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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Parissa
Tuesday, April 4th, 2017
5:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

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The UC San Diego Division of Arts and Humanities presents a conversation with Master Parissa on Tuesday, April 4 in the Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall. Dean Cristina Della Coletta will provide an introduction to Parissa's discussion.

Parissa is the first holder of the Roghieh Chehre-Azad Distinguished Professorship. She is Iran's most distinguished female vocalist, who is visiting UC San Diego to share her deep knowledge of Radif - the classical repertoire of Persian traditional music. Its melodic patters are preserved through many generations and provide the basis for improvisation in Persian traditional music. Radif is taught through oral tradition and the repertoire evolves and is preserved by masters of each generation, such as Parissa.


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Bonnie Lander, voice - Graduate Recital
Tuesday, April 4th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

Soprano Bonnie Lander will present a recital in collaboration with the New York-based ensemble Rhymes with Opera. The ensemble will premiere Lander's Coping Mechanisms as its first improvisational opera, featuring vocalists Lander, Elisabeth Halliday and Robert Maril, as well as Judith Hamann (cello), Tommy Babin (bass) and Kjell Nordeson (percussion).

Coping Mechanisms explores themes of isolation, anxiety, agoraphobia and grief through improvised dramatic narratives and sounds. Set apart in three separate spaces, three singers (performed by Rhymes With Opera ensemble members Bonnie Lander, Elisabeth Halliday and Robert Maril) explore their own anxieties about what awaits them in the outside world. Using both incidental vocal sounds and melodies inspired by operatic training and techniques, the trio works together in bringing to life a full musical narrative - without the safety net of a written score. Coping Mechanisms is a new opera that explores how we create our own personal spaces while also longing for a connection with our community.


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Drew Ceccato, saxophone - Graduate Recital
Wednesday, April 5th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

Saxophonist Drew Ceccato will present a graduate recital featuring fellow Department of Music graduate students Tyler J. Borden (cello), Judith Hamann (cello), Tommy Babin (bass) and Kyle Motl (bass). Ceccato's program will include a performance of Roscoe Mitchell's Nonaah.


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Madison Greenstone, clarinets - Graduate Recital
Thursday, April 6th, 2017
5:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

Clarinetist Madison Greenstone will present a graduate recital featuring music for low clarinets by Trevor Bača, Martin Rane Bauck, Luigi Nono, and mixed media video animation by Marta Tiesenga. Madison will be joined by Michael Matsuno (bass flute), Jacob Sundstrom (electronics) and Marta Tiesenga (projection/animation).

Madison's program will feature:

  • MYRKR (for solo bass clarinet) by Trevor Bača

  • the world premiere of lago maggiore (for solo bass clarinet and electronics) by Martin Rane Bauck

  • A Pierre. dell'azzuro silenzio inquietem (for contrabass clarinet, bass flute and electronics) by Luigi Nono


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Keir GoGwilt, violin - Graduate Recital
Thursday, April 6th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Violinist Keir GoGwilt will present his graduate recital with music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Paul von Westhoff, and world premieres of music by Carolyn Chen, Tobin Chodos and Celeste Oram. GoGwilt's concert will also feature guest pianist Todd Moellenberg. His complete program will include:

  • Shirr* by Tobin Chodos with pianist Todd Moellenberg

  • Suite in D Minor by Johann Paul von Westhoff

  • Study on Westhoff Suite in D Minor* by Carolyn Chen

  • Partita in E Major by Johann Sebastian Bach

  • Televisionmann (Gulliver's Travels)* by Celeste Oram

*world premieres


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Springfest - staycation
Saturday, April 8th, 2017
12:00 am
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Springfest 2017
Ongoing
Free


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Springfest: CEMEC
Saturday, April 8th, 2017
5:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Springfest 2017
Free

The California Electronic Music Exchange Concert (CEMEC) series is meant to strengthen the connections between the California institutions that have computer and electronic music programs. Each concert features electronic and electroacoustic music by student composers, performers, computer musicians and installation artists from across California. Institutions represented at UC San Diego's installment include Mills College, Stanford, UC Santa Barbara, CalArts and UC San Diego.


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Kirsten Ashley Wiest, soprano - Graduate Recital
Saturday, April 8th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

"I emerged as a Phoenix, to rise in love."

