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.  Purchase Tickets online for Department of Music Events

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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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ArtPower! Presents: Emerson String Quartet
Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
8:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
An ArtPower! presentation.
Tickets handled by
UCSD Box Office
Ticket information: 858-534-8497

ArtTalks! at The Loft, 7pm 

An ArtPower! fan favorite, the Emerson String Quartet stands apart in the history of string quartets with an unparalleled list of achievements over three decades: more than thirty acclaimed recordings, nine Grammys (including two for Best Classical Album), three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, Musical America’s "Ensemble of the Year", and collaborations with many of the greatest artists of our time. With the arrival of cellist Paul Watkins in 2013, the Emerson Quartet has embarked on a remarkable new journey – one filled with freshness, warmth and impressive accolades. 

Eugene Drucker, violin; Philip Setzer, violin; Lawrence Dutton, viola; Paul Watkins, cello.

PROGRAM

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quartet No. 14 in G major, K. 387; Benjamin Britten: String Quartet No.2 in C major, Op. 36; Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132

SPONSORS Joan Jordan Bernstein and Alexa Hirsch, Eric Lasley and Judith Bachner


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Kartik Seshadri in Concert
Saturday, April 25th, 2015
7:30 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

KARTIK SESHADRI, SITAR MASTER

Sitar master Kartik Seshadri performs classical Indian ragas, accompanied by 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 "espressive beauty, rich tonal sensibility, and rhythmic intricacy."


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Pi-hsien Chen Piano Recital
Sunday, April 26th, 2015
3:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

This concert is made possible by Chuan-Lyu Endowment at UC San Diego and the Spotlight Taiwan Project grant from the Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan), Taiwan Academy of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles, with additional support provided by Special Patron Dr. Samuel Yin. 

World-renowned pianist Pi-hsien Chen will perform works by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, and new compositions written by Taiwanese composers Tzyy-Sheng Lee, Tsung-Hsien Yang, and Ying-Ting Lin.

Artist’s Biography
Pi-hsien Chen was born in Taiwan and came to Cologne when she was nine years old. One year later, she was admitted into the class of Hans-Otto Schmidt-Neuhaus. She won the first prizes at the ARD-International Piano Competition in Munich, the A. Schoenberg Competition in Rotterdam, and the J.S.Bach Competition in Washington D.C. She performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Concertgebouw-Orchestra, the Zurich-Tonhalle-Orchestra. Conductors with whom she has worked include Bernhard Haitink, Paul Sacher, Hans Zender, Péter Eötvös. Pi-hsien Chen took part in numerous international music festivals. Her increasing interest and engagement in contemporary music grew in cooperation with composers such as Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen, György Kurtág and Elliott Carter. Moreover, she performed contemporary music with ensembles including Ensemble Modern, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain and Asko Ensemble. More recently, her complete Mozart's Sonatas are released by Sunrise Records. Her recording of Scarlatti and Beethoven sonatas, along with John Cage and Stockhausen were released by HATnowART (Basel,Switzerland) to critical acclaim. Since 1983, Pi-hsien Chen was professor of piano at the University of Music in Cologne, and since 2004, at the University of Music in Freiburg.


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Camera Lucida, Myriad Trio
Monday, April 27th, 2015
7:30 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Tickets handled by San Diego Symphony
Single tickets: $25
UCSD Faculty/Staff: $20
Student rush for FREE tickets begins at 6:30 pm. Available for all students (including non-UCSD students).
Ticket information: 619-235-0804


THE MYRIAD TRIO II
A Camera Lucida Special Presentation

Che-Yen Chen, viola
Demarre McGill, flute
Julie Smith Phillips, harp

DEBUSSY: Nuage from “Nocturnes”
Reverie
LIEBERMANN: Sonata for Flute and Harp
SALZEDO: Chanson de la Nuit, arr. Phillips
DELIUS: Florida Suite, arr. Cavaterra

Camera Lucida, a collaboration between UC San Diego and the San Diego Symphony, presents chamber music masterpieces of the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries in the acoustically perfect Conrad Prebys Concert Hall at UCSD. Principal musicians from the San Diego Symphony and distinguished performance faculty from UCSD join with guests from the international chamber music world in performances that blend the precision and cohesiveness of a permanent ensemble with widely ranging instrumentation.

