Wednesdays@7

New and experimental music from faculty artists and special guests 2015-2016 Season

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

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 Aleck Karis and Michael Nicolas
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
General: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $10.50
Students w/ID: Free
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Debussy: Cello Sonata
Takemitsu: Orion
Poulenc: Cello Sonata
 
Aleck Karis, piano
 

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WEDS@7 Palimpsest
Wednesday, February 17th, 2016
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
General: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $10.50
Students w/ID: Free
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Aleck Karis curates the Winter presentation from the Palimpsest Ensemble.
 
Harrison Birtwistle - Nenia
Featured soloist: Hillary Jean Young, soprano
 
Xavier Beteta - The Abandoned Cathedral (world premiere)
 
Davidovsky - Divertimento for eight 
 
Tristan Murail - Memoire Erosion
Featured soloist: Nicolee Kuester, horn

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WEDS@7 Anthony Burr
Wednesday, February 24th, 2016
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
General: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $10.50
Students w/ID: Free
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Fresh off a sabbatical that took him to Reykjavik, Berlin, Brisbane and Melbourne, ace clarinetist Anthony Burr of the music faculty performs a program centered on Morton Feldman's Clarinet and String Quartet---which he recently released on a CD. He will be joined by violinists Erik Carlson and Keir GoGwilt, violist Caterina Longhi and cellist Charles Curtis. Curtis performed on the recording. The concert program also includes Aldo Clementi's Impromptu for Clarinet and String Quartet, which, like the Feldman, is a late work of the composer that reflects nineteenth century chamber music in an inscrutable and mysterious way.
 


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WEDS@7 Roscoe Mitchell
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
General: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $10.50
Students w/ID: Free
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One of the top saxophonists to come out of Chicago's AACM movement of the mid-'60s, Roscoe Mitchell is a particularly strong and consistently adventurous improviser long associated with the Art Ensemble of Chicago. After getting out of the military, Mitchell led a hard bop sextet in Chicago (1961) which gradually became much freer.
 
He was a member of Muhal Richard Abrams's Experimental Band and a founding member of the AACM in 1965. Mitchell's monumental Sound album (1966) introduced a new way of freely improvising, utilizing silence as well as high energy and "little instruments" as well as conventional horns. Lester Bowie and Malachi Favors were on that date and Mitchell's 1967 follow-up Old/Quartet.
 
With the addition of Joseph Jarman and Philip Wilson (who was later succeeded by Famoudou Don Moye), the Art Ensemble of Chicago was born. The colorful unit was one of the most popular groups in the jazz avant-garde and Mitchell was an integral part of the band. Roscoe Mitchell (who, in addition to his main horns, plays clarinet, flute, piccolo, oboe, baritone and bass saxophones) also was involved in individual projects through the years and has recorded as a leader for Delmark, Nessa, Sackville, Moers Music, 1750 Arch, Black Saint, Cecma and Silkheart in settings ranging from large ensembles to unaccompanied solo concerts. -- Scott Yanow, All-Music Guide (source)

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WEDS@7 Formosa Quartet
Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
General: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $10.50
Students w/ID: Free
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WEDNESDAY @ 7 Presents: The FORMOSA QUARTET

The members of the Formosa Quartet – Jasmine Lin, Wayne Lee, Che-Yen Chen, and Ru-Pei Yeh – have established themselves as leading solo, chamber, and orchestral musicians. Winners of the First Prize and the Amadeus Prize at the London International String Quartet Competition in 2006, the FORMOSA QUARTET is “one of the very best quartets of their generation” (David Soyer, cellist of the Guarneri Quartet). Its debut recording on the EMI label was hailed as “spellbinding” (Strad Magazine) and “remarkably fine” (Gramophone), and the quartet has given critically acclaimed performances at the Ravinia Festival, the Caramoor Festival, the Library of Congress, the Da Camera Society of Los Angeles, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center, Rice University, San Francisco State University, and Wigmore Hall in London. Formed in 2002 when the four founding members came together for a concert tour of Taiwan, the Formosa Quartet is deeply committed to championing Taiwanese music and promoting the arts in the land of its heritage.

In the 2015-2016 season, the Formosa Quartet continues a two-year residency with Art of Élan, a San Diego arts-presenting organization. As ensemble-in-residence, the Quartet is working with UCSD professor of composition Lei Liang to create a new piece based on music indigenous to the aboriginal tribes of Taiwan. The culmination of the two-year project will be the premiere performance of the commission in Spring 2016 and a new disc of music inspired by Hungarian and Taiwanese folk traditions.

In its relatively brief existence, the Formosa Quartet’s active commissioning has contributed significantly to the 21st century’s string quartet literature. They premiered Taiwanese-American composer Shih-Hui Chen’sReturning Souls: Four Pieces on Three Formosan Amis Legends in 2014, and the Quartet’s recording of its first commission from Ms. Chen, Fantasia on the Theme of Plum Blossom, was released on the New World Records label in 2013. Other pieces recently written for the Quartet include three pieces by Dana Wilson — Hungarian Folk Songs, The night of h’s, and Apart — Wei-Chieh Lin’s Pasibutbut, and Thomas Oboe Lee’s Piano Quintet and Jasmine Variations.


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WEDS@7 Erik Carlson and Aleck Karis perform Jurg Frey
Wednesday, April 27th, 2016
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

General: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $10.50
Students w/ID: Free
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Jürg Frey was born in 1953 in Aarau, Switzerland. Following his musical education at the Concervatoire de Musique de Genève, he turned to a career as a clarinetist, but his activities as composer soon came to the foreground. Frey developed his own language as a composer and sound artist with the creation of wide, quiet sound spaces. His work is marked by an elementary non-extravagence of sound, a sensibilty for the qualities of the material, and precision of compositional approach. His compositions sometimes bypass instrumentation and duration altogether and touch on aspects of sound art. He has worked with compositional series, as well as with language and text. Some of these activities appear in small editions or as artist's books as individual items and small editions (Edition Howeg, Zurich; weiss kunstbewegung, Berlin; complice, Berlin). His music and recordings are published by Edition Wandelweiser. Frey has been invited to workshops as visiting composer and for composer portraits at the Universität der Künste Berlin, the Universität Dortmund and several times at Northwestern University and CalArts. Some of the other places his work has developed are the concerts at the Kunstraum Düsseldorf, the Wandelweiser-in-Residence-Veranstaltungen in Vienna, the Ny music concerts in Boras (Sweden), the cooperation with Cologne pianist John McAlpine, the Bozzini Quartet (Montréal), QO-2 (Bruxelles), Die Maulwerker, incidental music, as well as the regular stays in Berlin (where during the last years many of his compositions were premiered). Frey is a member of the Wandelweiser Komponisten Ensemble which has presented concerts for more than 15 years in Europe, North America and Japan. Frey also organizes the concert series moments musicaux aarau as a forum for contemporary music.


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WEDS@7 Takae Ohnishi
Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
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
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Renowned harpsichordist Takae Ohnishi will present an "All J.S.Bach Program" for this Wednesday @ 7 featured event.
 
Toccata E minor BWV 914
Italian Concerto BWV971
French Suite No.5 BWV 816
Sonata in D minor BWV 964

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WEDS@7 kallisti presents "Noon at Dusk" a new Chamber Opera by Stephen Lewis
Wednesday, May 11th, 2016
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
General: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $10.50
Students w/ID: Free
Department of Music Box Office: 858-534-3448
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WEDS@7 Animated Preparations presented by Stephanie Richards and collaborators
Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
General: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $10.50
Students w/ID: Free
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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