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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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, Keir GoGwilt and Celeste Oram. GoGwilt's concert will also feature guest pianist Todd Moellenberg.


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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: 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIPS: A RADIO SƒANCE
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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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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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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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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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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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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Hesam Abedini and Niloufar Shiri - Honors Recital
Friday, May 19th, 2017
5:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
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

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

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.


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

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MUS 103C Undergraduate Juries
Saturday, June 3rd, 2017
10:00 am
Conrad Prebys Concert 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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Chamber Ensembles
Friday, June 9th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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

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