Sponsored by the Sam B. Ersan Fund at the San Diego Foundation


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus ...on the nature of the Space between us all
Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
7:30 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

Chris Rountree conducts

Leonard Bernstein    Symphony No. 1 “Jeremiah”
Yeung-ping Chen    The Moon in La Jolla Nee Commission
Charles Ives        Symphony No. 2

Guest artist: Heather Johnson, mezzo-soprano

Special guest conductor Christopher Rountree, artistic director and conductor of wild Up, an adventurous chamber group that blends new music, classical repertoire, performance art and pop, leads a unique American program. Bernstein’s dramatic First Symphony was written while he was still in his twenties, and voted outstanding new classical work its debut year by the New York Music Critics Circle. Yeung-ping Chen will compose what is truly a twenty-first century work, a “tele-concerto” in which the orchestra will be in Mandeville and the soloists will “appear” with the orchestra via the internet. Ives’ popular Second Symphony fuses the great European symphony with popular American tunes.


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus ...on the nature of the Space between us all
Sunday, May 3rd, 2015
2:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

Chris Rountree conducts

Leonard Bernstein    Symphony No. 1 “Jeremiah”
Yeung-ping Chen    The Moon in La Jolla Nee Commission
Charles Ives        Symphony No. 2

Guest artist: Heather Johnson, mezzo-soprano

Special guest conductor Christopher Rountree, artistic director and conductor of wild Up, an adventurous chamber group that blends new music, classical repertoire, performance art and pop, leads a unique American program. Bernstein’s dramatic First Symphony was written while he was still in his twenties, and voted outstanding new classical work its debut year by the New York Music Critics Circle. Yeung-ping Chen will compose what is truly a twenty-first century work, a “tele-concerto” in which the orchestra will be in Mandeville and the soloists will “appear” with the orchestra via the internet. Ives’ popular Second Symphony fuses the great European symphony with popular American tunes.


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Alice Teyssier DMA Recital
Tuesday, May 5th, 2015
8:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free



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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
Purchase Online

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
Michael Mizerany, choreography
Kyle Blair, music director
Alina Bokovikova, costume design
Kristen Flores, set design
Sherrice Mojgani, lighting/projection design
Victoria Harris, production stage manager
Mikhaila Powers, assistant stage manager
 
kallisti: Hillary Young, Kirsten Wiest and Susan Narucki, sopranos
            Jonathan Nussman, baritone
 
Invited guests: Ruff Yeager, Cortez Johnson, Charlie Gange, Julia Karis, Kirsten Rower, Taylor Henderson, Josalyn Dietrich, Gabrielle Zepeda, Anne Grabow, Ryan Dietrich, Wilfred Paloma, Vincent Fung, Zachary Gomez and Peter Armado
 
Orchestra: Kyle Adam Blair, music director/keyboards
Rachel Allen, Fiona Digney, Pablo Gomez-Cano, Steven Leffue, Stephanie Richards, Eric Starr, Ariana Warren

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The U.S.A. has just elected its first female president. In early January of 2017 the inauguration is eminent and those on both sides of the law are looking to cash in on the festivities. A militarized D.C. police force has promised the new commander-in-chief to rid the city of its criminal element. Tea Party evangelists are rounding up the homeless to protest and picket the new administration. Prostitutes and drug dealers welcome the newly arrived lobbyists and politicos while Mac Heath hides in a dark alley somewhere on Pennsylvania Avenue waiting to slit the throat of his next victim.

