UC San Diego's Department of Music

November 17, 2011

  Palimpsest, the department's new music ensemble, gave a mesmerizing concert of Music from New York on November 16, conducted by Aleck Karis and featuring ace grad-level players.

One highlight was Milton Babbitt's Between Categories, a delicate duel between matching quartets flanking the stage. Karis conducted on the right, Steven Schick on the left (see photo). Stefan Wolpe's Chamber Piece No. 2 for thirteen players bookended the program, opening and closing. Alongside Babbitt's music were compositions by Davidovsky, Babbitt, Feldman, and Elliott Carter, who turns 103 on Dec. 11 and is still going strong.

Amid these renowned masters came our grad composer Paul Hembree with Nimbus for chamber orchestra, a rich and powerful work that provided sharp contrast to New York minimalism.

The audience included Seth Lerer, dean of arts and humanities, as well as several faculty and music grad students plus dozens of undergrads exploring new music for class assignments.

Palimpsest's performance is part of our 2011-2012 Wednesdays@7 series showcasing new and experimental music, as well as rarely heard (in San Diego) world-renowned performers including sitar master and music faculty member Kartik Seshadri.

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