UC San Diego's Department of Music

November 13, 2014

  Concerti by UC San Diego Department of Music composers take the spotlight in November 19's WEDNESDAYS@7 performance by Palimpsest, the department's resident chamber ensemble, curated by Aleck Karis. Lei Liang's Harp Concerto, included on his 2011 CD Milou, will be performed at the Conrad Prebys Music Center by Los Angeles harpist Alison Bjorkedal, a member of Southwest Chamber Music, the Golden State Pops Orchestra and MUSE/IQUE, and whose recordings include Southwest Chamber Music's Complete Chamber Music of Carlos Chavez, Volume 4 and William Kraft's Encounters, both nominated for Latin Grammies. Karis has also invited Yiheng Yvonne Wu, a Ph.D. Candidate in Music Composition studying with Katharina Rosenberger, to write a small piano concerto for this concert. Scored for solo piano (Kyle Adam Blair), two percussionists (Jonathan Hepfer and Ryan Nestor), and a nine-piece ensemble of winds, brass, and strings, Dreams of a Young Piano explores the contradictory percussive and lyrical properties of the piano, especially in relation to other instruments. The piano and percussion, which form a wide triangle across the stage, initially exchange pointed attacks, while the ensemble's intermittent appearances come from a separate temporal and harmonic world. The percussion and piano gradually elongate their sounds and enlist the forces of the ensemble. Ultimately, the ensemble becomes an extension of the piano, and all resonate together as a single body. In addition to the pieces by UC San Diego composers Liang and Wu, Karis has selected Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Donald Martino's rarely heard Triple Concerto for clarinet, bass clarinet, and contrabass clarinet (1977), considered by many to be the composer's masterpiece. Martino's provenance reaches back to his work with composers Roger Sessions and Milton Babbitt as well as his studies with Luigi Dallapiccola in Italy as a Fulbright scholar.

November 19's concert will also feature Akira Kobayashi's Glass swan, Naoyuki Terai's Colors in the Forest, and Hiroyuki Yamamoto's Contour-ism mini.

Tickets are $15.50 for General Admission, $10.50 for UC San Diego Faculty, Staff, Alumni & Friends of Music, and FREE FOR ALL STUDENTS with ID.

Box Office opens at 6pm, show starts at 7pm. For more information, please call the Box Office at 858-534-3448 or visit

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