Soprano Kirsten Ashley Wiest will present a graduate recital featuring guest performers Siu Hei Lee (piano), Kyle Adam Blair (piano) and Ashley Cutright (mezzo-soprano). The concert program will include:

  • A Sonatina (2016) by Bill Alves

  • Please Be Okay Till Morning by Daniel Felsenfeld (world premiere)

  • Tacciono i boschi (1981) by James Erber

  • Two Sonnets by Giordano Bruno by Phoenix (world premiere)

  • jumalattaret (2012) by John Zorn

Free parking, free admission, free hugs post-performance.


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Formosa Quartet
Sunday, April 9th, 2017
3:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
General Admission: $10.00
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.00
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
Purchase Online

The Formosa Quartet will return to UC San Diego for a performance that will include the world premiere of a new work by Wei-Chieh Lin inspired by Taiwanese folk songs. The quartet's program will feature:

  • world premiere of a set of Taiwanese folk songs by Wei-Chieh Lin

  • Four Grappelli Jazz Tunes arranged by quartet violinist Jasmine Lin

  • String Quartet No. 4 by Bela Bartok

The members of the Formosa Quartet – Jasmine LinWayne LeeChe-Yen Chen, and Deborah Pae – have established themselves as leading solo, chamber, and orchestral musicians. With degrees from the Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, and New England Conservatory, they have performed in major venues throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe, and have been top prizewinners in prestigious competitions such as the Paganini, Primrose, Fischoff, Naumburg, and Tertis competitions. As chamber musicians, they have appeared regularly at the Marlboro, Kingston, Santa Fe, Ottawa, Ravinia, Crans-Montana, and Schiermonnikoog festivals, as well as at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, La Jolla Summerfest, the Seattle Chamber Music Society, and Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove. They have held principal positions in the San Diego and Cincinnati Symphonies, and have taught at the University of Southern California, California State University Fullerton, Roosevelt University, Taos School of Music, Stanford University, McGill University, and the Juilliard School. In 2014 the Quartet became the faculty quartet-in-residence at the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. 


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Springfest: IMMERSION@Birch Aquarium
Sunday, April 9th, 2017
6:00 pm
Birch Aquarium
$12 general admission/$9 Birch members & UCSD students--includes Aquarium admission. Purchase tickets in advance online
Springfest 2017 Event


Birch Aquarium teams up with UC San Diego's Department of Music to present Springfest: IMMERSION, an evening of live music and experimental sounds spread throughout the aquarium. Join us for a unique offering of works conceived and performed by graduate students and inspired by the sea.

To purchase tickets, visit the Birch Aquarium website.


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Springfest: Tango Canyengue
Monday, April 10th, 2017
12:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Springfest 2017
Free

Xavier Beteta will perform tangos of the "Old Guard," the original tango style that was danced in the outskirts and poor neighborhoods of early 20th Century Buenos Aires.


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Springfest - Robert Morris: Oracle
Monday, April 10th, 2017
4:00 pm
Geisel Library
Springfest 2017
Free

Come hear music performed outdoors! Inspired by the I Ching, Robert Morris's "Oracle" for large ensemble will provide a 64-minute sonic landscape of the 64 hexagrams from The Book of Changes.


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Springfest - Jürg Frey: Metal, Stone, Skin, Foliage, Air
Tuesday, April 11th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Springfest 2017
Free

Jürg Frey's evening-length work for percussion quartet (1996-2001) explores the sonic properties of triangles, hand-bells, tam-tams, bell plates, bass drums, stones, and leaves through sequences of repetition.
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Springfest @ The Loft
Tuesday, April 11th, 2017
8:30 pm
The Loft at UC San Diego
Springfest 2017
Free

The Kyle Motl Trio with Tobin Chodos and Kjell Nordeson perform music from the upcoming record Panjandrums! along with new compositions.   

Jordan Morton and Creatures open the show.


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Springfest - Kyle Motl, Solo Contrabass
Wednesday, April 12th, 2017
5:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Springfest 2017
Free

Solo music utilizing the wealth of the contrabass' sonorities, testing the limits of timbre, technique, and dynamic envelope.
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Springfest - Bazetta Revisited
Wednesday, April 12th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Springfest 2017
Free

Bazetta Revisited is an immersive sound and light environment, featuring music by Anthony Vine and video projections by Katy Gilmore. During this two hour expanse, slowly evolving visual fields of blurred footage and camera feedback elide with bent and diffracted microtonal networks that are cast in a variety of forms, from long, improvisatory meditations to antiphonal hymns. Bazetta—a small township in Northeast Ohio—serves as a guiding metaphor. Audience members may come and go as they please during the performance.


