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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John Fonville Portrait Concert and Celebration
Sunday, January 22nd, 2017
4:00 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

Join us in celebrating John Fonville's more than 30 years of teaching at UC San Diego's Department of Music. Fonville's former students from across the globe will present a concert of his works and works dedicated to him, including a recreation of the original choreography to Fonville's Music for Sarah by the Austin-based dancer Sarah Brumgart. Other special guests include Lisa Cella, Anne La Berge, Batya MacAdam-Somer, Reiko Manabe, Elizabeth McNuttJane Rigler, Christine Tavolacci, Berglind María Tómasdóttir and Ine Vanoeveren.


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Michiko Ogawa, clarinets - Graduate Recital
Monday, January 23rd, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Graduate student and clarinetist Michiko Ogawa will present her second DMA recital on Monday, January 23. The performance will feature works by Teiji Ito as it appears in several experimental films and screenings of select scenes from the films, including Maya Deren's 1943 Meshes of the Afternoon.

The recital will also feature guest performers James Rushford (guitar), Kozue Matsumoto (koto), Clinton McCullum (vocals), Stefan Elnabli (16mm film production), Kate Clark (documentation), and fellow graduate students Sam Dunscombe (bass clarinet/hichiriki/zither), Michael Matsuno (flute), Matthew Kline (contrabass), Ryan Nestor (percussion), Benjamin Rempel (percussion) and Rachel Allen (trumpet).

The evening's program will include music from:

  • The Very Eye of the Night

  • Bagatelle for Willard Maas

  • Passage to Nirvana

  • Work for Matisse

  • Meshes of the Afternoon


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John Fonville Portrait Concert
Wednesday, January 25th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

The celebration honoring John Fonville on January 22 will be followed by another tribute on January 25. This second concert will feature Fonville's complete Changing Scales, performed by Fonville and current graduate students.


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Rachel Allen, trumpet - Graduate Recital
Thursday, January 26th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Local trumpet player and second year graduate student Rachel Allen will present her first DMA recital featuring works for trumpet. Selections will include pieces by Elliot Carter, Toru Takemitsu, Karlheinz Essl, Matthew Burtner and Robert Erickson. Allen will be joined by special guest Eric Starr on trombone.


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ArtPower presents Enso String Quartet
Friday, January 27th, 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 Ensō String Quartet.

Named “one of the eminent string quartets of our era” by Classical Voice, the Grammy-nominated Ensō String Quartet has risen to the top rankings of chamber music performers. Founded at Yale University in 1999, the quartet has been described by The Strad as “thrilling” and praised by the Washington Post for its “glorious sonorities.” The quartet went on to win numerous awards, including top prizes at the Concert Artist Guild competition and the Banff International String Quartet competition. Derived from the Japanese zen painting of the circle, enso represents many things: perfection and imperfection, the moment of chaos that is creation, the emptiness of the void, the endless circle of life and the fullness of the spirit.

The Ensō String Quartet's program will include:

  • String Quartet No. 2 by Alberto Ginastera

  • Crisantemi by Giacomo Puccini

  • String Quartet in F Major by Maurice Ravel

  • Italian Serenade by Hugo Wolf


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Lytle Scholarship Benefit
Sunday, January 29th, 2017
3:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Tickets may be purchased online at:
http://rels.ucsd.edu
Parking is free
All tickets are held at the door

The Lytle Scholarship Benefit Concert presents Gospel Music Extravaganza, featuring the UC San Diego Gospel Choir as led by Ken Anderson. Special guests will include Archie Robinson and New Birth Praise.

Proceeds from ticket sales and 100% of donations benefit the Lytle Scholarship Endowment, which provides scholarship support for graduates of The Preuss School at UC San Diego attending Thurgood Marshall College at UC San Diego.

For more information about the concert and scholarships, please visit: rels.ucsd.edu.


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MUS 103B Reading: Del Sol Quartet
Wednesday, February 8th, 2017
2:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

The internationally renowned Del Sol Quartet will be in residency to work with a group of UC San Diego undergraduate composers. This is an exciting opportunity for the younger composers to work with these professional musicians, as it is the first time most of these students have ever composed for the string quartet.

Hailed by Gramophone as “masters of all musical things they survey,” the Del Sol String Quartet shares living music with an ever-growing community of adventurous listeners. Fascinated by the feedback loop between social change, technology and artistic innovation, the San Francisco-based ensemble is a leading force in 21st century chamber music whether introducing Ben Johnston’s microtonal Americana at the Library of Congress, exploring Andean soundscapes with Gabriela Lena Frank and traditional musicians, deconstructing Ruth Crawford’s radical experimental processes with East Bay schoolchildren or rocking Mason Bates’ techno grooves in his Ruby Skye dance party. The New York Times praised Del Sol’s most recent recording, Scrapyard Exotica: “See if your foot can stay still once you put on this funky disc of rhythmically infectious… music played by the adventurous Del Sol String Quartet.”


