UC San Diego's Department of Music

February 10, 2012

  DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC COMPOSER NICHOLAS DEYOE'S NEW PIECE STILL GETTING RID OF will be premiered this weekend by La Jolla Symphony & Chorus. The new composition is the result of Deyoe's Tom Nee Commission, named for the founding music faculty member who directed LJSC for 31 years. Mr. Deyoe was profiled by the San Diego Union-Tribune.

UCSD CONDUCTOR AND PERCUSSIONIST STEVEN SCHICK has signed on for five more years as artistic director of La Jolla Symphony & Chorus.


UCSD COMPOSER LEI LIANG recorded music for a new CD while he was at UCSD for a Feb. 1 concert of his music. The CD, to be released by Naxos, will include four pieces. Three were inspired by the birth of Lei and wife Takae Ohnishi's son Albert. The lineup is Verge (performed by UCSD's Palimpsest Ensemble, conducted by Steven Schick), Aural Hypothesis (Callithumpian Consort with Stephen Drury), Five Seasons (Shanghai Quartet and Pipa superstar Wu Man), and Tremors of a Memory Chord (Pi-Hsien Chen, piano; Taipei Chinese Orchestra with En Shao, conductor). Following his visit to UCSD, Lei went to New York City for the Carnegie Weill Hall world premiere of his Messages of White. Lei is living in Italy this year on a Rome Fellowship at the American Academy. He reports that son Albert is picking up some Italian, while wife Takae (a harpsichordist who teaches in the Department of Music) has been mastering the art of Italian mosaic. In New York, Lei was interviewed by classical radio station WQXR. The station played performances of his music by UCSD music faculty flutist John Fonville and music alumnus and flutist Jane Rigler.

UCSD MEDICAL SCHOOL FACULTY MEMBER DR. JOHN WEST is a classical music fan who often attends the Department of Music's Camera Lucida series. We caught up with him at the Feb. 6 concert and discovered that as a specialist in pulmonary medicine he once led a research expedition up Mt. Everest. Dr. West has also climbed with famed mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary.

EVOLUTION OF PIPA AS A NATIONAL SYMBOL: How an instrument is bringing together a nation's culture.

OF COURSE SAN DIEGO HAS ITS OWN RESIDENT PIPA MASTER, WU MAN, who performed the premiere of UCSD composer Chinary Ung's "Formless Spiral" at Santa Fe Fest and La Jolla SummerFest last summer. Wu Man appears at the Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla on April 10 at 8 pm with members of San Diego Symphony.

UNCLE SAM NEEDS A FEW GOOD VOCALISTS, if you're interested there's an audition coming up soon.


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