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Springfest - Luke Martin: shifting inflections
Thursday, April 13th, 2017
5:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Springfest 2017
Free

the shifting inflections series will grow (expand, proliferate) as if it was a mold spore. here and there. sometimes unseen. sometimes seen. with the potential to suddenly explode and (re)connect in unpredictable ways. erewhon: both no-where and now-here. something not present in an actual state, but present in a virtual state: potential.

performed by Tyler J. Borden and Madison Greenstone


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Springfest - a mist is a collection of points
Thursday, April 13th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Springfest 2017
Free

A mist is a collection of points, while a grid is an organized collection of points. There is the unspoken tension in this work between regular and aperiodic, solid and vague, artificial and organic, order and sprawl. This interplay takes place from one section to the next, and also in the interactions between the parts: between the pianist (Todd Moellenberg), the percussionist (Ryan Nestor), and the sine tones (by Michael Pisaro). It affects the melody and the resonance, the timing and the coordination between parts. The intermingling of shadow pitches and extended resonances creates effects that are at least as vivid as any articulation.
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Springfest - Donatoni/Feldman
Friday, April 14th, 2017
5:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Springfest 2017
Free

"I've been living with the minor second all my life and I finally found a way to handle it." -Morton Feldman || Franco Donatoni: Ave, Morton Feldman: Why Patterns?
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Springfest - XX
Friday, April 14th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Springfest 2017
Free

XX presents a concert featuring collaboration between women. Live motion tracking, video, performance art, sung poetry, amplified hair, a talking disklavier, delicate percussion, and gritty solo bass come together in a fabric that explores themes of radical biological forms, domestic violence and space, feeling at home, and fragility. The concert is configured partly as an homage to the late and great Pauline Oliveros, and features her work Bye-Bye Butterfly as well as her correspondence with various female collaborators.


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Springfest - Sound and Violence
Friday, April 14th, 2017
9:00 pm
Che Cafe
Springfest 2017
Free

A night of performances and audiovisual installations exploring the ways in which sound engages violence, discipline, and resistance in an age of authoritarianism.


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Springfest - [O]
Saturday, April 15th, 2017
12:30 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Springfest 2017
Free

Lydia Winsor Brindamour’s [O] is a multimedia sonic experience comprised of a piece for two double basses with live spatialization, performed alongside photographs taken this past August during a month long stay in Olafsfjordur, North Iceland. The work is a visual and aural portrait of a specific place and time.
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Springfest - TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIPS: A RADIO SEANCE
Saturday, April 15th, 2017
1:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Springfest 2017
Free


Celeste Oram is joined by violinists Keir GoGwilt and (remotely, from New Zealand) Alex Taylor in re-enacting the improvisatory practice of Vera Wyse Munro (1897-1966): a pioneering New Zealand radio ham, improviser, and sonic experimenter. During the afternoon, this durational improvisation - featuring violins, starling poems, shortwave radio, and archaeologies of radio history - will be broadcast as a radio installation on multiple channels over low-power radio transmitters, and the public is invited to come prepared with battery-powered radios to tune in to the improvisation in CPMC. In the evening, audience members are invited to gather in the Concert Hall for a culminating séance summoning the ghost of Vera Wyse Munro.
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Springfest - CLAUSTRUM
Saturday, April 15th, 2017
1:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall
Springfest 2017
Free

Sound installation / Micro-Opera / Haunted House

A short, immersive performance for small groups of people, CLAUSTRUM is the creation of Bonnie Lander and Jonathan Nussman, vocalists and improvisers. The performance will be repeated on loop for successive small audiences. Listeners can sign up for a specific time, or will be admitted on a first-come basis.


