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

Seating Charts:  Mandeville Auditorium / CPMC Concert Hall / CPMC Experimental Theater / CPMC Recital Hall

Maps: to the Conrad Prebys Music Center pdf / weblink          Sign up for music events e-mail newsletter.

PLEASE NOTE: NO LATE SEATING.  Guests arriving late may be turned away or will be asked to enter between pieces.

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus ...on the nature of sensation and thought
Saturday, November 8th, 2014
7:30 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

Steven Schick conducts

Nathan Davis     a Sound, uttered WORLD PREMIERE
Gustav Mahler   Symphony No. 5

Guest Artists: red fish blue fish

Two works of sharp contrast open our 60th anniversary season. The world premiere of Nathan Davis’ a Sound, uttered, scored for chorus and 4 percussionists, draws text from a unique collaboration between composer and the chorus that depicts the origin and meaning of language. We conclude with one of the mightiest of all symphonies. Mahler’s Fifth opens with a grief-stricken funeral march, lifts out of that darkness to dance with cosmic energy, and concludes in a blaze of triumph.


La Jolla Symphony & Chorus ...on the nature of sensation and thought
Sunday, November 9th, 2014
2:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

Steven Schick conducts

Nathan Davis     a Sound, uttered WORLD PREMIERE
Gustav Mahler   Symphony No. 5

Guest Artists: red fish blue fish

Two works of sharp contrast open our 60th anniversary season. The world premiere of Nathan Davis’ a Sound, uttered, scored for chorus and 4 percussionists, draws text from a unique collaboration between composer and the chorus that depicts the origin and meaning of language. We conclude with one of the mightiest of all symphonies. Mahler’s Fifth opens with a grief-stricken funeral march, lifts out of that darkness to dance with cosmic energy, and concludes in a blaze of triumph.


ArtPower! Presents: Arabesque Dance, Vietnam
Saturday, November 15th, 2014
8:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
An ArtPower! presentation.
Tickets handled by
UCSD Box Office
Ticket information: 858-534-8497

Realism merges with symbolic movement when seven dancers conjure agrarian cycles and rural rituals in The Mist. Consisting of seven scenes, this visually arresting piece depicts an emotional story about the simple life of rice farmers. A rustic spectacle of bamboo bridges, spiral incense, and conical hats, will fill the stage and embody all the charms and colors of southern Vietnam. “Masterpieces are rarely simply explicable… instead, they’re the product of rich imagination, and The Mist is in every way undeniably that” (The Saigon Times). In their San Diego debut, Arabesque will awaken all of the senses of ArtPower! dance lovers, drawing them closer to the traditional cultural beauty in rural areas in Vietnam through their exquisite movement. 

K-12 STUDENT MATINEE & MASTER CLASS SPONSORS Jon and Bobbie Gilbert


UCSD Gospel Choir
Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
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


Wind Ensemble
Thursday, December 11th, 2014
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


La Jolla Symphony & Chorus ...on the nature of the democratic impulse and the effacement of obstacles
Saturday, December 13th, 2014
7:30 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

Steven Schick conducts

William Grant Still   Afro-American Symphony
Ludwig van Beethoven    Symphony No. 9

Guest artist: Natalie Mann soprano; Peabody Southwell, mezzo-soprano; Enrique Toral, tenor; Ron Banks, bass

In December 1989 Leonard Bernstein led an international orchestra in a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on the ruins of the Berlin Wall, which had just been demolished. We mark the 25th anniversary of that historic concert with a performance of the same music. The concert opens with a different declaration of freedom: William Grant Still’s Afro-American Symphony of 1930 was the first significant symphony by an African-American composer. Nearly a century later, it remains a compelling piece of music. Added performance: Friday at 7:30 pm


La Jolla Symphony & Chorus ...on the nature of the democratic impulse and the effacement of obstacles
Sunday, December 14th, 2014
2:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

Steven Schick conducts

William Grant Still   Afro-American Symphony
Ludwig van Beethoven    Symphony No. 9

Guest artist: Natalie Mann soprano; Peabody Southwell, mezzo-soprano; Enrique Toral, tenor; Ron Banks, bass

In December 1989 Leonard Bernstein led an international orchestra in a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on the ruins of the Berlin Wall, which had just been demolished. We mark the 25th anniversary of that historic concert with a performance of the same music. The concert opens with a different declaration of freedom: William Grant Still’s Afro-American Symphony of 1930 was the first significant symphony by an African-American composer. Nearly a century later, it remains a compelling piece of music. Added performance: Friday at 7:30 pm





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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