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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Scott Worthington DMA Recital
Thursday, May 7th, 2015
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Space Administration

Space Administration sets a visual presentation of Ken Hunt’s poem "Apollo Spacecraft"  inside music for bass and electronics by Scott Worthington. The poem uses NASA’s voice transcript of the Apollo 11 mission by erasing most of the words and leaving the time stamps. Through the erasure, Hunt creates an ode to the god Apollo and a rumination on space travel. Worthington’s music lets the bass float weightlessly above a galactic electronic background, created mostly with a Moog synthesizer (a company which became popular just a few years before the Apollo 11 mission).

poetrywillbemadebyall.ch/book/space-administration/ (free pdf download of Hunt’s poem)

scottworthington.com

spacecraftpress.wordpress.com (Ken Hunt’s press)


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The Threepenny Opera
Friday, May 8th, 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
Purchase Online

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
Michael Mizerany, choreography
Kyle Blair, music director
Alina Bokovikova, costume design
Kristen Flores, set design
Sherrice Mojgani, lighting/projection design
Victoria Harris, production stage manager
Mikhaila Powers, assistant stage manager
 
kallisti: Hillary Young, Kirsten Wiest and Susan Narucki, sopranos
            Jonathan Nussman, baritone
 
Invited guests: Ruff Yeager, Cortez Johnson, Charlie Gange, Julia Karis, Kirsten Rower, Taylor Henderson, Josalyn Dietrich, Gabrielle Zepeda, Anne Grabow, Ryan Dietrich, Wilfred Paloma, Vincent Fung, Zachary Gomez and Peter Armado
 
Orchestra: Kyle Adam Blair, music director/keyboards
Rachel Allen, Fiona Digney, Pablo Gomez-Cano, Steven Leffue, Stephanie Richards, Eric Starr, Ariana Warren

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The U.S.A. has just elected its first female president. In early January of 2017 the inauguration is eminent and those on both sides of the law are looking to cash in on the festivities. A militarized D.C. police force has promised the new commander-in-chief to rid the city of its criminal element. Tea Party evangelists are rounding up the homeless to protest and picket the new administration. Prostitutes and drug dealers welcome the newly arrived lobbyists and politicos while Mac Heath hides in a dark alley somewhere on Pennsylvania Avenue waiting to slit the throat of his next victim.

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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The Threepenny Opera
Saturday, May 9th, 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
Purchase Online

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
Michael Mizerany, choreography
Kyle Blair, music director
Alina Bokovikova, costume design
Kristen Flores, set design
Sherrice Mojgani, lighting/projection design
Victoria Harris, production stage manager
Mikhaila Powers, assistant stage manager
 
kallisti: Hillary Young, Kirsten Wiest and Susan Narucki, sopranos
            Jonathan Nussman, baritone
 
Invited guests: Ruff Yeager, Cortez Johnson, Charlie Gange, Julia Karis, Kirsten Rower, Taylor Henderson, Josalyn Dietrich, Gabrielle Zepeda, Anne Grabow, Ryan Dietrich, Wilfred Paloma, Vincent Fung, Zachary Gomez and Peter Armado
 
Orchestra: Kyle Adam Blair, music director/keyboards
Rachel Allen, Fiona Digney, Pablo Gomez-Cano, Steven Leffue, Stephanie Richards, Eric Starr, Ariana Warren

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The U.S.A. has just elected its first female president. In early January of 2017 the inauguration is eminent and those on both sides of the law are looking to cash in on the festivities. A militarized D.C. police force has promised the new commander-in-chief to rid the city of its criminal element. Tea Party evangelists are rounding up the homeless to protest and picket the new administration. Prostitutes and drug dealers welcome the newly arrived lobbyists and politicos while Mac Heath hides in a dark alley somewhere on Pennsylvania Avenue waiting to slit the throat of his next victim.

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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The Threepenny Opera
Sunday, May 10th, 2015
2:00 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
Purchase Online

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
Michael Mizerany, choreography
Kyle Blair, music director
Alina Bokovikova, costume design
Kristen Flores, set design
Sherrice Mojgani, lighting/projection design
Victoria Harris, production stage manager
Mikhaila Powers, assistant stage manager
 
kallisti: Hillary Young, Kirsten Wiest and Susan Narucki, sopranos
            Jonathan Nussman, baritone
 
Invited guests: Ruff Yeager, Cortez Johnson, Charlie Gange, Julia Karis, Kirsten Rower, Taylor Henderson, Josalyn Dietrich, Gabrielle Zepeda, Anne Grabow, Ryan Dietrich, Wilfred Paloma, Vincent Fung, Zachary Gomez and Peter Armado
 