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Springfest - Where I Am I AM
Saturday, April 15th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Springfest 2017
Free

Experimental vocalist and composer Odeya Nini presents a night of her instrumental compositions, sound collages, and solo vocal work. Odeya's work is an investigation of extended techniques, resonance and pure expression, exploring the relationship between mind and body, multi- dimensionality and the various landscapes it can yield. Her solo work is an interdisciplinary vocal practice with movement and theatrical elements displaying a spectrum of sound from tender intimacy to bold aberrance. The concert will feature Where I Am I Am, a piece for 3 voices, tape and electronics. Compositions will include works for solo flute and solo piano.
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Springfest @ Bread & Salt
Sunday, April 16th, 2017
10:00 am
Bread & Salt, San Diego
Springfest 2017
Free

Springfest @ Bread & Salt: ENCUENTRO is an event seeks to bring the UCSD music department into dialogue, collaboration and engagement with the broader San Diego community. This year the event partners with Borderland Noise in order to extend this process into a bi-national experimental arts festival, featuring artists from Tijuana, Mexicali, and Ensenada. With more than 30 artists involved, performances and installations will take place across the entire Bread & Salt site, including unusual hidden spaces, and a quadrophonic grain silo.
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Camera Lucida
Monday, April 17th, 2017
7:30 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall


Reserved seating: $37
Faculty/Staff: $28
Students: FREE
UCSD Box Office
Ticket information: 858-534-TIXS (8497)

Camera Lucida is a chamber music collaboration between four musicians with diverse backgrounds. Created by a generous gift from the Sam B. Ersan Chamber Music Fund, 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.

Under the artistic directorship of UC San Diego professor and cellist Charles Curtis and anchored by regular featured performances by San Diego Symphony Concertmaster Jeff Thayer, Formosa Quartet violist and USC professor Che-Yen Chen, concert pianist Reiko Uchida, UC San Diego performance faculty and occasional guests, Camera Lucida has established a tradition of challenging, musically ambitious programs performed with the assurance of an established ensemble, with the added flexibility of changing instrumentation and guests from the international chamber music world.

Camera Lucida's program will include:

  • Sonata in B-flat Major for Viola and Piano, Opus 107 by Max Reger

  • String Quartet in E-flat major, Opus 74, “The Harp” by Ludwig van Beethoven

  • Piano Trio by Charles Ives

No late seating.

Limited free student tickets available at the door.

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).


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WEDS@7 On Structure: Natacha Diels and Jessie Marino
Wednesday, April 19th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
Purchase Online

Wednesdays@7 presents On Structure, the collaborative project of Jessie Marino and Natacha Diels.

On Structure is a sound-centric performance duo. The 
New York based ensemble uses improvised and composed
Sounds {and the fluctuation of these sounds} to brew 
Transferable art pieces which may 
Ravage the realms of the performer, audience or space itself. 
Uncovering the hidden motions of sound, freeing 
Compositions from the fluorescence of the concert expectation. 
Topsy-turvy. 
Use of lasers, wigs, electronics, cellosandflutes; 
Repurposing life experiences for music glitches and muscle twitches. 
Eclipse boundaries of the stage.


To learn more, visit Jim Chute's April 2015 San Diego Union-Tribune article about On Structure.


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Felipe Rossi, composition - Graduate Recital
Thursday, April 20th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Composer Felipe Rossi presents another evening of recently composed works along some improvisations with (and without) live electronics in the Experimental Theater.


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ArtPower Ariel Quartet
Friday, April 21st, 2017
8:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
An ArtPower presentation.
Tickets handled by
UCSD Box Office
Ticket information: 858-534-TIXS (8497)

ArtPower presents a performance by the Ariel Quartet

Characterized by their youth, brilliant playing and soulful interpretations, the Ariel Quartet has quickly earned a glowing international reputation. Formed in Israel when the members were young students 16 years ago, the quartet was recently awarded the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award. They currently serve as the faculty quartet-in-residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where they direct the chamber music program and perform their own annual series of concerts—a remarkable achievement for an ensemble so young. This award-winning quartet has performed widely in North America, Europe and Israel and will be making their San Diego debut at ArtPower.

The quartet's program will include:

  • Quartet in A Major, Op. 18, No. 5 by Ludwig van Beethoven

  • New Commission by Mahammed Fairouz

  • Quartet in A Major, Op. 41, No. 3 by Robert Schumann


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Kartik Seshadri, sitar
Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
7:30 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
Purchase Online

Sitar master Pandit Kartik Seshadri will present a performance of classical Indian ragas, accompanied by tabla player Pandit Arup Chattopadhyay. Seshadri's CD Sublime Ragas was recently among Songlines Magazine's Top 10 "Top of the World" albums. His music has been praised by The Washington Post for its "expressive beauty, rich tonal sensibility and rhythmic intricacy."