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ArtPower presents Dover Quartet and Avi Avital
Friday, February 17th, 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 Dover Quartet, featuring Avi Avital.

The New Yorker recently dubbed the Dover Quartet as “the young American string quartet of the moment.” The group catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff International String Quartet competition, becoming one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. They return to the ArtPower stage with Avi Avital, one of the world’s most exciting and adventurous musicians. Acknowledged by The New York Times for his “exquisitely sensitive playing” and “stunning agility,” Avital is the first mandolin player to receive a Grammy Award nomination in the Best Instrumental Soloist category.

The quartet's program will include:

  • Chaconne in D Minor (for solo mandolin) by Johann Sebastian Bach

  • Cymbeline (for string quartet and mandolin) by David Bruce

  • Quartet No. 1, “From My Life” by Bedřich Smetana

  • Six Miniatures (for string quartet and mandolin) by Sulkhan Tsintsadze


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Camera Lucida
Monday, February 20th, 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:

  • Fantasy Pieces for Cello and Piano, Opus 73 (1849) by Robert Schumann

  • String Quartet in D major, K. 575, “King of Prussia” (1789-90) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  • Piano Quintet in a minor, Opus 84 (1918) by Edward Elgar

No late seating.

Parking permits are available for purchase in the Gilman Parking Structure, located at 3100 Gilman Drive.

For additional program information, please visit Camera Lucida's website: sdcamlu.org


Subscription and single tickets available at the UC San Diego Box Office. Ticket information: (858) 534-TIXS (8497).


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WEDS@7 Palimpsest
Wednesday, March 1st, 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

San Diego's own Palimpsest Ensemble will present a special program featuring works and performances by members of UC San Diego's Department of Music community. Curated and conducted by Distinguished Professor Aleck Karis, Palimpsest's program will include:

  • Penthode by Elliot Carter

  • Accord in the Corral, a new work by UC San Diego graduate student Tobin Chodos featuring the instrumentation of Elliot Carter's piece

  • Piano Concerto by György Ligeti, as performed by graduate student Todd Moellenberg


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ArtPower Dublin Guitar Quartet
Friday, March 3rd, 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 Dublin Guitar Quartet.

They might play traditional Spanish-style classical guitars, but they’re not your standard guitar ensemble. Described as a “quartet with a difference” by the Irish Times, the Dublin Guitar Quartet is the first classical guitar quartet devoted entirely to new music. Since their formation, the quartet has worked to expand the genre’s limited repertoire by commissioning new works and adapting modern masterpieces. With the help of 8- and 11-string guitars, the quartet has created an original catalogue of arrangements by composers such as Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Arvo Pärt and György Ligeti. Expect a dynamic, entertaining and completely novel concert experience at their San Diego debut with ArtPower.

The quartet's program will include:

  • Aheym by Bryce Dessner

  • Saxophone Quartet by Philip Glass

  • Book of Leaves by Rachel Grimes

  • Gongan by William Kanengiser

  • Changing the Guard by Nikita Koshkin

  • Inaktelki Nóták and Mátraszentimrei Dalok by György Ligeti

  • Quartet by Marc Mellits

  • Songs in Honour of the Virgin Mary by Urmas Sisask


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Karis Piano Studio Students
Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
2:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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


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Bass Ensembles
Thursday, March 9th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Professor of Music Mark Dresser's students will present a bass ensemble performance.


Ashley Cutright, soprano - Graduate Recital
Saturday, March 11th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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WEDS@7 Susan Narucki
Wednesday, March 15th, 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

Soprano Susan Narucki and pianist Donald Berman present an evening of songs that are united by intensity of expression, exquisite writing for voice and piano and overarching lyricism.  

The performance will include György Kurtág's rarely heard Three Old Inscriptions, Zbigniew Preisner's Requiem for My Friend, selections from Robert Schumann's Kerner Lieder and works by Alexander Zemlinsky and American composer James Primosch. As longtime collaborators, Narucki and Berman earned the Classical Recording Foundation's Samuel Sanders Award for their critically acclaimed recording of the songs of Charles Ives.


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Chamber Ensembles
Friday, March 17th, 2017
4:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Students in the MUS 130 Chamber Music Performance course will perform their fall course concert under the direction of faculty member Takae Ohnishi.


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UC San Diego Bach Ensemble
Friday, March 17th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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

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

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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 Department of Music is proud to announce a performance by the Formosa Quartet.


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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.

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).


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

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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 Kartik Seshadri presents a performance of classica Indian ragas. 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 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:

  • Toccata in D major BWV 912 (for harpsichord)

  • Toccata in G minor BWV 915 (for harpsichord)

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

  • Harpsichord Concerto in D minor BWV 1052


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Computer Music Focus
Thursday, April 27th, 2017
5:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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

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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.

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 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


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

Michael Cohn, piano
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
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


Mark Olsher, double bass
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

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

The MUS 95JC concert will feature a small ensemble 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
8:00 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

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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



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