Orchestra: Kyle Adam Blair, music director/keyboards
Rachel Allen, Fiona Digney, Pablo Gomez-Cano, Steven Leffue, Stephanie Richards, Eric Starr, Ariana Warren

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The U.S.A. has just elected its first female president. In early January of 2017 the inauguration is eminent and those on both sides of the law are looking to cash in on the festivities. A militarized D.C. police force has promised the new commander-in-chief to rid the city of its criminal element. Tea Party evangelists are rounding up the homeless to protest and picket the new administration. Prostitutes and drug dealers welcome the newly arrived lobbyists and politicos while Mac Heath hides in a dark alley somewhere on Pennsylvania Avenue waiting to slit the throat of his next victim.

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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Camera Lucida
Monday, May 11th, 2015
7:30 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Tickets handled by San Diego Symphony
Single tickets: $25
UCSD Faculty/Staff: $20
Student rush for FREE tickets begins at 6:30 pm. Available for all students (including non-UCSD students).
Ticket information: 619-235-0804


GERNSHEIM AND BRAHMS
A Camera Lucida Concert

BRAHMS: Sonatensatz in C minor, WoO 2 for Violin and Piano
GERNSHEIM: Quintet No. 2 for Piano and Strings in B minor, Op. 63
BRAHMS: Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor, Op. 34

Camera Lucida, a collaboration between UC San Diego and the San Diego Symphony, presents chamber music masterpieces of the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries in the acoustically perfect Conrad Prebys Concert Hall at UCSD. Principal musicians from the San Diego Symphony and distinguished performance faculty from UCSD join with guests from the international chamber music world in performances that blend the precision and cohesiveness of a permanent ensemble with widely ranging instrumentation.

Sponsored by the Sam B. Ersan Fund at the San Diego Foundation


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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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Carlota Caceres Recital
Thursday, May 14th, 2015
6:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Music for solo percussionist as performed by Carlota Caceres.
 
Aphasia. 2010  (M. Applebaum)
Psappha. 1975 ( I. Xenakis)
E-home. 2015 (Elisabet Curbelo) World premiere
Blacksnowfalls. 2014 (Wojtek Blecharz) 
Le corps à corps. 1978 (personal Spanish version) (G. Aperghis)

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Thomas Babin Recital
Thursday, May 14th, 2015
8:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Bassist Tommy Babin presents his MA recital.


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Lai-Tat Linda Szeto Clarinet Recital
Friday, May 15th, 2015
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall
Free
Self Supported Event
Sponsor: Robert Zelickman

Lai-Tat Linda Szeto, a student of Robert Zelickman, performs her undergraduate senior recital.


Iputu Hiranmayena Recital
Friday, May 15th, 2015
8:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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Michael Matsuno Recital
Saturday, May 16th, 2015
4:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Flutist Michael Matsuno presents his MA recital.


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Paul Hembree Dissertation Concert
Sunday, May 17th, 2015
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free
Ouroborosfor ensemble and live, digital audio-visual media
composition PhD dissertation recital

“Sonic algorithms act, but they do so as part of an ill-defined network of actions upon actions, in which unintended consequences can become critically important. ... They are never an internally closed system, but a catalytic network of relays connecting one analog domain to another. ... Formal logics are inherently incomplete and indiscernibles exist. Machines break down, programs are buggy, projects are abandoned and systems hacked. Humans are literally infected by abstractions. This is no bad thing, because like the virus which produced variegated tulips of a rare beauty, infection can be creative too.” 

– Steve Goodman and Andrew Goffey, in Software Studies

Now that we've eaten of the tree of knowledge paradise is locked and bolted, and the cherubim stands behind us. We have to go on and make the journey round the world to see if it is perhaps open somewhere at the back. As thought grows dimmer, grace emerges more brilliantly. But grace itself returns when knowledge has gone through an infinity. Grace appears most purely in that form which either has no consciousness, or an infinite consciousness.” 