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King Yue Li, piano
Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall
Free
Self Supported Event
Event sponsor: Siu Hei Lee

King Yue Li (Hong Kong/Philadelphia) will present piano music by Department of Music graduate composer Xavier Beteta, Claude Debussy and Frederic Chopin, among others.

Winner of the Japan-Hong Kong International Music Competition and the Hong Kong-Asia Piano Open Competition, King Yue traveled across the United States, Germany and Hong Kong to perform in solo piano recitals, chamber ensemble concerts and harpsichord salons. Born in Hong Kong, King Yue is currently completing his master's degree in piano performance at Temple University. 

Before pursuing postgraduate studies in the USA, King Yue’s talent had been recognized in his Hong Kong hometown. He was the top prizewinner of prestigious competitions such as the Hong Kong Youth Culture & Art Development Association’s Competition and the Hong Kong (Asia Pacific) Piano Competition. Taking advantage of the continual British influence in Hong Kong music education, King Yue obtained piano certifications such as the Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (LRSM, 2009) and the Fellowship of the Trinity College London (FTCL, 2011). As a result of his academic and pianistic achievements, he received scholarships from the Hong Kong Government, Au Bak Ling Charity Trust, and the Temple University.

Beyond performance, King Yue is also a specialist in education. He holds an education degree with First Class Honor and has given private lessons for nine years.


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WEDS@7 Takae Ohnishi, harpsichord
Wednesday, April 26th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
Purchase Online

Acclaimed harpsichordist and UC San Diego lecturer Takae Ohnishi will present a night of music by Professor Lei Liang and Johann Sebastian Bach as part of the Department of Music's ongoing Wednesdays@7 concert series.

Alongside guests from the San Diego Symphony Jisun Yang (violin), Zou Yu (violin), Chi-Yuan Chen (viola) and  Chia-Ling Chien (cello), Ohnishi will present the following program:

  • Some Empty Thoughts of a Person from Edo by Liang

  • Winged Creatures by Liang

  • Lakescape III by Liang

  • Parts for a Floating Space by Liang

  • Toccata in G minor BWV 915 (for harpsichord) by Bach

  • Sonata in G minor BWV 1029 (for viola and harpsichord) by Bach


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Computer Music Focus: Gil Weinberg
Thursday, April 27th, 2017
5:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

The Computer Music Focus lecture series will continue with a presentation by Gil Weinberg.

Weinberg is the founding director of the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, where he established the M.S. and Ph.D. programs in music technology. He is a professor in the School of Music and an adjunct professor in the School of Interactive Computing. Weinberg's research aims at expanding musical expression, creativity and learning through meaningful applications of technology. His research interests include robotic musicianship, new instruments for musical expression, mobile music and sonification. During his tenure at Georgia Tech, he has published more than 50 peer-reviewed papers and seven patent applications. Based on his recent inventions – a set of musical applications that allow novices to create music in expressive and intuitive manners – he has founded a startup company – ZOOZ Mobile – whose products have been downloaded by close to two million users. 

Weinberg's music has been featured at festivals and concerts such as Ars Electronica and SIGGRAPH, and with orchestras such as Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the National Irish Symphony Orchestra and the Scottish BBC Symphony. His interactive musical installations have been presented in museums like the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Museum and the Boston Children's Museum. With his improvising robotic musicians, Haile and Shimon, he has traveled worldwide, featuring dozens of concerts and presentations in festivals and conferences such as SIGGRAPH, DLD, and the World Economic Forum in Davos. Weinberg received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT and his B.A. from the Interdisciplinary Program for Fostering Excellence in Tel Aviv University.


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Kyle Adam Blair, piano - Graduate Recital
Friday, April 28th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Kyle Adam Blair presents: COMMUNE

Pianist Kyle Adam Blair invites vibraphonist Berndt Thurner to premiere Stuart Saunders Smith's chamber vibraphone concerto entitled "Commune"; a ninety-minute work composed for soloist and ensemble of violin, cello, string bass, flute, soprano saxophone, piano, and two percussionists.


