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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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WEDS@7 Charles Curtis, cello
Wednesday, February 20th, 2019
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
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Charles Curtis
performs
Éliane Radigue: Naldjorlak for solo cello (2005)
Alvin Lucier:  Slices for cello and pre-recorded orchestra (2007-2012-2019)

Two long works for cello, made for, and with, Charles Curtis. Each to be played in its own room, and with its own cello.

Concert Hall, 7 p.m.: Radigue
In Naldjorlak, the cello is tuned to its own native resonance, the so-called "wolf tone." The performance sets forth a detailed and exhaustive investigation into the instrument's hidden resonances, following the body of the cello as both geography and musical form at once. In Salomé Voegelin's words (from The Political Possibility of Sound), Naldjorlak "performs the entanglement of composer, cello, cellist, bow and breath... the playing of the instrument activates a composition between the different resonating bodies of the space, the performer, the cello and the audience, working on an impossible yet aimed for unison."

For Radigue (born January 1932), legendary for her work with feedback, the ARP 2500 synthesizer and analog tape, Naldjorlak was the very first work for an acoustic instrument and a live performer. This collaboration led to a florescence of new works for soloists and ensembles, all created collaboratively without written score. In this collaborative model, the piece is considered non-transferable; it is not intended to be performed by anyone other than the individual for whom it was made.

Experimental Theater, 8:15 p.m.: Lucier
The range of the cello is presented as a 53-note chromatic cluster sustained by the traditional instruments of the European symphony orchestra. The soloist articulates a melodic sequence of the cluster, and with each successive note from the soloist, the corresponding orchestral instrument falls silent. In a new ordering, the reverse takes place: with each new melodic step, the orchestral instrument enters again, once again building up the arrayed cluster. This process of erasure and re-inscription is followed seven times in all.  

Lucier (born May 1931) originally conceived Slices as a piece for cello with live orchestra, as it was premiered in 2007 at Ostrava. The impracticabilities of performance led to a version with pre-recorded instruments (recorded by Tom Erbe), looped and mounted in a supercollider patch (originally written by Scott Worthington); this was first performed at the Berlin MaerzMusik in 2012. Jacob Sundstrom has now re-written the patch to accommodate as many individual channels for the orchestral instruments as possible. This performance will be the first presentation of Slices with 32 loudspeakers.


 


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Kathryn Schulmeister, double bass - Graduate Recital
Saturday, February 23rd, 2019
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

KATHRYN SCHULMEISTER, BASS - DMA1

Giacinto Scelsi: Mantram
H. W. Henze: S. Biagio 9 Agosto ore 1207
Aaron Cassidy: The Wreck of Former Boundaries
Juan Campoverde: Amores  *world premiere, featuring James Beauton, percussion
Wilfrido Terrazas: pequeño vikingo  **US premiere
Mark Dresser/Ed Harkins, arr. Schulmeister: House of Mirrors, featuring Alexandria Smith, trumpet

 

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WEDS@7 Steven Schick, solo percussion
Wednesday, February 27th, 2019
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free with ID
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Steven Schick presents an evening of solo percussion pieces including Celeste Oram's 2018 work and the world premiere of Roger Reynolds' Here and There.

Celeste Oram:    __ • •   • __ __ •   • __ __ • •  ___ • • (2018)
Karlheinz Stockhausen:  Zyklus (1959)
Morton Feldman: The King of Denmark (1964)
Roger Reynolds: Here and There (2018) *world premiere


 

 


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red fish blue fish: Xenakis' Persephassa
Friday, March 1st, 2019
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

red fish blue fish
featuring: Aiyun Huang & Ivan Manzanilla  
 

Persephassa (1969) is the first of Xenakis' innovative and ambitious works for percussion ensemble. The title refers to the goddess Persephone, "the personification of telluric forces and of transmutations of life." The piece was commissioned for the first-ever Shiraz Festival (organized by the Empress of Iran), held at the historic desert site of Persepolis -- an awesome and altogether fitting setting for such a powerful work.

