UC San Diego's Department of Music

February 17, 2009

  Camera Lucida--the lighted room, the illuminated chamber--the radiance great works of chamber music lend to a space shared by musicians and listeners. Camera Lucida is the name selected by UCSD faculty cellist Charles Curtis for UCSD's new chamber music series. Curtis is the artistic director, and he hopes these intimate performances create strong connections between audience and performers.

On Tuesday, Feb. 24, 8 p.m., at the Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, the third of five Camera Lucida concerts features Late Works of Mozart: the Trio in E-flat Major for clarinet, viola and piano, K.498 'Kegelstatt"; the String Quintet No. 4 in G minor, K. 516; and Divertimento in E-flat Major for string trio, K. 563.

Camera Lucida is a collaboration between top players from the Department of Music faculty and renowned musicians from San Diego Symphony. Seldom do San Diegans hear such high quality chamber music performed by world-class musicians who live and work right here in San Diego. You don't need to fly to New York City!

The performance takes place in the cozy, acoustically superb hall at The Neurosciences Institute. The hall was designed by master acoustician Cyril Harris, who also designed UCSD's new Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, which opens in May (the fifth and final Camera Lucida concert will be held there on June 1).

Performers for the Feb. 24 Mozart program are UCSD's Curtis, clarinetist Anthony Burr, and pianist Aleck Karis. They are joined by San Diego Symphony's Jeff Thayer and Alexander Palamidis (violins), Che-Yen Chen (viola), and Yao Zhao (cello); plus special guest (and Che-Yen Chen's brother) Che-Hung Chen.

Camera Lucida is made possible through a generous contribution from the Sam B. Ersan Chamber Music Fund. Tickets are $25 general, free for all students, available at the door or from UCSD Box Office (858.534.TIXS).

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