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Fiona Digney, percussion - Graduate Recital
Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

⫸SPACE ⦂ PLACE⫷

Australian percussionist Fiona Digney presents an evening of music exploring space and place; architectural spaces, sonic landscapes, acoustical phenomena, and psychological geographies. From the contemplative listening of Cage’s 4’33”, the shimmering reflections of Lucier’s Silver Streetcar of the Orchestra, and the Earthy power of Xenakis’ Rebonds, to the encompassing etherial landscape of John Luther Adams’ Four Thousand Holes, Digney, with special guest Mari Kawamura explore the spaces and places we occupy, and how these are created, represented, and experienced through music.


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ArtPower St. Lawrence String Quartet
Friday, May 5th, 2017
8:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
An ArtPower presentation.
Tickets handled by
UCSD Box Office
Ticket information: 858-534-TIXS (8497)

ArtPower presents a performance by the St. Lawrence String Quartet.

Back by popular demand, the “witty, buoyant, and widely attentive” (The Gazette, Montreal) St. Lawrence String Quartet has developed an undisputed reputation as a world-class chamber ensemble. Serving as ensemble-in-residence at Stanford University since 1998, the quartet continues to build their reputation for imaginative and spontaneous music making through an energetic commitment to the established quartet literature, as well as the championing of new works by composers like John Adams, Osvaldo Golijov, Ezequiel Viñao and Jonathan Berger.

The quartet's program will include:

  • Second Quartet by John Adams

  • String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135 by Ludwig van Beethoven

  • String Quartet No. 1, Op. 112 by Camille Saint-Saëns


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus
Saturday, May 6th, 2017
7:30 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

Guest composer Michael Gerdes will conduct the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus in a performance of:

  • Concerto for Flute by Carl Nielsen

  • Biennale Snapshots by Vivian Fung (U.S. premiere)

  • Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky

This performance will feature guest flutist Carlos Aguilar (2015 Young Artists Winner).

Continuing the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus' season theme of music created during the midpoint of composers' careers, guest composer Michael Gerdes will lead the perennial favorite Pictures at an Exhibition, composed when Modest Mussorgsky was 35 years old. That should have been the midpoint of a great career, but–tragically–Mussorgsky was dead only seven years later. The La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Young Artists first place winner Carlos Aguilar will perform Carl Nielsen’s Flute Concerto, a very playful (and very funny) piece of music. Vivian Fung offers her own set of “pictures” in a colorful musical response to works of public art from the 2014-16 Vancouver Art Biennale.


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus
Sunday, May 7th, 2017
2:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

Guest composer Michael Gerdes will conduct the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus in a performance of:

  • Concerto for Flute by Carl Nielsen

  • Biennale Snapshots by Vivian Fung (U.S. premiere)

  • Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky

This performance will feature guest flutist Carlos Aguilar (2015 Young Artists Winner).

Continuing the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus' season theme of music created during the midpoint of composers' careers, guest composer Michael Gerdes will lead the perennial favorite Pictures at an Exhibition, composed when Modest Mussorgsky was 35 years old. That should have been the midpoint of a great career, but–tragically–Mussorgsky was dead only seven years later. The La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Young Artists first place winner Carlos Aguilar will perform Carl Nielsen’s Flute Concerto, a very playful (and very funny) piece of music. Vivian Fung offers her own set of “pictures” in a colorful musical response to works of public art from the 2014-16 Vancouver Art Biennale.


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WEDS@7 kallisti Presents Chamber Opera
Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
Purchase Online

For its 2017 chamber opera, kallisti presents a double bill of Francis Poulenc's La Voix Humaine, featuring soprano Hillary Jean Young, and selections from American minimalist composer Tom Johnson's Shaggy Dog Operas. Poulenc's 1958 monodrama for solo soprano, with its psychological complexity, is juxtaposed with Johnson's lighthearted and rarely heard works, re-imagined within the setting of a 2017 dorm room. The performance will feature current Department of Music graduate students and kallisti members Young, Kirsten Ashley Wiest, Lauren Jones, Jonathan Nussman and pianist Kyle Adam Blair. Artistic Director Susan Narucki and Celeste Oram will co-direct La Voix Humaine, while Nussman will direct performances of Johnson's material.

The performance will be repeated on Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13, both at 7 p.m.


