Wednesdays@7

New and experimental music from faculty artists and special guests 2014-2015 SEASON begins October 1st!

Wednesdays@7 continues the mission of experimentation and innovation set forth in 1967 by music department founders Will Ogdon, Robert Erickson and Thomas Nee.

Showcasing some of department's most compelling music, Wedsnesdays@7 opens its 2014-2015 season on October 1 with a concert curated by Charles Curtis, featuring violinist Midori and pianist Ozgur Aydin. The series runs through the academic year, closing on May 27, 2014 with a preview of the 2015 Ojai Music Festival with Music Director and UC San Diego Distinguished Professor/composer Steven Schick. Through twelve concerts, Wednesdays@7 runs the gamut from solo acoustic performance to multi-textured concerts incorporating video, computer music, and performers from realms beyond music.

Dean of the Department of Music, Rand Steiger, curates the October 22 performance featuring the Talea Ensemble with Professor of Music/soprano Susan Narucki, followed with a performance by Associate Dean of the Division of Arts and Humanities, Aleck Karis and the department’s Palimpsest ensemble on November 19 to close out 2014. Titled “Concertos! for Clarinets, Harp, and Piano,” this concert features music by UC San Diego Department of Music composers Lei Liang and Yvonne Wu, as well as the late Donald Martino. New works by Japanese composers will also be featured.

The first WEDNESDAYS@7 concert of 2015 opens on January 21 with trumpeter and 2013 Downbeat Critics Poll Composer of the Year, Wadada Leo Smith, who was also a Pulitzer Prize for Music finalist.He will be joined by Professor of Integrative Studies, Anthony Davis and John Lindberg. As part of a week long celebration of University Professor Roger Reynolds’ 80th birthday, February 4's WEDS@7 concert will feature Reynolds and the Arditti Quartet.

red fish blue fish makes their 2014-2015 WEDS@7 debut on February 11, and Karis returns on February 18 with cellist and International Contemporary Ensemble member, Michael Nicolas. March 4’s Palimpsest concert will feature the music of Brian Ferneyhough.

Professor David Borgo’s Acoustic and Electric will feature on April 22, while Professor Narucki returns with her annual chamber opera on May 6, 8, and 9. This year’s production will be Weill’s The Threepenny Opera. The following week, Takae Ohnishi and Che Yen-Chen return for their annual WEDS@7 performance on May 13. Finally, the season ends with a special sneak peak at the 2015 Ojai Music Festival, for which Schick is the Music Director.

Don't miss this chance to hear San Diego's most innovative music in one of the region's most prestigious concert series.

Tickets are free for ALL students.

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WEDS@7 Roger ReynoldsĂ' 80th Year Celebration with the Arditti Quartet
Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
7:00 pm
CPMC 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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Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Roger Reynolds' 80th birthday will be celebrated with a symposium, (Feb. 3), concert (Feb. 4) and multimedia exhibit (Feb. 3-5). Reynolds has mentored many generations of composers since he joined UCSD's music faculty in 1969. The concert will feature the Arditti Quartet, which has premiered and recorded several works by Reynolds. Along with music for string quartet and electronics by Reynolds, the program includes compositions by Chaya Czernowin (UCSD alumna and former music faculty, now on the Harvard faculty) and Ben Hackbarth (music alumnus, now head of composition at the University of Liverpool). The three-day installation is curated by percussionist, video artist, and UCSD alumnus Ross Karre, now a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble. It will highlight the works PING (1968), Sanctuary (2007), and george WASHINGTON (2013), as well as elements of other works by Reynolds. The symposium is titled The Interaction of Scientific and Artistic Imagination: Perceptual Studies and the Making of Music. Speakers will include Stephen McAdams (Canada), Philippe Lalitte (France), and Aniruddh Patel (Tufts University, Boston). Following their talks, they will be joined Reynolds, Karre and composer Katharina Rosenberger (UCSD music faculty) for a round table discussion moderated by composer and percussionist Steven Schick of the music faculty. Reynolds' life and work are extensively documented online in the Library of Congress's Roger Reynolds Collection.


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WEDS@7 red fish blue fish
Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
7:00 pm
CPMC 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
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The New York Times calls red fish blue fish a "dynamic percussion ensemble from the University of California." Founded twenty years ago by Steven Schick, the San Diego-based ensemble performs, records, and premieres works from the last 85 years of western percussion's rich history.

red fish blue fish performs Michael Gordon's Timber.

Michael Gordon's new work, Timber, is scored for six wooden 2x4s, each cut into different sizes, giving each one a slightly different pitch. Called a "simantra", this percussion instrument was first devised by composer Iannis Xenakis. Far from a gimmick, the instrumentation allows Gordon to create the impression that the sound is traveling around and through the room by subtly shifting the accent of sound from one player to another. The result is a meditation on sound and rhythm, bringing the physicality, endurance and technique of percussion performance to a new level.


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WEDS@7 Aleck Karis and Michael Nicolas
Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
7:00 pm
CPMC 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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Michael Nicolas, cello and Aleck Karis, piano

Performing a concert featuring music for cello and piano by New York composers.

Charles Wuorinen - An Orbicle of Jasp (1999)
Earle Brown - Music for Cello and Piano (1955)
Ben Weber - Five Pieces, op. 13 (1941)
Morton Feldman - Durations II (1960)
Elliott Carter - Sonata for Cello and Piano (1948)


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WEDS@7 Palimpsest featuring the music of Brian Ferneyhough
Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
7:00 pm
CPMC 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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WEDS@7 The Threepenny Opera
Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
7:00 pm
CPMC 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
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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  
featuring kallisti and guests:   
Sara Perez, Hillary Young, Kirsten Wiest and Susan Narucki sopranos
Jonathan Nussman and Philip Larson, baritones
Alina Bokovikova, Costume Design
Kristen Flores, Set Design
Michael Mizerany, Choreographer
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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.


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WEDS@7 Takae Ohnishi and Che-Yen Chen
Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
7:00 pm
CPMC 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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WEDS@7 David Borgo: Acoustic & Electronic
Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
7:00 pm
CPMC 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




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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