– Heinrich von Kleist, in On the Marionette Theatre


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Jury Concert: Integrative Studies
Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

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WEDS@7 David Borgo presents Kronomorfic and KaiBorg
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

Professor David Borgo presents Kronomorfic and KaiBorg in this special Wednesdays@7 concert.

David Borgo - soprano and tenor saxophones
Michael Dessen - trombone
Kjell Nordeson - vibraphone and marimba
Nathan Jarrell - electric guitar
Andy Zacharias - contrabass
Paul Pellegrin - drum set

 

Kronomorfic, co-led by saxophonist David Borgo and drummer Paul Pellegrin, is an ensemble dedicated to the exploration of polymetric time. The music is innovative yet surprisingly approachable. The compositions explore multi-layered rhythmic phrases (e.g., 3:4:5, 3:5:7, 6:7:9, 8:12:15, 7:11, 9:13, 11:18) using interlocking melodies that evolve through rhythmic modulations and individual and collective improvisations, but in the end the music grooves, the melodies linger, and the solos burn. The ensemble’s first album, Micro Temporal Infundibula, was released in 2010 on pfMENTUM Records. The second installment, Entangled, was released in 2014 on OA2 Records.

 

David Borgo- soprano saxophone, laptop
Jeff Kaiser- quartertone trumpet, laptop
 

KaiBorg explores the intersections of cutting-edge computer music and contemporary improvisation. Employing custom signal processing techniques and hardware mapping strategies, the musicians perform on "hybrid instruments" that extend their acoustic sonic palettes and afford new spatialization opportunities, all without sacrificing the sense of intimacy and speed of interaction required in improvised settings.

KaiBorg’s music has been described as "a surging sonic kaleidoscope" (San Diego Union Tribune) filled with "strange sounds and odd surprises" (Babysue) that "alternately overwhelm the senses and gives pause for contemplation" (Gapplegate Review); "quite cosmic, yet never indulgent" (Downtown Music Gallery).  The duo released its first compact disc entitled Harvesting Metadata on the pfMENTUM label, and they have concertized throughout California and in Holland and Sweden.


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Leah Bowden DMA Recital
Thursday, May 21st, 2015
8:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

Bam! Bam! 

Leah Bowden

Percussion and Drums

A D.M.A. Concert featuring works by Erik Griswold, Tristan Perich, Anthony Davis and Glenn Kotche.


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Peter Ko Undergraduate Honors Recital
Friday, May 22nd, 2015
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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Ojai Festival Preview with Steven Schick
Tuesday, May 26th, 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

Distinguished Professor of Music, Steven Schick, will be the Musical Director for the 2015 Ojai Music Festival! He will be presenting a preview of June's festival at the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall. Read more here.

Program:
The Anvil Chorus- David Lang (Schick solo)
Six Japanese Gardens- Kaija Saariaho (Schick solo)
Toccata- Carlos Chavez (red fish blue fish)
Four Marys- Julia Wolfe (Renga)
Pipa Concerto- Lou Harrison (Renga with Wu Man)
 

Percussionist, conductor, and author Steven Schick was born in Iowa and raised in a farming family.  For forty years he has championed contemporary music by commissioning or premiering more than one hundred-fifty new works. He was the founding percussionist of the Bang on a Can All-Stars (1992-2002) and served as Artistic Director of the Centre International de Percussion de Genève (2000-2005). Schick is founder and Artistic Director of the percussion group, red fish blue fish.

Currently he is Music Director of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus and Artistic Director of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. In 2012 he became the first Artist-in-Residence with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). Schick founded and is currently Artistic Director of “Roots and Rhizomes,” a summer course on contemporary percussion music held at the Banff Centre for the Arts. He maintains a lively schedule of guest conducting including appearances in this season with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Nova Chamber Ensemble and the Asko/Schönberg Ensemble. Among his acclaimed publications are a book, “The Percussionist’s Art: Same Bed, Different Dreams,” and numerous recordings of contemporary percussion music including a 3 CD set of the complete percussion music of Iannis Xenakis (Mode).  Mode will release a companion recording on DVD of the early percussion music of Karlheinz Stockhausen in 2014. Steven Schick is Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of California, San Diego.


