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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kallisti - Queen of the Ether
Saturday, April 21st, 2018
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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

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

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


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CEMEC
Saturday, April 21st, 2018
8:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

CEMEC website
Free


CEMEC - UC SAN DIEGO

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

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

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


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Arefnameh
Sunday, April 22nd, 2018
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
General Admission: $30.00
UCSD Faculty, Staff, and Students: $5.00
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
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Arefnameh
A Music-Theatre work By Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam

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

Introduction by Dr. Ahmad Karimi Hakkak

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

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

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


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Last Days of Chinatown
Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
8:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free


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

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


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WEDS@7 Palimpsest, curated by Steven Schick
Wednesday, April 25th, 2018
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
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Wednesdays @ 7 Palimpsest presents RENGA
Steven Schick and Kate Hatmaker, artistic directors
Steven Schick, conductor


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

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

http://www.rengasd.com/ 


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Asher Tobin Chodos - Graduate Recital
Friday, April 27th, 2018
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Composer, pianist, polymath, Asher Tobin Chodos, presents a solo engagement evening at the piano.


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Kartik Seshadri, sitar
Saturday, April 28th, 2018
7:30 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
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Sitar master Pandit Kartik Seshadri will present a performance of classical Indian ragas, accompanied by tabla player Pandit Arup Chattopadhyay. Seshadri's CD Sublime Ragas was recently among Songlines Magazine's Top 10 "Top of the World" albums. His music has been praised by The Washington Post for its "expressive beauty, rich tonal sensibility and rhythmic intricacy."

Parking is free on weekends.


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Camera Lucida: Beethoven & Brahms
Monday, April 30th, 2018
7:30 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall


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

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

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

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

No late seating.

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


Subscription and single tickets available at the UC San Diego Box OfficeTicket information: (858) 534-TIXS (8497). On sale: AUGUST 1st.


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WEDS@7 Anthony Davis & Mark Dresser
Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
Purchase Online


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James Beauton, percussion - Graduate Recital
Friday, May 4th, 2018
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Facing-off Across Sunset Boulevard
Saturday, May 5th, 2018
7:30 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

Sameer Patel, guest conductor

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


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Facing-off Across Sunset Boulevard
Sunday, May 6th, 2018
2:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

Sameer Patel, guest conductor

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


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Wilfrido Terrazas, flute
Tuesday, May 8th, 2018
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Alta. Flute music by Mexican composers in California

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

Wilfrido Terrazas, flutist


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Todd Moellenberg, piano - Graduate Recital
Thursday, May 10th, 2018
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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

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

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Tommy Babin, bass - Graduate Recital
Monday, May 14th, 2018
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall
Free

David DeFilippo, computer music
Tuesday, May 15th, 2018
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free



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WEDS@7 Takae Ohnishi, Ensemble
Wednesday, May 16th, 2018
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $5.50
Students : Free with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
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BACH NIGHT
with friends from San Diego Symphony

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

All J.S.Bach Program:

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

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


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Barbara Byers, voice - Graduate Recital
Friday, May 18th, 2018
5:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

Barbara Byers presents: BEOWULF

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


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Daniel King, percussion - Graduate Recital
Friday, May 18th, 2018
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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Distinguished Lecture Series: Douglas Kahn
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018
5:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall
Free

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

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


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Tyler J. Borden, cello - Graduate Recital
Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018
12:00 am
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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WEDS@7 Stephanie Richards: Full Moon
Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
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Marking the debut solo record of “envelope-shredding” trumpeter/composer Stephanie Richards, Fullmoon is years of shaping, culminating in a mesmerizing work of refined electric insanity. With Fullmoon, Richards is unplugged, acoustically manipulating her horn against resonating surfaces, appearing to sound processed, only to be live-sampled by electronic pioneer Dino J.A. Deane. Unbridled and succinct, Fullmoon is a sonic exploration of supernatural pulses and groove.

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

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

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


Undergrad Forum
Thursday, May 24th, 2018
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Matthew Kline, double bass - DMA2 Graduate Recital
Friday, May 25th, 2018
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Piano Studio
Tuesday, May 29th, 2018
12:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Celeste Oram, composition - Graduate Recital
Tuesday, May 29th, 2018
4:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall
Free

Lauren Jones, Creative Project
Tuesday, May 29th, 2018
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

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Sean Dowgray, percussion - Graduate Recital
Thursday, May 31st, 2018
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

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UC San Diego Gospel Choir
Thursday, May 31st, 2018
8:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $5.50
Students : Free with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
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Directed by Ken Anderson, the UC San Diego Gospel Choir combines hundreds of voices to fill the auditorium with the uplifting sound of African American spirituals, blues, traditional songs, and gospel.
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Amir Moheimani, piano - Undergraduate Honors
Friday, June 1st, 2018
5:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Pianist Amir Moheimani presents an undergraduate honors recital at 7:00 PM on Friday, June 1st in the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, featuring:

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

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MUS 131 Advanced Improvisation
Friday, June 1st, 2018
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

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Undergrad Composition Juries
Saturday, June 2nd, 2018
10:00 am
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Schulmeister & Smith
Sunday, June 3rd, 2018
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free
Self Supported Event
Sponsor: Kathryn Schulmeister


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Monday Night Jazz: 95JC Jazz Ensembles
Monday, June 4th, 2018
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

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Chamber Orchestra
Tuesday, June 5th, 2018
8:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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WEDS@7 Ensemble Pamplemousse + Line Upon Line
Wednesday, June 6th, 2018
7:00 pm
Warren Lecture Hall, Studio A
Free

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95W World Music Students
Wednesday, June 6th, 2018
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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Distinguished Lecture Series: Jennifer Lynn Stoever
Thursday, June 7th, 2018
5:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall
Free

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

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


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Singers and Choirs, 95CK
Thursday, June 7th, 2018
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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Wind Ensemble
Thursday, June 7th, 2018
7:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $5.50
Students : Free with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
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Chamber Ensembles
Friday, June 8th, 2018
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus A Line Broken
Saturday, June 9th, 2018
7:30 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

Steven Schick conducts

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

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


Best of ICAM
Sunday, June 10th, 2018
12:00 am
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus A Line Broken
Sunday, June 10th, 2018
2:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

Steven Schick conducts

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

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


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32VM Vocal Master Class
Sunday, June 10th, 2018
5:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Students enrolled in the MUS 32VM: Vocal Master class course, under the instruction of Kirsten Ashley Wiest, perform an end of year concert recital. Program to be announced.


Michael Rosenbaum, Honors Composition Recital
Thursday, June 14th, 2018
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Free



Jonathan Lestat, Honors Presentation
Friday, June 15th, 2018
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free



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