UC San Diego's Department of Music

October 17, 2011

  Conductor, percussionist and UCSD music faculty member Steven Schick is being honored for his support of emerging composers and contemporary music by Music at the Anthology (MATA), a New York organization devoted to promoting young composers.

Schick will be recognized along with Ara Guzelimian (dean and provost at Juilliard) at MATA's annual Benefit Gala on October 18 at the Chelsea Art Museum in New York City. The event, hosted by composer David Lang, includes special performances by cellist Maya Beiser, sound artist Joan La Barbara, and the International Contemporary Ensemble, as well as by Schick, who will play Vinko Globokar's solo percussion piece Toucher.

"I'm so pleased about this," Schick says. "I've commissioned or premiered well over one hundred new works, mostly for percussion, and I'm honored to be associated with MATA, which stands so firmly behind the newest music by young composers."

MATA was founded in 1996 by Philip Glass, Eleonor Sandresky, and Lisa Bielawa. It has commissioned more than 61 works and presented 263 performances of music by young composers during its annual spring festival and at other concerts.

Schick is a genuine global ambassador for new music. He is internationally renowned as both a percussionist and composer. He directs UCSD's resident percussion ensemble RED FISH BLUE FISH, which recently premiered British composer James Dillon's epic Nine Rivers at Columbia University's Miller Theatre. He is artistic director of La Jolla Symphony & Chorus and has brought in renowned composers such as Glass and John Luther Adams for premieres of their music. Schick was also recently appointed artistic director of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and their new season is getting rave reviews.

Schick's recordings include a definitive multi CD collection of percussion music by revolutionary Greek composer Iannis Xenakis. And this year, he will direct RED FISH BLUE FISH's recording of most of the percussion music written by John Cage.

Cage's music, as well as Dillon's East 11th Street, are on the program for the percussion ensemble's Nov. 17, 8 pm concert at UCSD's Conrad Prebys Music Center.

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