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kallisti Presents Chamber Opera
Friday, May 12th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
Purchase Online

For its 2017 chamber opera, kallisti presents a double bill of Francis Poulenc's La Voix Humaine, featuring soprano Hillary Jean Young, and selections from American minimalist composer Tom Johnson's Shaggy Dog Operas. Poulenc's 1958 monodrama for solo soprano, with its psychological complexity, is juxtaposed with Johnson's lighthearted and rarely heard works, re-imagined within the setting of a 2017 dorm room. The performance will feature current Department of Music graduate students and kallisti members Young, Kirsten Ashley Wiest, Lauren Jones, Jonathan Nussman and pianist Kyle Adam Blair. Artistic Director Susan Narucki and Celeste Oram will co-direct La Voix Humaine, while Nussman will direct performances of Johnson's material.

The performance will be repeated on Saturday, May 13 at 7 p.m.


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kallisti Presents Chamber Opera
Saturday, May 13th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
Purchase Online

For its 2017 chamber opera, kallisti presents a double bill of Francis Poulenc's La Voix Humaine, featuring soprano Hillary Jean Young, and selections from American minimalist composer Tom Johnson's Shaggy Dog Operas. Poulenc's 1958 monodrama for solo soprano, with its psychological complexity, is juxtaposed with Johnson's lighthearted and rarely heard works, re-imagined within the setting of a 2017 dorm room. The performance will feature current Department of Music graduate students and kallisti members Young, Kirsten Ashley Wiest, Lauren Jones, Jonathan Nussman and pianist Kyle Adam Blair. Artistic Director Susan Narucki and Celeste Oram will co-direct La Voix Humaine, while Nussman will direct performances of Johnson's material.


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Camera Lucida
Monday, May 15th, 2017
7:30 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall


Reserved seating: $37
Faculty/Staff: $28
Students: FREE
UCSD Box Office
Ticket information: 858-534-TIXS (8497)

Camera Lucida is a chamber music collaboration between four musicians with diverse backgrounds. Created by a generous gift from the Sam B. Ersan Chamber Music Fund, 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.

Under the artistic directorship of UC San Diego professor and cellist Charles Curtis and anchored by regular featured performances by San Diego Symphony Concertmaster Jeff Thayer, Formosa Quartet violist and USC professor Che-Yen Chen, concert pianist Reiko Uchida, UC San Diego performance faculty and occasional guests, Camera Lucida has established a tradition of challenging, musically ambitious programs performed with the assurance of an established ensemble, with the added flexibility of changing instrumentation and guests from the international chamber music world.

Camera Lucida's program will include:

  • Sonata for Piano and Cello in F major, Opus 5 Nr. 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven

  • String Trio by Arnold Schoenberg

  • Piano Quartet in E-flat major, Opus 87 by Antonin Dvorak

No late seating.

Limited free student tickets available at the door.

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).


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WEDS@7 red fish blue fish
Wednesday, May 17th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
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UC San Diego's own percussion ensemble red fish blue fish return for another performance in the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall. The ensemble's program will include:

  • Aura by Anna Thorvaldsdottir

  • the world premiere of a new work by Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh

  • Darkness by Franco Donatoni


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Tobin Chodos, composer - Graduate Recital
Thursday, May 18th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

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Hesam Abedini and Niloufar Shiri - Honors Recital
Friday, May 19th, 2017
5:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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Yvette Jackson - Graduate Recital
Friday, May 19th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

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Michael Cohn, piano - Honors Recital
Saturday, May 20th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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Stephen Lewis, piano - Graduate Recital
Sunday, May 21st, 2017
4:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Joshua Charney, piano - Graduate Recital
Monday, May 22nd, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

Xavier Beteta, composer - Graduate Recital
Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Ryan Welsh, composer - Graduate Dissertation Recital
Wednesday, May 24th, 2017
5:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

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WEDS@7 Carlson and Karis
Wednesday, May 24th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
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Distinguished Professor Aleck Karis and Assistant Professor Erik Carlson will present a concert as part of the Department of Music's ongoing Wednesdays@7 concert series. The duo's program will consist of works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Milton Babbitt and Johannes Brahms.


