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Distinguished Lecture Series: Seth Brodsky
Thursday, May 23rd, 2019
5:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Room 367

Free



Interregnum Music

This is a talk about messes—old messes, of the kind that aesthetic modernism was concerned with both making and cleaning up, and new messes, like the one many of us find ourselves in right now politically, culturally, socially, technologically. On the one hand, it might seem a misplaced urge to talk about the historical category of modernism in relation to the current day: the superego injunction to discuss “more urgent things” lifts us up but also beats us down now, not least academics interested in aesthetic theory, and it finds in modernism’s monadic hauteur and pretentious loneliness an easy target for de-prioritization (Think collectively! Work together! Be transparent! Not top-of-list qualities of the stereotypical modernist.) But something of the present pings sympathetically with elements constitutive of aesthetic modernist theory and practice. This is especially true when thinking about music, where modernism’s historical coordinates are fuzzier and extend further into the present.

I build my speculations here around a motley series of encounters all concerned with form and formalism: the myth of Apollo and Marsyas, an interview with Samuel Beckett, the reign of Trump, the work of Caroline Levine, and the Freudian-Lacanian theory of drive; strung throughout are para-encounters with a string quartet of Helmut Lachenmann. But my question is essentially a historical one: as so many categories of experience defining of historical modernism—categories long thought to have been left behind—reemerge as impending conditions, what should we do with this uncanniness, these “formal correspondences” between old and new, this hopeful and tragic sense of repetition? As the revolutionary horizon begins (for better and worse) to reappear, as technology once again regains its utopian and dystopian charisma, and as hegemonic social classes seem poised for dissolution or at least radical realignment—in such a moment, what does modernism still have to tell us? And what does its sound have yet to augur?

Please click on the image on the left for Seth Brodsky's biography.


 


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Jennifer Colin, soprano - Senior Recital
Friday, May 24th, 2019
5:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall
Free
Self Supported Event
Sponsor: Phil Larson


Vocal student Jennifer Colin, accompanied primarily by pianist Remi Ha, presents her senior recital. 

The program will include exerpts from Pierre Lunaire, German lieders, and French and Italian arias.

 


 


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Piano Studio Recital
Tuesday, May 28th, 2019
2:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Piano studio students under the instruction of Aleck Karis and Mari Kawamura present an end of year recital: 

Andante with Variations in F minor - Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)
Seth Lerer

Sonata Opus 2, no. 1 - Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Menuetto - Allegretto - Prestissimo
Daniel Mendoza

Impromptu No. 4 in A-flat major, D 899 - Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828)
Chia-yu Chang

Ballade - Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918)
Junko Roberts

Asturias - Isaac Albéniz (1860 - 1909)
Etude-Tableaux Opus 39, no. 8 in D minor - Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 - 1943)
Jad Barrer

Six Encores - Luciano Berio (1925 - 2003)
Erdenklavier - Luftklavier
Remi Ha

Snowdrift - Michael Finnissy (b. 1946)
Mari Kawamura
 


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Guest Scholar: Alex Stalarow
Tuesday, May 28th, 2019
4:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center 231
Free

Alex Stalarow, "Collecting and Manipulating International Sound Sources in Pierre Schaeffer’s Postwar Radiophonic Art"

This paper explores the myriad sound recordings that comprise Pierre Schaeffer’s Une Heure du monde, a six-part radio drama produced for the 1946 Paris Peace Conference. Acquired from near and far at institutions including the sound archives at the Musée de l’Homme and the sound databases of Radio Delhi, the recordings that enliven Une Heure du monde work to facilitate cultural exchange and reframe French identity within the structures of postwar cultural internationalism. Exploring these recordings—their collection, manipulation, and montage—locates the early manifestations of Schaeffer’s work within the context of a postwar international radio. Further, this paper reveals how some of the program’s dramatic, sonic, and process-based experiments shaped Schaeffer’s later projects, particularly those of global scope. 

Please click on the image on the left for Alex Stalarow's biography.


 


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33C Introduction to Composition III
Wednesday, May 29th, 2019
3:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free



Music 33C, Introduction to Composition III, presents their end of year concert. 

New and original work composed by: Emmitt Carroll, William Fisher, Jackie Guy, Kaolyn Hong, Adrian Martinez, James Medwid, Daniel Mendoza, Braden Rigling, Diego Rodriguez, and Korey Ross.