Sergio Luque   Dreaming about Tinguely’s Mechanical Structures
Nicole Lizee Hitchcock Etudes (2017)
Salvador Torre Pop Wuj I (2011)
David Bithell  Windward (2018)
Iannis Xenakis  Persephassa (1969)

red fish blue fish
James Beauton | Christopher Clarino | Fiona Digney | Michael Jones | Rebecca Lloyd-Jones | Steven Schick


 

 


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ArtPower presents Vijay Iyer and Matt Haimovitz
Thursday, March 7th, 2019
8:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
An ArtPower presentation.
Tickets handled by
UCSD Box Office
Ticket information: 858-534-8497


Cellist Matt Haimovitz—an artist whose barrier-breaking performances have taken him around the world—joins forces with genius jazz composer-performer pianist Vijay Iyer in a program that truly defies definition.

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Bass Ensembles
Friday, March 8th, 2019
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Bassist Mark Dresser leads BASS ENSEMBLES presenting new and innovative pieces for double bass performance.  Featuring performances by bassists Matthew Kline, Kathryn Schulmeiester, Tommy Babin, Mark Dresser and Alexandria Smith on the trumpet.  

BASS ENSEMBLES will premiere new works by UC San Diego graduate composers Zachary Konick, Nakul Tiruviluamala, Alexandria Smith, and Jacques Zafra


 


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Chamber Orchestra
Tuesday, March 12th, 2019
7:30 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Alberto Ginastera - Harp Concerto 

Tasha Smith Godinez - SOLOIST

Florence Price - Symphony No. 3 in C Minor 

 


 


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UC San Diego Bach Ensemble
Wednesday, March 13th, 2019
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

“Vivaldi Night” 
The annual UCSD Bach Ensemble Concert features works by Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) performed by selected undergraduate students from the Chamber Ensemble class. Special guest appearances by Pei-Chun Tsai (violinist of the San Diego Symphony), Ilana Waniuk (violin, UCSD Graduate Student) and Cory Lin (alumnus). Please come and enjoy our exciting performance!

All Vivaldi Program includes
- “Spring” and “Winter” from The Four Seasons
- Concerto for two violins in A minor 
- Concerto for two cellos in G minor


 


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Piano Studio Recital
Thursday, March 14th, 2019
2:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Program information to be announced.

 


 


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Chamber Ensembles
Friday, March 15th, 2019
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Program information to be announced.

 


 


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Camera Lucida
Monday, April 1st, 2019
7:30 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall


Reserved seating: $37
Faculty/Staff: $28
Students: FREE
UC San Diego 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.


Program:

Mahler:
Piano Quartet in a minor
Berg:
Adagio for clarinet, violin and piano from the Chamber Symphony
Bruch:
from Eight Pieces for clarinet, viola and piano, Opus 83
Berg:
Four Pieces for clarinet and piano, Opus 5
Webern:
Two Pieces for cello and piano
Berg:
Hier ist Friede for violin, cello, piano and harmonium
Dvorak:
Five Bagatelles for string trio and harmonium, Opus 47

 

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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). Season tickets on sale: AUGUST 8th.  Single tickets on sale: SEPTEMBER 5th.

 


 


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WEDS@7 Black Lives Matter
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
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Black Lives Matter, arias and duets from X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X, Amistad and Central Park Five with bassist Kevin Short, baritone Carl DuPont, and pianist Alan Johnson.

 


 


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Madison Greenstone, clarinets - Graduate Recital
Friday, April 5th, 2019
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Program information to be announced.

 


 


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Undergraduate Honors: Remi Ha, piano
Saturday, April 6th, 2019
5:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Program to be announced.