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Computer Music Focus: James Fei
Thursday, May 25th, 2017
5:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

Undergraduate Forum Performance
Thursday, May 25th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall
Free

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ArtPower presents Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
Thursday, May 25th, 2017
8:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
An ArtPower presentation.
Tickets handled by
UCSD Box Office
Ticket information: 858-534-TIXS (8497)

ArtPower will present a performance by the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.

The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company was born out of an 11-year collaboration between Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane, who passed away in 1988. During this time, the two dancers redefined the duet form and foreshadowed issues of identity, form and social commentary that would change the face of American dance. The Company has performed worldwide in over 200 cities in 40 countries on every major continent and is recognized as one of the most innovative and powerful forces in the dance-theater world.

The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company returns to UC San Diego with Play and Play: An Evening of Movement and Dance, which includes two works—D-Man in the Waters and Story/. Both will be accompanied by live music.


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Marcelo Flores Lazcano, composer - Dissertation Recital
Tuesday, May 30th, 2017
8:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

MUS 33C Final Recording
Wednesday, May 31st, 2017
2:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall
Free

Mark Olsher, double bass - Honors Recital
Wednesday, May 31st, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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Jury Concert: Integrative Studies
Thursday, June 1st, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

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UC San Diego Gospel Choir
Thursday, June 1st, 2017
8:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $5.50
Students : Free with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
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Directed by faculty member Ken Anderson, the UC San Diego Gospel Choir combines hundreds of voices to fill the auditorium with the uplifting sound of African American spirituals, blues, traditional songs and gospel.

Will Call tickets will be available for pickup in the Mandeville Auditorium lobby one hour prior to the concert's scheduled start. Tickets will also be available for purchase in the lobby prior to the concert start.


MUS 131 Advanced Improvisation
Friday, June 2nd, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

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MUS 103C Undergraduate Juries
Saturday, June 3rd, 2017
10:00 am
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Dana Marie Chan, piano
Saturday, June 3rd, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall
Free

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Piano Students
Sunday, June 4th, 2017
5:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Piano students of Distinguished Professor Aleck Karis will present an informal studio concert of their current projects.


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Monday Night Jazz: 95JC Jazz Ensembles
Monday, June 5th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Under the direction of faculty member Kamau Kenyatta, the MUS 95JC Jazz Ensembles concert will feature small ensembles performing a variety of exciting compositions, including some written and arranged by student musicians. The instrumentation will include vocals, violin, saxophones, a rhythm section and Afro-Latin percussion.


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Chamber Orchestra
Tuesday, June 6th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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95W Indian Music Students
Wednesday, June 7th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Under the direction of Kartik Seshadri, the students of 95W, World Music perform in the Conrad Prebys Music Center Concert Hall.


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Singers and Choirs, 95CK
Thursday, June 8th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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Wind Ensemble
Thursday, June 8th, 2017
8:00 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


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Chamber Ensembles
Friday, June 9th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Maggie Joshi, Alexander Chuk and Vincent Nguyen, senior recital - voice
Saturday, June 10th, 2017
3:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall
Free
Self Supported event
Sponsor: Ashley Walstrom


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus
Saturday, June 10th, 2017
7:30 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

David Chase will conduct the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus in a performance of:

  • Beatrice and Benedict by Hector Berlioz

  • Verklärte Nacht by Arnold Schoenberg

  • The Lovers by Samuel Barber

Love gone awry, love gone bad, love gone very well indeed. David Chase concludes his 43-year tenure as the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus' Choral Director with a program inspired by love in its many faces. Berlioz’s take on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing has delighted audiences everywhere, Schoenberg’s macabre love story haunted Viennese audiences and Barber’s explicit settings shocked Philadelphians at its premiere.


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus
Sunday, June 11th, 2017
2:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

David Chase will conduct the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus in a performance of:

  • Beatrice and Benedict by Hector Berlioz

  • Verklärte Nacht by Arnold Schoenberg

  • The Lovers by Samuel Barber

Love gone awry, love gone bad, love gone very well indeed. David Chase concludes his 43-year tenure as the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus' Choral Director with a program inspired by love in its many faces. Berlioz’s take on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing has delighted audiences everywhere, Schoenberg’s macabre love story haunted Viennese audiences and Barber’s explicit settings shocked Philadelphians at its premiere.


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32VM Vocal Master Class
Sunday, June 11th, 2017
5:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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Best of ICAM
Thursday, June 15th, 2017
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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