UC San Diego's Department of Music

March 09, 2012

  UCSD composer Rand Steiger's CD Ecosphere is now available on iTunes, Amazon, and CDBABY. Ecosphere features performances by the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Southbank Sinphonia and others; recorded in Paris, London, New York, and California. Rand's next portrait CD will be released in 2013 on the New World label, performed by the Talea Ensemble, featuring his composition A Menacing Plume (in collaboration with UCSD computer music master Miller Puckette).  Currently, Rand is at work on the Coalesce Cycle, eight works for instruments and electronics to be premiered by the International Contemporary Ensemble in New York in 2013.

UCSD composer Anthony Davis and UCSD librettist Allan Havis have collaborated on the new opera Lear on the Second Floor, which will be performed March 30 and 31 at Princeton's Roger S. Berline Theatre. Davis, of course, is on the music faculty. Havis is provost of Thurgood Marshall College and a member of the Theatre & Dance faculty. UCSD soprano Susan Narucki is featured in the Princeton performance. Excerpts from the opera were performed last month at the American Lyric Theater.

UCSD conductor and percussionist Steven Schick is in the news: he recently conducted new music by composer and UCSD music alumnus Mark Applebaum. And, Schick has been appointed the first-ever Artist-in-Residence for ICE (the International Contemporary Ensemble), where he has already made significant contributions as conductor, percussionist, and programming partner.

Composer and music faculty member Lei Liang is making news in Rome as the Elliott Carter Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy, where harpsichordist and adjunct UCSD music faculty member Takae Ohnishi (who also happens to be Lei's wife) is performing Lei's music with the Berlin Philharmonic's Scharoun Ensemble. Lei and fellow UCSD composer Chinary Ung lectured at UC Santa Cruz last month as Dintinguished Visiting Composers.

UCSD composer Roger Reynolds and flutist Karen Reynolds are co-directors (with Steve Antosca) of the upcoming Cage Centennial Fest in Washington D.C.

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