a unique American program. Bernstein’s dramatic First Symphony was written while he was still in his twenties, and voted outstanding new classical work its debut year by the New York Music Critics Circle. Yeung-ping Chen will compose what is truly a twenty-first century work, a “tele-concerto” in which the orchestra will be in Mandeville and the soloists will “appear” with the orchestra via the internet. Ives’ popular Second Symphony fuses the great European symphony with popular American tunes.


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus ...on the nature of the Space between us all
Sunday, May 3rd, 2015
2:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

Chris Rountree conducts

Leonard Bernstein    Symphony No. 1 “Jeremiah”
Yeung-ping Chen    The Moon in La Jolla Nee Commission
Charles Ives        Symphony No. 2

Guest artist: Heather Johnson, mezzo-soprano

Special guest conductor Christopher Rountree, artistic director and conductor of wild Up, an adventurous chamber group that blends new music, classical repertoire, performance art and pop, leads a unique American program. Bernstein’s dramatic First Symphony was written while he was still in his twenties, and voted outstanding new classical work its debut year by the New York Music Critics Circle. Yeung-ping Chen will compose what is truly a twenty-first century work, a “tele-concerto” in which the orchestra will be in Mandeville and the soloists will “appear” with the orchestra via the internet. Ives’ popular Second Symphony fuses the great European symphony with popular American tunes.


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Alice Teyssier DMA Recital
Tuesday, May 5th, 2015
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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WEDS@7 The Threepenny Opera
Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
Department of Music Box Office: 858-534-3448
Purchase Online

kallisti presents chamber opera:
THE THREEPENNY OPERA

Music by Kurt Weill
Text by Bertolt Brecht and Elisabeth Hauptmann, after John Gay's The Beggar's Opera.
English adaptation by Marc Blitzstein (1954)

Ruff Yeager, director
Michael Mizerany, choreography
Alina Bokovikova, costume design
Kristen Flores, set design
Sherrice Mojgani, lighting/projection design
Victoria Harris, production stage manager
Mikhaila Powers, assistant stage manager

kallisti: Hillary Young, Kirsten Wiest and Susan Narucki, sopranos
            Jonathan Nussman, baritone

Invited guests: Ruff Yeager, Cortez Johnson, Charlie Gange, Julia Karis, Kirsten Rower, Ryan Dietrich, Wilfred Paloma, Vincent Fung and Peter Armado

Orchestra: Kyle Adam Blair, music director/keyboards
Rachel Allen, Steven Leffue, Stephanie Richards, Eric Starr, Pablo Gomez-Cano, Fiona Digney

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The U.S.A. has just elected its first female president. In early January of 2017 the inauguration is eminent and those on both sides of the law are looking to cash in on the festivities. A militarized D.C. police force has promised the new commander-in-chief to rid the city of its criminal element. Tea Party evangelists are rounding up the homeless to protest and picket the new administration. Prostitutes and drug dealers welcome the newly arrived lobbyists and politicos while Mac Heath hides in a dark alley somewhere on Pennsylvania Avenue waiting to slit the throat of his next victim.

Since its premiere in 1929, The Threepenny Opera has challenged and captivated audiences worldwide.   It has been performed over 10,000 times and translated into 18 languages. For kallisti's sixth opera project, we turn to this classic work of music theater, and view it through the prism of the future.

Led by Grammy award winning soprano Susan Narucki, kallisti draws its singers from the graduate program in Contemporary Music Performance at UC San Diego and distinguished guest artists.

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Performances: May 6, 8, and 9 at 7:00 p.m.  Sunday, May 10 at 2:00 p.m.

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THE THREEPENNY OPERA is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals: www.rnh.com


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Scott Worthington DMA Recital
Thursday, May 7th, 2015
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Space Administration

Space Administration sets a visual presentation of Ken Hunt’s poem "Apollo Spacecraft"  inside music for bass and electronics by Scott Worthington. The poem uses NASA’s voice transcript of the Apollo 11 mission by erasing most of the words and leaving the time stamps. Through the erasure, Hunt creates an ode to the god Apollo and a rumination on space travel. Worthington’s music lets the bass float weightlessly above a galactic electronic background, created mostly with a Moog synthesizer (a company which became popular just a few years before the Apollo 11 mission).

