UC San Diego's Department of Music

October 29, 2009

  Soprano Susan Narucki will be joined by guest pianist Donald Berman in a concert of music composed by Charles Ives on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 7 pm in the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall at UC San Diego. The event is the second in UCSD Department of Music's new Wednesdays@7 concert series spotlighting renowned faculty performers and composers.

Narucki and Berman are longtime collaborators whose recent CD on New World Records, THE LIGHT THAT IS FELT: SONGS OF CHARLES IVES, has earned critical acclaim in international press, including a Five Star/Editor's Choice rating from BBC Music Magazine in February 2009. And in his review in THE WIRE magazine, critic Andy Hamilton wrote, "There's probably no finer introduction to Ives' songs or to his output as a whole."

Narucki and Berman will present a range of Ives' songs, from his early student compositions of the 1890s to his mature masterworks, including "The Housatonic at Stockbridge" ( 1921 ).  In addition, Berman, a distinguished performer and champion of works by American composers, will perform solo piano pieces composed by Ives as well as by contemporary American composers David Rakowski and Eric Moe.

Narucki joined UCSD's music faculty in September 2008. In a career spanning more than 20 years, she has presented more than 100 world premieres in opera, concerts, and recordings.  She has been a soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, MET Chamber Ensemble, and Los Angeles Philharmonic, with conductors Pierre Boulez, James Levine and Esa-Pekka Salonen, among many others.  Her extensive discography includes Crumb's  "Star Child," which earned a Grammy in 2001.

Ives lived from the height of the industrial age into the modern era. His influences ranged from Sousa marches, Stephen Foster, and church music, to his father George Ives, a U.S. Army bandleader who encouraged young Charles to experiment with unconventional harmonies. Over the years, Ives' music has been championed by Aaron Copland, Elliot Carter, Lou Harrison and other giants of 20th century American music.

The concert takes place in UCSD's new critically acclaimed 400-seat concert hall, an intimate and acoustically refined venue that critics have described as "heaven on earth," "a gem" and "remarkable".

The hall was designed by Mark Reddington of LMN Architects and renowned acoustician Cyril Harris, who considers this to be the culmination of a career that also includes Avery Fisher Hall, the Metropolitan Opera House, Minneapolis Symphony Hall, and Seattle's Benaroya Hall.

Concert tickets are available through UCSD Box Office (858.534.TIXS) and at the door.

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