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 The Threepenny Opera
Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center 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.  Sunday, May 10 at 2:00 p.m.

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THE THREEPENNY OPERA is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals: www.rnh.com


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WEDS@7 Takae Ohnishi and Che-Yen Chen
Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
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
Department of Music Box Office: 858-534-3448
Purchase Online

Acclaimed harpsichordist and UCSD lecturer Takae Ohnishi has performed extensively as a soloist, chamber musician and continuo player. The Gramophone magazine praises her recording of the Goldberg Variations that “Ohnishi’s brilliant artistry immerses the listener in the creative and emotional narratives Bach unfolds with incomparable mastery.”
Currently teaching at USC Thornton School of Music, violist Brian Che-Yen Chen is a founding member of the Formosa String Quartet and Camera Lucida. The Strad magazine describes him as a musician whose “tonal distinction and essential musicality produced an auspicious impression.”
The concert is in UCSD’s Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, featuring its beautiful Marc Ducornet French Flemish harpsichord.

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WEDS@7 David Borgo: Acoustic & Electronic
Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
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
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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