poetrywillbemadebyall.ch/book/space-administration/ (free pdf download of Hunt’s poem)

scottworthington.com

spacecraftpress.wordpress.com (Ken Hunt’s press)


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The Threepenny Opera
Friday, May 8th, 2015
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
Department of Music Box Office: 858-534-3448
Purchase Online

kallisti presents chamber opera:
THE THREEPENNY OPERA

Music by Kurt Weill
Text by Bertolt Brecht and Elisabeth Hauptmann, after John Gay's The Beggar's Opera.
English adaptation by Marc Blitzstein (1954)

Ruff Yeager, director
Michael Mizerany, choreography
Alina Bokovikova, costume design
Kristen Flores, set design
Sherrice Mojgani, lighting/projection design
Victoria Harris, production stage manager
Mikhaila Powers, assistant stage manager

kallisti: Hillary Young, Kirsten Wiest and Susan Narucki, sopranos
            Jonathan Nussman, baritone

Invited guests: Ruff Yeager, Cortez Johnson, Charlie Gange, Julia Karis, Kirsten Rower, Ryan Dietrich, Wilfred Paloma, Vincent Fung and Peter Armado

Orchestra: Kyle Adam Blair, music director/keyboards
Rachel Allen, Steven Leffue, Stephanie Richards, Eric Starr, Pablo Gomez-Cano, Fiona Digney

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The U.S.A. has just elected its first female president. In early January of 2017 the inauguration is eminent and those on both sides of the law are looking to cash in on the festivities. A militarized D.C. police force has promised the new commander-in-chief to rid the city of its criminal element. Tea Party evangelists are rounding up the homeless to protest and picket the new administration. Prostitutes and drug dealers welcome the newly arrived lobbyists and politicos while Mac Heath hides in a dark alley somewhere on Pennsylvania Avenue waiting to slit the throat of his next victim.

Since its premiere in 1929, The Threepenny Opera has challenged and captivated audiences worldwide.   It has been performed over 10,000 times and translated into 18 languages. For kallisti's sixth opera project, we turn to this classic work of music theater, and view it through the prism of the future.

Led by Grammy award winning soprano Susan Narucki, kallisti draws its singers from the graduate program in Contemporary Music Performance at UC San Diego and distinguished guest artists.

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Performances: May 6, 8, and 9 at 7:00 p.m.  Sunday, May 10 at 2:00 p.m.

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THE THREEPENNY OPERA is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals: www.rnh.com


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The Threepenny Opera
Saturday, May 9th, 2015
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
Department of Music Box Office: 858-534-3448
Purchase Online

kallisti presents chamber opera:
THE THREEPENNY OPERA

Music by Kurt Weill
Text by Bertolt Brecht and Elisabeth Hauptmann, after John Gay's The Beggar's Opera.
English adaptation by Marc Blitzstein (1954)

Ruff Yeager, director
Michael Mizerany, choreography
Alina Bokovikova, costume design
Kristen Flores, set design
Sherrice Mojgani, lighting/projection design
Victoria Harris, production stage manager
Mikhaila Powers, assistant stage manager

kallisti: Hillary Young, Kirsten Wiest and Susan Narucki, sopranos
            Jonathan Nussman, baritone

Invited guests: Ruff Yeager, Cortez Johnson, Charlie Gange, Julia Karis, Kirsten Rower, Ryan Dietrich, Wilfred Paloma, Vincent Fung and Peter Armado

Orchestra: Kyle Adam Blair, music director/keyboards
Rachel Allen, Steven Leffue, Stephanie Richards, Eric Starr, Pablo Gomez-Cano, Fiona Digney

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The U.S.A. has just elected its first female president. In early January of 2017 the inauguration is eminent and those on both sides of the law are looking to cash in on the festivities. A militarized D.C. police force has promised the new commander-in-chief to rid the city of its criminal element. Tea Party evangelists are rounding up the homeless to protest and picket the new administration. Prostitutes and drug dealers welcome the newly arrived lobbyists and politicos while Mac Heath hides in a dark alley somewhere on Pennsylvania Avenue waiting to slit the throat of his next victim.

Since its premiere in 1929, The Threepenny Opera has challenged and captivated audiences worldwide.   It has been performed over 10,000 times and translated into 18 languages. For kallisti's sixth opera project, we turn to this classic work of music theater, and view it through the prism of the future.

Led by Grammy award winning soprano Susan Narucki, kallisti draws its singers from the graduate program in Contemporary Music Performance at UC San Diego and distinguished guest artists.