Instructed by Natacha Diels.


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Undergrad Forum
Friday, May 31st, 2019
5:30 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free



The Undergraduate Majors and Minors present a MEGA concert as their final forum concert of the year.

Featuring performances by:  Leonardo Barba, Madison Carmichael, Chiayu Chang, Martin Chapman, Martin Chapman, Jennifer Colin, Owen Cruise, Mason Davis, Alonso de la Peña, Joseph Di Liberto, Savanna Dunaway, Nolan Fewell, Lizze Fisher, Joseph Garcia, Marc Girard, Gregor Grigorian, Jackie Guy, Remi Ha, Lindsey Jackson, Mari Kawamura, David Knoll, Siddhartha Krishnan, Xavy L. Johnson, Raphael Lam, Matthew Leveque, Benjamin Mateyka, Amir Moheimani, Caitlin Murphy, Arya Natarajan, Ariel Ortega, Kaiyang Qiu, Max Rossip, Eduardo Sanchez, Samuel Shing, Tino Tirado, Jackie Wang, Julia Yu, Yehan Yuan, Danlei Zhao, and Sherry Zheng

Concert begins at 5:30 p.m. and will feature a mid-concert reception.

Produced by Department of Music Student Ambassador: Sherry Zheng


 


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Fernanda Aoki Navarro, composition - Dissertation Recital
Friday, May 31st, 2019
6:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free



Fernanda Aoki Navarro presents her dissertation recital in support of her Ph.D. defense. 

Program:
Emptying the Body (violoncello: TJ Borden)

Too Big for the Door (double bass: Matthew Kline)

Through 
1. Watching (flute: Alexander Ishov)
2. About Beauty (bass flute: Teresa Díaz de Cossio)

Impermanence (*UC San Diego premiere*)
1. Mestiça 
2. Uprooted 
3. Permanent Alien (and native friends) 

Featuring performances by:
Mari Kawamura (piano), Alexander Alexander and Teresa Díaz de Cossio (flutes), Madison Greenstone (clarinet), Ilana Waniuk (violin), TJ Borden (violoncello), and Matthew Leveque (percussion)

PLEASE NOTE START TIME CHANGE TO 6:00 p.m.



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103C Undergraduate Juries
Saturday, June 1st, 2019
10:00 am
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Undergraduate student composers present their final compositions for the undergraduate composition course cycle.

New and original compositions by: Joshua Choi, Eduardo Jimenez, Hyun Kim, and Matthew Leveque.

Instructed by Distinguished Professor of Music and Conrad Prebys Presidential Chair: Rand Steiger.


 


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OpenICE and UC San Diego Music - Building a Work
Sunday, June 2nd, 2019
10:00 am
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

 A collaboration between the International Contemporary Ensemble, UC San Diego Music, and the Nokia Bell Labs Experiments in Art and Technology Ensemble in Residence Program.  Featuring open workshops between the International Contemporary Ensemble and UC San Diego composers and artists including: Roger Reynolds, Katharina Rosenberger, and Fernanda Aoki Navarro.

 


 


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Justin Murphy-Mancini, composer - Graduate Recital
Sunday, June 2nd, 2019
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Hwilwæg  - Justin Murphy-Mancini presents his dissertation recital in support of his Ph.D. defense.

Hwilwæg (roughly "hweel-way") sets texts from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, imagining a large-scale musical environment which the texts might inhabit.

Featuring: Lauren Jones, Hillary Jean Young, Barbara Byers, voices; Anthony Burr, Madison Greenstone, clarinets; David Aguila, Rachel Allen, Alexandria Smith, trumpets; Mari Kawamura, Ashley Zhang, keyboards; Sean Dowgray, Dan King, percussion; Batya MacAdam-Somer, Ilana Waniuk, violins; Shayla James, viola; Heather Vorwerck, cello; and Matthew Kline, double bass


 


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OpenICE and UC San Diego Music - Building a Work
Monday, June 3rd, 2019
10:00 am
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

 A collaboration between the International Contemporary Ensemble, UC San Diego Music, and the Nokia Bell Labs Experiments in Art and Technology Ensemble in Residence Program.  Featuring open workshops between the International Contemporary Ensemble and UC San Diego composers and artists including: Roger Reynolds, Katharina Rosenberger, and Fernanda Aoki Navarro.

