UC San Diego's Department of Music

February 11, 2015

  Pianist Aleck Karis, who was recognized as a UC San Diego Distinguished Professor by Chancellor Pradeep Khosla at a reception last fall, will perform Music for Piano and Cello with Michael Nicolas on February 18 at 7 pm at Conrad Prebys Music Center.

Karis recently released a CD of Morton Feldman's final composition Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, which follows his 2013 CD Webern, Wolpe & Feldman.

"Karis understands the inner workings of these pieces, and this knowledge clearly informs his performance here," wrote one reviewer. "Careful attention is given in each piece to texture and contour, arguably the most salient features of this style of music."

Nicolas's recordings include music by Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky. He is the former associate principal cellist in the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and a current member of the International Contemporary Ensemble as well as the South Korea-based Ensemble Ditto.

Karis has collaborated with Nicolas for about five years, dating back to when the cellist joined Karis's New York City group Speculum Musicae for several concerts. Last year, Nicolas came to UC San Diego to perform with Palimpsest, the department's new music ensemble.

Given their shared NYC roots, it seems fitting that their Feb. 18 concert will feature music connected with the Big Apple: Charles Wuorinen's An Orbicle of Jasp, Earl Brown's Music for Cello and Piano, Ben Weber's Five Pieces (1941), Morton Feldman's Durations II (1960), and Elliott Carter's Sonata for Cello and Piano (1948). The duo will reprise the performance the following week at the highly regarded Bargemusic series in Brooklyn.

"The program traces different musical currents that have been going on in New York since the 1940s," Karis said. "The music of Ben Weber is not well known, but was influential in the '40s and '50s. He might have been the first American composer to use the 12-tone system."
Karis, who left a performance career in New York City to join UC San Diego's music faculty in 1990 and has since mentored generations of graduate and undergraduate students, said that the Distinguished Professor recognition "is an honor for which I am grateful".

Aleck Karis and Michael Nicolas
February 18, 7 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center
$15.50 general
$10.50 UCSD faculty-staff-alumni-Friends of Music
FREE for students one hour before concert with ID

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