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Karis Studio Piano Students
Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
2:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Graduate piano performance students of Aleck Karis present an informal concert.


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UCSD Gospel Choir
Thursday, May 28th, 2015
8:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
General: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $5.50
Students w/ID: Free
Department of Music Box Office: 858-534-3448
Purchase Online

Directed by Ken Anderson, the choir combines hundreds of voices to fill the auditorium with the uplifting sound of African American spirituals, blues, traditional songs, and gospel.

Anderson and the Gospel Choir were recently highlighted in thisweek@ucsandiego, naming it "the most popular music course on campus."


Kjell Nordeson Recital
Friday, May 29th, 2015
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

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Piano Students
Saturday, May 30th, 2015
8:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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Undergraduate Juries
Sunday, May 31st, 2015
10:00 am
Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall
Free

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Cole Pendergrass Undergraduate Honors Recital
Sunday, May 31st, 2015
5:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

MUS 32VM Voice Students
Sunday, May 31st, 2015
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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Monday Night Jazz: 95JC Jazz Ensembles
Monday, June 1st, 2015
8:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

The 95JC concert, under the direction of KAMAU KENYATTA, will feature a small ensemble performing a variety of exciting compositions, including some written and arranged by student musicians. Our instrumentation includes voice, violin, saxophones, rhythm section and afro-latin percussion.


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Chamber Orchestra
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015
8:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

Under the direction of Jonathan Hepfer, the UCSD Chamber Orchestra performs.


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95W Indian Music Students
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015
8:00 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
Thursday, June 4th, 2015
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

SINGERS and CHOIRS

Under the direction of Phil Larson, Singers and Choirs of from UCSD's 95D and 95K ensembles perform.


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Wind Ensemble
Thursday, June 4th, 2015
8:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
General: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $5.50
Students w/ID: Free
Department of Music Box Office: 858-534-3448
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Chamber Ensembles
Friday, June 5th, 2015
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Free

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Computer Music Concert
Friday, June 5th, 2015
8:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus ...on the nature of utterance
Saturday, June 6th, 2015
7:30 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

David Chase conducts

Peter Tchaikovsky        Violin Concerto
Jonathan Dove            There Was a Child

Guest artist: Priti Gandhi, soprano; Annelle Gregory, violin; Edward Mout, tenor; North Coast Singers youth choir

Choral Director David Chase leads our season-ending concerts. Annelle Gregory, winner of the 2012 Young Artists Competition, plays Tchaikovsky’s great concerto, one of the most difficult ever written for the violin. There Was a Child, composed by Jonathan Dove in 2009, is a grand cantata in the spirit of Benjamin Britten and Ralph Vaughan Williams. Composed as a tribute to a young man who had died tragically, rather than dwelling in darkness, Dove’s oratorio inspires and uplifts. Setting texts by English and American poets, it is scored for soprano and tenor soloists, children’s choir, chorus, and orchestra.


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus ...on the nature of utterance
Sunday, June 7th, 2015
2:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

David Chase conducts

Peter Tchaikovsky        Violin Concerto
Jonathan Dove            There Was a Child

Guest artist: Priti Gandhi, soprano; Annelle Gregory, violin; Edward Mout, tenor; North Coast Singers youth choir

Choral Director David Chase leads our season-ending concerts. Annelle Gregory, winner of the 2012 Young Artists Competition, plays Tchaikovsky’s great concerto, one of the most difficult ever written for the violin. There Was a Child, composed by Jonathan Dove in 2009, is a grand cantata in the spirit of Benjamin Britten and Ralph Vaughan Williams. Composed as a tribute to a young man who had died tragically, rather than dwelling in darkness, Dove’s oratorio inspires and uplifts. Setting texts by English and American poets, it is scored for soprano and tenor soloists, children’s choir, chorus, and orchestra.


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ICAM Timecode
Tuesday, June 9th, 2015
6:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
Free

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MUS33C Intro to Composition Final
Wednesday, June 10th, 2015
3:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Free



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Best of ICAM
Thursday, June 11th, 2015
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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