 


 


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Monday Night Jazz: 95JC Jazz Ensembles
Monday, June 3rd, 2019
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free



Under the direction of Kamau Kenyatta, the popular 95JC returns!  Featuring an ensemble performing a variety of diverse compositions, including pieces written and arranged by student musicians, instrumentation includes voice, violin, saxophones, rhythm section and afro-latin percussion.


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OpenICE and UC San Diego Music - Building a Work
Tuesday, June 4th, 2019
10:00 am
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

 A collaboration between the International Contemporary Ensemble, UC San Diego Music, and the Nokia Bell Labs Experiments in Art and Technology Ensemble in Residence Program.  Featuring open workshops between the International Contemporary Ensemble and UC San Diego composers and artists including: Roger Reynolds, Katharina Rosenberger, and Fernanda Aoki Navarro.

 


 

 

 


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Chamber Orchestra
Tuesday, June 4th, 2019
7:30 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

(of a day) begin - Lydia Brindamour *WORLD PREMIERE*

Symphony No. 5 in C Minor - Ludwig van Beethoven

 


 


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UC San Diego Gospel Choir
Tuesday, June 4th, 2019
8:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium

General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $5.50
Students : Free with ID
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Directed by Ken Anderson, the choir combines hundreds of voices to fill the auditorium with the uplifting sound of African American spirituals, blues, traditional songs, and gospel.

PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE TO TUESDAY, JUNE 4th


 


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95W World Music Students
Wednesday, June 5th, 2019
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Students of Kartik Seshadri in a performance of Indian Classical Music.

 


 


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Chamber Singers
Thursday, June 6th, 2019
5:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free



Program information to be announced.

 


 


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UC San Diego Wind Ensemble
Thursday, June 6th, 2019
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
Purchase Online


Program information to be announced.

 


 


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MUS 206 Free Improvisation Workshop
Friday, June 7th, 2019
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

 

 


 

 


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Chamber Ensembles
Friday, June 7th, 2019
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Program information to be announced.

 


 


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus
Saturday, June 8th, 2019
7:30 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

We close our season with a reflection on the composer/soldiers of World War I, from Maurice Ravel to Ralph Vaughan-Williams to George Butterworth, whose life was tragically cut short in the war. Music from the same time by Charles Ives, and a favorite of Benjamin Britten, the Adagio for Strings rounds out a program that is both steeped in memory and full of messages for our own time.

MAURICE RAVEL La Valse
CHARLES IVES From Hanover Square North
SAMUEL BARBER Adagio for Strings
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Dona Nobis Pacem
GEORGE BUTTERWORTH The Banks of Green Willow


 


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus
Sunday, June 9th, 2019
2:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

We close our season with a reflection on the composer/soldiers of World War I, from Maurice Ravel to Ralph Vaughan-Williams to George Butterworth, whose life was tragically cut short in the war. Music from the same time by Charles Ives, and a favorite of Benjamin Britten, the Adagio for Strings rounds out a program that is both steeped in memory and full of messages for our own time.

MAURICE RAVEL La Valse
CHARLES IVES From Hanover Square North
SAMUEL BARBER Adagio for Strings
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Dona Nobis Pacem
GEORGE BUTTERWORTH The Banks of Green Willow


 


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Voice Students, 32VM
Sunday, June 9th, 2019
5:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

The Undergraduate Vocal Masterclass, under the direction of Kirsten Ashley Wiest, presents their second annual Undergraduate Opera. With music direction by Dr. Kyle Adam Blair, lighting design by Jessica C. Flores, and costume design by Natalie Barshow, UC San Diego's undergraduate voice majors will thrill and delight in Thomas Pasatieri's "Signor Deluso" and scenes in English from Jacques Offenbach's "La Perichole".

Singers: Adrian Chan, Jennifer Colin, Elizabeth Fisher, Myasia Fox, Joseph Garcia, Lauren Jue-Morrison, Shane Ramil, Teagan Rutkowski, Julia Yu, and Danlei Zhao

Pianist and Music Director: Dr. Kyle Adam Blair

Stage Direction: Kirsten Ashley Wiest | Costume Design: Natalie Barshow | Lighting Design: Jessica C. Flores

FREE ADMISSION!
FREE CAKE TO FOLLOW!


 


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Best of ICAM
Thursday, June 13th, 2019
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free


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

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

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