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Performances: May 6, 8, and 9 at 7:00 p.m.  Sunday, May 10 at 2:00 p.m.

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THE THREEPENNY OPERA is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals: www.rnh.com


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The Threepenny Opera
Sunday, May 10th, 2015
2:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
Department of Music Box Office: 858-534-3448
Purchase Online

kallisti presents chamber opera:
THE THREEPENNY OPERA

Music by Kurt Weill
Text by Bertolt Brecht and Elisabeth Hauptmann, after John Gay's The Beggar's Opera.
English adaptation by Marc Blitzstein (1954)

Ruff Yeager, director
Michael Mizerany, choreography
Alina Bokovikova, costume design
Kristen Flores, set design
Sherrice Mojgani, lighting/projection design
Victoria Harris, production stage manager
Mikhaila Powers, assistant stage manager

kallisti: Hillary Young, Kirsten Wiest and Susan Narucki, sopranos
            Jonathan Nussman, baritone

Invited guests: Ruff Yeager, Cortez Johnson, Charlie Gange, Julia Karis, Kirsten Rower, Ryan Dietrich, Wilfred Paloma, Vincent Fung and Peter Armado

Orchestra: Kyle Adam Blair, music director/keyboards
Rachel Allen, Steven Leffue, Stephanie Richards, Eric Starr, Pablo Gomez-Cano, Fiona Digney

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The U.S.A. has just elected its first female president. In early January of 2017 the inauguration is eminent and those on both sides of the law are looking to cash in on the festivities. A militarized D.C. police force has promised the new commander-in-chief to rid the city of its criminal element. Tea Party evangelists are rounding up the homeless to protest and picket the new administration. Prostitutes and drug dealers welcome the newly arrived lobbyists and politicos while Mac Heath hides in a dark alley somewhere on Pennsylvania Avenue waiting to slit the throat of his next victim.

Since its premiere in 1929, The Threepenny Opera has challenged and captivated audiences worldwide.   It has been performed over 10,000 times and translated into 18 languages. For kallisti's sixth opera project, we turn to this classic work of music theater, and view it through the prism of the future.

Led by Grammy award winning soprano Susan Narucki, kallisti draws its singers from the graduate program in Contemporary Music Performance at UC San Diego and distinguished guest artists.

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Performances: May 6, 8, and 9 at 7:00 p.m.  Sunday, May 10 at 2:00 p.m.

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THE THREEPENNY OPERA is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals: www.rnh.com


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Camera Lucida
Monday, May 11th, 2015
7:30 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Tickets handled by San Diego Symphony
Single tickets: $25
UCSD Faculty/Staff: $20
Student rush for FREE tickets begins at 6:30 pm. Available for all students (including non-UCSD students).
Ticket information: 619-235-0804


GERNSHEIM AND BRAHMS
A Camera Lucida Concert

BRAHMS: Sonatensatz in C minor, WoO 2 for Violin and Piano
GERNSHEIM: Quintet No. 2 for Piano and Strings in B minor, Op. 63
BRAHMS: Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor, Op. 34

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

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


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WEDS@7 Takae Ohnishi and Che-Yen Chen
Wednesday, May 13th, 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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Acclaimed harpsichordist and UCSD lecturer Takae Ohnishi has performed extensively as a soloist, chamber musician and continuo player. The Gramophone magazine praises her recording of the Goldberg Variations that “Ohnishi’s brilliant artistry immerses the listener in the creative and emotional narratives Bach unfolds with incomparable mastery.”
Currently teaching at USC Thornton School of Music, violist Brian Che-Yen Chen is a founding member of the Formosa String Quartet and Camera Lucida. The Strad magazine describes him as a musician whose “tonal distinction and essential musicality produced an auspicious impression.”
The concert is in UCSD’s Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, featuring its beautiful Marc Ducornet French Flemish harpsichord.

Carlota Bermejo Recital
Thursday, May 14th, 2015
6:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

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Thomas Babin Recital
Thursday, May 14th, 2015
8:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Bassist Tommy Babin presents his MA recital.


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Lai-Tat Linda Szeto Clarinet Recital
Friday, May 15th, 2015
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall
Free
Self Supported Event
Sponsor: Robert Zelickman

Lai-Tat Linda Szeto, a student of Robert Zelickman, performs her undergraduate senior recital.