 


 


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Kirsten Ashley Wiest, soprano - Graduate Recital
Saturday, April 13th, 2019
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Soprano Kirsten Ashley Wiest presents her final recital at UC San Diego, featuring four works written for her unique voice by composers Gérard Pape, James Erber, Joseph Bishara, and Jeffrey Holmes. 

Program:
Joseph Bishara – Black Sunday *world premiere
Gérard Pape – Being Beauteous
Kaija Saariaho – Luonnon kasvot and selections from Leino-laulut
James Erber – Phoenix
Jeffrey Holmes – Mara *world premiere

Performed with Kyle Adam Blair, piano

 


 


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WEDS@7 Susan Narucki, soprano
Wednesday, April 17th, 2019
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free with ID
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WEDS@7 Palimpsest, curated by Steven Schick
Wednesday, April 24th, 2019
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
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Hans Abrahamsen - Schnee (2008)
10 Canons for 9 instruments: 

 

Canon 1a. Ruhig aber beweglich (three strings and piano) 
Canon 1b. Fast immer zart und stille (tutti) 
Canon 2a. Lustig spielend, aber nicht zu lustig, immer ein bisschen melancholish (three woodwinds and piano) 

Intermezzo 1. (three strings, three woodwinds) 

Canon 2b. Lustig spielend, aber nicht zu lustig, immer ein bisschen melancholish (tutti) 
Canon 3a. Sehr langsam, schleppend und mit Trübsinn (im Tempo des "Tai Chi") (three strings, three woodwinds) 
Canon 3b. Sehr langsam, schleppend und mit Trübsinn (im Tempo des "Tai Chi") (two pianos and percussion) 

Intermezzo 2. (three strings) 

Canon 4a (minore) (Hommage à WAM). Stürmich, unruhig und nervös (tutti) 
Canon 4b (maggiore). Sehr stürmich, unruhig und nervös (tutti) 

Intermezzo 3. (cello, piccolo, clarinetto) 

Canon 5a (rectus). Einfach und kindlich (violin, viola, two pianos, piccolo, clarinetto) 
Canon 5b (inversus). Einf

 


 


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ArtPower presents St. Lawrence String Quartet
Friday, April 26th, 2019
8:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
An ArtPower presentation.
Tickets handled by
UCSD Box Office
Ticket information: 858-534-8497


The award-winning St. Lawrence String Quartet (SLSQ) has spent nearly three decades at the top of the chamber music world. Based at Stanford University, the ensemble is renowned for the intensity of its performances, its breadth of repertoire, and its commitment to concert experiences that are at once intellectually exciting and emotionally alive.

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Pandit Kartik Seshadri, sitar
Saturday, April 27th, 2019
7:30 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Students : Free with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
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Sitar master Kartik Seshadri performs classical Indian ragas in the tradition of his mentor, legendary sitarist Ravi Shankar.

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Camera Lucida
Monday, April 29th, 2019
7:30 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall


Reserved seating: $37
Faculty/Staff: $28
Students: FREE
UC San Diego 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.

 

Mozart:
Piano Quartet in E-flat major, K. 493
Beethoven:
String Quartet in G major, Opus 18 No. 2
Mozart:
Quintet for clarinet and strings in A major, K. 581

 

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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). Season tickets on sale: AUGUST 8th.  Single tickets on sale: SEPTEMBER 5th.

 


 


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WEDS@7 Takae Ohnishi, harpsichord
Wednesday, May 1st, 2019
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
Purchase Online


J.S.Bach The Musial Offering 

The Musical Offering is a collection of keyboard canons and fugues and other pieces of music by J.S.Bach all based on a musical theme given by Great Frederick.

 


 


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Michael Matsuno, flute - Graduate Recital
Friday, May 3rd, 2019
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free


 


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

Program information to be announced.

 


 


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

 

 


 


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

Program information to be announced.

 


 


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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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Singers and Choirs, 95CK
Thursday, June 6th, 2019
5:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Program information to be announced.

 


 


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

Program information to be announced.

 


 


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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