UC San Diego's Department of Music
March 06, 2017
IN THE NEWS: MARCH 3-9, 2017
Bringing you the latest news from the UC San Diego Department of Music's faculty, student and alumni networks.
Palimpsest ensemble receives rave review, "salutes all around"
Palimpsest returned to UC San Diego's Conrad Prebys Concert Hall for a Wednesdays@7 concert on March 1. "To say that the players gave a masterly performance is to understate their achievement," wrote critic Marcus Overton of the San Diego Union-Tribune. Conducted by Distinguished Professor Aleck Karis, the ensemble presented the world premiere of Accord in the Corral, a new work by Department of Music graduate composer Tobin Chodos that was influenced by the instrumentation of the first piece of the evening, Elliott Carter's Penthode. The concert concluded with Gyorgy Ligeti's Piano Concerto, featuring soloist and graduate pianist Todd Moellenberg. Read the review here.
Anthony Davis discusses Five with San Diego Reader
Professor Anthony Davis recently spoke with the San Diego Reader's Robert Bush about Five, his latest opera that addresses the story of the Central Park Five. After a successful premiere at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center last November, Davis hopes to bring Five to larger audiences in the near future. Click here to read the full interview.
Another work by Davis, Voyage Through Death to Life Upon these Shores, was performed by Sacra/Profana twice last month at the All Souls' Episcopal Church in Point Loma. "Breathing choral life into the esteemed Robert Hayden's sprawling poem 'Middle Passage,' Davis chose powerful, rhythmic declamation and seldom relieved dissonant harmonic progressions to portray the cruelty and cynicism that pervaded the slave trade," wrote San Diego Story's Ken Herman. Click here to read the review.
Faculty, alumni participate in 20th anniversary celebration of Fresh Sound
Last Friday, Department of Music alumna Bonnie Wright celebrated the 20th anniversary of Fresh Sound, the nonprofit organization she launched that remains dedicated to bringing new music and innovative musicians to San Diego. The evening kicked off with a performance by Distinguished Professor Steven Schick and alumna Vanessa Tomlinson, both of whom performed solos in addition to interactive works like Bree van Reyk's Duet with Blindfold, and concluded with a performance by Schick that featured sound design by Professor Shahrokh Yadegari. Click here to read the San Diego Union-Tribune review.
Alumna Momilani Ramstrum premieres exhibit at Civic Center Gallery
Alumna Momilani Ramstrum will present the opening reception of her new art exhibit this evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Civic Center Gallery. A composer, performer and musicologist who earned a Ph.D. from UC San Diego in 2004, Ramstrum is also a painter whose artwork is inspired in part by music improvisation. Click here to learn more about Ramstrum's work.
Alumnus Greg Stuart to perform at Monday Evening Concert
Alumnus Greg Stuart will perform the world premiere of Michael Pisaro's When I Hear Light with guests to be announced on Monday, March 6 as part of the Monday Evening Concerts series in Los Angeles, currently directed by Department of Music and red fish blue fish alumnus Jonathan Hepfer. The performers will also introduce the West Coast premiere of Pisaro's 2016 work Asleep, Desert, Choir, Agnes.