Iputu Hiranmayena Recital
Friday, May 15th, 2015
8:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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Michael Matsuno Recital
Saturday, May 16th, 2015
4:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Flutist Michael Matsuno presents his MA recital.


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Paul Hembree Dissertation Concert
Sunday, May 17th, 2015
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free
Ouroborosfor ensemble and live, digital audio-visual media
composition PhD dissertation recital

“Sonic algorithms act, but they do so as part of an ill-defined network of actions upon actions, in which unintended consequences can become critically important. ... They are never an internally closed system, but a catalytic network of relays connecting one analog domain to another. ... Formal logics are inherently incomplete and indiscernibles exist. Machines break down, programs are buggy, projects are abandoned and systems hacked. Humans are literally infected by abstractions. This is no bad thing, because like the virus which produced variegated tulips of a rare beauty, infection can be creative too.” 

– Steve Goodman and Andrew Goffey, in Software Studies

Now that we've eaten of the tree of knowledge paradise is locked and bolted, and the cherubim stands behind us. We have to go on and make the journey round the world to see if it is perhaps open somewhere at the back. As thought grows dimmer, grace emerges more brilliantly. But grace itself returns when knowledge has gone through an infinity. Grace appears most purely in that form which either has no consciousness, or an infinite consciousness.” 

– Heinrich von Kleist, in On the Marionette Theatre


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Monday Night Jazz: 201B Improv Ensemble
Monday, May 18th, 2015
8:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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

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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
Department of Music Box Office: 858-534-3448
Purchase Online

Professor David Borgo presents Kronomorfic and KaiBorg in this special Wednesdays@7 concert.

David Borgo- saxophone
Bill Barrett- chromatic harmonica
Nathan Hubbard- vibraphone and marimba
Paul "Junior" Garrison- electric guitar and effects
Danny Weller- acoustic bass
Paul Pellegrin- drum set and hand percussion
 

Kronomorfic, co-led by saxophonist David Borgo and drummer Paul Pellegrin, is an ensemble dedicated to the exploration of polymetric time. The compositions develop multi-layered rhythmic phrases using interlocking melodies that evolve through rhythmic modulations and individual and collective improvisations. 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.

 

Kronomorfic’s music is innovative yet surprisingly approachable. Thecompositions traverse complex rhythmic dimensions (e.g., 3:4:5, 3:5:7, 6:7:9, 8:12:15, 7:11, 9:13, 11:18), but in the end the music grooves, the melodies linger, and the solos burn. 

 

In addition to Borgo and Pellegrin, the group has featured a host of extraordinary musicians, including: Bill Barrett on chromatic harmonica, Michael Dessen on trombone, John Fumo on trumpet and flugelhorn, Emily Hay on flute, Ben Schachter on tenor saxophone, Peter Sprague on guitar, Brad Dutz and Anthony Smith on mallet instruments, Mark Dresser, Andy Zacharias, and Danny Weller on contrabass, and Paul “Junior” Garrison on electric guitar and effects.

 

KaiBorg

David Borgo- soprano saxophone, laptop

Jeff Kaiser- quartertone trumpet, laptop

 

KaiBorg, the electro-acoustic duo of Jeff Kaiser and David Borgo, explores the intersections of cutting-edge computer music jazz- and world-inflicted 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 opporunities, all without sacrificing the sense of intimacy and speed of interaction required in improvised settings.

 

Described as "a surging sonic kaleidoscope" (San Diego Union Tribune) that "alternately overwhelms the senses and gives pause for contemplation" (Gapplegate Review), KaiBorg's music is "quite cosmic, yet never indulgent" (Downtown Music Gallery), filled with "strange sounds and odd surprises" (Babysue). Last year the duo released its first compact disc entitled Harvesting Metadata on the pfMENTUM label.

 

KaiBorg has performed internationally at STEIM (Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music) in Amsterdam and The University of Göteborg and the Brötznow club in Sweden, and closer to home at NWEAMO (the NorthWest Electro-Acoustic Music Organization), the International Society for Improvised Music conference, the UC "State of the Arts" festival, the gala opening of the Conrad Prebys Music Center at UC San Diego, and the Palomar College Concert Hour.


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

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

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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
Purchase Online

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
Purchase Online

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
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

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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
Purchase Online


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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 Music Center Recital Hall
Free

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



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